Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz. bottle, batch # 9000 (heh), served into a tulip glass
Pours a deep russet brown/burnt sienna color. Very dense looking. The tan head was a full finger in size and curiously becomes lighter in color as it dissipates to a thin ring. Lacing is pretty much not happening though there is a visible film of liquid left on the sides of the glass.
For as dark a beer as Batch 9000 the malts don't smell particularly roasted. There was a lot of bread right up front on the nose, punctuated by rum-soaked dark fruits. There is a black strap molasses undercurrent. The label says it was brewed with licorice; I expected lots of black licorice but the whiffs I get are quick shots of Twizzlers red licorice. There really is a good deal of sweet booze aroma coming off this one.
Oh my. There is a lot going on here for sure. The first sip is all sweetness and alcohol. The next sip reveals plum, fig, brown sugar and rum. The licorice shows up on the aftertaste, resonating with a bitterness to counteract the dark-fruitspolsion. Bready grains on the finish, too. This tastes like an old ale with more fruit intensity than that style is used to. It is a bit one-note with all of the sweetness going on; this could use another basic taste (more bitterness for example) for balance.
The mouthfeel is actually the first thing I noticed upon my first sip. This is thick! I've had scores of imperial stouts that have less substantive bodies than does Batch 9000. This is a really intriguing dessert beer choice (I can't imagine pairing this with anything _but_dessert). Is it drinkable? Sure, not amazingly so but it could perform worse given its level of sweetness and ABV of 12.5%
Batch 9000 tastes good right now even if it is tough to envision when you'd want a full bottle of this kind of flavor profile. Its size (meant in every respect) makes Batch 9000 an intriguing candidate for aging. Pick some up and see how it treats you.
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2010 23:00:45 | More by Reaper16
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4.11/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle of Bell's Batch 9,000. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014. Thanks Gunch for sending this one along.
App- Dark brown, opaque and viscous, one finger dark brown head with fair retention, a bit of lacing
Smell- Intense molasses, brown sugar, port, raisins, cocoa, licorice
Flavour- Molasses, port, licorice, cocoa, roast malts, milk chocolate. A lot going on, all very intense and very very complex and interesting. All comes together very well.
Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, low carbonation, very much drinkable despite the 12.5% ABV. Slick and resinous and certainly not finishing dry.
Overall- Very excellent non-BA beer by Bell's. Very interesting and a bit unique.. on the sweet side (way out there actually) and worth enjoying with friends over dessert.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 04:43:12 | More by Stevedore
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours with a visibly thick viscosity. Almost like a thin syrup. Appears black in the glass, but there is a little brown around the edges. Forms a very small, very creamy dark tan head, but it has little retention. Some light lacing.
S: Aroma is interestingly different. It smells like someone burnt a raisin. Or a smoky port. Its mildly vinous, lots of dark dried fruit, like raisin or prunes, mildly sweet, and a touch of "burnt."
T: The taste matches the aroma in an an equally interesting way. The beer starts off with a moderate sweetness. Dried fruits, plums, prunes, with notes of leather. Port-like. But then the beer takes a drastic turn becoming much more malty and developing a slightly acrid burnt flavor. Not necessarily smoke, but "burnt." Heavily roasted malts, cocoa, and chicory. A hint of licorice or anise. It's decidedly drier.
M: Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Dry and chalky. Mild bitterness and what bitterness there is seems to be coming from the heavily roasted malts and not hops.
O: An interesting brew that I probably could've shared a 12 oz bottle with someone as I found the flavors to be odd and somewhat disjointed.
4.0, 3.75, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 12:32:57 | More by Florida9
Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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