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)

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Added by Wildman on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 296 | Ratings: 358
Photo of murrayswine
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of malty
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Brian700
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

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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 Wildman
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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