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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2907) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle - Man, Iíve been waiting for this one for awhile. Pours black with a light tan head thatís gone really quick. The smell is really sweet, with tons of brown sugar, raisins, licorice, and tons of booze. Itís really, really hot on the nose. There are some odd notes of soy sauce and pear (!) as well that compliment the sweetness. Taste is more of the same. It rounded out a little better once it went from cellar to room temp, with the brown sugar and molasses in the forefront. Lots of boozy dark fruit, but not the sharp heat that is on the nose. Bitter chocolate rules the finish, with the 12.5% warming nicely. The problem is the whole thing is a bit cloying at this point, with the sweetness just going over the top. I hope cellaring will help, but right now this is too sweet even for my tastes. Itís also kind of watery and thin, with some decent carbonation, but the mouthfeel just doesnít fit with what Iím drinking. Overall Iím a little disappointed, but for some reason didnít expect this one to live up to the hype. That said, I cannot wait to taste this in 6 months, 1 year, 1.5 years, etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottled in 2010 - Thanks BuckeyeBoy!! Pours like a clear dk amber brown with a medium tan head...aroma is malty and jammy cocoa, carob, licorice and meat, resin?...flavour is similar, anise, cocoa, massive roast malt and more cocoa, some heat on the finish...definitely different that I expected, fun to try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a tan ring. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, a hint of black licorice, and some soy. Taste is full bodied, complex flavors of toasted dark malt, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some anise. Finish is slightly metallic from high alcohol with molasses and dark chocolate aftertaste. Minimal bitterness, high alcohol barely wine with an imperial stout texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
This is quite a mouthfull. So much so that I was shocked by my first taste and struggled to get it down. My first drink when very cold was too much. As it warmed up, it mellowed surprisingly although still very rich and much of a "warmer". There was a nice sticky foamy head that hung around a long while before dissipating. This isnít a drink for me, but perhaps the fans of the super big and rich beers will dig it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (711) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle. Thanks to Fiddy at Thomas Liquors for the hookup. Pours a very deep reddish brown with minimal head. A lot going on here flavor wise. Initially sweet and ripe fruit, slightly medicinal. Definitely the sweet component is all over the palate, but also getting hints of smoke and bacon towards the end. Poured this at cellar temp, but seems to be the best approaching room temp. Alcohol warmth is in there somewhere, but not insanely noticeable as anticipated. This is a truly deep beer, and well worth the wait. Get it while you can nuckas. Also I would not classify this as an imperial stout, would be closer to a barleywine or a Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1162) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Sugary aroma with raisin, chocolate, molasses, and anise. Flavor is again sweet up front, with raisin, molasses, chocolate, and anise leading into a nice roasted malt finish and a bit of soy sauce. Booziness builds in successive sips; combined with the sugar it reminds me of what I think of as World Wide Stoutís signature. It should be interesting to see how this ages if I can keep it around that long.

Update 7/14/2010: Iíve kept a few bottles in my "cellar" for the last few months, and while I sort of suspect I may have overrated this when it first came out, I think my initial numbers were spot on for how itís drinking now. The sweetness and booziness have subsided. Itís still sweet, but not in the extreme that it originally was. The general flavor descriptors are the same, but itís certainly calmed down a bit and Iím really happy with it right now. And is it just me or is it hard to keep beer cellared when youíre just starting out?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2010
This is a thinner version of Dark Lord. Very sweet - definitely the molasses in both taste and nose. The licorice is subtle and well done. Alcohol is well hidden in respect. Wood and nut flavors in the lingering aftertaste. Additional aging will serve this one well but Iím glad I tried it "fresh". Bells is really top notch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (2000) - 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 donít know how long theyíll last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6036) - 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

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