Bell's Batch 7000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Black hole black that crowds the glass so completely that highlights don't have a chance. The creamy crown is a gorgeous shade of buttery caramel that looks even better as it begins to melt, leaving a stunning array of lace in the process. Regarding appearance, this is the stout by which all other stouts will now be judged.
The aroma, while great, can't possibly live up to that same standard. Well-roasted malt is clearly king. Bittersweet chocolate, black licorice and a puff of smoke are most prominent. Dark fruit and hops.. not so much. The prodigious amount of hops that were present right after bottling have, of course, faded over the course of almost three years.
Now *this* is what a double stout should taste like! My hopes were high (as they are for all Bell's Batch beer), but 7000 has exceeded them with ease. I knew that hanging onto this beast would pay big dividends when I finally got around to cracking the cap. Has it ever!
The complexity inherent in each sip is truly stunning. I'll attempt to do the flavor justice, but perfection is difficult to put into words. Despite what my nose thinks, dark fruit is a central part of the flavor profile. Tawny port-macerated blackberries, plums and raisins explode as soon as beer contacts taste buds. Gotta love those berries.
The star of show is black licorice. It's almost as if a few shovelfuls of anise seed were added to the kettles. Dark chocolate is also present, as is espresso. The considerable sweetness of the beer is perfectly balanced by a still kickin' amount of bitter hoppiness. Amazingly enough, the sky-high ABV is nowhere to be found on the palate. A pleasant warming sensation is the only evidence of its existence. That and my increasingly fuzzy brain.
The mouthfeel has to have suffered since September 2005. Or has it? 7000 may not be the biggest and brawniest Imperial stout on the big beer block, but it's one of the silkiest and one of the crushed velvety smoothest. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see this amazing elixir hold up for another 3 years or longer.
I love it when I expect great beer and get out-of-this-world beer instead. Let's get right to the bottom line. Larry Bell is one of America's best brewers and Batch 7000 is the best beer that he has ever created. Yes, it's that good.
Serving type: bottle
08-05-2008 15:42:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.85/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Dan for sharing this bottle.
Pours pitch black with no head. Looks like moderate thickness, maybe slightly on the thin side. Tiny bit of caramel coloring at the edges.
Smell is really sweet, vanilla, cherry, milk chocolate, licorice, molasses. Definitely smells oxidized, but nice.
Taste is licorice, slight bitterness, chocolate, molasses, oxidation.
Mouthfeel is medium thickness, very slight carbonation. Slick, slightly oil.
This beer is very sweet, but tasty. I can't help but think it's past its prime, however. Would have liked to try this fresh. At this point it is frankly a bit cloying, and difficult to drink more than 4-5 ounces.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2013 18:09:47 | More by rodkin
Bell's Batch 7000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.