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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 623   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1326) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Good that I was able to score a 6 pack. This stuff was pretty limited and in high demand. Strong licorice presence in the aroma. Little to no head. Some Dark Lord characteristics, though not nearly as hoppy. This is borderline cloying sweet, but not to the point of offputting. Definitely strong in ABV, although the sweetness covers this somewhat. Maybe a bit too much for me, though I donít reject this beer by any means. Interesting concoction. I would prefer Bells Batch 7000 to this one. As the next Batch beer, Iíd like to see an amped up coffee stout. Take Java Stout to the next level

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12oz bottle, batch #9000, from grape & gourmet. pours a deep, dark brown but sits black in the glass with hints of ruby and a thin, beige head with a sliver of lace. aroma is excellent and quite unique with loads of roast, dark chocolate, and boozy molasses with a spicy hint of licorice, a touch of peat smoke, and lovely dark fruit notes of black cherry and plum. flavor is a feast of decadent flavors beginning with huge, sweet molasses, brown sugar, and candied figs up front with licorice, dark red fruits, and bitter chocolate through the middle and finishes with sweet, roasted malts, light coffee, and caramel. palate is full bodied with light carbonation and is definitely sweet but i donít find it the least bit cloying with the sweetness balanced by the complexity and the boozy warmth. overall, and delicious brew and iíll need to pick up a few more to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Draft: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with no head to speak of...I really question the categorization of this brew, but oh well. Nose is heavy on the raisin, plum, dark brown sugar and molasses angle with little else to note other than a hint of pipe tobacco. Super thick and oily mouthfeel...flavors start off ridiculously sweet and fruity and quickly meld in to the brown sugar and molasses bomb that seems to be the backbone of this brew. The licorice thatís mentioned on the label does make its presence felt but not to the point that it can trump the other characteristics. Good brew...though hard to drink a full glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Hazy brown pour with small brown head. Aroma is boozy, molasses, caramel, syrup, maple and a bit of cherries. Flavor is cherry, maple, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, pretty hot. This beer will be pretty solid in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a deep chestnut color. Nose is hoisen suace, sap, and crystalized ginger. taste is similar with additional sweet soy. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (4019) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
This beer was brewed for me. When they were imagining a beer and the receipe for it, they said, "what would really appeal to Nuffieldís preferences?" And so they created this. Though perhaps not as dark as it might be--very dark but not pitch--the overwhelmingly sweet profile, the effect of the molasses, the moderate but noticeable alcohol driving the flavor throughout my mouth, the coating palate...itís just so captivating. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours about the same color as prune juice with a rich brown head. Strong aroma of molasses and malt with noticeable licorice in the nose as well. The flavor is similar with again a strong dose of molasses and malt with mild licorice. The licorice really emerges in the aftertaste. Nice dense chewy mouthfeel which is totally appropriate for this beer. Very, very enjoyable. Thanks, Larry!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (12937) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2010
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, roast, some milk chocolate, light cherry. Taste is sweet, boozy/vinous, anise, some chocolate. Sticky full body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
screigh (625) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Originally poured with a think chocolaty head. It went away quick and it could easily be mistaken for a cola in my glass. I can smell the alcohol in it. It has a slight astringent smell too. A hint of chocolate and malt. First sip and wow is this thing in your face! It does feel a little wattery in the mouth for how aggressive it tastes. I do get some licorice and it has bitterness in the finish. Alcohol in the taste. Sweetness of the malt come through too. My initial reaction was that this tasted like on year of Dark Lord before it mellowed. This is really great and for those that canít get Dark Lord, get this. I think it is very close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
pours dark brown with a fleeting thin head. aroma is roasted malt, some smoke, and a little sweet n tartness. mouthful has big flavors that are all over the map.... tart, smoke, roast, dried fruit, touch of anise... this has huge flavor, but could use some time to mellow... find direction. nice now... potential for greatness...

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