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Bells Batch 9000 Ale

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


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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

Goblincat's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2010
This is a really nice rich offering from Bells. The aroma is a really nice roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is very smooth and full of everything that makes me happy. This is good enough that I need to go buy some more to age it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bnokk (464) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Drinken in 2916. APPEARANCE- super black, lighter head than it’s inspiration (batch 7000). It looks very thin. NOSE- sweet boosiness!! Oh, sweet boozy beer. FLAVOR- also sweeter than expected, and the booze is hidden well. Excellent balance of the sweetness and the boosy and roasty backbone stout. NOTES- this one may be at its peak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Dark brown color, but with a nice ruby umber color when held to the light. Taller, mildly diminishing khaki colored head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, bourbon balls and hints of sake. Aromas seem a bit disjointed. As it sets the scents seem to get a bit more vinous, and have a few port qualities. Sweet malt and vinous flavors from the start. Roasted malt, port wine, oaked sherry and sweet roasted nut all wander about in the flavors. Quite hot on the tongue. Cherry spirits come to mind with my last few sips. Half a bottle on a cold night by the fire, I think, is my limit with this one. Late in the finish I feel I’m sucking on an under attenuated pile of goo. I’m not sure this is going to age, but I’ll give it a try. 6/10 Re-rate soon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3735) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with hardly any head. Aroma of alcohol, molasses, sweet malt, chocolate malt, raisin, dark fruits. Flavor of super sweet malt initially, followed by roasted malt and charred malt, licorice, creme brûlée. Sweet, syrupy, very thick. Not my favorite style of beer but I can appreciate its complexity. 7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (4207) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle from the rotter. Holy huge anise, molasses, tar, figs, freaking awesome nose. Deep brown in color, small light khaki head. Man this smells grate. Taste is lightly acidic at first, almost apple thing. On second sip it shows some more dried fruit, light tar, always a touch of sugar. Damn this is good. No sign of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3919) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle share from Jake. Another well aged stout. Dancing on the border of sweetness, it comes off as a welcoming and warming, slightly syrupy brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2015
12oz bottle shared by Jake Black thin tan ring tons of caramel and chocolate sweetness some ABV heat at the end tasty and sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1368) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee, smells like bourbon for some reason. Appearance is black, light tan head, thick. Taste is very sweet, maybe raisins or prunes, milk chocolate, roasted malt at the end, but mostly dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation and oily. Overall, this is pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2437) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a nice black oil with a nice off white head and a beautiful lacing. The aroma is great lots of roast and dark fruits. There is a light sweet malt and a good booziness that wraps it all together. The flavor is solid. Lots of malt and a ton of dark fruits. Raisins and dates. The mouth feel is great. Thick and viscous with a great carbonation. It does come off a little syrupy there at the end. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and malty. Dark fruits come back and it finishes great. This is damn good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Aroma is amazing; roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, and sweet fruits. Taste is similar and very nice. Good, but lacks the hop bite... still very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle
While the label claims this beer might hold up for a long time I can tell that it already shows signs of slipping. I wish I would have tried the regular version side by side with the BA version when the opportunity presented itself. The remaining bottles will soon be drunk along with the rest of the Expedition Stouts as I wind down the cellar.

Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base pours densely with a cocoa head that slips to a thin layer of dirty head. Olives, roasted coffee, malt, and dark chocolate mix the good and bad. The bittersweet texture feels just a bit off the mark.

Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel coats the mouth with thick textures that define a rich imperial stout. Black licorice, almonds, coffee, and dark baker’s chocolate add depth yet the overall impression feels hollow at times. Despite being the weakest member of the Batch x,000 series from Bells it still merits a tick. Just drink it as soon as possible rather than letting it age another five years.

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