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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: 607   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 (16) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (160) - 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 (780) - 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 (1257) - Aalborg, 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 (455) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (298) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (581) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 4, 2014
12oz bottle - I wasn’t sure exactly how to rate this beauty. According to BP, the style was an Imperial Stout???! Really? I really didn’t get any imperial stout characteristics, but did get a TON of barleywine-ish/dopplebock-like aromas/flavors. This beer was truly outstanding in nearly every phase that a beer can be outstanding. Aroma brings waves and waves of leather, raisins, madeira/brandy, melted vanilla ice cream with some not so subtle chocolate. The flavor in this beer is so incredibly complex, it was very difficult for me at least to really nail down flavors because it kept changing through the 12oz. Some sips there were caramelized walnuts coated with semi-dark chocolate. Other flavors it was liquid leather and pipe tobacco. Other times it’d take on dark, overripe dried fruits like figs and raisins soaked in brandy or madeira....rich and deep. A sweet beer...one of the sweeter beers I’ve had in awhile. But the complexity...this will go down as one of the better beers I’ve ever had. Thank you to kinger for sending me this world class beer. If it’s not on your "must have" list...better put it on there!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1303) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle. Poured almost black brown with ring of head. Aroma boozy licorice dark fruit. Light carb med bod. Tons o dark fruityness light bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"a little hot...definitely a sipper. kinda like a World Wide Jr. molasses, smoke, licorice, sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, etc...in the aroma and flavor. a little much at the start, i really liked it by the end as it reached room temp. "


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