1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Bell's Batch 7000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Batch 7000Bell's Batch 7000

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

342 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 342
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 10-07-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 342 | Reviews: 293 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of rodkin
rodkin

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Photekut for opening this at TN whales tasting, 3/16/2013.

Pours dark brown, hints of a coffee colored head but obviously a little low carb.

Nose has a touch of oxidation (this is a theme in a tasting with so many older bottles), brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, caramel.

Tastes like grass and paper, hints of cocoa and sugar too, this is obviously way past its prime.

Body is nice and full but low carb.

Clearly a shell of what it was, never tried it fresh but I imagine this would've been a great beer. In its current state it's not undrinkably bad, but not what I'd call good either.

5.1/10

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 17:24:43 | More by AlexFields
Photo of Brabander
Brabander

Netherlands

4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from my buddy Robert (T0rin0) for shipping some beers to him recently. Thanks for this beer Robert!

Poured in my small Struise glass this beer looks absolutely perfect. Deepdeepdark fluid with a supernice head. Lacing is superb in this glass. Smell of boozyness and roasted coffee and very dark chocolate.

Taste with some light bitterness. Very good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:41:38 | More by Brabander
Photo of stakem
stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this. 12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark brown color a bit fudgy looking in the glass with lighter brown and reddish hints around the edges. A cap never really forms across the top but a light ring of big bubble formation collects around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is dark and raisony with a fruity alcohol edge blended into chocolate. A light amount of oxidation is present giving this a pleasant depth and by no means distracting. The complexity of dark fruit character gets increasingly enjoyable as the brew warms up.

The taste still has plenty of booziness but it integrates well with the rest of the profile. Maltiness of chocolate blends into raisiny alcohol esters that are minorly fusel. Some herbal earthy bitterness is there to contrast. Like the nose, there is a soft oxidative aspect deepening the complexity of the brew.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a sticky feel to it that while it retains some residual sweetness is not cloying or overly sweet at all. In a time when high octane brews are all the rage, I tip my hat to bells for producing a great brew with balance as complexity that has aged like a champ. For 12% abv, you know its there but it is well integrated and more mellow than some other offeringd at much lower abv percentages.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 14:48:52 | More by stakem
Photo of repkovalev
repkovalev

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slow and viscous pour. Pretty much no head, but there is perfect amount of carbonation. This beer is 7 years old!

Really a beautiful mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. Notes of chocolate, coffee, plum and very subtle cherry. Quite sweet. This has aged extremely well. It's balanced and complex. Whomever said "soy sauce," must of had a bad one or didn't like it. Mine is spectacular!

I really wish I would have saved this for a special occasion, because this was my last and only Bells Batch 7000. The longer this is open, the more the sweetness of the beer intensifies. I liked it the most when it was cooler and a little subtle. 45 minutes after opening and it's UUPPEr sweet

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 06:47:15 | More by repkovalev
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Derek!

The pour is just about black in color with no head and very minimal carbonation. Strong notes of soy sauce and licorice. There is definitely some booziness to it and lots of roasted malt, maybe some dark chocolate. Quite oxidized. Things don’t change much on the palate. Heavy on the soy sauce with a strong sweetness. Licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of toast. Really just oxidized and old.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:18:50 | More by womencantsail
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Fred,

Beer is relatively dark, black. Thin haloed head, no lacing, low retention low carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, a little sherry, paper, stlil a little alcohol coming through.

Very thrilled to try this beer honestly. It is sweet, molasses, a little booze, a little alcohol, a dry finish, the body is like thin syrup a little, if that makes sense. Developing nicely from what I've read of the earlier reviews.I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:56:27 | More by drabmuh
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle shared by Fred. Thanks!!

Pours an opaque black with dark chocolate brown tinges around the edges. Dark brown-reddish head that has surprising retention, but little lacing. Interesting aroma of roast, oak, molasses and licorice dominate, but fairly sweet and mildly fruity. First sip brings light licorice and cherry flavors making me wonder if we opened 9000 first by accident. Then we opened 9000 and oh, yea, never mind, this much more enjoyable than...that. Viscous full body with low carbonation; oily and slick. Flavor is sweet and malty with a soft smoke and oak dryness balancing out the molasses and licorice. Aging very well; still more of a novelty stout to me, but am hopeful if 9000 is given 5 to 15 more years it might turn out to be enjoyable like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:39:10 | More by yourefragile
Photo of backfat
backfat

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my buddy evan(muskabeatz) for the tick.

pours a tar black. dark brown head after a forceful pour.

aroma is vanilla, coconut, browny fudge, and delightful chocolate.

tastes has a fair amount of bitterness. bakers chocolate and dark bitter chocolate with a milky lactose mouthfeel.

absolutely a treat. think this one will be at it's peak when the bitterness fades a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:13:37 | More by backfat
Photo of warnerry
warnerry

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to david131 for this one.

A - Pours a thick opaque black with 11.5 fingers of brown head. Head persists for awhile, before fading to a thin layer with a nice collar. Leaves scant lacing down the sides of the tulip glass.

S - Big aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee and molasses coming through next. Also a subtle but noticeable presence of dark dried fruits and hints of smoke. This smells fantastic. A lot going on, but seems to work well together. A faint alcohol presence.

T - All of the elements of the smell are also present in the taste. Starts a bit sweet, but is quickly overtaken by a roasty bitterness that persists all the way through the finish. Roasted malts, chocolate, more coffee than in the smell, and some nice dried fruits. A faint acidity. Finishes a bit dry.

M - Thick, oily mouthfeel. A nice creaminess considering all of the bitter flavors.

O - Really glad to have tried this. It is drinking very well right now. Definitely not an everyday beer, but a very nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 19:13:46 | More by warnerry
Photo of ColdPoncho
ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400

Thanks for the taste of this, Cam
From notes, 9-6-2011

A - Deep black body with a dark yellowish brown head. It's a very cool color.

S - wow! this is big. Chocolate, dark malts, roasted barley, some light raisin, some dry smokey meats.

T - Dry roasted malts, dry smoked meats, dark fruits, chocolate. Really great complexity and very enjoyable flavor.

M - Big, robust, full. You get the idea.

O - This is 6 years old. Shit. Great great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 16:00:00 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of Urbancaver
Urbancaver

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. An interesting thick yellow almost on the swirls. Smells sweet and roasty. Smells pretty malty and stellar. Tastes sweet, thick, roasty. Boozy as all get out. Some light oxidization. Very nice thick mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 21:48:34 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of beagle75
beagle75

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color, with one finger of diminishing orangish-beige foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely roasty, with wood smoke that is featured over other expected characteristics such as coffee or chocolate. Deep savoriness lurks as malt turns huskier. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with an assault of scorched malt, brown sugar, and lesser wood smoke. Acidity is moderate, detectable but not distracting. Coffee emerges aggressively in the middle, espresso-like. Besides being bracingly bitter, it harbors drying wood, bourbon, and even popcorn in the finish. Moderate booziness pervades throughout, further elevating this beer unexpectedly.

M: Thick viscosity; chewy, warming, and slightly astringent on the palate; with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a charismatic imperial stout, despite the 12% abv entry fee it demands. Qualities are remarkably complimentary to each other, with enormous and interesting flavors anchoring the others. It compels further consumption, rewarding rather than challenging the drinker. At age six this beer is drinking beautifully, clearly in it for the long haul.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 13:10:38 | More by beagle75
Photo of ditmier
ditmier

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to the dark benefactor motortoddhead!!!...Thanks man!...Pours thick and almost black with a slowly apprearing head that starts orangey tan and slowly lightens in color...aroma is big and bold, chocolate syrup, molassas, port wine...coats the mouth like frosting, flavour is similar, bitter cocoa, coffee, vanilla, burnt wood and molassas...flavour does not let up, lingering bitterness that lasts close to a minute...a beautiful brew that still has plenty of legs...

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 23:56:44 | More by ditmier
Photo of claspada
claspada

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours completely black with almost no head. Very viscous and syrup-like. Aromas begin with a lot of molasses and licorice with warm barrel wood and a warming alcohol nose. Cocoa and dark acrid bitter chocolate also come out but are secondary.

The tastes are really bitter and roasted. Rich bitter molasses and licorice; syrupy with dark bitter acrid chocolate and roasted, nor burnt espresso beans. No hops what so ever but after so much aging it is to be expected. Bitterness and smokiness continue to dominate in the aftertaste making this borderline unpalatable for my tastes.

The mouthfeel is super rich, viscous; way too thick and warm on the finish. I like a thick stout but this may be a little bit too much.

Overall this is a seriously bitter dark monster of a beer. Too much for my tastes to be honest. Too much bitterness from either the dark roasted malts or ample early hop additions. I pretty much hate Bells and everything I have ever had from them; I have no desire to try anything else from them anytime soon. I do not understand the love for a brewery which continuously under-delivers (and under-carbonates) every beer they release.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 21:08:14 | More by claspada
Photo of muskabeatz
muskabeatz

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was courtesy of my good friend Mattyb319. Thanks a bunch for sharing, it was a treat!

A- This pours dark as night with a one finger mocha head laying on top. When held up to the light, one can see some faint garnet hues surfacing around the edges. You could tell this one was pretty thick when we were pouring it. Beautiful beer!

S- This has just about everything you could ever want from a big American stout. It is bursting with dark chocolate, a robust roastyness, and a bit of licorice.

T- Taste follows the nose, and adds a really interesting element in the finish which seems like very faint tart cherries. Integrated into the flavor profile it makes the beer seem vaguely like a chocolate covered cherry, as there is tons of luscious cocoa up front. Only complaint I have is that the taste is maybe slightly subdued compared to the outstanding aroma.

M- Thick, oily, low carbonation. Absolutely spectacular how this beer has held up to age.

Overall this beer is fantastic. Based on the bottle that we consumed I would say this is drinking in its prime right now, and I wish I had a case of this stuff to drink myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 20:54:24 | More by muskabeatz
Photo of koopa
koopa

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with one of my best BA trade partners thanks!

Appearance: Pours super deep mahogany to black with a smidge of a dark beige crown. No retention or lace.

Smell: Bold notes of deep roast malt, anise, molasses, alcohol mixed in a hypnotically pleasant way, a hint of oak, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Malt, a bit of alcohol soaked sweet cherries, some floral hops, and a dash of soy sauce combine for a fairly good experience.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of thin bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall: An interesting beer that I'm sure changes in flavor profile every 4 months. I'm pretty happy with the time I chose to open the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:26:48 | More by koopa
Photo of AleWatcher
AleWatcher

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Blind beer from NLmartin.
Poured in my New Belgium Globe as I stand at the grill in 40
Degree chilliness...

Pour makes me think I chose a good beer to take outside with me... Very dark. Oily, inky, viscous... Dark creamy tan head of 2 fingers settles to a frothy cap. Mmmmm this looks pretty nice.

Smells of licorice, oak, chocolate, and a fruit note I can't quite place. I'm thinking an oak-aged imperial stout... Or a Bourbon Barrel aged one that was bottled some time ago... Either way-- me likey.
The beer starts off slightly sweet before bitter dark cocoa comes in... A bitterness that reminds me of string coffee and dark chocolate. Some black licorice and dark sweet fruits just before the finish. The finish is dry, slightly oaky, and touched with a perfect level of booziness. This is delicious. It is really hitting the spot here!

The body is thick and oily with a nice low carbonation level helping it feel exceptionally creamy and thick.

This is a great beer. No doubt. I would be more than happy to drink this again!

---reveals beer to be---
Bells Batch 7000.

Holy shit man!
Niiice! Thanks for this one! I tried a couple sips at a tasting and loved it, but I was too half in the bag to review it!
I am really surprised to reveal this and discover that it isn't barrel or oak aged.... Wow. This beer has a lot of complex flavor.

Huuuge props!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:06:55 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of JAXSON
JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Steve for the bottle. Pours a completely opaque black, thick, with a small dark mocha head. Nose is pungent, kind of peaty, almost salty, and charred, ashy. Very nice, reminds me of good Dark Lord or some of the De Molen reserve stuff. Mouth is fairly briney, still some salt, kind of smoky. A bit of bitter heat on the finish, the same bitterness I don't really like in Expedition Stout. Thick and heavy in the mouth, fairly high internal carbonation. Really it's the finish I don't really love on this, otherwise it's quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:29:04 | More by JAXSON
Photo of billab914
billab914

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured thick and pitch black, with a moderate tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich, dark chocolate and dark fruit presence to it. I get a bit of a booze soaked, chocolate covered cherry flavor to it which I really like. Some molasses and vanilla come out of it as well. It gives off a little of a barrel aged character to it as well.

The taste starts off with some bitter-sweet, dark chocolate and roasty flavors. Midway I start to get a lot of the dark fruit, cherry like flavors to it. Again I get a bit of a very nice boozy, chocolate covered cherry flavor. A little cocoa comes through in the finish as well as a little barrel age character. Excellent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability is very good, I loved the flavors. I'm not sure if it was aged on any oak or in a barrel, but I got a little of that type of flavor to it. Really liked the chocolate and the cherry flavors it seemed to have to it as well. Excellent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:26:49 | More by billab914
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 11/05/10 notes. Had at a small tasting thanks to ygtbsm9; thanks Brad.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, licorice, roasted malts, and chocolate. Still very complex, I thought it smelled great.

t - Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, bitter hops, and alcohol. Not quite as complex as the smell, but still very good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Great feel to it.

d - I thought this one has held up great. I thought the smell was outstanding and quite complex. Would love to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:58:46 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Chaney
Chaney

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a tasting we just had! Brad (aka. ygtbsm94) pulled this out of his bag of brews to surprise us yet again!

A: Pours black as night, with a slight almond-colored head. I would need night vision goggles to detect any carbonation.

S: This smells uncannily like Dark Lord. That same chocolate cherry-cordial quality is evident as well as a slight hop bitterness. These qualities take over the nose and doesn't let it go.

T: Very sweet, but it melts into the mouth nicely. I really dig the mild salty aftertaste (ala. "Payday" bar), which has a quality very reminiscent of celery seed.

M: Milky texture, sweetness is there but remarkably well executed, and the mild bitterness adds to its charm.

D: I wish I could get this all the time. The finish on this one makes it (for me) a particularly memorable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:11:50 | More by Chaney
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

A: Opaque. Black with a thick beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing.

S: Bountiful rich, roasted malt. Alcohol presence is very muted. Smells promising.

T: Fabulous! One of the best imperial stouts I have tasted. Age has worked wonders on this beer. Incredibly smooth with a subtle bitterness, this is a delicious brew to sip slowly.

M: Silky smooth with alcohol extremely well hidden. Again, the aging process has greatly enhanced this beer.

D: A really delicious brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:58:21 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of cpetrone84
cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a jet black color with a creamy dark tan colored creamy head.

S-the nose has lots of roasty malts, notes of wood, hints of alcohol, dark chocolate, residual sugars and dark plums and hints of black cherries.

T-lots of roasty malts up front, light notes of wood, loads of sweetness in the back. this has dark chocolate and some rum cake like flavors behind the roasted malts, the wood presence is faint, the sweetness is fairly assertive with dark plums and black cherries.

M-full bodied, thick and syrupy, somewhat sticky in the back, strong carbonation to balance the huge chewy body, creamy with hints of a dry finish.

D-this is balanced very well, lots of sweetness but not overly sweet at all. if this was barrel aged the wood presence is light, the booze is still there with notes of heat, tasty stuff and holding up extremely well!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:35:11 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of newk340
newk340

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

found in my parents basement in an assorted 6-pk of miller high life and corona

A: thick midnight pour that holds a thin ring of foam with little lacing.

S: lots of warm chocolate/licorice fumes astound the senses.

T: EPIC. subtleness of all flavors makes this aged batch play a symphony for your senses.

MF/D: simply dissolves in your mouth, very little lingering heat. sadly i only was able to find a single bottle. best tout i have EVER tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:03:53 | More by newk340
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bell's Batch 7000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.