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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Batch 7000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Our 7000th batch is a special recipe to be brewed only once.

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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JaBier (7288) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz bottle. Dang, I forgot to write down the batch number on the back label (he he). Pours pitch black with a huge tan head. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is pretty much the same, with the alcohol presence being just a tad too much. Surprising, seeing as this stuff was bottled in í05. Wonder what another year or so might do. Still an amazing beer. Update - Usually not my style to update ratings, but I had this one again at the Hopsnobbery Collective stout tasting on 1.16.09 and it was the best of the night up against some of the big boys. Did not seem as astringent as the last bottle and that really brought out the other flavors, so I have bump the flavor up to 10. Aroma got bumped to 9, bringing overall to 19.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
12 oz bottle via trade with Adrian910ss. Thanks man! This is my 700 overall rating and 100 imperial stout rating. Thanks Andy for pointing out the crossing milestones. It was hard to find the last few impys but I managed. Wish I could have shared this one with you Andy! I havenít though about it till now but itís pretty crazy that 1 out of 7 beers Iíve rated was an Imperial Stout. After the past 2 weeks of not being able to find any unrated ones locally I guess that makes sense. Pours a rich velvety ruby toned black with a small disappearing burnt brown head. Body is very dense and free flowing as one. Nose is mouth watering to say the least. It teases with a rich darker chocolate aroma, fresh espresso, vanilla, a touch of bourbon, and a hint of plums/prunes. Flavors do not disappoint the tease of the nose. High quality dark Belgium chocolate, richly roasted malts that are pushed just to the edge of being bunt, a peppery wooden note begins to come to the party. Also on the list are some raisin. plum, and fig notes that get accented by a smoky almost cigar after taste. Flavors of roasted coffee beans as well. All of these wonderful flavors real ride along this deep roasted on the edge of burnt driving force. Mouth is perfectly smooth and slick with a slight almost bitterness on the sides. A ever slight alcoholic after taste. Wonderfully done beer and aged perfectly. If you have more please send my way!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours pitch black, completely opaque. Little chunks coming out as it pours from the bottle. Smells like sweet licorice, roasty chocolate. Just enough bite in the nose to balance out the sweetness, the best RIS iíve ever smelled. Taste starts off like a smooth, creamy chocolate, fading into a delicious roasty coffee and raisin finish, leaving a great bitter feel coating my mouth. This stuff has peaked, if you have a bottle NOW is the time to be drinking it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2011
700th rating! Bottle from 2005. Aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, espresso, wood, red wine and dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. Small light brown creamy head that mostly diminished and left speckled lace. Flavor is very sweet and med bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Just an incredible beer. Very chocolaty with great mouth feel and looks. The aroma and taste are just incredible. This beer has aged very well. It was an honor.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 6, 2007
What evil pours from this bottle, dense as unrefined petroleum and dark as the deepest reaches of space. Black is not a fitting color descriptor. Thick is an insult. A true Russian Style Imperial stout, definitive and turbulent. Another world class stout from Bells? You bet. Larry Bell is a genius. Thin, deep tan head rises from the depths and sinks slowly back underneath. Oily sheen glistens under all too bright lamplight. Lacing forms from sloshing first sips, dense and dark and sticky. The aroma is as dense as the body. Roasted malt that seems like it was rescued from a towering conflagration ignites the senses. The malt is smoky, vinous, rich and exacting in its drive forward. Chocolate follows, bitter and succulent. Coffee is delicate and fully roasty, and a full black cup dumped in doesnít even begin to stand up to the onslaught of roasted grains. Hops are brisk and citric and floral, copious. Dark fruits such as prunes, plums and black cherries squeeze into the melee. Molasses, brown sugar, anise and alcohol are noted. Juniper berry nuances provide a swift kick on the back side of every inhalation. Nosing this beer takes me far away, I feel lost in the Siberian night, cold and ready to bring my blood to the boiling point with a sip so anticipated I canít wait any longer. Rewarding is the taste, voluminous in flavor and complexity. Heavy bitterness shreds through like a diamond encrusted drill bit. Sweetness extinguishes the heat that so quickly set my tongue afire. Brash chocolate notes clash wildly with raw anise. This beer is so unbalanced itís ludicrous. I love it. Itís a bitter dessert espresso with Godiva liqueur and plums. The fruity notes are nearly lost among the heady malts and blasts of roast. The mouthfeel is exceedingly full, bittersweet and amply carbonated. With every sip my mouth is punished, a rare case study develops; with each ounce passing, the desire for more increases twofold. The finish is glamorous and punishing at once. Heavy bitterness lingers for what seems an eternity. What would seem at first like a challenging quaff is one of the most rewarding beer experiences Iíve ever had. Unbelievable.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brewkult (1) - USA - NOV 18, 2007 does not count
Thick dark blackness from the depths of Bellís brewery. The malt flavors tasted as if heavily roasted or even burned. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, and caramel weight heavily on the palate. This beer was a mighty triumph and testament to the excellence of U.S. craft beers. To bad it will never resurface.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Poured a oily opague black body with a thick, longlasting chestnut brown head. Strong dark chocolate aroma with hints of carmel, sweet cigar smoke, raisins, and coffee. Incredibly complex flavors. Dark bakers choclate, mild bourbon, dry oak, coriander, burnt coffee, and some citrus in the finish. Aged incredibly well!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of huge anise, quickly backed up by sweet coffee, sweet and bitter chocolate, ranging from tootsie roll to 85% cacao, big toffee, very earthy, woodsy nuttiness. Flavor quite decadent with a notable but perfectly delectable level of booze, highlighted by molasses, the toffee and those nutty, earthy notes (I very viscerally feel like Iím outside as I drink and smell this) and really comes full circle to a very minty, liccorice-y anise. Despite all the decadence, finishes medium-sweet, medium-dry with a big burst of chocolate, and with a notable level of bitterness even at this late date. Such a monster, yet I would still ascribe to it the words intricate and delicate. Best of all worlds for me. I wish this was called, well, anything that didnít indicate it was brewed 2000 batches ago never to be brewed again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2009
I think I got this via last years Secret Santa. If so, thank you Saint Nick. 12oz bottle pours a viscous, oily, opaque black with a very thin, bubbly tan head. Legs down the side of the glass like a fine scotch. Aroma is strong but doesnít beat you over the head, toast, roasted grain, raisions, dark chocolate, earth, tobacco, molasses. Flavor is very strong on the brown sugar, chocolate, slight coffee, toast, very heavy raisin, vanilla, bourbon, booze, molasses, nuts, you name it really. I was surprised at how drinkable this was, easy on the tongue for 12% alcohol but still very complex. Sweet and bitter on the end, thick and oily. A real treat. I wish I had a case. Bells really knows how to do their stouts.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2009
#700. 12oz bottle thanks to Northernbrews. Pours black with thin dark tan head. Aroma is sweet molassas, roasted malt, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and some booze. Flavor is roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, sweet fruit, and some booze. Mouthfeel is syrupy but smooth and creamy at same time. Stuff makes you just want to lick your lips after every sip. So nice to have a big impy that isnít dry. This is extreamy complex and about a good as a RIS can get. I cannot even imagine what the BA version would taste like.


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