Bell's Batch 7000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
A truely amazing brew offered by Bell's. Poured out to a rich, thick black syrup like color with a dense foamy mocha head and rings of lace around the glass. Perfect. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and roasted malts. Again, perfect. Taste is phenominal; flavors of roasted malts, molassas, coffee, chocolate, berries, earth, wood notes and smoke blend in amazing harmony. Perfection incarnate. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a definite chewiness to it. Good drinkability. This beer will be hoarded and stored in my cellar, and brought out for special occasions, like the one it was brewed for. World class, and highly recommended.
10-23-2005 22:26:37 | More by Frozensoul327
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours almost like crude oilblack, syrupy and thick. A thin brown head manages to rise to the top, but this is one heavy bodied brew. Smells of vinous fruits, roasted malt and alcohol. Tastes of sweet and roasted malts, caramel, chocolateeven licorice. Warming alcohol presence. Mild hop bitterness gives it a little pop of crispness that lingers in the aftertaste and balances the syrupy sweetness. Smooth going down.
This brew is as complex, dark and full of surprises as a trip into Conrads Africa. Alcohol is noticeable in both the nose and mouth, but it seems to carry the complex flavors up and out of the thick malty body. A fine beer worthy of slow drinking.
10-23-2005 22:18:59 | More by Shovelbum
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
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....
10-22-2005 10:16:26 | More by feloniousmonk
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours an absolute black with no traces of light escaping it. Just a touch of dark brown head lingers for a while.
Smell is a unique mixture of strong earthy hops mixing in with a huge smoked odor with some hints of berries. Unusual in a good way.
Taste is dominated by the burnt malt smokey flavor with chewey black fruits like raisons sneaking in. Finishes with a nice slightly piney strong hop flavor. Everytime I take a drink I notice something another flavor with a fairly nice anise touch and some fig flavors as well coming through. Very complex and tasty.
The mouthfeel is unbeleivable it just coats your mouth with a thick syrup like feel that seems to linger forever.
Drinkability is great for a beer of this grand scale, to bad its such a limited release.
10-22-2005 04:19:45 | More by bashiba
3.55/5 rDev -16.9%
This special Bell's offering pours an intensely opaque darkness in color. Head is quite minimal but holds up the whole time I drink this beer. Tons of sheets of lacing.
Aroma is apparent as soon as I open the bottle. Off the vine piney hops along with a fruity apricot smell. A bit of smoke and a nice earthy malty flavor in there as well.
Taste has a lot of earthiness. Bitter roasted espresso is quite noticeable but chocolate flavors are rather weak. A grain malty flavor underneath. Hops are intense and intensely bitter. Needless to say, they are brutal. They smack me in the face and linger for minutes after I finish each sip. Some raisins and plums come and go. Lots of estery flavors. Brutal hop hit lingers forever.
This is more of a barleywine to me but it really does cross style barriers. Super thick yet creamy yet oily body. It coats the mouth. There is a milky precense in there. Hop resins do dominate the mouthfeel when all is said and done though.
Try it fresh, then age for another 5-10 years.
10-21-2005 13:46:42 | More by granger10
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
wow. actually this is the first double stout i've ever had, but i think i can make this attempt at a first review.
as soon as open the bottle, i smell serious powerful hoppy, malty, sweet, roasty stout characteristics. the beers pours like liquor, blooming a rusty tan and brown head a quarter to half inch thick. the middle of the head is blotchy with extra brown dimples.
the aroma has distinctly berrylike opening, with malty, roasty choclate and coffee overtones.
the taste has chocolate and coffee as its base, with variations like mocha, chocolate cake, chocolate milk and caramel dusted with clove and cinnamon. also present are secondary meaty, smoky charred flavors, soy sauce, bitter hoppiness and even something almost indistinguishable, like chewing on an ice cube or something. stunning. alcohol is definately present but not distracting.
mouthfeel is heavy and viscous, with light carbonation making it silky smooth.
drinkability? hell, this is a beast. i'm halfway through this one and it's taken me a half hour.
10-21-2005 04:05:36 | More by sacrelicio
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Thick opaque black pour. Unlike Expedition, it generates a nice 1/2 inch head (almost brown in color) that stands up and lasts on a hard pour. Big patches for lace. Interesting aroma, distinct berries combine with an almost smoked spare ribs sensation. Mouthfeel is good and substantial, carbonation light but apparent. LOTS of flavor, flies past coffee to a monstrously burnt malt impression, hints of raisins, dark holiday fruit cake, slow cooked beef roast, "shoo fly" pie, and an early and lurking ashy hop that's too exaggerated. Bitterness is almost overpowering, masks alcohol in some ways. Syrupy finish (this will be emphasized by drinking out of the bottle, like prune juice). Not the yeast signature of many Bell's brews. Big beer, undoubtedly a ton of ingedients and a lot of gravity, its actually a bit much and Expedition Stout has a more agreeable profile in my opinion. Still, there is a lot of aging potential for this one, as it should be for the Batch series.
10-20-2005 22:49:32 | More by ADR
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
I have poured this highly anticipated beer into my Stone RIS glass ( ten fu#kin dollars for a glass). I poured slowly, and the head was minimal, but it seems to be sticking around. It is not as thick as the thickest stouts, but the surface is quite reflective. The nose is of fresh, piney hop cones. The most resiny hop aroma I have ever encountered in a big stout. That being said, I know there is a malt monster just waiting for some age to bring it out. Faint coffee detected.
The taste is raw! Piney hops, that bittersweet sharp dark roasted malt flavor, and a mouthful of coffee beans. A noticeable smoke flavor, ala Batch 5000, but not nearly as dominant, is tasted throughout. Dark chocolate, and the fiery hops. A vinous quality is buried beneath everything. As good as this is now, I must try to age some.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated for a stout of this magnitude, and the alcohol warms my throat. Drinkability is limited by availability, better stock up fast. I am buying all I can.
10-20-2005 05:40:59 | More by Sephiroth
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith becker glass.
A - Opaque, licorice-black with a dark tan head that blooms late and withers fast. Whisps of head remain, and what lacing there is is thick.
S - Not a real strong aroma, but definitely roasted malts with hints of coffe and chocolate. As it warms alcohol is noticable, but barely.
T - Starts out smooth and slightly sweet, hesitates, then hits you with a nice roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and chocolate are present in second half of sip, and maybe a touch of licorice.
M - Thick, oily, coats your mouth like watered down Robitussin.
D - Ridiculously drinkable for such a huge, strong and dark brew. If they weren't $17 / 6pack they'd be a winter staple for me. Oh wait, they're only brewing this once... Damn!
10-20-2005 03:55:52 | More by gmcfarre
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
This beer pours out thick into my glass, a deep black color with a huge tan head, which remains large for a long time. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a surpising amount of hops. Huge roasted malt flavor. Just a little bit of a lactic quality. Some wood flavor. This beer is very complex. As it warms, I notice more dark fruit flavors, like figs. Big, chewy mouthfeel. More drinkable than it ought to be, given the 12% abv, but this is still a sipper. Superb.
Edit: Coming back to this beer, it's a bit too green for a stout. Adjusting rankings slightly
10-19-2005 00:41:59 | More by beveragecaptain
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy.
Yep. That about sums it up.
Alright, I will review it. This one pours into the glass in a dark as night fashion that leads to a slight head. This head forms into almost an amber, candied sugar appearance that looks good enough to eat. The aroma is that of caramel and coffee. The taste is solid, and yes, "meaty". It features the afforementioned traits of caramel and coffee, along with molasses and anise. It masks the 12% ABV fairly well and although a LARGE beer, seems tamer to me than Expedition. It finishes with the gusto of pot roast on a cold winter's day. Satisfying and warming.
10-19-2005 00:30:22 | More by proc
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours out purely opaque black into my Imperial Pint. The head is dirty brown, and starts out thin, fading away to a light dusting. The lacing is exceptionally heavy. The nose on this is softly hopped with roasty malts as well as some alcohol.
The taste starts out very sweet and stays that way for a noticeable spell before breaking out in roasted malts and a medium hop bitter on the back of the tongue. I'm getting coffee grounds, cane sugar, toffee, chocolate (subdued), as well as an odd hoppy presence that stays in the background, but adds something to the total flavour...this seems to grow on the back half of the flavour and makes it finish with a pretty decent bite. Wonderfully unique and depthy stout!
The mouth on this is quite good. It is thick and oily, and it also has plenty of hop action going on as well and is, on top of all of this, very, very smooth, almost creamy...perfect for the style. Drinkability is quite solid, any bigger beer is going to suffer a bit here, but this is quite drinkable.
A neat commemorative stout from the guys at Bell's, and another big winner. I have a sixer of these and I'm going to try to ration them out as much as possible. I imagine, just like the 6000 batch, that this beer will only gain some points with age. Still, it's very worthy now and unlike 6000, comes out of the gate well-balanced in the flavour department. This is highly recommended!
10-18-2005 23:47:19 | More by CortexBomb
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
I've been dying to get this beer and glad I was able to snag some before it was snatched by others.
A - Pours a murky brown with a gooey tan head that dissolves into lace. No light coming through this glass.
S - Roasty coffee, malts, chocolate and alcohol. Very easy going nose, and not the harsher style you'll smell in some stouts.
T - Again, lots of malt and coffee with a noticable alcohol kick. The roasted or, smoked if you will, flavor really shines through, but doesn't null out any other flavors like a lesser stout would.
M - Very thick and oily. It coats your mouth and teeth and near have to scrape it off. But, it is incredibly smooth, you may end up drinking it faster than you'd like because it goes down so quick.
D - Within it's style, it's above the rest. Smoothness beyond comparison, great flavor, and a calming ABV, truly a great stout.
I've heard parrallel drawn to Dark Lord, I wouldn't go that far. It has a smooth and balanced taste, but just not as complex. BUT, I am not crapping on this beer. It is one of the best stouts you'll be able to find now, and isn't actually when considered, a bad deal for it's high price. I know this beer will only get better with age.
10-18-2005 04:11:31 | More by Bumpon10s
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
App: Black with thich creamy brown head.
Smell: Suprisingly hoppy smell, roasted coffee, alcohol touch, but not very much of an aroma.
Taste: Very delicious. Smooth upfront. Hops in the start fadeing to deep roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate with fades to a very slight alcohol burn on finish. More of a warming sensation. It's very nicely balanced and full, but not overwhelming in any way.
Mouth: Rich and smooth. Perfect carbonation amount.
Overall: Very very good stuff. Similar to expedition, but a little different and equally as delicious. Buy it all up and save what you can.
Update: My last review was on 10/2005. I'm drinking another on 1/2008. The beer is phenominal. The age has mellowed the hop character, and everything blends so smoothly. There's some espresso chocolate notes, and some roasted malt as well, all balanced by a slight fruity sweetness and a decent hop character. I don't think this has peaked yet, but it's truly amazing.
10-17-2005 23:12:16 | More by ejquin
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
12 oz single...found 4 of these things sitting around at Riley's
appearance: pours black as night...a very dark brown, in not black color...forms a beautiful chocolate brown head, similar to some of the other bold Bell's stouts. Quite a sight!
smell: despite the appearance, the smell has a high hop profile. Lots of other things going on in the nose such as chocolate, some coffee, licorice
taste: Well, this thing is downright interesting. Its very syrupy with a huge roastiness to it. Flavors of very dark and bold coffee as well as rich dark chocolate compliment the interesting hop fruitness indicated by the nose. Alcohol is definately present and provides a nice warming sensation. This bottle is packed full of roasty chocolate/coffee malts...some licorice as well. slightly bitter in the aftertaste
mouthfeel: thick and syrupy (ala expedition), full bodied, moderate carbonation, very chewy and roasty
drinkability: quite high for the style, its just so darn good
Bell's did well in it's Batch 7000, which probably falls just about on the level as the staple, expedition stout. I hope I can find some more of this stuff around.
10-17-2005 01:41:32 | More by dirtylou
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Interestings brew here. Pours a very dark color with a moderate brown head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of hops, but there are also traces of dark chocolate and roasted malts in there. The flavor is extremely stong. Lots of dark malt flavor - roasted coffee and hints of chocolate. Quite a bit of hop flavor and bitterness going on in this one as well. American Double Stout is the right category for this one. The mouthfeel is very thick. The drinkability is only moderate because the alcohol and the thickness make it slightly more difficult to drink. It's extremely good, but I can't drink more than one in a setting.
10-16-2005 07:21:39 | More by clvand0
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-14-2005 21:03:03 | More by BEERchitect
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
I horded a few singles out of the store for a private stock.
This beer pours a deep brown/black with an orange head that settles to a tan/pumpkin color with good, solid lacing.
The smell is nutty with a slightly acrid tone, but in a good way that gives it a slight bite. I get nuts, chocalate, coffee, english bitter toffee, deep malts, and molassis in the nose.
The taste is abso-fuckin-lutely awesome. Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee latte cream, and a buttered finish.
The mouthfeel is great; good punch off the start with a slight end.
A must have if you can find it.
10-14-2005 03:45:46 | More by murrayswine
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured into a pint glass.
Slides out of the bottle black, none more black, with a small brown head that slowly falls under the weight of the 12%abv. Light, wispy lace.
Roasted malts, dark sugars, cocoa, smoke, leather, and oily hops that are all tempered by the alcohol. The alcohol is solvent like, but fits perfectly with the other aromas. This is gonna smell awesome after a few years.
Whoa! What a mouthfull! Huge malt flavors and feel. So roasty, almost coffee like. The hops are as strong and oily as they smell. Molasses comes through thick but the hops and abv keep it from sticking. The alcohol registers in the finish as peppery and slightly warming. The mouth is a monster. Thick to the point of being almost chewy, but like Kuhnnhen's Raspberry Eisbock, it slides away without any unpleasantness.
Slow down and sip this one.
10-10-2005 03:18:15 | More by ypsifly
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours an opaque midnight brown with just a sliver of dark ruby edges (I'm using a 10 oz. slender pilsner glass). Hearty and fluffy dense khaki colored head. Good lacing.
Molasses, dark chocolate, pine sap, faint tobacco, figs, sharp alcohol and layers upon layers of roasted malts in the nose. I could sit here for an hour picking out all the scents that register to my brain.
Taste: WOW. Massive roasted malt landslide devours everything in its path. There is however a full-on hop presence making itself very noticed. Coffee liqueur with a warming sidecar of brandy to keep the cheeks nice 'n rosy. My chest is starting to feel the heat just a smidgen - but no alcohol burn whatsoever. The prickly oily hops really hold their own against this malty monster, delivering a well deserved dry finish - beautifully balanced.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly soft for such an extremely high gravity beer - similar to mousse. Full bodied to say the least with a long, lingering hoppy dry finish with all the UMPH you'd expect from a Bell's "Batch" ale. Great balance of malty sweetness, hoppy dryness and high alcohol warmth with every component being very much over-the-top.
Drinkability is relatively high considering the girth of this ale. How many slices of Manhattan cheesecake can you eat?
Overall a very, very special brew worthy of its legend. Utterly complex flavor profile, to a point of beguiling. I welcome the cold weather with a chalice of this ale in my hand and a big smile on my face. Definitely will age with the best of them. Get some now.
10-09-2005 20:59:02 | More by malty
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
I thought this beer tasted like an old ale with a heavy roasted malt addition. It has all of the characteristics of a double stout but if you compare it to the third coast old ale you will most definately be able to pick up on a lot of similarities.
It poured real dark with a nice brown head on it that stuck around for quite some time.
The smell is chocolatey with some fruitiness to if. I could pick up on subtle dark fruit aroma.
The flavor is malty and chocolatey with an underlying fruitiness of the darker variety. I love this beer and can't wait to age some out to see how they do.
This is a full bodied beer with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.
I highly recommend this beer. Anyone know where it stands on ABV?
10-09-2005 02:46:46 | More by Brian700
4.9/5 rDev +14.8%
Appearance: Pours thick and black with a brown head. The head literally forms from the bottom up. It was interesting. When it poured there wasn't much and then all of a sudden, the head appeared. It retains reasonably well and slowly fades to a nice thin white film across the top of this beauty.
Smell: Licorice, oak, dark chocolate, and a touch of smokiness. It smells great.
Taste: Wow! A subltle alcohol base with a beautiful blend of licorice, chocolate, chicory, chocolate pudding, more brushes of alcohol, oak, and a slightly sweet creamed coffee finish. I pick up hints of smoke in the aftertaste. I'm picking up some hop bitterness that is left on the palate.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and thick. Reminiscent of Expedition and '04 Dark Lord (sans the chunkies).
Drinkability: Dangerously awesome. I love a great vinous stout and this one fills the bill in spades. I'll get my hand on as much of this as I can. It's great. Nice job Bell's!!!
10-08-2005 19:49:34 | More by mattcrill
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
This year's release reportedly has been called an old ale, but so clearly screams an imperial or double stout. This beer poured as black as sin and no light could penetrate its murky depths. It formed a huge dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma heavy of malt, expresso and burnt chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, liquorice( sharply of that in fact), and chocolate. It had a very creamy medium base to it and a bittersweet finish. A warming feeling let you know the alcoholic power of this dark monster. Oh my buddies at Bells have done it again.
10-07-2005 22:49:28 | More by Wildman
Bell's Batch 7000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.