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

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 150
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Wildman on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 350 | Reviews: 294
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average stout, though thick had some mid sip sourness to it, and too much coffee. Roasty but a tad burnt. What do they want it to be, beside big. Have appreciated better some subtler stouts that did not have to be big roast, big coffee, whatever. A bit too much at lunch.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was able to try a good portion of this at DLD 2009. Finally getting around to inputting some notes.

Poured a very thick black with a good-sized mocha head and some nice residual head as it makes its way down. The smell is of plenty of rich dark chocolate, bits of coffee, roasted malt, and a few dark fruits. The taste is quite similar, with some darker sugars coming into play as well. Mouthfeel is very thick, and the years of aging have introduced a few nice port-like flavors and taken away some of the heat. Nice drinkability. Thanks to jerk44, who I believe is the one who poured this for me.

Photo of brentk56
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Mysterious pitch black color with a chocolate milk shake head that retains well and leaves foamy lace

Smell: There is the obligatory coffee and chocolate, but the licorice and oxidized aromas add a different dimension

Taste: Dark chocolate at the outset, with the licorice and espresso flavors developing by mid-palate; despite the age, there still is a hop presence as well that adds an interesting dimension; after the swallow, there is a progression much like the initial impression

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Radically different and superb, this needs to be resurrected down the road

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Session 2: May 26, 2007
This beer has matured wonderfully. The sharp hops have mellowed into a strong earthy, dull bittering, and mouth drying contributor to the heavy, heavy malts, chocolate, and espresso flavors. As bold as ever, but will smoother edges. This comming from a guy who usually does not like the conflict of strong hops and strong malts. Understandable why this brew is among the best.

Session 1: October 14, 2005 (Review 4.35)
A seriously yummy libation. At one whiff, it's all hops--hot hop, grassy, pine-ey character. Light light but pronounced heavy stout character with a bit of tartness showing up at the end of the aroma. Flavors are dominant of hops upfront but quickly subside, allowing strong firm sweetness of roasted malts, barley malts and coffee flavors to dominate. Often, these beers remain too hot and spicy because of the hops and lend a metalic or salty flavor that I don't prefer. This beer does not do this. The flavors, no matter how strong, are almost overtaken by the creamy, chewey, thick viscocity of the beer. Almost syrupy to the texture, but not the flavor. One sip lasts for quite a while. The beer finishes with yet another persistent flavor--chocolate and lingers well into the aftertaste. Never cloying, grainy, or harsh. Alcohols remain soft but obvious and rides the durration of the drink. Bell's should serve this beer with a toothpick.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Brentfeesh: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown head with minimal retention. Aroma of roasted malt is quite intense with some vanilla and coffee notes. Mouthfeel is very thick and enjoyable with nice roasted coffee notes; vanilla and mixed dry fruits such as figs and plums. Body is thick which fits perfectly the style with some limited carbonation. Another very good stout from this fine brewery.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so I dont even have to go into how exicted I am to get my greedy little hands on this one. I have been hunting it down forever, and it is finally mine.I guess I was hoping to live through all the hype surrounding this one. much thanks to Tim for sending me two. I can have one now, and let one sit around for a while!

A - Poured a thick, black as night opaque oil like liquid. Small, maybe an inch of tan head popped up on the top, but that slowly faded to leave a thin film covering the top that lasted throughout the entire session, like a film of algae on a pond. No real significant side glass lace, there was some however.

S - Aroma was mighty strong, and I use that loosely. It really set you back for a minute. Alcohol was definatly present, as were roasted coffee, some caramel, toffee, sugar, and a touch of chocoalte. Some light bitterness was in there, almost like a german dark chocolate bitterness. Very robust and full aroma, one of the best I have smelled.

T - Remarkably balanced and well brewed. The alcohol was not even so much as an afterthought, and even at 12%, quite shocking it was mixed out so well. Very dry bitter aftertaste, definatly some hops coming through on the finish. Very rich chocolate and coffee tomes, but the flavor is actually dominated by this dark, evil hoppy taste. Very intresting. As it warmed, almost a cookie dough flavor to it, and that definate dark chocolate I smelled earlier, fantastic taste.

M - Super creamy and smooth, like silky lace os the best way I could describe it. This was thick enough to be a good dessert beer. Almost had that chocolate shake like feel to it, but not quite. Great carbonation and super easy going down.

D -Now this is tricky. Its 12% right so technically it isnt all that drinkable, however...It is soo smooth with really no hint of the alcohol at all. It was rediculous actually. I thought it was maybe, maybe 7-8%. If I had alot I would indeed be in a heep of trouble with this one, could drink it all night.

Overall this beyond lived up to what I thought it would be. It was just simply superb. Great way to brew a limited batch. Not too harsh, amazingly complex. If anyone wants to send me any, please do I would be thrilled to have it!

Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle kindly shared by dyan. Thanks for the chance to try this rarity.

Appearance: Hilariously pitch black in the pour, even when thinned this stuff is nearly opaque. Settles in the glass with a beautiful 2 inches of dark brown foam, impressive for a 2 + year old imperial stout.

Smell: Massive licorice with a hint of sherry-like oxidation. Unsweetened chocolate, burnt bread. Pretty intense stuff, almost excessive on the roast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Spicy licorice up front. Bittersweet, leaning toward the bitter. Oily mouthfeel, thick, dense. Carbonation is still spot-on. The finish is sweet and spicy, with an aftertaste that lingers for minutes. An intense beer, a bit too much for me in truth, but I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been able to sample this twice now, thanks to the generosity of fellow BAs acme and kmpitz2. Thanks guys!

Thick and viscous pour, the dimpled surface of foam is reminiscient of creme brulée. On the side of the glass, there is a soy saucy color when it it swirled. Impenetrable blackness in a glass.

Aroma of very dark and deeply roasted malts, caramelized sugar, with the slight sharpness of alcohol in the back.

Huge charred maltiness on the palate, fudgy like an espresso brownie, deep earthiness. Aftertaste carries a spiciness from the hops, with a long finish that is dry and roasty. Super thick mouthfeel, absolutely velvety and palate-coating. A mild bitterness is there too. This is a slow sipper, it goes without saying. ABV is felt, but hidden well enough. Possibly the best ever from Bells.

Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a deep black color with a mocha-colored, one finger head that left a ton of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate and caramel. Also, some malty notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee, caramel, dried fruits and a roasted malt flavor.

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - An outstanding brew. Great flavor and easy to drink.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A majestic head of orange-accented dark-tan rises as you pour Bell's Batch 7000 carefully into your glass. The body is black beneath, with only the suggestion of brown, and it reveals just a thin band of dark mahogany along the surface when held to the light. As the head dwindles, it leaves behind a golden shawl of wide, craggy lace draped about the glass.

Deep, dark chocolate and burnt currants greet you in the nose, backed by softer notes of dark skinned fruits and red berries. A swirl of the glass brings out some sweeter notes of caramel and cocoa. Alcohol is clearly present as well, but it's not off-putting.

The first sip brings a burst of flavor; and you notice that it's quite viscous in the mouth with a full body and creamy, pillowy texture from the moderate, seemingly natural carbonation. It begins with a lot of fruitiness, and then becomes more chocolatey as it warms. Deeply roasted coffee appears, and it's borderline espresso-like in both flavor and bitterness across the middle. There are some grassy hops present as well; and warming alcohol. It finishes drying with a splash of alcohol, a stoic bitterness, and an acidic, almost burnt roastiness. It lingers seemingly forever with notes of tar-like black-strap molasses, black licorice, scorched and hardened brown sugar, some dull hops, residual espresso, and a playful melody of tropical fruit.

Quite the bohemoth of flavor, Bell's Batch 7000 is a night of drinking in and of itself. It's perfect for that last beer after the summer BBQ when the late night rain is starting to fall, or in the dead of winter when the icy winds howl and the fireplace beckons. Certainly worth trying for fans of dark and strong beers! Well worth seeking out!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a reddish hue to it and a thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S: The malty aroma is rich with dark chocolate and dark fruit (berries & raisin), with a hint of alcohol.

T: The same dark chocolate and dark fruit that you get in the smell are the first things that burst out in the taste. Then there’s a quick burn of alcohol, abruptly followed by the bitterness of the combination of dark chocolate and a touch of hops.

M: Smooth and crisp, heavy body, quite viscous, light-to-medium carbonation, finish leaves a lot of sugary stickiness behind.

D: Tasty, not as filling as I expected, but this one is definitely a sipper. It’s an enjoyable beer, but I don’t think it would be as enjoyable if you were to try drinking it quickly. Overall this is a very good beer. It would be interesting to see how this one ages, but I only had one bottle.

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave Schuster for busting one of these out for our "mini" stout tasting. Batch 7000 was bottled September 13th, 2005. Served in a FOBAB taster glass.

A - Huge tan/mocha foam with great lacing and retention. Pitch black with a tiny tinge of red at the edge of the glass. Great looking brew!

S - Roasted malt, dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses. Very sweet smell - kind of a cross between DR #5 and Darkness, with the strong presence of fruits like plums and cherries.

T - Surprisingly bitter - there's a lot more roasty coffee & cream and bittersweet chocolate in the taste. Notes of candied dark fruits are still quite present as well. I'm not tasting any of the 12% here.

M - A bit lighter than I expected, after hearing how huge it was from other BAers - that said it's still quite full-bodied. Slight carbonation tingle, but otherwise very creamy ad smooth. Leaves a residual sticky sweet sensation afterward.

D - It's not the booze that does me in with this one, it's the strong bitterness in the taste. A 12oz serving is appropriate, but no one at the tasting felt the need to open the other bottle we had kicking around.

I get the vibe that this one is starting to decline a little - I'll probably drink my bottles in the near future. An excellent stout from a great brewery - looking forward to batch 9000.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stygian darkness drops from the bottle into the glass, utterly opaque, with a huge, rich cocoa/ brown head...oooo, the look sets the anticipation, and the sense are tingling...

Aroma: richness personified, thick and chocolatey, toffee, maybe some maple, but damn it's a sloppy chocolatey gooey glop of goodness...Mmmmm...

Huge, thick, massive attack on the palate...enormous blast of malt, rich, thick...I've said that already, right? ...but that's what it is, HUGE, impressive, dominant, majestic, overpowering...holy god, buddha, muhammad, jehova,...shiva...who'd I leave out, Ganesh? ...Mercury? Poseidon? ....
...it's an acheivement to shame so many others, and a creation to dwarf so many efforts. Amazing. And I mean that.

Enormous mouthfeel, and texture, slick, rich, huge body, long, tenacious, even, finish...no "finish" really, it hangs long and thick in the mouth...Great Zeus, this is astounding, and ranks among the best of stouts that you can think of. Does indeed. This is phenomenally good...no, great...hell, I don't care, it's amazing....sip on this, relax, luxuriate, begin anew....

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Bell's Batch 7000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.