Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Opaque, dark brown color showing garnet-hued light at the edges, with a peripheral ring of mocha-tinted bubbles that also dot the interior surface of the beer. Scant lacing remains on the glass.
S: Very spirituous and vinous, suggesting cognac or dark fortified wine. Notes of oak are fairly obvious, while shoyu is buried deep.
T: Begins sweet, with chewy black-dark malt that is bitter with intense roast and modified by oak. Heavily fermented fruit is also prominent early--very dark--as is molasses that seems tied to the sweetness. Acidity opposes the lush layers of dark flavor, never intense but noticeable as a dissenting flavor quality. The middle continues to feature molasses, with an umami twist, as flavors dry out some. Flavors also seem less affected by wood as time progresses. The finish is dark, ashy, and spirituous, with bitterness that is fairly aggressive but not unusual for a beer that is on the order of magnitude of a big imperial stout.
M: Thick viscosity, syrupy and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This appears to be a blend of strong dark ales, with some bourbon or brandy barrel-aged components included. It fits well into the Bell's Batch series, appearing like a slightly less accomplished version of Batch 7000. Although this beer is not for all occasions, it compares well to De Struise's Black Damnation series.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2011 03:02:53 | More by beagle75
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