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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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

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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Severe saturation, no head, strong aromatics with a touch of sour. Amazing beer with defined dried apricot meat, creamy effers, and a long savory finish. Trump!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
juandela (3) - kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010 does not count
Probably my favorite of the Batch series. Dark, almost black pour. Lighter tan head. The reason that this beer stands out for me is the sweetness of the brew. While 10000 is a smokey, meaty meal of a beer, this 12.5%er is much less of a commitment. Larry Bell is the godfather of the midwestern craft brewing scene and this beer is/was a superb example of the reasons why.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Wow...big Bourbon taste, smooth and a dark color. Amazing...and 13.9% Use caution if having more than one.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2010
Pours a solid, dense black and forms a thick, 1-inch, creamy, tan head. The nose suggests anise, molasses, dried dark fruit, and vanilla. The body is medium-high, with chocolate, molasses, umami, and lurking malt and caramel. The lingering is long and sweet, with hints of licorice, umami, and coffee. The first sip is almost overwhelming, but builds desire for more. Although this ale is by no means a quaffer, it is moreish! As dessert, with dessert, after the meal . . . it all works. Another contemplative brew. I’ll have to cellar some and see if I can leave it be long enough to see how it ages!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iheartmnbeer (7) - Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2013 does not count
Served on tap @ Pracna on Main. 5oz. pour. Lots going on in this brew. Heavy bourbon aroma in this pitch black concoction. Has tastes of chocolate, molasses, caramels, and the smokey deliciousness of the bourbon barrels. Drinks very smooth and the ABVs are well hidden. Easily one of my all time favorites.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (788) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Black as night pour with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, molasses, dried fruits, and licorice. Taste is much the same, with a beautiful sweet finish. The abv is well hidden too. This was a really wonderful beer, one of the best imperial stouts Ive ever had. Its a shame they dont make this anymore.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2098) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Hahahahahaha, what a beer! Shitfire, boy. Poured with a nice medium light tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque ever so slightly brownish black. Aroma is a heady mix of fresh hop, chocolate. yeasty, raisins and other dark ripe fruit, and a bit of roastiness. BIG, BIG BEER. Flavor is like aroma but very intense bittersweetness. Was hard to concentrate on what the body was like because of the power of the flavor. But, without digressing, the body is full, round and perfectly carbonated. Finish is long, bitter, a little boozy, and ultimately malty sweet.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (1903) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Definitely one of the worst "batch series" i have had. Way too sweet. Way too much licorice and molasses. Maybe will get better with age. But because it is Bells, and Kalamazoo rocks, and west coast Michigan rocks, it gets high points in my book. Glad I didn’t pick up the case I ordered. Sorry Ari.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James and Vinny in honor of James’ last day at that shithole Muisc & Arts. Pours a deep, hazy mahogany opaque with a thin, half-finger tan head. Aroma of licorice, cranberry, Sharpie marker, brandy, chocolate, and molassess. Medium bodied, espeically considering the alcohol content. Finishes with a plum, cherry, and bittersweet cocoa. Overall, an amazingly interseting, complex, excellently crafted brew. Definitely try this if you come across a bottle.


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