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)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
358
Reviews:
296
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
11.24%
 
 
Wants:
152
Gots:
27
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Derek!

The pour is just about black in color with no head and very minimal carbonation. Strong notes of soy sauce and licorice. There is definitely some booziness to it and lots of roasted malt, maybe some dark chocolate. Quite oxidized. Things don’t change much on the palate. Heavy on the soy sauce with a strong sweetness. Licorice, roasted malt, and a hint of toast. Really just oxidized and old.

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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

Thanks Fred,

Beer is relatively dark, black. Thin haloed head, no lacing, low retention low carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, a little sherry, paper, stlil a little alcohol coming through.

Very thrilled to try this beer honestly. It is sweet, molasses, a little booze, a little alcohol, a dry finish, the body is like thin syrup a little, if that makes sense. Developing nicely from what I've read of the earlier reviews.I'd have it again.

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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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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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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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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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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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