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

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294 Reviews
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Reviews: 294
Hads: 357
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 151
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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.

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Reviews: 294 | Hads: 357
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to mreusch. Pours black with a teensy tiny tan head. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate, and roasted malt. Definitely on the boozy side. Flavor of more rich sweet malt and molasses. It wasn't so boozy at first, but then it did start to get a bit heavy. Very rich and thick, not really syrupy though. Not my kind of imperial stout, as it is a little too alcohol-rich for my tastes.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of waltonc
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black with creamy tan head.
S: Dark roasted malts, and aged hops.
T: More dark roasted malts and aged hops. Coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty bitter, as I remember it a few years ago. I must be missing something, because I don't notice the black licorice that other reviewers have mentioned.
M: Thick body with medium carbonation.
D: Not too drinkable given the high ABV and bitterness, but one bottle is great. Thaniks again to Bell's for not bottling a huge beer in a bomber or 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of brewbucker
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on May 28, 2007
Mega thanks to Styles for giving up a few of these in our trade. It has been quite a while since I have rated anything over a 4 so I needed to bring out something I thought would be a no brainer. Pours a thick black with a dark brown head. Nice initial carbonation. Stunning pour. Aroma is beautiful. Rich malts and fermented boozy fruits along with cocoa, molasses and licorice. Flavor is same as the aroma with hints of sourish malts and light smoke. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and I can feel my belly start to warm up a bit now. An overall awesome beer. Thanks again Chris.

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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.

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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

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with a large cascading creamy light brown head that was lasting and produced good lacing.

Complex heavy molasses and roasted coffee aroma.

Full body with creamy texture.

Full flavor with a long duration finish with no alcohol bite.

Very good and interesting brew.

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Photo of trill
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this one from that same generous, anonymous BA in the Sponsor a BA LIF. I wish I knew who he/she was, so I could at least say thanks. Anyway, review:

Even my wife noticed how viscous this one looked when it came out of the bottle. Completely opaque, with a small tan head that sticks. Smell is very clean, with rich smoke, coffee, and cocoa powder. Slightly hot in the flavor, like Expedition Stout on steroids. This cleans up a bit as the beer warms, but Expedition's nuances are replaced with brute strength, with a nice, dry finish, and a very "green" hop presence, almost minty. I wish they had room for this one in their regular lineup, as I like it just as much as Expedition.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a trade with plucier; split with Chris for breakfast on day 3 of our epic tasting

A: Thick, pitch black with a 1/3" thick dark brown head that recedes to a patchy disk. Plenty of visible carbonation, allowing for head resuscitation by swirling.

S: Big and HUGE! Plenty of licorice and some treacle, dark roasted malt, unsweetened dark chocolate. This beer _smells_ syrupy. Mild bitterness is present, akin to that of a burning log of wood. Hops have faded but this does retain some characteristics. Intense!

T: Opens up with a ton of licorice bittersweetness, roasted malts, cocoa. A great balance between the malt driven sweetness and burnt-bitterness; thought the licorice is a bit more than I'd like. Big and huge on the finish with an excellent bitterness.

M: HUGE body, great carbonation and an outstanding finish, I enjoyed this immensely

D: Too big to quaff but who would anyway?

June 28, 2015.

Splitting my only other bottle with my dad. Phenomenal beer. Spicy nose with licorice, anise, sweet soy sauce, walnut, sandalwood, buckwheat, alcohol. Brilliant. More spicy and bitter licorice then on the nose. Big, brooding, brilliant.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/31/08- Purchased through Archers Liquors in Chicago, ILL.

Presentation- Pretty sure it's a 2006 release, with a small code on the back label. 12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in pour. Thick and viscous looking. Chocolate brown colored 1/2 inch head with some small patches and spotty lace left behind.

Smell- Wonderful strong smelling aroma of bittersweet chocolate, heavy roasted malt, dark fruits and a slight whiff of coffee. Barley any alcohol noticed.

Taste- One of the sweeter stouts I have had, but also mixed well with a sharp grapefruit rind like flavor. Mixture of dark and bittersweet chocolate flavors and a mid range roasted malted flavor. Some sweet bready flavors as well. Finally, plums and dates come out and play that have been soaked in some kind of booze...

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level. Thick, chewy and quite sticky..heavy mouthfeel for sure. Lingering chocolate dipped grapefruit flavor.

Drinkability- Quite a lovely Double Stout. A bit more smoother and maybe a touch less hops and you would have about a perfect beer. Melds well and certainly keep your attention and draws you in for more.

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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.

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Photo of Atron67
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very old brew courtesy of asmokinggoat in a trade.

A- very very dark all over, chocolate brown head that slowly built up to a small amount, then quickly fell back down. opaque and dark.

S- incredibly malty and dark. even smells heavy, and the aging has introduced a light fruit character to it i think, however maybe it was there to start.

T- pretty mellowed at the beginning, very smooth now even though you can still tell that it was originally a torrent of flavors fresh. the chocolate and coffee flavors built up heavily. the sherry like flavors start to show up here and give a great complexity and value of age.

M- very thick and heavy. light carbonation, ages into a syrup of deliciousness.

D- awesome beer all over, a sipper to be sure, but amazingly delicious

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Photo of hopdog
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottles acquired in multiple trades.

Poured a dark black with a large (4.5 finger) brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, light coffee and pine. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee grounds, and dark fruits. Ends in a nice coffee bitterness. Light alcohol in the finish as well.

Notes from 12/20/05

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Photo of joedon
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gigantic beer! Huge amount of malts and nicely balanced by some pretty assertive hops. This is what I would imagine to be Double-Imperial Stout to be.

Decidedly not a beer for large glasses. Very much a sipping beer.
Taste was complex; full of dark fruits, spice and malts.
Extremely dark color with a thick brown head. Very dense mouthfeel; a chewy, dense beer you could stand up a spoon in!

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Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle I got in a trade with Faro, thanks for the opportunity to try this beer again, had this when it was fresh and was not a big fan, poured into a pint glass last night

A-Absolutely black with no light breaking the seal, 3/4 inch frothy dark tan head that stays around for upwards of five minutes, nice retention, some lacing
S-Light coffee, dark chocolate, black currants, raisins, booze, other dark fruits, molasses, carob, earthiness, and light hoppiness
T-Starts off with a lot of chocolate that was not sugary at all, very dark cocoa instead, some fruits and roasted malts in the middle, more creaminess than I remember in the finish with light espresso and lactose, got slightly sweeter as it warmed but nothing much, lots of raisins and dried fruits later on, finish was still dry until the end, much nicer experience this time around with this brew because it was not nearly as hot, the alcohol flavors had mellowed and molded into the flavor profile thankfully, quite enjoyable
M-Very little carbonation, body is medium to full although age has made this less thick, roasty, sweet, and leathery mouthfeel, taste lingers quite a bit
D-Drank the bottle and could have had more, which is scary to ssay at twelve percent, smooth and goes down easy, booze are hidden, not too heavy on the stomach

I am glad I waited for this to age before I reviewed it, too bad I do not have more of these and it was a one time release, ages well just like Expedition from Bell's, much better than the first sampling I had a few years back, would drink again, recommended

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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.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged. Obviously.

Pours a deep black with finger width head. Head is a weird color, orange-tinged tan. Body is black, really black. How much more black could it get? None more black. You can't even see through it when held to a light.

Smells strongly of alcohol. Kind of like it did when it was young. That was the killer for me, when it was young. I don't really care for blisters in my throat. Hopefully it has calmed down a bit after a few years.

With some trepidation I put it to my lips...

Still kind of hot. First and last tastes are alcohol. In between is the expected roasty, but not much. Age has not tempered the alcohol taste much, unfortunately. A bit disappointed.

Feels kind of greasy. Coating, somewhat numbing. I don't know if it is because I won't have another opportunity to try this beer, but it feels more like a science project- lots of analysis, not much relaxation. A sipper, but only because it is kind of hard to drink.

I don't know. Just kind of "eh" for me. Its ok, Batch 7000. Its me, not you. Really.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with dkachur and CrellMoset, and reviewing from notes.

A: Motor oil black, light brown head that forms nicely, and dwindles fairly quickly.

S: Cocoa powder, black currant and raisin, alcohol aromas.

T + M: Unsweetened chocolate, with a sweetness of dark fruit - reminiscent of chocolate covered raisins, if it were done with a bittersweet dark chocolate. Huge flavour, and huge mouthfeel... creamy and big. Carbonation is minimal... very mellow and nice

D: Easy going sipper... and let it breathe and open up a fair bit. Quite a nice experience to be had here.

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Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of sativen poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a thin dense mocha head that slowly recedes to a thin ring of foam around the top. Lacing is extremely good.

S: Huge roasted malt aroma up front with very sweet licorice, molasses and dark fruit undertones. Bakers chocolate and espresso are also present in the nose along with a hint of alcohol burn in the nostrils.

T: The taste is massive on this beer with a huge bakers chocolate sweetness up front on top of molasses and dark fruits. This gives way to a heavy roasted malt backbone which gives way to the bitter roasted espresso that lingers into the dry finish.

M: Mouthfeel is absolutely luxuriant - silky smooth and just coats your mouth with all the complexity of the taste. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, but in a balanced way on top of the chewiness of the tastes.

D: This is a wonderful beer and can be treated as a dessert due to its decadent taste and mouthfeel. Big thanks again to Steve for this treat.

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

Huge thanks to northernbrews for this extra!

A: Thick, thick black with a 1/2 finger tan color head that just warns you that this is going to be a big beer.

S: Tons and tons of dark fruits. Sweet dark fruit infused chocolate. Light molasses and carob notes. So far, very nice.

T: The dark fruits are still very much at play - more so than many imperial stouts I have had. I would guess the age has brought them out to the forefront as often happens with imperial stouts. The taste is actually reminiscent of blackberry infused dark chocolate - I know there is no blackberry in this, but the similarity is there. Carob and lightly roasted malts give a wonderful interplay with the dark fruits. Some rich espresso plays in the background as well. Incredible. Complex, balanced and utterly tasty.

The mouthfeel is decadently rich with moderately low carbonation yet never borders on the syrupy side. Drinkability is phenomenal for a beer of this strength.

Highly recommended. This is up there among my favorite imperial stouts.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at a tasting on 06/18 w/ fellow BAer proteus93. Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: Thick, black motor oil. I've described beer as looking like motor oil before, but I had no idea what I was talking about. This beer is motor oil. The head is a deep, deep khaki-colored that fades fast. This is one fierce-looking beer.

Aroma: Very intense. Powdered, sweet carob bean melds with pungent, spicy alcohol to lend a strong chocolate liqueur aroma, and other highly-toasted malts - Italian roast coffee, something that smells like cat food to me - easily oppress some mild earthy hops. Crazy good.

Taste: My notes on this one say "I'm scared." The smell is very intimidating. Some good dark fruits that didn't come through in the aroma are present here - a friend notes that, in conjunction with the chocolate, it tastes like liquid Raisinets. Agreed. Hop bitterness is more prominent here, or perhaps it's bitter chocolate. Earthy Indonesian coffee is still prominent, as are other various malts - deep toffee, burnt sugars, bready barley. There's also some solvent-like alcohol throughout, particularly in the finish. Very extreme - over the top, even - but it's very well balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, sticky, viscous. Coats the inside of your mouth in greasy, oily goodness. Like drinking molasses. Intense.

Drinkability: It goes down easy, but watch yourself on this one - this beer will knock you on your ass. As I've mentioned several times, this beer is thoroughly intense, so take it slow, take it easy, and pair it with something.

A beer you'll probably only get to enjoy once, if at all, given its limited release and that its retired and all. Once isn't enough in the long one, but once at a time is. A very well-crafted but over-the-top beer. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brewcrew78 for this one.

This is my end of the Spring semester celebratory beer. I can't think of a better time to open this beer.

An aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip leaves a nice lasting dark brown head. The smell is off the charts. Definitely a lot of oxidation (soy sauceish?) in there but it blends really well with the dark chocolate and roasted malt smells also get plenty of molasses. I could smell this all day. The taste is really similar to the smell and there is quite a bit of apparent alcohol still here. Tons of chocolate and roastiness as well as a pleasant lingering bitterness. This just absolutely coated my mouth and slicked over my tongue. Exceptional mouthfeel. This is a great double stout but I can't picture ever having more than one or two but I don't think I will have that problem as this is my only one! Enjoyed this to the very last drop.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blacker and more aphotic than the background of this Web site and capped with a voluminous dark khaki head, this Bell's commemorative batch sits with a noble stateliness in my snifter as I prepare to drivel words through my keyboard in an attempt to express its grandeur.

Sometimes known to be overwhelmed by things of great beauty, I find myself being pulled, against my intentions, to indulge in unnecessary vocabulary to describe this esoteric ale.

The slick combination of thick dark cacao bean chocolate and acutely spicy alcoholic aromas that greet the nose on first whiff promise a greatness from this beer that the taste consummates with neither question nor hesitation. Decadent powdered cocoa-covered gourmet-chocolatier truffles melt and intertwine here with mossy green earthy-type hops and sticky sweet syrup in a liqueur chocolate base.

Brown sugar and black roasted malt flavors lead into the fathoms of myriad broad, dark flavors; some of blackberries, some of musty deep-red grapes, vanilla, bourbon, roasty Ethiopian coffee beans, dark chocolates, syrupy melted caramel candy, toasted walnuts and whole-grain bread. All of this drowned down with the bracing swell of the high-handed, strong, spicy, ambrosial alcohol presence.

Drinkability? Drinkability, you ask? Viscous, oily, thick, greasy, chewy, rich, hot, heavy, strong, adhesive, tenacious and delicious all characterize the experience of this beer equally well. That being conveyed, this beer has the potential of a butcher. It does equally well as an intoxicant, and analgesic and a tranquilizer, but what it will not do is serve you well as a consecutive drinker. Fabulous as it is, its time in the limelight must wane with the emptying of a single bottle. For the downing of even a second bottle of this rare gem would be a most non-honorable disservice to both yourself and to the entire beer-loving world whose supply of this great drink is surely ebbing.

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Photo of faernt
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought fresh and cellared. I recall tasting this when I bought it and thought it to be a big, fat, Guinness. By the end of the bottle I felt it to be a big stout without the complexity of Other Commemorative Batches I'd had. So...I have faith in Bell's and decided to wait for a while to see what develops.

Tonight... this beer opens with English Walnuts. I was pleasantly surprised to find the beer had developed some complexity. Patience wins out. The head is skimmy with lacing going down the sides. The original pour revealed a head of complex appearance, more like espresso than beer. However, this is true of Bell's, that they have beautiful pours. Once again, thank you for the visual.

This beer is opaque. It is marvelous. I'd call it an extreme Russian Stout now. It did not reveal itself when fresh. It was actually somewhat dissappointing. It was worth the wait. It does not dissappoint. Some beers come in to there own in there own time. This is one of those beers.

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Photo of JDV
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent by Miketd. Thanks!
Poured black, with a semi lasting brownish head. Smell was roasty but with some sort of off aroma I want to describe as oxidation. Taste was roasty with a touch of dryness and a slightly tart and bitter finish. Overall, nice, but for some reason I felt something was off. For 12%, well hidden alcohol, as well, though. Thanks again Mike!

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

I'm getting the opportunity to try this tonight thanks to Hoppymeal, thanks again Derek! Batch 7,000 is a thick heavy duty brew that chugs from the glass black as Satan's soul. An aggressive pour was difficult considering the viscosity of this brew but it produced a swirling head and thick brown, with that purplish twang, ring around the glass. The head leaves respectable lacing after each sip that slowly slides back into the body. This is a good looking stout, without a doubt.

A tantalizing combination of dark chocolate and a soft dark berriness greet the nose immediately. A solid roastiness creates a sturdy background and a ghost like spicy alcohol lets you know its present without actually standing out. Big, rich, and inviting!

A solid roasted maltiness leads the way and is quickly joined by dark chocolate and mild coffee grounds. The dark berries come through mid-palate but seem a little greener than the nose suggested. Finishes with a roasty bitterness that grows the more I imbibe. A damn fine stout!

The mouthfeel on this beer is exactly where it should be. Viscous, slick, and big! Heavy bodied without being cloying or overpowering.

A stout this big and bold is without a doubt a sipper but one to sip the night away. For being so big this beer goes down incredibly easy.

I've wanted to get my hands on this beer for awhile now and it was well worth the wait. Bell's makes some damn fine stouts and this is one of their best. Thanks for the bottle Derek!

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Bell's Batch 7000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.