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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: 599   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 brewer’s 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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle. Very black pour, a little carbonation and a welcoming sweet aroma of molasses and vanilla. Flavor is heavy dark chocolate, malt, vanilla, black licorice, pepper and a little alcohol heat on the finish. A thick, syrupy, huge sweet beer, and it was right up my alley. I have a few bottles left that I plan on cellaring, but I really don’t know how long they’ll last.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2010
bottle, via trade with stoutfest, dark brown with red highlights, aroma has mostly molasses, rye and sugar, flavors are thick brown sugar, pralines, brisket, bourbon, alcohol shows up on the finish but really nice overall

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle at 13.99 a 6er. Poured dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma alcohol, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, citrus, hint of smoke. Flavor sugar, chocolate, raisins, meyer lemons, alcohol, molasses. This was a little on the sweet side for me but in a good way. I think the alcohol took some of the flavor away. This went down easy I could drink 3-4 of these but I have ti put the rest of my 6er in the basement to age a bit will try one next year

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (1927) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Aroma sweet boozy and molasses scent. Appearance has a dark brown pour with thin tight head that dissipates quickly to a film on top with nice lacing. Taste is sweet and delicious molasses very flavorfull with subtle chocolate and soy finish. Palate is full with booze molasses finish. Very good beer glad I found a bootle to try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4900) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle: The aroma has lots of molasses, dark fruits, raisin, light chocolate, roastiness, grapefruit, alcohol, smoke, and the slightest hint of coffee. The alcohol is a little too strong in the nose right now. It pours a dark brown with no transparency with a inch high tan head with decent retention before finally settling to a thin film. It doesn’t look very dark coming out of the bottle, but sitting in the glass, it’s almost black. The flavor starts moderate-heavily sweet with lots of molasses and light chocolate. The finish has some roastiness coffee, and some light grapefruit hops that struggle to get through all the sweet molasses. The high abv is noticeable, but I wouldn’t call it hot. Full bodied with a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. This has serious aging potential.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle pours black with a pretty decent head that diminishes to a lace ring and island with some slight lace clinging to the glass interior surface. The aroma is orange peel, soap (in a good way), caramel richness, roasted notes, and dark dried fruits. The flavor is sweet and fruity, mostly like a plum wine, good hops show up and linger, caramel wrapping around it all, and plenty of every dark flavor you’d want in an Impy. The palate is noticeable and weighs pretty significantly in the mouth, despite the rather grand fermentation. The alcohol really does not show as much in the flavor as I expected. In fact, it really cannot be described as hot or peppery. This is a good effort by an amazing brewery. Overall this is very nice. Thanks tytoanderso for the access!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1175) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
(bottle) Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head and minimal spotty lacing. Head quickly dissipates to nothing. Aroma right off the bat is downright bizarre, as it reminds me of coleslaw. Accompanied with the slaw are scents of pineapple, molasses, and teriyaki sauce. Pick up a little pickled herring as well. Wow, this is strange. Gets roastier as it warms and the licorice announces its presence. Alcohol singes the nostrils. Taste is certainly very sweet, and I get a lot of molasses, sweet chocolate, booze soaked raisins, plums, pineapple, black licorice, alcohol, and an ample amount of roasted malt showing up in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and full, with a decent amount of carbonation. This is very unique, and I can say that I’ve never drank an imperial stout quite like this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 Pours deep black with thin tan head, aroma is full of dark fruit, chocolate, and molasses. Taste up front is huge, thick chocolate, molasses, caramel like sweetness moving into dark fruit and a bit of smoke with some soy sauce and a bit of alcohol burn. Great beer, but will be unbelievable after some aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (559) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2010
12oz in snifter. Pours black with nice foamy brown head which stays around quite nicely. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasty malts and a hint of alcohol. First taste is a quick sharp sweetness some apricot, dried cherries, chocolate, then follows with a long deep bitterness of dark chocolates and darkly roasted malts. Warming and large body, a bit creamy. Very interesting, not very similar to any other impy stout I’ve had. Not bad, but can’t wait to get a couple years on this thing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Rating #1500. Large snifter at Bell’s on 1/29/10. Pours brownish-black with a medium tan head. Sweet malty and boozy aroma with molasses and hints of roast and chocolate. Creamy and boozy flavor with sweet caramel, molasses and roast on the back end. Pretty tasty, and hope I can find some bottles to age.


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