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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
A commemorative brew.
Malt beverage brewed with molasses and brewerís licorice.
Batch 9,000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9,000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours medium brown, opaque black in the glass with a tall yellow-tan head, only temporary lacing. Aroma has excellent travel, lots of dried fruit, especially figs, a touch of caramel harmonizes well with the alcohol. Flavor-wise, liquefied raisins with a hint of tootsie roll. Decidedly sweet, cinnamon spice and peaches hovering over the front, caramel linger. Covers its high alcohol content well, full body, smooth, warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5229) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle. Black, opaque pour. Short, densely packed, brown head. Aroma is licorice, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt and candy. Taste is very sweet with big molasses and brown sugar, light licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, and candy. Some alcohol notes as well. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and slight warmth. Lots of stickiness due to residual sugars. Ends with more molasses and brown sugar, light licorice, candy, chocolate, alcohol and roasted malts. Very sweet. Some age might help this. Tasty nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Aroma is sweet malt, molassis and licorice. Taste is much the same. This beer has bite - but oh it is soo good. This beer will AGE well. I have a sixer here and hope to save 4 of these for years later. mmmmm I better hide these from myself.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole -- many thanks!! This beer is a beast. Pours, smells, and tastes of rich MO-LASSES. Pours murky brown with a fleeting beige head. Smells of further licorice and malt. Tastes of each with added notes of currants and ítussin. Word.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2010
The initial pour was simply gorgeous. Dark brown liquid resting beneath three inches of brown/bone colored head. Molasses and soy sauce on the nose. A bit of alcohol as well with a sweet fruity character. Similar flavors, but exceptionally sweet. Iím not sure what to make of this fresh. Itís good, but I think itíll be much better in a few years. Into the cellar you go!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 Initial rating February 16, 2010...12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (Batch 9000 was bottled January 27, 2010). Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light tan head. Aroma is of coffee and licorice. Smoky roasted flavor with noticeable licorice, dark fruit, espresso, and dark chocolate as well. There is some alcohol warming. At the early stages this beer is a bit heavy handed on the dark fruit and licorice for me consider it an exceptional beer. I will be very interested in checking this out as it cellars...Update January 12, 2012-Amazingly this tastes almost identical after 2 years as my initial review.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2010
12 oz bottle, pours deep black with deceptive carbonation. no head to start, then a pillow of creamy light tan foam arises and settles atop - no need for a vigorous pour, after all. huge aroma of caramelized sugar and piney hops, and spicy licorice, with some alcohol heat apparent; this is a whopper of a beer and itís going to need some time to settle in the cellar. tastes immediately of tingly alcohol and molasses - the licorice appears somewhat more subtly, along with green hops to balance. not quite enough hops to really counteract the sweetness but in coming years it will mellow and as it calms down, it may settle into the role of expedition stoutís bigger spicier brother. iím looking forward to sampling this over time.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1499) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Much, much too sweet! Hard to smell or taste anything else. I did pick up the molasses aroma and taste however. IMO, this is not an Imperial Stout. I would classify it as a bad Old Ale. Would not buy, or drink, again!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Pours a thin dark black with no head. You can really smell the alcohol in this one. Aroma is of brown sugar, anise, caramel, raisins and a hint of plums. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth with a dark sweet fruity flavor with a slight hops bitterness to finish. Alcohol is hot in this one. Complex, with just enough sweetness to balance the alcohol. Should be fantastic after some sitting in the cellar for some time. Not sure if it is much of a stout, more of a barley wine to me. Really good sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of beige head. Aroma of rich sweet dark caramel and lots of fruity complexity with some molasses and brown sugar along with a touch of grapefruity hops. Starts very full bodied and rich with a fine carbonation and lots of lingering sweetness and brown sugar complexity well-balanced with some cherry and plum notes before a warming sweet toffee finish with some citrusy hop flavors. Seems like a slightly darker version of Batch 6000, but with more residual sweetness, which should make it age very well. A well crafted and unique brew.


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