MrBunn (2868) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Sample at Bells. Black and thick with little head and aromas of chocolate, soy, burnt malt and a little herbal hops. Flavor is heavy of soy and chocolate with dark fruit and a heavy motor oil mouthfeel. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
On tap at bells 12/10/11. Pours a dark brown... Smells like lots of things. Burnt malt... Copper, licorice and smoke. Taste is comparable with pale coffee and chocolate but a little weakish. Compares to 7000 but 7000 it is not. At least not to me anyway. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2011
This poured a straight black color with a tan head. Aroma was lots of herbal and grassy hops, melded on top of chocolate, smoke and roast. Flavor was very bitter between the hops and the roast. Lots of dark chocolate and smoke too. Another great stout from Bells Silphium (3269) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Draft at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep, opaque charcoal body, thin tan to ochre head. Nose of molasses, charred, roasted malts, and berries; sweet. Heavy, plummy body, rich and silky, with roasted malts, molasses, and burnt sugars, sticky plums, hints of licorice and bitter piny, leafy hops. Brash and aggressive but very satisfying. 574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Finally get to rate this. On tap at Bells a couple days after "All Stouts Day." All the stouts were still there, though, and this one, along with the Black Note was just knock-out awesome. It’s a recreation of Bells Batch 7000, but with a lower ABV (10.4%) than previously. A dry-hopped impy stout, and a damn fine one. A smoky aroma and like velvet on the tongue. Plenty sweet, strong, and ballsy. They have my permission to bottle it, but if not, head up to K-zoo and get some.
cubs (10745) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Tap @ Bells. 10.4% abv. Black appearance with a brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate, light piney hoppy, light molasses aroma. Fairly thick mouth feel. Piney hoppy, rich chocolate malty, slight black licorice (which I seem to get in a lot of their stouts), coffee flavor. Not bad. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Pours an opaque black, tight small tan head. The nose is extremely hoppy, slightly burnt malt with notes of licorice, sweet hop, citric and herbal, almost a touch tea like. The flavor is similar, more roasted malt and coffee with the strong hop presence in the second half. A touch less tea like and a bit more stout like than the nose with a full body, a hint oily, with nice carb.