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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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
This beer pours like 90W 120 gear oil! Very big flavor. I am very greatful to Mike and Ron forgiving me the privilage to tasing this beer.

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 (7945) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Thick blackened pour. Sits ominously in black stature with a tall tan puff of soft spongey foam. The head itself, once settled, looks a bit like a chocolate milk shake. The lacing is thick and heavily placed in moth holed, stringy sheeting. The pinnacle of a great looking pint full of stout. Darkly bittered chocolate aroma with a big breeze of alcohol on top. Complex hints to dark cherries, strawberry, molasses, and hazelnut waft within and the alcohol has a notion of clean peppermint breath mints. A big chocolatey, boozy breeze in the nose. Taste is all chocolate; mostly anyways. Fairly thick with cake batter, some burnt/charred edges and large, well rounded alcoholic warmth. Actually the warmth is a little rough and earthly dark, solidly biting; but yet, very inviting. Wow. Has nice dark cherry and molasses backing bringing in some sweet notes under the burntish chocolate and alcohol. Finish carries through with delicate and lasting dark chocolate bitterness, some drying roasty java, mint, caramel, warmth, and more warmth. Little tiny bits of the cherry sweetness sneaks in late; but man this stuff keeps the warm stuff a happening. Feel is large and in charge. Thick, lavishly full, textured in dark bitter tones, rough earthy warmth, and subtle placed sweetness. Finish is long lasting and quite a ride in delicacies with flavors and warmth. This fresh batch is quite evident of its 12%, not a slap in the face really, but perhaps a couple pokes. A lovely stout. The Bellís Batch series continues to impress. Its a chocolatier version of an Expedition and quite a nice one at that. Even with the 12% this didnít seem to slow me down as it was swimmingly delicious and perfectly warming with that nudge of roughness that made it stand out for me. Aging may help add some complexities? Now if only I could hold on to this stuff long enough to find out.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aracauna (3552) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Methinks this is better than Expedition. Thick, black body is topped by a dense, soupy brown head. The aroma big chocolate and perhaps a slight tad of soy. Thereís also a suprising dosage of hops in this one as well. The flavor is rich, but not overly sweet. The body is extremely creamy, but not overly sticky. Wow. Could perhaps use a bit of age to mellow out a bit and let the flavors meld together a little, but still amazing stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 (bonus brew by way of brewso AND MY 600TH RATING!)well here i am @ rating 600...its a special time so i need a special beer right?well this beer is damn near perfect for the occasion.so i dumped a bit of the batch 7000 into my stone impy stout glass.as it poured it looked just like expedition stout.thick and super black.although i did manage to get a little head out of this baby.a thin 1/4 dark brown head swam to the top,although it soon sunk beneath the black sea.as i raised the glass to my nose and took a swift sniff,this is what i could catch.first off was a bit of sweet chocolate,followed by black liquorice,fudge,alcohol,and cherries.the first sip changed in falvor so fast it was even hard to catch anything,let alone the complexity of the palate.on the second sip i could gather beef jerkey,cherries,smoke,chocolate,leather,and roasted malts.even 10 to 15 seconds after a sip ,bits of the beer still slid down my throat.the mouthfeel was super thick and the palate went on for days....what more can i say?


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