Batch 7,000 | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Batch 7,000Batch 7,000

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Wildman on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MADPolo
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Bierguy5
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured very thick (and quietly) into the glass. This brew is pitch black. Thick tan foamy head. Head retention is outstanding for a beer of this strength. Rings, and patches of lace line the sides of the glass. Strong espresso aroma, fruits, berries, chocolate. Strong roast flavor, thick and creamy. Finishes like cocoa powder, with a great amount of hop bitterness. Aftertaste is very much like espresso. To say this is full-bodied is an understatement. Low carbonation. It is warming, although the alcohol is not overwhelming. This is a seriously good beer. I would consider this a must try, and one of the best I have had.

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Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of RustyDiamond
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

7000 on backside of label, packaged on 9/13/05. Espresso colored head, quarter inch. Nice milky way in form, bubbly leaving a nice film. Blacker than hell in my Duvel steml, beautiful yet wicked.

Dense aroma of tiramusu, to sum it up best. Coffee liquor and quite luxurious.

Espresso bitterness picked up right away. Cocoa nibs, and surprisingly hoppy. Velvet on the tongue, bitter cocoa nibs and venemous in the back. Dry mouthfeel with a tad of the astringent. It's actually quite welcomed, to counter the bitter cocoa and espresso. Strange to type this, but very refreshing leaving a nice bitterness cocoa oil slick.

For 12% and some years on, this is incredibly drinkable. This is why we cellar.

I don't give out 5s often, but there aren't many more deserving. This beer cannot get any better.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of ncvbc
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 100th review was deserving of a top-notch beer. I had a few choices and decided on this...

Pours black with an orange/tan head. It reminded me of Guinness the way the head came up. At first it seemed like there would be little or nothing to speak of, but as soon as doubt crept in, slowly arose a beautiful head from bottom up. Tightly packed bubbles and a thick, creamy head with low to medium carbonation. I like.

Smell was great. I pick up roasted malts along with dark sweet fruits, I'm thinking cherries or raisins. A touch of molasses. There is also a bit of dark chocolate and a big roasted coffee scent coming through.

The first thing I pick up is the dark fruits in regard to taste. Following that is an initial bit of dark chocolate, soon to be taken over by a huge roasted coffee taste. It's almost like eating a dark coffee bean. Some licorice like flavors as well, awesome. I can also pick up a hint of some piney hops in the background. Alcohol is present, though not as much as expected. All things considered, taste is exceptional.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy goodness. As close to full bodied as you can get. Carbonation is on point here. So silky and velvety smootherness (I know it's not a word).

Drinkability is also way up there. It's definitely a big one, though this is one that is dangerously drinkable. If I had some more stocked up, I would easily drink a few more.

Some age on this probably helped, even though I never tried a fresh bottle. Overall, I find this to be a very good and unique beer. Bell's continues to be a favorite and this one confirms that with ease.

Big thanks goes to czoch75 for the chance to try this.

Tried again well over a year later, this brew has held up exceptionally well. My favorite Imperial Stout to memory.

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Photo of Bobafett
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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

Appearance – This came out a potent-looking solid black in color with a head that was solid brown (none of that “brownish-white” or “lightly-browned” shit) with maybe some light orange tints around the edges.

Smell – The huge, deep bountiful malts were like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. They were just so rich and smelled so thick it was hard to believe that this was a beer. It was more like some sort of concentrated malt extract that maybe you put a few spoonfuls into a vat of beer to malt it up. The sugars were just as rich, and you begin to wonder really if you might need some sort of utensil to consume this thing.

It’s not often that I wax on about the smell of alcohol, but the booze here was just magnificent! Mostly when I find a good alcohol bouquet it’s something aged in whisky or bourbon barrels, but this is the smell of “beer alcohol” at its finest.

Taste – The fruit just took over at the taste. What at the nose was a good, deep, rich pile of sugar is now a veritable harvest of dark fruits. Raisins galore fill your mouth with the first sip, and you’d be hard pressed to find a real plum with this much plum flavor. The malt and booze are here as well, and they are just as nice as promised at the nose, but it’s the explosion of fruit that sets this apart from all the others.

Mouthfeel – This was probably full-bodied when purchased, but skyhand’s excellent beer-aging skills gave this baby a “cellar-thin” feel. The alcohol provides a nice, comforting sting.

Drinkability – Honestly, I think pretty high of myself, but you just can’t escape a feeling of unworthiness when drinking this ADS. It is in the class of the most elite beers that I’ve ever tasted, and I’ll remember it always.

Comments – Words can not describe the appreciation I have for skyhand bringing this over to Beth’s Kiss My Ass Seattle party. This was expertly aged for one year prior to opening, and it came out perfect.

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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 Bighuge
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Inky black. Midnight black. ____ black. Fill in the blank with your favorite adjective. Creamy dark brown head sits on top and recesses rather quickly. Yet the slight collar still leaves a good amount of spotty and droopy lace.

Aroma: Anise, black currant, sherry, chocolate and molasses all come to mind. Thick (like smog) yet inviting (not like smog).

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is an all out assault on the taste buds. Hugely bitter from the start with the roasted/chocolate/black malts. I love it because it's so damn aggressive without being just plain-ass astringent and out of place. It fits. The char and tobacco juice add extra points. And the tarry, gooey, oily, greasy essence leaves your mouth yearning for more of this elixir. The alcohol almost goes unnoticed. Quite the accomplishment. The little that does reside in the flavor integrates nicely with the overall onslaught of flavors, which also include some black cherry and licorice. Damn this is good. If it had the same molten polymer like viscosity (as does the Expedition), this would have gotten straight 5's from me. The lingering bitterness is a thing of beauty and something I'll probably still be tasting as I sleep tonight.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- I am speechless as I pour this used motor oil into its glass. The liquid slowly settles its way to the bottom as the dark molasses head quietly and hesitantly works its way to the top where it stays for quite a long time. The beer looks like a black hole.

S- Unbelievable. I am taken aback every time I put my nose into the tulip to grab a whiff. There is so much going on here. Coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, a surprising amount of hops. For some reason I picture hop cones suspended in a bubbling dark liquid. Some earthiness to it as well.

T- When the beverage hits your tongue is when it really shines. It is a bombardment to the mouth and seems to hit every taste bud in there. It is sweet, bitter, smoky... awesome.

M- This is like liquid velvet and should almost be served with a spoon. This beer has so many dimensions to it, it was great to have this on my breath for awhile.

D- This is a beast and does take some time to consume. But this is a treat and I am glad I have enough of this to last me for awhile.

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Photo of atsprings
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ThomasHardy for the trade and the chance to try this amazing beer. Pours a very deep opaque black that shows nothing but black when held up to light. The beer is topped by a great frothy off white head. The aroma is of rich chocolate and coffee. This is certainly one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. The beer sits VERY smooth and creamy on the palate and that plays very well the amazing plethora of flavors that dance on the tongue. There is a great abundance of milk chocolate and roasted coffee flavor that almost completely cover any generic stout roasted barley flavor and the 12% alcohol. There is even some smoke and molasses present as well. This beer almost tastes like a chilled coffee drink you would find at Starbucks. I am almost certain that this is currently the best beer I have ever tasted, I just can't really imagine drinking too much of this as the alcohol does inevitably come through as you finish the glass.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good Pfffttt at the release of the cap from this cellar temp (68 F) bottle.

The pour is black with ruby/garnet highlights, the bubbles exhibiting the upward cascading waterfall effect usually seen in rich well carbonated stouts and Imperial Porters; the head providing a brief magic show, with a chameleon like change from rich copper brown with amber red highlights to brown to tan before disappearing into a thin edge ring (yes that is the head I am talking about !) The bottle retains a thin residue on the bottom.

The smell is sweet coffee, chocolate, caramel and malt; enticing.

The taste is rich; full bodied chocolate covered cherries, raisins and plums mixed with coffee, toasted malt and caramel. The flavor lingers, well balanced hops emerge on the back end and play on the tongue with the residual coffee and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, viscous and smooth. No harshness, and no need to allow this beer to age to mellow the hops or meld the flavors. It is ready to drink right now, and best served at cellar temperature.

Drinkable ! Its Stout paradise !

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Photo of mikeys01
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Batch 7000 oozes into my glass a super duper dark impenetrable brown , near black, capped with a thick, visibly viscous chocolatey brown head, which gradually settles into the murky depths, leaving only a rim of mahogany lacing. Aroma is gorged with premonitions of complexity; heaps of piney hops, interminglings of cocoa and toasted malt, and a noticeable heat, even in the nose. Body is nice and thick, even leaving its cousin Expedition whimpering in the corner.

Tasting does not disappoint either, this is certainly another innovative beer from Bells, with definite double/imperial stout characteristics, but an unbridled and unabashed hoppiness as well. Alcohol seems to bite at first but tapers off towards the finish, and becomes smoother as the beer warms. Roast malt and dark chocolately flavors begin to appear through the middle, along with some drunken plums and a bit of black licorice. Becomes almost a bit creamy as it warms towards room temp. Finish is big, bold and bitter, with a bit of lingering roasty sweetness, but in the end your tongue is left stranded but content in Bitterville. This beer is very clearly young at this point, but already hints at greatness. Get some of this and save it! Thanks to both trbeer and CRJMellor for sharing bottles of this wonderous fluid with me!

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Photo of rye726
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F

Black color with an espresso head that settles to a thin cover.

Very sweet aroma at this age. Caramel, lots of fruit, molasses, dark malts, vanilla, chocolate, maple and carmelized sugars.

Delicious, builds on everything found in the nose. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, lavender, hops, and sweet cherries. There is also a well masked warming alcohol character.

Thick and chewy. Full body with good carbonation.

Well balanced and very drinkable. Has aged nicely and seems to keep getting better.

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Photo of budsboy
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute darkness. Fat, thick carmel head, slow to recede and leaving behind more of a sheet than lace. Awesome.

Burnt hop aroma, pine and citrus, sweet fruit and earthy, syrupy malt.

Abundant comes to mind. Enormous roasted malt. Big coffee and chocolate. Huge citrus/pine hop. Gigantic dark fruit. Yowzer. Huge flavors, one after another ... except that 12% ABV which is hidden behind the behemoth flavors. As subtle as a punch in the face.

Mouthfeel is silky, velvety, round and chewy. Couldn't get any better. Perfection in the mouth.

This stuff is incredible. I was prepared for disappointment. I didn't need to be. I gotta find some more of this.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

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Photo of newk340
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of bignick
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Sephiroth. Poured into a snifter and shared with BA PEF524.

This beer is top-notch, and then some. It pours a dark, think brown with a surprising head for its ABV. There is a nice viscosity to this as I swish it around. It smells intensely rich, almost like Founder's Breakfast Stout...chocolate, coffee, and some dried fruits. As I taste it, I am blown away by the way the flavors come together to form an incredibly smooth experience. There is a nice hop finish, but it is smooth. The ABV is absurdly well hidden, and the burnt off-flavors that often accompany such rich brews are nearly nonexistant. The flavor has great depth, but it is also extremely drinkable. The body is full, but not so much that it is an obstacle to enjoying the beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 4-24-07
Batch 7000
Bottled on 9-13-05

Pours an unreal super-black, with a huge tan head. About a finger of head last through the whole experience, and thick rings line the sides of the glass.

Smell is orgasmic. Hands down the best smelling beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Strong, notes of molasses, chocolate, dried fruit, with a hint of coffee.

Taste is almost as good as the smell. tons of coffee, sweet and roasty, with a very surprising hop flavor and bitterness. The high ABV is well-masked, and this beer tastes surprisingly fresh for being 1.5 years old.

Mouthfeel is good, although I found the carbonation to be a bit too high. It made the hop character that much stronger.

Drinkability is also good, but this beer is a beast. Huge syrupy flavors are intense the whole way through.

Overall, one of the best, if not THE best double stout I've ever had. It has aged so well I can't wait to open another one in a year's time. But I probably won't be able to wait that long.

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Photo of Smittysguinness
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The was an amazing beer (was, past tense, indicative as to the veracity with which I consumed it).

It poured midnight black on a cloudy night with no lights black. It had a brown head, thick, fluffy, that lasted and lasted and left thick lacing on the side like Guinness on tap in Ireland.

Oh, heaven. I smelled coffee and currants, with a little chocolate. The taste was an explosion. Just incredible. Coarse coffee, like Espresso, with a slight bakers/bitter chocolate taste that combines to yield a really heavy molasses taste; that really bitter molasses you use to make cookies, that turns out sweet and thick in the end...that kind of molasses.

This beer has huge body; it's very very thick. It even poured thick into the glass, more coating it than filling it. Really, the only reason I knocked this beer on drinkability is that it is so rich that I can really only do 1 in a sitting to enjoy it. Any more would have the same effect that eating a Fench dinner with an overly-rich gravy on it; I WANT more, it's just not a great idea. In the end, this beer is probably supposed to be that way.

Too bad they won't brew this forever, but it sure makes a damn good commemorative for reaching 7,000 batches of beer!

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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 mynie
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snifter pour. That is perfect. Opaque black. One and one half finger chocolate brown head that does not and will not go away. Lacing up the wazoo.

Very big aged malt odor, roasted, along with intense hops, mocha fudge, and some vauge fruit.

Mmm mmm good. The beer that eats like a meal. Dessert first, of course, like how they eat on the moon--big chocolate, milky and sweet and then dark and bitter. Moving then into a hoprush of slightly sweet fruit and intensely bitter hops that makes me wonder for a second if this is a fresh Barleywine.

Excellent, excellent beer. Too bad I'll probably never find it again...

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Batch 7,000 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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