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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.


BeerIsMyGod's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerIsMyGod (17) - Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2010
The beer poured with a deep, rich color...almost black. The smell was of roasted plum with a slightly peachy note. The taste was amazing. It was sweet on the front end and finished with a hoppy bite on the back end. It had a nice coffee finish. The more air that was allowed to mingle with the beer, the more pronounced the licorice flavor. Amazing stuff.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5386) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2551) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3329) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1221) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1598) - 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 (227) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (1179) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1489) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (838) - 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!


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