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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
MacBoost (1584) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3106) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle share from Jake. Another well aged stout. Dancing on the border of sweetness, it comes off as a welcoming and warming, slightly syrupy brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
12oz bottle shared by Jake Black thin tan ring tons of caramel and chocolate sweetness some ABV heat at the end tasty and sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (613) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, smells like bourbon for some reason. Appearance is black, light tan head, thick. Taste is very sweet, maybe raisins or prunes, milk chocolate, roasted malt at the end, but mostly dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation and oily. Overall, this is pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1372) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a nice black oil with a nice off white head and a beautiful lacing. The aroma is great lots of roast and dark fruits. There is a light sweet malt and a good booziness that wraps it all together. The flavor is solid. Lots of malt and a ton of dark fruits. Raisins and dates. The mouth feel is great. Thick and viscous with a great carbonation. It does come off a little syrupy there at the end. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and malty. Dark fruits come back and it finishes great. This is damn good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njager246 (678) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Aroma is amazing; roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, and sweet fruits. Taste is similar and very nice. Good, but lacks the hop bite... still very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3325) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6051) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1820) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6612) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2993) - 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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