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

Wonderfully expanding seafoam on the pour. . light brown, clinging the glass. Beginning to thin after a few minutes, but a consistent, well represented head that transforms into a topography that is textured, rambling.

Wonderful vinous aroma! If only all big beers could smell this way Rich, malty, roasty, currants, raisins, molasses, clean herbal hop aromas. . .each sip allows for a gilded cascade of liquid microbubbles, sliding down the side of the glass.

This beer is an experience that is difficult to absorb in one sitting. There is so much going on. Obviously this beer is young, but the level of flavor integration is exquisite (Bell's can write a recipe). A very balanced experience . . .

clean, well chosen IBU's, a wonderful accompaniment to this large,curious beer.

a rich malt profile that emphasizes roast, roast and more roast with a wave of biscuit/melanoidin/crystal (most certainly a complex mash schedule). Dark fruits, dark chocolate syrup, espresso bitterness, crema and body. This beer has lots of roast, but it is nowhere near burnt. The acidity lended by the malt acids really seals the deal. Currant central, muscat raisins, yum!

My only lament is the lack of sugar in the finish. Maybe 0.005 more on the FG? The bitterness and hop schedule are nice, but resultantly it seems a bit too clean. This detracted a bit from the mouthfeel for me, but added to the drinkability (go figure).

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

Thick blackened pour. Sits ominously in black stature with a tall tan puff of soft spongey foam. The head itself, once settled, looks a bit like a chocolate milk shake. The lacing is thick and heavily placed in moth holed, stringy sheeting. The pinnacle of a great looking pint full of stout.

Darkly bittered chocolate aroma with a big breeze of alcohol on top. Complex hints to dark cherries, strawberry, molasses, and hazelnut waft within and the alcohol has a notion of clean peppermint breath mints. A big chocolatey, boozy breeze in the nose.

Taste is all chocolate; mostly anyways. Fairly thick with cake batter, some burnt/charred edges and large, well rounded alcoholic warmth. Actually the warmth is a little rough and earthly dark, solidly biting; but yet, very inviting. Wow. Has nice dark cherry and molasses backing bringing in some sweet notes under the burntish chocolate and alcohol. Finish carries through with delicate and lasting dark chocolate bitterness, some drying roasty java, mint, caramel, warmth, and more warmth. Little tiny bits of the cherry sweetness sneaks in late; but man this stuff keeps the warm stuff a happening.

Feel is large and in charge. Thick, lavishly full, textured in dark bitter tones, rough earthy warmth, and subtle placed sweetness. Finish is long lasting and quite a ride in delicacies with flavors and warmth. This fresh batch is quite evident of its 12%, not a slap in the face really, but perhaps a couple pokes.

A lovely stout. The Bell's Batch series continues to impress. Its a chocolatier version of an Expedition and quite a nice one at that. Even with the 12% this didn't seem to slow me down as it was swimmingly delicious and perfectly warming with that nudge of roughness that made it stand out for me. Aging may help add some complexities? Now if only I could hold on to this stuff long enough to find out.

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

An average stout, though thick had some mid sip sourness to it, and too much coffee. Roasty but a tad burnt. What do they want it to be, beside big. Have appreciated better some subtler stouts that did not have to be big roast, big coffee, whatever. A bit too much at lunch.

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

Black, very dark with faint ruby highlights. Short, chocolate coloured head with good lacing. The head recedes quickly to thin wisps of fine foam. Vinous, dark malt is balanced by aggressive aroma hops, similar to an american barleywine. Rich dried fruit aroma with a bit of toffee. Complex, intense flavour of sweet malt, moderate hop bitterness, caramel and toffee, and cherry. Roasted bitterness appears towards the finish, along with chocolate, some dryness, and alcohol warmth. Heavy body, quite viscous, carbonation is silky smooth. Well attenuated, but there's still a bit of stickiness. This is great right now, but I'm glad I have a few more bottles to stash away for a while. It seems like it'll age like a champ.

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

Purchased a 6-pack of this stuff while visiting a friend in Madison. The bottle, amusingly enough, does not say what kind of beer it is. I asked the "beer goddess" (as my friend calls her) who worked at the store, and she went on some rant about it being of an unknown style - a belgian alt stout, or something like that. Good to see that BA has it pinned down as an american (double) stout, as this is my first review on the site in a really long time (I've been too busy homebrewing and kegging!).

Consumed on 10/31/05, 1 day after the purchase. Pours a rich, thick, syrupy black viscous liquid. As my girlfriend said as she watched me pour, "Damn that's thick!" The head is quite thick, and I can see some reddish tones in its overall brown color.

The scent is quite nice - chocolate, cherries and coffee, and the unmistakable aroma of roasted malts. The flavor is dominated by dark chocolate and roasty goodness, with the roasted malt flavors lingering quite a long time on my palate. Later, as the beer warms, fruity and bready flavors emerge and mix with the dark grain notes, all balanced with just enough bitterness to make me happy. In my final few sips, I notice the distinct flavor of dark chocolate covered cherries.

This beer was amazing, and kicks Dark Lord's ass! I'm giving one to a friend tonight, sharing the third bottle with a second friend, and storing the rest in my cellar (aka my closet). Oh yeah - and by the time I finished the glass (but not before), that huge alcohol content started to get to me. Truly outstanding.

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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving temp: 55F Serving glass: Oversized wine glass

Appearance: Think of how a glass of cool, fresh srping water may look to you after having spent days on end in the desert with nothing but the hot sand & sun. Now think of the exact opposite. Dark. Opaque. Black. Decent sized creamy tan head on pour, settling to a few wisps across the surface after a few minutes. Superb lacing from such a small head, however.

Aroma: Hints of alchohol, scorched/carmelized sugars, plums, raisens, & a floral hoppiness come through.

Taste: Big roasted flavor reminiscent of the strongest of espressos, backed by a sticky sweet taste, like rum cake- there's the alcohol. It's not overpowering, though, and what do you expect from a 12% beer anyways? Finishes with a lasting bitterness that goes just a bit beyond "balanced," IMO. I haven't had a lot of experience ageing beers, but I'm hoping the 9 I have in the "cellar" will come out a bit more subued in this respect.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation allows the flavors to jump out and really make an impact. Thick, very thick. I would hesitate to call it creamy, but a very smooth feel to it. Silky would be an accurate descriptor, I suppose.

Drinkability: Well, it's definitely not a session brew. And that's an understatement. Big, bold in every way, this is a beer for those who enjoy swimming in the deep end. The intangibales associated with this brew are great, but I think thusfar, it's been overrated. Still a great brew that I look forward to savoring in years to come.

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle like engine oil after 3000 miles, very thick. Head is a thick beautiful foamy milk chocolate color, a good inch and a half tall.

Nose is Vibrant and bold with meaty smokey malt. Back notes include bitter sweat chocolate and maybe a touch of woodsy pine.

Its first touch on the tongue includes a vareity of noticeable flavors including bacon, anise, and dark chocolate. Finishes with a nice bitter backbone . Warms the belly well.

Makes a nice winter elixer.

Mouthfeel is something you would have to sandblast out. A lot of fun to drink. A well made brew that shows patience.

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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7000 poured obsidian in body topped by a bountiful, thick creamy, mocha colored head. The aroma had notes of orange zest, chocolate and pine. Espresso and tangerine were two of the most prominent flavors. Carbonation was moderate, with a medium-full body with roof coating tendancies.

The brightness of this beer's flavor was striking. It reminded me of those chocolate oranges often seen around the holidays. The bitterness was a bit over the top at times. There was a complexity; a mixture of bright and dark flavors. This beer was quite interesting.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to malty for this one...the guy knows a great beer and I am fortunate enough to be on the receiving end.
Pours a pitch black color w/ two full fingers of cappucino colored head...thick lacing forms and goes nowhere. The majority of the head sticks around for most of the serving.
Crazy aromas going on...deep, dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel, vanilla and some subtle hops at the end.
The taste is more of the dark chocolate up front w/ some floral hops bittering up the rear...a robust coffee takes center stage with a smoked characteristic in it's finish. The alcohol is well hidden...definitely feel it in the head and stomach as it warms you up.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and slightly cloying as I work my way through this one.
This is a brew to be savored...can't see myself having another one at this point. I look forward to putting another bottle down to see what this one does w/ 6 months in my cellar...another fine offering from Bells.

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Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 358 ratings
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