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

Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew)Bell's Batch 7,000 Ale (A Commemorative Brew)
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Wildman on 10-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 merlin48
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

O' Brethren.., Get ye women and children to safety. This is one monster of a stout. Review based on two 12 oz bottle samplings that are a few days apart.

Pours out of the bottle an ebony and opaque body. Both bottles produced a large and creamy, light brown head. Garnet streaks are observed when the English pint glass is held to strong light. Head hangs around for several minutes before yielding to some massive, clinging lace.

Aroma is very aromatic and complex. Dark chocolate, creamed coffee, vanilla, stewed prunes, a hint of bourbon, and some roasted chestnut, please the nose.

Mouthfeel is lush, creamy, and full bodied. Low carbonation is appropriate.

Taste is big and bold. Heavy duty, dark roasted malts sweep the palate with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, chestnut, and some mysterious red fruity notes. A hint of raisin and some warming alcohol jump in toward the finish. Some smoke char and earthy hops add to a well rounded balance. Full and luscious all the way through.

Deep, dark, and lovely, this big stout defines its own territory in the world of these black monsters. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison for $2.99.

Pours a molasses-thick and chewy black with a surprising two-finger coffee colored head with even more surprising retention given the 12% octane. Nose is just as thick with rosted coffee extract, dark, dark overripe fruits, and eyebrow-burning alcohol. Burnt coffee grounds dominate the initial taste along with the ridiculous burning alcohol. I thought I let it warm enough but apparently not. After another 10 minutes or so of warming, it really mellows out and rich milk chocolate, dark, dripping raisins and plums, and a hint of anise. Moral of the story - this really is a beer you want to let warm to cellar temperatures. Mouthfeel is thick as hell, the epitome of chewy. It's pretty harsh on the palate when chilled as the alcohol runs wild. This is a big beer if there ever was one, perhaps a little too big in the alcohol department. I think it would be perfect around 9%, but it's still tasty once it warms. Potency is the name of the game here and I can see why so many BAs love this stuff. A Big Beer Drinker's big beer.

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

I cracked it and poured it, and it is sitting about 3 feet away from me and I can still smell the huge aroma coming from this one.

Appearance: Used-motor-oil-from-my-Ford-Explorer black, with a head that is surreally dark, fully forming (about 3/4"), creamy, and retentative. The head is a very dark tan color, never seen a head get this dark.

Smell: Dark chocolate and bourbon, dark roasted malt and cherries.

Taste: Holy crap, this is one huge beer. It hits you like a punch in the mouth, with it's huge alcohol and coffee flavors, full and swirling with a slight fruitiness to it. Flavors intensify with warmth, the hops are mroe fruity and present. I also can taste a little mintiness to it.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy, chewy, this is a perfect cold weather sipper, what a quality beer.

Drinkability: Happy Batch 7000, Bell's! You didn't dissapoint me at all, you delivered a beer that can be laid down (but I am too impatient) until batch 8000 is released.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a thick black body with a nice creamy brown head. A few small bubbles stick to the glass but no light or carbonation is visible otherwise.

S- The smell of black roasted malt with some hints of molasses and a slight vinous hint. The finish has a good balance of hop spiciness.

T- This beer has a thick rich dark malt backbone that is pretty smooth and blends together dark but not harsh flavors. The finish has a refreshing crisp hop bitterness that holds its own with these malts. It has almost a mint quality to the hops. The combination of alcohol and hops at the finish can really be tasted when you exhale. The malt has some tarry and graham taste as it warms in the glass.

M- The full mouthfeel has a nice silkiness to its texture and a nice alcohol warmth to balance it.

D- This is a big dark beer but the hops and alcohol start to overpower the malt. This makes it thick yet refreshing at the finish. Very intriguing to drink and it doesn't really fit any style. I would like to see more malt complexity to balance the hops but the hops really steal the show in this beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best. Pour. Ever. Comes out of the bottle a light-absorbing black / sludgy onyx with a reverse cascading head that settles to an impressive 2" dirty-moon dollop. Even an industrial lamp could not penetrate this monster.

Nose is rather reminscent of Batch 6000 when it was fresh. Take a thousand pine needles, a sprig of mint, and blend with black-strap molasses, dark cocoa, and you're halfway there. Prunes, figs, maple tree sap, wee bit of alcoholic heat.

Taste is explosively over-the-top from the get go...yet remarkably balanced too - a near impossible feat. First a soft, dark chocolate sweetness that recedes to a charred oak and cookie dough maltiness. Finishes with a twang of bitter, bitter hoppiness that karate-kicks the sack and prevents the whole package from being overzealously cloying. Warning: you WILL burp acrid, sugar-coated hop fireballs.

Mouthfeel is silky heaven, especially on the first sip.

ABSOLUTE CLASSIC. A sixer goes to my cellar for the ages. I can't wait to see what time does to this.

Might you consider this an Imperial Milk/Sweet Stout? Grab some and see for yourself. It truly does defy convention.

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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 adams82
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one we've been waiting for! Bell's Batch 7000, served from a chilled 12oz bottle, in a "Guinness Style" pint glass.

A. Pours black with a nice bubbly tan head. Only a small trace of ruby colors on the very bottom of the glass when held to backlight. Good head retention that leaves mild lacing behind. I imagine it would be more if it were served a bit warm. Nice!

S. Roasted barley, bitter sweet chocolate, a nice hop aroma and the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet malts seem to be more present as it warms.

T. This is where it counts! Starts sweet, rich and roasty; coffee and dark chocolate and finishes nice and bitter with hops, bitter-sweet chocolate and burnt malts. Alcohol is week to non-existant even as it warms.

M. A bit of a surprise for such a big brew! Nice and creamy; chewy even. Very pleasent and no doubt, full bodied. Excellent!

D. Surprise yet again, this big brew goes down easy and is an absolute pleasure to drink. As the cold months of November are knocking, the warming feeling of this one are very welcoming. You'll want to be careful with this one! Big beer + ease of drinking = early nights.

Overall: An excellent brew from my favorite non-local brewery. The only disapointment is the fact that once it's gone... it's gone. Horde and conserve what you can, this one makes an excellent winter weather killer and should go well with the desserts that the upcoming holidays are bound to bring!

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Photo of hero27
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Consumed 10/23/05.

Impervious darkness. Chocolate malt head that slowly rises after the pour.. For 12% abv, the head holds up amazingly well. Smells of rich, potent chocolate, roasted barley, hints of spices, and subtle alcohol. The taste is incredible. Sugar sweetness remains tolerable as a virtual barrage of flavors ensue. Coffee & chocolate harmoniously carry one flavor to the next..dark fruits, caramels, spices, roasted malt..all reside in a syrupy consistency without being too thick. Mouthfeel is smooth and coats the mouth with every sip, forcing you to taste this brew in all it's glory.

Very much reminded me of Rogue Imperial Stout..which just happens to be another phenomenal beer.

Thanks to walleye for giving me the chance to try this luxurious & rare offering.

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Photo of sopor
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

7000 is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think Expedition Stout is big, but that's just peanuts to 7000.

A reddish tinted chocolate syrup pours with and inch of sticky creamy head very slow in dissipating. Dark roasted bitter malts and a slight tangy fruitiness like... starfruit?

Sweet and slightly tangy fruit, plumbs and that starfruit flavor again, is a bit cloying at first, then a bit of cidery-vinous quality before greasy resinous brutally bitter hops. So thick it does not even feel cold when it was freshly opened! But not semi-solid and chewy. light carbonation

Tasted good, but this beer is too big for my liking.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A truely amazing brew offered by Bell's. Poured out to a rich, thick black syrup like color with a dense foamy mocha head and rings of lace around the glass. Perfect. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and roasted malts. Again, perfect. Taste is phenominal; flavors of roasted malts, molassas, coffee, chocolate, berries, earth, wood notes and smoke blend in amazing harmony. Perfection incarnate. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a definite chewiness to it. Good drinkability. This beer will be hoarded and stored in my cellar, and brought out for special occasions, like the one it was brewed for. World class, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost like crude oil—black, syrupy and thick. A thin brown head manages to rise to the top, but this is one heavy bodied brew. Smells of vinous fruits, roasted malt and alcohol. Tastes of sweet and roasted malts, caramel, chocolate—even licorice. Warming alcohol presence. Mild hop bitterness gives it a little pop of crispness that lingers in the aftertaste and balances the syrupy sweetness. Smooth going down.

This brew is as complex, dark and full of surprises as a trip into Conrad’s Africa. Alcohol is noticeable in both the nose and mouth, but it seems to carry the complex flavors up and out of the thick malty body. A fine beer worthy of slow drinking.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stygian darkness drops from the bottle into the glass, utterly opaque, with a huge, rich cocoa/ brown head...oooo, the look sets the anticipation, and the sense are tingling...

Aroma: richness personified, thick and chocolatey, toffee, maybe some maple, but damn it's a sloppy chocolatey gooey glop of goodness...Mmmmm...

Huge, thick, massive attack on the palate...enormous blast of malt, rich, thick...I've said that already, right? ...but that's what it is, HUGE, impressive, dominant, majestic, overpowering...holy god, buddha, muhammad, jehova,...shiva...who'd I leave out, Ganesh? ...Mercury? Poseidon? ....'s an acheivement to shame so many others, and a creation to dwarf so many efforts. Amazing. And I mean that.

Enormous mouthfeel, and texture, slick, rich, huge body, long, tenacious, even, "finish" really, it hangs long and thick in the mouth...Great Zeus, this is astounding, and ranks among the best of stouts that you can think of. Does indeed. This is phenomenally, great...hell, I don't care, it's amazing....sip on this, relax, luxuriate, begin anew....

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

Pours an absolute black with no traces of light escaping it. Just a touch of dark brown head lingers for a while.

Smell is a unique mixture of strong earthy hops mixing in with a huge smoked odor with some hints of berries. Unusual in a good way.

Taste is dominated by the burnt malt smokey flavor with chewey black fruits like raisons sneaking in. Finishes with a nice slightly piney strong hop flavor. Everytime I take a drink I notice something another flavor with a fairly nice anise touch and some fig flavors as well coming through. Very complex and tasty.

The mouthfeel is unbeleivable it just coats your mouth with a thick syrup like feel that seems to linger forever.

Drinkability is great for a beer of this grand scale, to bad its such a limited release.

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Photo of granger10
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This special Bell's offering pours an intensely opaque darkness in color. Head is quite minimal but holds up the whole time I drink this beer. Tons of sheets of lacing.

Aroma is apparent as soon as I open the bottle. Off the vine piney hops along with a fruity apricot smell. A bit of smoke and a nice earthy malty flavor in there as well.

Taste has a lot of earthiness. Bitter roasted espresso is quite noticeable but chocolate flavors are rather weak. A grain malty flavor underneath. Hops are intense and intensely bitter. Needless to say, they are brutal. They smack me in the face and linger for minutes after I finish each sip. Some raisins and plums come and go. Lots of estery flavors. Brutal hop hit lingers forever.

This is more of a barleywine to me but it really does cross style barriers. Super thick yet creamy yet oily body. It coats the mouth. There is a milky precense in there. Hop resins do dominate the mouthfeel when all is said and done though.

Try it fresh, then age for another 5-10 years.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow. actually this is the first double stout i've ever had, but i think i can make this attempt at a first review.

as soon as open the bottle, i smell serious powerful hoppy, malty, sweet, roasty stout characteristics. the beers pours like liquor, blooming a rusty tan and brown head a quarter to half inch thick. the middle of the head is blotchy with extra brown dimples.

the aroma has distinctly berrylike opening, with malty, roasty choclate and coffee overtones.

the taste has chocolate and coffee as its base, with variations like mocha, chocolate cake, chocolate milk and caramel dusted with clove and cinnamon. also present are secondary meaty, smoky charred flavors, soy sauce, bitter hoppiness and even something almost indistinguishable, like chewing on an ice cube or something. stunning. alcohol is definately present but not distracting.

mouthfeel is heavy and viscous, with light carbonation making it silky smooth.

drinkability? hell, this is a beast. i'm halfway through this one and it's taken me a half hour.

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Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thick opaque black pour. Unlike Expedition, it generates a nice 1/2 inch head (almost brown in color) that stands up and lasts on a hard pour. Big patches for lace. Interesting aroma, distinct berries combine with an almost smoked spare ribs sensation. Mouthfeel is good and substantial, carbonation light but apparent. LOTS of flavor, flies past coffee to a monstrously burnt malt impression, hints of raisins, dark holiday fruit cake, slow cooked beef roast, "shoo fly" pie, and an early and lurking ashy hop that's too exaggerated. Bitterness is almost overpowering, masks alcohol in some ways. Syrupy finish (this will be emphasized by drinking out of the bottle, like prune juice). Not the yeast signature of many Bell's brews. Big beer, undoubtedly a ton of ingedients and a lot of gravity, its actually a bit much and Expedition Stout has a more agreeable profile in my opinion. Still, there is a lot of aging potential for this one, as it should be for the Batch series.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have poured this highly anticipated beer into my Stone RIS glass ( ten fu#kin dollars for a glass). I poured slowly, and the head was minimal, but it seems to be sticking around. It is not as thick as the thickest stouts, but the surface is quite reflective. The nose is of fresh, piney hop cones. The most resiny hop aroma I have ever encountered in a big stout. That being said, I know there is a malt monster just waiting for some age to bring it out. Faint coffee detected.

The taste is raw! Piney hops, that bittersweet sharp dark roasted malt flavor, and a mouthful of coffee beans. A noticeable smoke flavor, ala Batch 5000, but not nearly as dominant, is tasted throughout. Dark chocolate, and the fiery hops. A vinous quality is buried beneath everything. As good as this is now, I must try to age some.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated for a stout of this magnitude, and the alcohol warms my throat. Drinkability is limited by availability, better stock up fast. I am buying all I can.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, finally...
Poured from 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith becker glass.

A - Opaque, licorice-black with a dark tan head that blooms late and withers fast. Whisps of head remain, and what lacing there is is thick.

S - Not a real strong aroma, but definitely roasted malts with hints of coffe and chocolate. As it warms alcohol is noticable, but barely.

T - Starts out smooth and slightly sweet, hesitates, then hits you with a nice roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and chocolate are present in second half of sip, and maybe a touch of licorice.

M - Thick, oily, coats your mouth like watered down Robitussin.

D - Ridiculously drinkable for such a huge, strong and dark brew. If they weren't $17 / 6pack they'd be a winter staple for me. Oh wait, they're only brewing this once... Damn!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out thick into my glass, a deep black color with a huge tan head, which remains large for a long time. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a surpising amount of hops. Huge roasted malt flavor. Just a little bit of a lactic quality. Some wood flavor. This beer is very complex. As it warms, I notice more dark fruit flavors, like figs. Big, chewy mouthfeel. More drinkable than it ought to be, given the 12% abv, but this is still a sipper. Superb.

Edit: Coming back to this beer, it's a bit too green for a stout. Adjusting rankings slightly

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Photo of proc
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy.

Yep. That about sums it up.

Alright, I will review it. This one pours into the glass in a dark as night fashion that leads to a slight head. This head forms into almost an amber, candied sugar appearance that looks good enough to eat. The aroma is that of caramel and coffee. The taste is solid, and yes, "meaty". It features the afforementioned traits of caramel and coffee, along with molasses and anise. It masks the 12% ABV fairly well and although a LARGE beer, seems tamer to me than Expedition. It finishes with the gusto of pot roast on a cold winter's day. Satisfying and warming.

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

Initial review:

Fall 2005.

Pours out purely opaque black into my Imperial Pint. The head is dirty brown, and starts out thin, fading away to a light dusting. The lacing is exceptionally heavy. The nose on this is softly hopped with roasty malts as well as some alcohol.

The taste starts out very sweet and stays that way for a noticeable spell before breaking out in roasted malts and a medium hop bitter on the back of the tongue. I'm getting coffee grounds, cane sugar, toffee, chocolate (subdued), as well as an odd hoppy presence that stays in the background, but adds something to the total flavour...this seems to grow on the back half of the flavour and makes it finish with a pretty decent bite. Wonderfully unique and depthy stout!

The mouth on this is quite good. It is thick and oily, and it also has plenty of hop action going on as well and is, on top of all of this, very, very smooth, almost creamy...perfect for the style. Drinkability is quite solid, any bigger beer is going to suffer a bit here, but this is quite drinkable.

A neat commemorative stout from the guys at Bell's, and another big winner. I have a sixer of these and I'm going to try to ration them out as much as possible. I imagine, just like the 6000 batch, that this beer will only gain some points with age. Still, it's very worthy now and unlike 6000, comes out of the gate well-balanced in the flavour department. This is highly recommended!

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been dying to get this beer and glad I was able to snag some before it was snatched by others.

A - Pours a murky brown with a gooey tan head that dissolves into lace. No light coming through this glass.

S - Roasty coffee, malts, chocolate and alcohol. Very easy going nose, and not the harsher style you'll smell in some stouts.

T - Again, lots of malt and coffee with a noticable alcohol kick. The roasted or, smoked if you will, flavor really shines through, but doesn't null out any other flavors like a lesser stout would.

M - Very thick and oily. It coats your mouth and teeth and near have to scrape it off. But, it is incredibly smooth, you may end up drinking it faster than you'd like because it goes down so quick.

D - Within it's style, it's above the rest. Smoothness beyond comparison, great flavor, and a calming ABV, truly a great stout.

I've heard parrallel drawn to Dark Lord, I wouldn't go that far. It has a smooth and balanced taste, but just not as complex. BUT, I am not crapping on this beer. It is one of the best stouts you'll be able to find now, and isn't actually when considered, a bad deal for it's high price. I know this beer will only get better with age.

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Photo of ejquin
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App: Black with thich creamy brown head.

Smell: Suprisingly hoppy smell, roasted coffee, alcohol touch, but not very much of an aroma.

Taste: Very delicious. Smooth upfront. Hops in the start fadeing to deep roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate with fades to a very slight alcohol burn on finish. More of a warming sensation. It's very nicely balanced and full, but not overwhelming in any way.

Mouth: Rich and smooth. Perfect carbonation amount.

Drink: Good.

Overall: Very very good stuff. Similar to expedition, but a little different and equally as delicious. Buy it all up and save what you can.

Update: My last review was on 10/2005. I'm drinking another on 1/2008. The beer is phenominal. The age has mellowed the hop character, and everything blends so smoothly. There's some espresso chocolate notes, and some roasted malt as well, all balanced by a slight fruity sweetness and a decent hop character. I don't think this has peaked yet, but it's truly amazing.

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

12 oz single...found 4 of these things sitting around at Riley's

appearance: pours black as night...a very dark brown, in not black color...forms a beautiful chocolate brown head, similar to some of the other bold Bell's stouts. Quite a sight!

smell: despite the appearance, the smell has a high hop profile. Lots of other things going on in the nose such as chocolate, some coffee, licorice

taste: Well, this thing is downright interesting. Its very syrupy with a huge roastiness to it. Flavors of very dark and bold coffee as well as rich dark chocolate compliment the interesting hop fruitness indicated by the nose. Alcohol is definately present and provides a nice warming sensation. This bottle is packed full of roasty chocolate/coffee malts...some licorice as well. slightly bitter in the aftertaste

mouthfeel: thick and syrupy (ala expedition), full bodied, moderate carbonation, very chewy and roasty

drinkability: quite high for the style, its just so darn good

Bell's did well in it's Batch 7000, which probably falls just about on the level as the staple, expedition stout. I hope I can find some more of this stuff around.

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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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