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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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: Wow, what a fucking beer. Pours black like motor oil, so black it ripped a hole in the space-time continuum and I was underage by the end of consuming it. No light penetrates, thick brown head, lots of lace. Smell was crazy, I picked up, sweet sherry, maple, alcohol, hops, cherries, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, strawberries and raspberries, every sniff yielded something new. Taste was dark fruits, vanilla, smoke, chocolate, coffee, hops and sweet sherry, with some alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel was super thick and destructive, low carbonation. Amazingly fine beer, my only problem was the super thick body. Thanks DrJay.

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

Presentation: the now generic and rather classic looking cream colored label has the words “Batch 7,000 Ale” emblazoned across it. Comes in a 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle that looks just like the one in the BA Database. A special “Commemorative Brew”, the Bell’s Batch 7,000 is exactly what it says, as the inked number on the reverse label demonstrates.

Appearance: Blackness descends from the bottle, slug-like it crawls into my Duvel glass and appears to absorb all light as it does so. Irradiant surface absorbs everything that enters into the Black Hole including Gravity. Pulled into a liquid that none can escape it is hard to tell what this satanic dark brew contains, even the surface is covered with a deep dark brown fine bubbled carbonation that is ½” thick. The Chocolate Milk Shake canopy slowly dissolves. Average levels of carbonation, finely dissolved. Low level lacing but it sits around the Halo ring nicely throughout the drunk.

Nose & Taste: I tried but it is almost impossible to dissect the Nose and Taste on this one, they are genetically linked. A thick rich dark chocolate subsumes then consumes the imbiber. Molasses are detected early, but they are silky and wrapped in a double roasted cup of hot coffee. Hints of cream dissolve in the coffee and add a little smoothness but the high intensity. Finishes with an overloading Dark Chocolate coated Coffee Liquor Crème. Self absorbing and utterly selfish, this beer loves itself no-end. It’s very easy to forget that this is a double-digit brew; the alcohol is far from observable. The finish has a Bitterness that ensembles with the dark chocolate and seemingly lasts forever. Wow!

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy and viscous. Reminded me of the feeling one gets when you eat too many dark chocolate toffees all at once, that intense feeling that you need more moisture to thin out the heavy oily tarmacadam mass that has absorbed all of your saliva, you know if you try to swallow this all at once you could die a pleasurable death. Very intense indeed.

Drinkability: A massive 12%, this is one seriously heavy brew. Like a rich expensive Truffle, this is a huge treat, but it is so huge that you may well find yourself overwhelmed in the face of such sheer luxury. Gluttony could well be making a come back rather soon, I am sure you could die very happy if you overdosed on this one.

Overall: Dark Chocolate fans will love this one. As such, I can see this one polarizing Imbibers, too much dark chocolate and roasted coffee for some maybe…..but what would a Commemorative Ale be if it wasn’t Over The Top and a little luxurious!? I like it, but the one bottle is by far enough!! Still, it's worth keeping one locked away for a rainy day in a year or so I think.

A Massive Cheers to the One and Only BigHuge for this Dessert Treat.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich opaque brown with a thick 1/2-inch khaki head. The aroma comes out to greet me before I even finished pouring: dark, sweet malts, a mild hoppiness and some strong berry elements.

Taste is just wow. Rich, sweet sorghum, some European dark cocoa, espresso. Hoppy bitterness pushes through despite the sweetness, almost like it was roasted over a campfire. Some kind of grapey, berry elements, lending a little bit of a burgundy taste. Finish is clean, dry and a little dusty. No flavors of alcohol though, evidence of K-zoo's exceptional talent.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, molassesesque. Alcohol sting on the lips and tonque. The only flaw to be found might be drinkability as this is a little on the heavy side. What style of stout is beyond "Imperial"? I could not only session this, I could take it intravenaously.

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Photo of walleye
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have let this sit in the cellar long enough almost 2 months. poured black with a brown head that left some good lacing, as it was going into the glass could see deep mahogany. aroma roasted malts, dark sweet cherries, molasses, coffee, hops, dark fruits. flavor fantastic, cherries came out 1st than got bitter sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a nice bitterness and the alcohol comes out real nice when it warmsand a real nice sweetness. thank you Bells

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Photo of shbobdb
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a second review, and I just wanted to comment on how powerfully phenolic this beer is. No, you don't understand, this beer is REALLY phenolic. Like, imagine drinking chloraseptic, my tongue is actually going numb! This is a good thing. Wow. Otherwise, as fantastic as I remembered. It is fantastic, but, wow! I just forgot the raw phenolic quality, it's really over the top. Quite tastey. Just . . . Unexpected . . .

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown crude. Very dense. Tiny bubbles struggle to ascend through the massive thickness. A dangerous amount of head throws the reverse cascade effect and threatens to spill over. Exercise extreme caution with the pour if you actually want to drink the entire beer. The head is fluffy and spongy and looks like a whipped mousse dessert or something of that nature. Retention is quite good. Impressive to the eye.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and a fruitiness, which escapes my identification, on top of vaporous alcohol. Booze cherries? I arrive at the notion that this strange fruit I perceive is most likely a hop bouquet swirled in with the other layers of olfactory fodder. Dark and vinous fruit tones, which are more distinct than the former, become evident once I finish pondering the mystery aroma. Smokiness. Tree bark. Smells quite complex and strong charactered in the context of beer.

Taste: A creamy cacao and coffee flavour at the onset. In the mid stage, a fruity twinge of black cherry and fig arrives in a sweet and sour salivary provocation before a smothering hop bitterness soaks up this feeling and dries the finish quite thoroughly. The aftertaste is dry and ashy with lingering coffee elements.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied. The full bodied nature of this brew is evident from the pour and is reiterated as the first sip becomes acquainted with the palate.

Drinkability: Enjoyable. This brew gets better by leaps and bounds as it acclimates toward room temperature. I drank my first couple of 7K excursions much too cold and the flavor suffered along with me. Under the advice of a good friend from the bog, I let the brew stand for awhile before consumption. As a result I grew to appreciate this brew after nearly writing it off.

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Photo of karst
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rodney in Columbia for one of the last sixers in Missouri.

Pours a viscus dark brown with fine golden brown head that persists well in the Stone Old Gaurdian rastal glass that I used for the Dark Lord. A most inviting aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits give you pause as if to consider if it would be better to inhale rather that drink the glass. The label leaves the abv to speculation and the 12% abv alcohol is in no way offensive rather it allows the flavors of this complex and full bodied beer to show off and finish with a clean hop IBU and burnt malt ( black patent) finish that is a masterpiece of balance. This is my favorite Bell's Stout with Kalamazoo and Expedition running close behind. Flawless from start to finish and on into the aftertaste. I am glad I did not miss this. As for the other 5 bottles - thanks Rodney for your generosity I won't forget it.

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Photo of nomad
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with a milk chocolate head, at first pouring with a slow reverse cascade. Surprisingly bad retention and very little lacing.

Smells of prunes and molasses, coffee, dying vegetal hops, and hardwood burnt way past crisp. A little unsure and far from figuring what coffee its gonna be.

Taste begins pine, salt, and plenty of roast barley. Opens to big grape-like fruitiness up front with serious black molasses ash scraping the palette - ouch, no thanks. Warmth shows quite a large malty sweetness that never becomes cloying thanks to the cigarette butt roast character. Belly warming, in the least, just short of hot with alcohol sometimes. Thicker texture mouthfeel but not quite sludge, in fact quite smooth and relaxing. Belies the flavor in the least.

I'll give it a year or two, should make for a much better beer then. Old ale plus Imperial Stout? Let them sit. I never knew such bitternes and burnt flavor could combine to gain popularity.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From this 12 oz bottle of Batch 700 came with no freshness date, although I knew it was born in 2005. After emptying the contents into an oversized wine glass, I saw a dark brown and opaque beer with a light brown colored thin head. The body wasn’t quite as pitch black, thick, or robust looking as most other Imperial Stouts. The smell was more intense than the looks, with raisins, prunes, dark roast coffee, and cocoa being all there. The smell was also punctuated by earthy hops, and grainy alcohol. The taste was dry, bitter, and roasty. All the flavors detected earlier via the nose made their appearance here, as well as some grape skins, soy, and toffee. Certainly a lot was going on in the mouth with each sip, and a lot was going to my head as well. The overall intensity and strength made a very careful sipper. I thank BA feloniousmonk, for this bottle, and TheBlackMallard for another. That second bottle is going to sit in my cellar for a little while.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark black color, has a great tightly bubbled, creamy brown head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. Roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity citrus aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body with silky and smooth, oily mouthfeel, alcohol shows as it warms, beautiful.

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Photo of beerinator
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black/brown beer with tannish head made of tiny fluffy bubbles. Sticky retention.

Aroma: Roasty and sweet. Cake-y aroma with hints of vanilla deep within the aroma. Brach's caramel candy pokes through.

Taste: Burnt chocolate with roasty coffeeish flavors. Full bodied with bitterness peeling away from the roastiness. The mouthfeel is coated from finish to well post swallow. The sweetness flows through with caramel and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is lingering with roasted bitterness.

Notes: Well worth the experience. A solid beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am on a bit of a hot streak lately. Poured a dark brown--almost jet black in color. Big foamy head that was tinged brown. I poured carefully but still had an overflow situation and was afraid the carbonation was off. However, the mouthfeel was smooth and silky like a quality stout. Very full body and the perfect level of carbonation.

Nose was full of chocolate and had mild hints of coffee and espresso beans. The flavor was harsh and abrasive--but in a good way that I kind of expected and would have thought it was amiss if it was any different. Complex tones of coffee and chocolate. Some hop bitterness and cocoa bittersweetness towards the end. Very cloying to the cheeks and I still had lingering flavors in my mouth hours later. Very drinkable but the high ABV caused me to drink and slow and honestly and truly enjoy this brew.

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Photo of silenius
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep chocolate brown with a beautiful frothy deep tan head. I don't see any light getting through this one.

Smell is a bittersweet combination of hops, espresso, dark chocolate, and toffee. All that has a spicy character with some significant fusel alcohol vapors stinging my eyes.

Taste is all over the board with licorice, strong espresso, chocolate, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Really wild and roasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and drying at the same time. The roastiness really dries things out.

Highly drinkable and disappears way too fast.

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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 truthbrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black, some hints of brown and red when shown through with a bright light. Fluffy tan head that is explosive at first then dies down a bit but remains thinly on the top. Huge coffee, chocolate, currants in the aroma, along with a super hit of sugary malt. Taste is bitter chocolate and coffee, quite bitter hop sensation but not grainy astringent. Strong coffee made on a stove (unfiltered) is what i think of combining the taste and mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate (perfect), much better than the expedition stouts normal carbonation level. As far as drinkability, this one hit me right away with the alcohol sensation... you can sip on one for quite a while and be happy. Drinkability of one is excellent, but I can't recommend having more than one (or maybe two if you push it) in a sitting, but it's not meant for that anyway. Thanks MUCH to TavernJef for the bottle!

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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 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 eeeesdeweis
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel the need to make note that this is my first review. Poured from 12 oz bottle into half-pint weizen glass at about 50 - 55 F. Will probably try to find a snifter, tulip for next time.

A: Blackest stout I've seen. No light penetration whatsoever. Can tell immediately that carbonation is light. Thick, brown head is a half inch at first pour, and remains until the last sip. Head is lighter at the top with small bubbles and darker with larger bubbles at the bottom.

S: Wow. A lot of different smells at the same time. Most notably that of sweet, roasted, malt. (coffee, chocolate) Alcohol is evident and there is a definite coffee scent as well. Alcohol/sweet smells mix nicely. Hops seem more dank/resiny than piney/woodsy.

T: Wow. HUGE flavor. Obviously very similar to smell. Taste comes in 3 clear stages. First is that of sweet, roasted, malt. (coffee, chocolate) As it lingers on the palate, alcohol flavor (sweet) becomes more evident. Finishes with a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth from the hops. Also, high alcohol content is perceived more and more as temperature rises.

M: Feels as thick as it looks. Somewhat chewy, yet very smooth. Seems responsible for lingering tastes. Also, a lot of lacing on glass further indicating thickness.

D: For the first 1 or 2, phenomenal. After that I imagine it would be too much. Clearly not a session beer.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and nice brownish white head that sits there and doesn't recede at all. Smell is sweet, strong, and is that of bourbon. Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated and smooth with a bitter aftertaste. Taste at first I thought was too bitter and strong, but I found I was taking too big drinks. After I started taking smaller sips I found it to very pleasant, still strong though. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, but maybe a tad too bitter.

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

This brew pours a creamy motor oil black. The head is tan in color, and the lacing is thorough. The aroma is of citrus hops,yeast, chocolate, and alcohol. Very rich, and very complex. The sip begins with chocolate and alcohol, then gets hoppy with more alcohol, and finishes with cherries and alcohol. The aftertaste is warm, chocolatey and alcoholic. It tingles the mouth. The mouthfeel is extraordinarily smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is one of the most complex beers I have ever had. Cheers to Larry Bell and his brewers.

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Photo of lou91
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you wonder what warrants a 5 for appearance then pour this beer. As I poured it into a tulip glass it looked like no head would develop so I lifted the bottle for a more aggressive pour. The head looked it was moving in slow motion as it started to pick up steam and I had to take a sip before it spilled. Wow what a great first taste- all bittersweet chocolate in a hop bath. It is also tough to imagine a better mouthfeel – rich thick and oh so satisfying. The nose was struggling to fight through the obvious alcohol but there were chocolate, coffee, toffee and rum notes. The taste is BIG. Bitter chocolate, iced coffee, maple syrup all present with a clear slant toward the bitter. I would hold onto about three of these and see how this one develops but it is a world class stout. Thanks to dirtylou for another great mid-west beer.

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Photo of nortmand
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours really black with a big, pillowy dark brown head.

So, I'm a home brewer and just yesterday, I bottled a beer that was huge, and left a pretty sizable trub in both the primary and secondary. Anyway, this beer smells like trub. All yeast and dog hair, a bit of sweet roast. Too yeasty.

Sweet vanilla bourbon dominates the flavor up front. Bitter roast and alcohol end this monster of a brew. Caramel in there too somewhere. Leaves a harsh burnt bitterness for a long time. Nice.

Very slick, greasy mouthfeel. Full bodied, yes, but kind of oily too.

This is definitely sipper. The taste is fantastic, but with that yeasty smell, I'm glad I didn't splurge on the full sixer.

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Photo of carln26
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours from the bottle an inky black with a thick tan head that displayed excellent retention. The head leaves a thick sheet of lace on the side of the glass as I drink. The nose has all of the usual coffee/espresso and chocolate characteristics but there is a lot of berry up front. Black cherry and maybe even some raspberry. The flavor seems very heavy on the espresso along with a nice cherry/chocolate in the middle of the flavor. It has a nice bitter finish that turns into a bitter coffee flavor (enjoyable to the coffee lovers out there). Thick, rich mouth feel. A little heat dims the drinakbility.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark in color more oil. Approaches imperial stouts in color. Thin head develops after pour. Not very dense head at all. Smell is interesting of deep dark fruits and rum with some hops aroma too. Sopme elements of bitterness and chocolate with some hops also. Very intriguing I've never had this much hops in addition to the slightly piney and bitter hops. Getting bitterness of roasted coffee flavor along with the bitterness of hops flavor too. This one has me thinking about each sip. Very interesting offering. I like this better than Batch 6000.

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

Darker brown than any drip-brewed coffee, though not quite espresso-opaque, the top is a healthy full brown of milky foam. Quite confusing aromas of deeply piney resins and best cocoa. In the mouth this is clearly Eccentric Ale with mega coffee and cocoa roast. It is as deep and slippery textured as only Eccentric Ale is (rum soaked dried apricots). It is a fusion of Rogue's Imperial Russian Stout and lemon. I agree with my pal jtw, resting this beer for 5 years or so should deplete some of the annoying lemon-pledge hoppiness. There are very few beers that will clearly "improve", but this may be one of them. Akin to a marriage of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Domecq PX Venerable. I wouldn't be surprised to view this as "perfect" beer after some age.

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Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.27 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
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