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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 610   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 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.

kftoone's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kftoone (9) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2012
I’m not much for anise. All in all a rich malty ale with thick white head. I sat on some for a year and the flavors mellowed and came around nicely. Still, i’m not an anise fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1187) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (565) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (211) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (954) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle, thanks for sharing guys! Dirty black pour with no head whatsoever. Sticky sweet stuff, lots of dark dried fruits, brown sugar, some vanilla and light chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1353) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle form a trade with preisMJ - thanks! Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a tiny brown head. Aroma of dark sweet fruits like figs, prunes, dates and raisins. Also some roasted malts, molasses, caramel and sweet liquorice. Slightly oxidized notes as well. Taste has those sweet dark fruits as well along with some molasses, caramel, little heat and some chocolate. A nice little sipper indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (632) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from trade with Matt. Pours almost black with a nice and smooth, yellow-brown, frothy head. Aroma has lots of dark, dried fruits like dates and figs and prunes. molasses, sweet caramel malts. A certain alcohol precense as well. Taste is very sweet up front, but gets more roasty, chocolaty and with some hints of coffee. Licorice, lots of caramel and a boozy finish. Greasy body with a low carbonation. Hard to place in style, but this is candy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (435) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a shortlasting light brown head. Aroma is raisins, dates, slight fruity coffee, caramel malts, molasses, some bitter chocolate. Taste is slight spices, caramel sweetness, molasses, some bitter coffee, slight chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Just opened in 2014. A fun little experiment...poured midnight black with no head. Oily, syrupy and sweet. Lots of deep brown sugar/molasses notes still present. Caramel is here too. Not as much fruit present but some raisin/fig does poke through. Great beer that held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11111) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle shared on the hotel patio in SD, 14/11/14, thanks to GT2 for hitting me up with this one in an IP. Pitch black with a dirty tan covering. Nose is earthy, dark fruits, bitter roast, dates, spice, leather, tar, burnt sugars, light charr. Taste comprises bitter roast, toffee, spice, molasses, toasted brown sugar, figs. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close full of roasted notes and dark fruits tempered with sweet licks. Decent enough impy, still holding up pretty well if a little sweet in places.

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