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

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 149
Gots: 22 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 10-07-2005)
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Photo of AlexFields


2.7/5  rDev -36.8%

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.


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


5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-10-2013 18:50:50 | More by MADPolo
Photo of Michigan


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-22-2013 06:21:15 | More by Michigan
Photo of mrebeka


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-02-2013 19:11:21 | More by mrebeka
Photo of Zaphog


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-28-2013 02:46:12 | More by Zaphog
Photo of JAHMUR


3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-23-2013 02:20:31 | More by JAHMUR
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-18-2013 04:21:08 | More by spycow
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-14-2013 17:34:32 | More by BlissJunkie
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-13-2013 19:42:40 | More by MordorMongo
Photo of Brabander


4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

12-04-2012 14:48:52 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-26-2012 17:47:02 | More by THECPJ
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-26-2012 17:23:52 | More by orangesol
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-12-2012 01:18:01 | More by marct
Photo of repkovalev


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

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

11-02-2012 06:47:15 | More by repkovalev
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-27-2012 14:08:03 | More by BWHD
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-22-2012 00:01:08 | More by t0rin0
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-04-2012 03:32:49 | More by 3Hops
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-24-2012 06:04:48 | More by mikereaser
Photo of womencantsail


2.93/5  rDev -31.4%

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.

02-20-2012 01:18:50 | More by womencantsail
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

02-05-2012 03:40:55 | More by johndoe8
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-14-2012 17:39:10 | More by yourefragile
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-11-2012 23:11:47 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-09-2012 07:29:09 | More by decadance
Bell's Batch 7000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.