Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by beagle75:
3.8/5 rDev -5%
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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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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