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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

 (RETIRED)
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98
75
style
Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.


MacBoost's rating

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Pours a thick oil stain black with almost no head. Aromas of anise, chocolate, raisins, liquorish. First sip reveals too much liquorish. Blah. Cloying, boring, meh. Fuck this garbage juice. Don’t seek this shit out.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (5667) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
Almost black color with a beige layer. Dried fruit, molasses and portwine. Full body and a soft carbonation. Slightly sweet. Complex and heavy stuff. Toffee, dried fruits, portwine, raisins and plums. Nice evening sipper. Some alcohol coming up as it get warmer.
[Bottle at bergstaden plaza at Røros in Norway]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1692) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Deep dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is liquorice, soy sauce, dates, raisins, soy sauce. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel, roasty on the palate with a slightly boozy finish. Taste is liquorice, molasses, raisin, dates, blackcurrant.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JAN 21, 2015
12oz bottle was bottled on January 27, 2010. I found this by accident in my basement tonight, and decided to see how it had aged. Pours a clear dark reddish cherry color nearing black as it filled the glass, and settled nearly headless with a sparse collection of beige bubbles working their way through the viscous liquid. Light passes as a brilliant blood orange red as the beer is backlit. I also noticed very fine particulates suspended throughout the body of the beer. Aroma is massive and complex - dark fruits, port, brandy, cacao and nut character. Flavor is tawny leather suggesting salted meats, oak and vanilla, rum and raisin, figs and tobacco, and a sweet complexity that tied it all together. What an outstanding work of art. This beer has truly aged with the best of them, and I regret not having shared it due to its limited availability at this point. It may have been an imperial stout at one time, but this is closer to a barleywine or strong ale at this point, near undefinable in style. Full bodied, muted carbonation, and sweet dark fruit finish. Delicious and an incredible experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (313) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Strong bourbon boozy aroma. Taste same but slight sweetness to balance out the alcohol. Smooth finish. Great stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit and licorice. Similar flavors to nose and very sweet, booze is present but not overpowering, really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle-I tucked this bottle in the back of my fridge for over 5 yrs. I feel it was time to crack it open. Pours dark brown hue with a small fizzy tan head. Not very dark from an impy stout. Nose at this age is full of molassas, sweet roast, lite soy (for 5 yrs old its not bad in the soy dept), still has very strong notes of char, roast and bitter chocolate. I would have expected the sweetness to die down just a tad, but its still there as if it were fresh. It needs more char to make it bold. Still, it has aged pretty nicely. It was borderline undrinkable fresh (which i never rated then) but did have a couple fresh bottles back then. glad tor have a rating for it though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle
While the label claims this beer might hold up for a long time I can tell that it already shows signs of slipping. I wish I would have tried the regular version side by side with the BA version when the opportunity presented itself. The remaining bottles will soon be drunk along with the rest of the Expedition Stouts as I wind down the cellar.

Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base pours densely with a cocoa head that slips to a thin layer of dirty head. Olives, roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate mix the good and bad. The bittersweet texture feels just a bit off the mark.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel coats the mouth with thick textures that define a rich imperial stout. Black licorice, almonds, coffee, and dark baker’s chocolate add depth yet the overall impression feels hollow at times. Despite being the weakest member of the Batch x,000 series from Bells it still merits a tick. Just drink it as soon as possible rather than letting it age another five years.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1255) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
Thanks to Owen for sharing this rarity Black pour with hints of ruby, light tan head that falls to a nice ringed collar. Nose has notes of oxidation. Some wet cardboard, port, sherry, roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. Taste up front was sherry and cardboard. Opened up OK and allowed for coffee, licorice, chocolate, roast, tar, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla. Thought more of a strong ale than a IS. Slightly sweet, hides the ABV very well, undercurrents of fruit and roast forgive the box and sherry taste up front. Probably was wicked a year or two ago.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1682) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2015
Thank you GT2 for the botle - Black with a low brown head - Sweet malt aroma - Dark sweet malt body with dark fruits, raisins and licorice - Dark malt body With fruity tones and some alcohol in the back - This was nice

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle thanks to northernbrews for sharing. Murky brown pour with almost no head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Packed with dark fruit, vanilla, butterscotch, brandy, and molasses. Tastes like brandy, dark rum , vanilla, molasses, tobacco, light soy, and light caramel. Light booze in the finish. Medium to full body. Surprisingly smooth too. Seems to have aged very well but I never had it fresh.


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