Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew) | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew)Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew)

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Wildman on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of backfat
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my buddy evan(muskabeatz) for the tick.

pours a tar black. dark brown head after a forceful pour.

aroma is vanilla, coconut, browny fudge, and delightful chocolate.

tastes has a fair amount of bitterness. bakers chocolate and dark bitter chocolate with a milky lactose mouthfeel.

absolutely a treat. think this one will be at it's peak when the bitterness fades a bit.

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Photo of warnerry
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to david131 for this one.

A - Pours a thick opaque black with 11.5 fingers of brown head. Head persists for awhile, before fading to a thin layer with a nice collar. Leaves scant lacing down the sides of the tulip glass.

S - Big aromas of chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee and molasses coming through next. Also a subtle but noticeable presence of dark dried fruits and hints of smoke. This smells fantastic. A lot going on, but seems to work well together. A faint alcohol presence.

T - All of the elements of the smell are also present in the taste. Starts a bit sweet, but is quickly overtaken by a roasty bitterness that persists all the way through the finish. Roasted malts, chocolate, more coffee than in the smell, and some nice dried fruits. A faint acidity. Finishes a bit dry.

M - Thick, oily mouthfeel. A nice creaminess considering all of the bitter flavors.

O - Really glad to have tried this. It is drinking very well right now. Definitely not an everyday beer, but a very nice treat.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400

Thanks for the taste of this, Cam
From notes, 9-6-2011

A - Deep black body with a dark yellowish brown head. It's a very cool color.

S - wow! this is big. Chocolate, dark malts, roasted barley, some light raisin, some dry smokey meats.

T - Dry roasted malts, dry smoked meats, dark fruits, chocolate. Really great complexity and very enjoyable flavor.

M - Big, robust, full. You get the idea.

O - This is 6 years old. Shit. Great great beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. An interesting thick yellow almost on the swirls. Smells sweet and roasty. Smells pretty malty and stellar. Tastes sweet, thick, roasty. Boozy as all get out. Some light oxidization. Very nice thick mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

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Photo of beagle75
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color, with one finger of diminishing orangish-beige foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely roasty, with wood smoke that is featured over other expected characteristics such as coffee or chocolate. Deep savoriness lurks as malt turns huskier. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with an assault of scorched malt, brown sugar, and lesser wood smoke. Acidity is moderate, detectable but not distracting. Coffee emerges aggressively in the middle, espresso-like. Besides being bracingly bitter, it harbors drying wood, bourbon, and even popcorn in the finish. Moderate booziness pervades throughout, further elevating this beer unexpectedly.

M: Thick viscosity; chewy, warming, and slightly astringent on the palate; with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a charismatic imperial stout, despite the 12% abv entry fee it demands. Qualities are remarkably complimentary to each other, with enormous and interesting flavors anchoring the others. It compels further consumption, rewarding rather than challenging the drinker. At age six this beer is drinking beautifully, clearly in it for the long haul.

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Photo of ditmier
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to the dark benefactor motortoddhead!!!...Thanks man!...Pours thick and almost black with a slowly apprearing head that starts orangey tan and slowly lightens in color...aroma is big and bold, chocolate syrup, molassas, port wine...coats the mouth like frosting, flavour is similar, bitter cocoa, coffee, vanilla, burnt wood and molassas...flavour does not let up, lingering bitterness that lasts close to a minute...a beautiful brew that still has plenty of legs...

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Photo of claspada
2.65/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours completely black with almost no head. Very viscous and syrup-like. Aromas begin with a lot of molasses and licorice with warm barrel wood and a warming alcohol nose. Cocoa and dark acrid bitter chocolate also come out but are secondary.

The tastes are really bitter and roasted. Rich bitter molasses and licorice; syrupy with dark bitter acrid chocolate and roasted, nor burnt espresso beans. No hops what so ever but after so much aging it is to be expected. Bitterness and smokiness continue to dominate in the aftertaste making this borderline unpalatable for my tastes.

The mouthfeel is super rich, viscous; way too thick and warm on the finish. I like a thick stout but this may be a little bit too much.

Overall this is a seriously bitter dark monster of a beer. Too much for my tastes to be honest. Too much bitterness from either the dark roasted malts or ample early hop additions. I pretty much hate Bells and everything I have ever had from them; I have no desire to try anything else from them anytime soon. I do not understand the love for a brewery which continuously under-delivers (and under-carbonates) every beer they release.

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Photo of muskabeatz
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was courtesy of my good friend Mattyb319. Thanks a bunch for sharing, it was a treat!

A- This pours dark as night with a one finger mocha head laying on top. When held up to the light, one can see some faint garnet hues surfacing around the edges. You could tell this one was pretty thick when we were pouring it. Beautiful beer!

S- This has just about everything you could ever want from a big American stout. It is bursting with dark chocolate, a robust roastyness, and a bit of licorice.

T- Taste follows the nose, and adds a really interesting element in the finish which seems like very faint tart cherries. Integrated into the flavor profile it makes the beer seem vaguely like a chocolate covered cherry, as there is tons of luscious cocoa up front. Only complaint I have is that the taste is maybe slightly subdued compared to the outstanding aroma.

M- Thick, oily, low carbonation. Absolutely spectacular how this beer has held up to age.

Overall this beer is fantastic. Based on the bottle that we consumed I would say this is drinking in its prime right now, and I wish I had a case of this stuff to drink myself.

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

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with one of my best BA trade partners thanks!

Appearance: Pours super deep mahogany to black with a smidge of a dark beige crown. No retention or lace.

Smell: Bold notes of deep roast malt, anise, molasses, alcohol mixed in a hypnotically pleasant way, a hint of oak, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste: Malt, a bit of alcohol soaked sweet cherries, some floral hops, and a dash of soy sauce combine for a fairly good experience.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of thin bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall: An interesting beer that I'm sure changes in flavor profile every 4 months. I'm pretty happy with the time I chose to open the bottle.

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

Blind beer from NLmartin.
Poured in my New Belgium Globe as I stand at the grill in 40
Degree chilliness...

Pour makes me think I chose a good beer to take outside with me... Very dark. Oily, inky, viscous... Dark creamy tan head of 2 fingers settles to a frothy cap. Mmmmm this looks pretty nice.

Smells of licorice, oak, chocolate, and a fruit note I can't quite place. I'm thinking an oak-aged imperial stout... Or a Bourbon Barrel aged one that was bottled some time ago... Either way-- me likey.
The beer starts off slightly sweet before bitter dark cocoa comes in... A bitterness that reminds me of string coffee and dark chocolate. Some black licorice and dark sweet fruits just before the finish. The finish is dry, slightly oaky, and touched with a perfect level of booziness. This is delicious. It is really hitting the spot here!

The body is thick and oily with a nice low carbonation level helping it feel exceptionally creamy and thick.

This is a great beer. No doubt. I would be more than happy to drink this again!

---reveals beer to be---
Bells Batch 7000.

Holy shit man!
Niiice! Thanks for this one! I tried a couple sips at a tasting and loved it, but I was too half in the bag to review it!
I am really surprised to reveal this and discover that it isn't barrel or oak aged.... Wow. This beer has a lot of complex flavor.

Huuuge props!

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Photo of JAXSON
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Steve for the bottle. Pours a completely opaque black, thick, with a small dark mocha head. Nose is pungent, kind of peaty, almost salty, and charred, ashy. Very nice, reminds me of good Dark Lord or some of the De Molen reserve stuff. Mouth is fairly briney, still some salt, kind of smoky. A bit of bitter heat on the finish, the same bitterness I don't really like in Expedition Stout. Thick and heavy in the mouth, fairly high internal carbonation. Really it's the finish I don't really love on this, otherwise it's quite nice.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured thick and pitch black, with a moderate tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass, where it left a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a rich, dark chocolate and dark fruit presence to it. I get a bit of a booze soaked, chocolate covered cherry flavor to it which I really like. Some molasses and vanilla come out of it as well. It gives off a little of a barrel aged character to it as well.

The taste starts off with some bitter-sweet, dark chocolate and roasty flavors. Midway I start to get a lot of the dark fruit, cherry like flavors to it. Again I get a bit of a very nice boozy, chocolate covered cherry flavor. A little cocoa comes through in the finish as well as a little barrel age character. Excellent flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability is very good, I loved the flavors. I'm not sure if it was aged on any oak or in a barrel, but I got a little of that type of flavor to it. Really liked the chocolate and the cherry flavors it seemed to have to it as well. Excellent beer overall.

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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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a tasting we just had! Brad (aka. ygtbsm94) pulled this out of his bag of brews to surprise us yet again!

A: Pours black as night, with a slight almond-colored head. I would need night vision goggles to detect any carbonation.

S: This smells uncannily like Dark Lord. That same chocolate cherry-cordial quality is evident as well as a slight hop bitterness. These qualities take over the nose and doesn't let it go.

T: Very sweet, but it melts into the mouth nicely. I really dig the mild salty aftertaste (ala. "Payday" bar), which has a quality very reminiscent of celery seed.

M: Milky texture, sweetness is there but remarkably well executed, and the mild bitterness adds to its charm.

D: I wish I could get this all the time. The finish on this one makes it (for me) a particularly memorable brew.

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

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

A: Opaque. Black with a thick beige head that leaves a healthy amount of lacing.

S: Bountiful rich, roasted malt. Alcohol presence is very muted. Smells promising.

T: Fabulous! One of the best imperial stouts I have tasted. Age has worked wonders on this beer. Incredibly smooth with a subtle bitterness, this is a delicious brew to sip slowly.

M: Silky smooth with alcohol extremely well hidden. Again, the aging process has greatly enhanced this beer.

D: A really delicious brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a jet black color with a creamy dark tan colored creamy head.

S-the nose has lots of roasty malts, notes of wood, hints of alcohol, dark chocolate, residual sugars and dark plums and hints of black cherries.

T-lots of roasty malts up front, light notes of wood, loads of sweetness in the back. this has dark chocolate and some rum cake like flavors behind the roasted malts, the wood presence is faint, the sweetness is fairly assertive with dark plums and black cherries.

M-full bodied, thick and syrupy, somewhat sticky in the back, strong carbonation to balance the huge chewy body, creamy with hints of a dry finish.

D-this is balanced very well, lots of sweetness but not overly sweet at all. if this was barrel aged the wood presence is light, the booze is still there with notes of heat, tasty stuff and holding up extremely well!

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split and poured into a taster glass. Batch 7000 (naturally). Packaged Sept. 13, 2005!

Thanks Bill (blackearth)! This was an awesome beer to try!

A - Batch 7k pours completely black with almost no head. Very viscous and syrup-like.

S - Lots of molasses and licorice with warm barrel wood and a warming alcohol nose. Cocoa and chocolate also come out but are secondary.

T - It's rich like molasses in texture and flavor. Syrupy with chocolate and roasted biscuit. No hops.

M - Super rich, viscous - thick and warm on the finish. I like a thick stout but this may be a little bit too much.

D - Splitting the bottle was awesome cause a full 12 oz bottle would be overkill for one person. It held up very well though! Nice and smooth.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another epic beer pulled from the deepest depth of the cellar by blackearth. Thanks Bill.

Poured from a bottle poured into my glass.

A: pitch black with chocolate brown edges, No head no lace

S: super sweet chocolate syrup, hints of black coffee and molasses,

T: very similar to the nose, Super sweet and thick chocolate, coffee, molasses with a hint of soy sauce.

M: thick hershey's syrup like body, zero carbonation

D: overall I'm very happy I got to try this one. Although I'm glad it wasn't an entire bottle. I would have had serious trouble finishing it.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

TICKING LIKE IT'S 999! Review #999 that is. Big thanks to ArthurPendragon for sharing a 12oz bottle of this rarity.

Pours just about black in color with a small tan head.

The aroma is roast, chocolate, perfume (crazily), and even a little soy sauce.

Flavor also has the soy, which reminds me of SA Triple Bock, although that's a bit unfair I guess. Roast, chocolate, caramel, and coffee also.

Full-bodied with low carbonation and a fairly slick mouthfeel.

Good stuff overall. Seems to have aged decently well.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours little head. Color is a dark carmel brown, not as dark as I was expecting.

Aroma: rich and malty. Chocolate, raisins, molasses, plums, and some booze in a good way.

Taste: Very rich and sweet. Cherries, raisins, dark fruits, booze, and chocolate. I get some roasted flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, this was a solid stout. Fairly easy drinking. Roasted and dry with some nice flavors. Very happy with this one,

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just did a side by side with 7000 and 9000. I feel like 7000 is the same beer, just with some age on it. Both were really hot still, and could easily be cellared for another few years. Reviewed from my Bells Tasting Notes.

It pops with a good sound of carbonation, which makes me happy. It pours really dark and still has visible signs of crisp carbonation. It is an oily brew that leaves a leg on the glass that is worth noting.

The smell is of heat, dark fruits, candied sugar, woody bark.

The taste is still hot with a strong indication that its been aging well. It has that great dark sweet fruit flavor that comes with age, and its noticeable that it is just maturing like a champ. Some malt and candy sugars with the heat make it a simple brew. Not very complex, but then again this really isn't an imperial stout, more of a strong ale. This actually reminds me a bit of Old Viscosity in the terms of taste profile.

The mouthfeel is still hot and the crisp carbonation is a bit much. Oily and sweet, this thing is a unique brew. Since it has some time left on it, maybe three or four years from now its going to be awesome. Still in its awkward 'teenager' years though.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured with a tan head and a little lace; head dint last too long. opaque black brown. not a huge aroma tho, some chocolate, hints of anise, flavor is waY more bold than the aroma. HUGE bitter roasty dark fruit hoppy barley wine characteristics; fine carbonation thick silky body.boozy. lots of flavor but still balanced. not a session beer tho at all

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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.

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Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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