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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: 596   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours medium brown, opaque black in the glass with a tall yellow-tan head, only temporary lacing. Aroma has excellent travel, lots of dried fruit, especially figs, a touch of caramel harmonizes well with the alcohol. Flavor-wise, liquefied raisins with a hint of tootsie roll. Decidedly sweet, cinnamon spice and peaches hovering over the front, caramel linger. Covers its high alcohol content well, full body, smooth, warming.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3578) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle: Deep, dark brown with a small, dark tan head. Aroma is smoky, chocolate and molasses. Taste is incredibly rich...molasses, chocolate malt, smoke, licorice. Substantial alcohol warmth and thick, dried, dark fruit tones....raisiny..... Big and chewy..Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7555) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Intense licorice, raisin, molasses, chocolate malt and herbal aroma. Dark black-brown with small head. Sweet raisin, molasses, chocolate malt, and moderately strong bitter herbal licorice flavor. Unique and enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (641) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Draft at HopCat GR - pours a murky brownish color . Aromas of dark fruit and molasses . Taste has some black licorice and lots of sweet molasses . Surprisingly still pretty boozy . Tasty . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (918) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Kevin L. Pours opaque dark brown with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, and whiskey-soaked raisins. Taste: sweet, but balanced by roasty bitterness. In addition to the flavors in the aroma, there’s also brown sugar, marshmallow, and soy. Palate: full body, slick, oily texture. Lasting sweet, roasty, almost smoky, warming alcohol finish. Overall: surprisingly lively and potent, not without it’s charm. A nice, slow sipping, sweet and rich imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to deyholla! Pours opaque black with a small brown head that fades fairly quickly leaving nice residual and lacing. Lots of molasses in the aroma, date, roasted malts, a bit of coffee, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, lots and lots of molasses, and here is the black licorice as well, lots of dark dried fruits, chocolate, more licorice. You know, I don’t like licorice, but it actually works well here. Light bitterness lingering to the finish. Full rich creamy mouthfeel, almost tongue coating. Only a mild hint of the whopping huge ABV. This is a pretty nice offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (773) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to beechner224. Pours a murky brown color. Huge boozy aroma, lots of toffee, dark fruits, caramel, spices. Big thick chewy mouthfeel. Lots of toffee, caramel, melanoidans, booze, fairly sweet dark fruity finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2530) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Black pour. Smell is oxidized chocolate and booze. Taste raisin chocolate, smooth oxidized. Decent but past is prime for me. Thanks Ken!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (663) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle in trade. Pours a dark brown with really no head. Aroma of dark fruit and raisins. Lots of sweet malts. Taste is mellow compared to the aroma. Its sugary sweet, with no much roast. Imperial stout? I think not, more like a barley wine. Its really sweet, but no alcohol burning, so thats good. Interesting beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabic (420) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
Ar: Raisins and molasses - booze - currant and soy sauce. Ap: Deep brown, opaque - tiny light mocha head, leaves a thin ring and slight web. T: Sweet, soy sauce - light charcoal, lots of raisins and booze - coconut and currants, a bit peppery - medium-high bitterness - tingling alcohol lingers into the finish, with pepper and burnt sugar. P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium. O: There is a lot of complexity in this ale, some really interesting flavors - but, the sweet soy flavor and higher alcohol flavors just dominate to the point where they become distracting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1061) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark black with a small khaki head. big molasses dark fruit and a bit of raisin taste.


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