Batch 7,000 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rogorama
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of MarkFy
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As stated so nicely in some earlier reviews, how could I not review a beer that was poured by Larry Bell himself at GTOM 2010?

Considering I had an enormous buzz at this point in the fest (4 bottles of water in between samplings just didn't do a thing for me) here goes:

A: black, sludgelike (in a good way), no head.

S: wonderful funk of chocolate, sweet dark fruits

T: You can definitely tell this one has some age on it. Has that nice funky aged wood character, chocolate, sweet dark fruit, a hint of bourbon and vanilla.

M: a little chalky at some points (the 6L bottle was really thick down towards the bottom, right before Larry pulled a Caddyshack and cannon-balled the sucker), but overall very nice.

D: Are you kidding? Once in a lifetime experience, I would be first in line if I ever saw this again. Here's to seeing this done with Batch 9000!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only other beer I felt the need to tick at the taste. For fucks sake it was poured out of a giant 6L bottle by Larry Bell himself. How can I not tick this fucker?

Generous pour from Larry gives me a dark brown black beer with no head or lace. Swirling leaves legs all around the glass though.

The aroma is sweet dark fruit and chocolate. Lots of bourbon and hints of wood and coffee.

The flavor is super sweet dark chocolate drizzled prunes and dates. Woody bourbon heat with a just a trace of vanilla.

Super thick body with no carbonation.

Overall a once in a lifetime experiance. The beer was almost the supporting character on this one. So lucky to have been in the right place at the right time.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great Taste of the Midwest 2010. I think I would really like some Black Note. Yeah, that sounds good. I think I'll wait in line for 40 minutes to get the second pour of Black Note. While I'm there, I'll chat with the young lady standing behind the untapped Black Note sixtel. Oh, I guess that is Larry Bell's daughter. Neat. What's that??....what's that you say??? Come back at 5:01 for something that I won't want to miss??? Okey-dokey, you can count me in.

And at 5:01 on the dot, I see it. As Larry Bell creeps out of the tent holding a massive 9 liter bottle of liquid gold, a crowd starts to form. I feel that 90% of them have no clue what they are even going to be drinking. They just flock to the commotion and hope something cool turns up. In this case, it definitely pays to be a follower.

Barrel Aged Batch 7000 pours black as sludge. Speaking of sludge, apparently the last 2 or 3 liters of the bottle are exactly that. So full of sediment and gunk that it takes on a milkshake color in the glasses of those who arrived late. I decided to do capra12 a favor and mix my ink black glass with his poo brown one. Turns out, this is some fucking tasty sludge!

The aroma is huge with notes of caramel, toffee, oak, and chocolate. The flavor follows suit and is absolutely smooth as silk and full of chocolate and oak goodness. If you need evidence of the smoothness, look no further than Larry himself chugging the last few ounces with the 9 liter bottle pointing vertical in the air and dozens of beer geeks pointing horizontal at him screaming "holy shit look at that."

The body is full and carbonation levels are low creating a wonderful creaminess. Considering I never knew this beer existed before the day of the fest, I feel like quite a lucky man to have had the opportunity to drink it.

And yes, it trumped Black Note. It was that good.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to be around when Larry was pouring this from a 6L bottle at the Great Taste 2010.

Pours a light layer of tan head. Color is a deep brown, near black.

Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, cream. Very sweet.

Taste: Creamy and syrupy. Chocolate, bourbon, oak, molasses. Some roasted malt to it.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with some warming flavors. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends thick and creamy.

Overall, it was really awesome to get to try this. This version was better than the regular version. It was sludgy on the bottom of the bottle, but for how old it was I can see that happening. The top part of the bottle was fine, however.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I cannot believe how cool this was. I was lucky enough to get a bottle sample from a 6 liter bottle poured from Larry Bell himself at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2010! Thank you so much Larry for bringing this to your 25th Anniversary celebration!

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color that produced a fluffy brown colored head that stuck around for awhile until finally dissipating leaving lacing behind.

(S)- A rich roasted profile with decadent cocoa and molasses. Plenty of raisin and a licorice component in the middle. Finishes with a light heat and wood.

(T)- Same as the smell. A rich profile that has this great caramelized-like raisin, molasses, and cocoa with bits of vanilla.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Ridiculously smooth with a superb feel to it. Nowhere near what 12%ABV normally feels like.

(D)- A fantastic surprise to see Larry Bell himself carry out this gargantuan bottle, crack it open, thank everyone for coming, and pour all who were there a delicious sample of this great aged brew. It tasted great and was yet another highlight to the days events. This has aged absolutely beautifully!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap at Birreria Paradiso into a old shaped glass. It seemed all the snifters were dirty from us killing of the BA double cream keg. $8 per glass and well worth it. I went back the next day at the opening for Happy Hour, price $4. Way too good to be true, but it was!

The liquid was dark very dark black with good carbonation. The head was dark mocha, almost chard caramel a nice thick thumb of tight foam and a good lace.

The smell was excellent, really the best BA stout I have smelled.

The taste was excellent as well the thick molasses taste in the 7000 was a perfect match for this bourbon barrel. The beer could not have been better tasting.

The mouthfeel excellent the beer faired well in the barrel, truly outstanding.

The drinkability was top of the line. I really enjoyed this brew. Thanks Larry! Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of GRPunk
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Jet black with a 1" tan head that made for a nice sticking effect on the the glass.

S- Rich and bitter dark chocolate with some sweetness from a cooked raisin or plum-like aroma.

T- More chocolate and coffee with some roasty malt characterisitics. I picked up more of the plum or prune flavors along with a bit of vanilla that made it just a tad too sweet to score any higher in my book. The warming alcohol came across in the finish.

M- Nice and thick, but smooth with some light carbonation.

D- An easy slow sipper.

Overall- I was amazed to find this one on tap and it was well worth the try. It was a great beer, although the sweetness was just a little too pronounced for my taste.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tapped at Maduro for my birthday…ok, it wasn’t tapped for my birthday but rather for the Great Taste… but one can pretend right? $4 o pint

Appearance: Doesn’t even feign at brown. This sludge is black as ninja’s shinobi shozoko and manages to display a small amount of tan head, impressive for a beer of this age and strength.

Aroma: Foreboding a plenipotentiary ability to destroy ones nostril, palate, and sobriety with its complete intensity and strength. 85% plus cocoa dark chocolate and complete fried black currant under a blanket of Vanilla. The bourbon presence smells stronger here than it has in the other Bell’s BA beers sampled over the past few days. Strong bourbon esters ascend from the glass.

Flavor: Bourbon. Vanilla. Aforementioned bitter dark chocolate, currants, and some sweet caramel. Raisons, cherries and toast. Bourbon. I think this is a little heavy on the booze flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Obese, boozey sludge. Thick black canned heat. Strong, full, roasty, with nice bitterness. Just a bit boozey, a tad too warming, and a touch heavy to be really enjoyable. Still, this beer is exactly what its trying to be so one ahs to at least acknowledge its awesomeness.

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Batch 7,000 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 9 ratings