Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by grub:
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
i've had this one several times, both on tap and in bottle, fresh and recently. this review is based on today's sample.
12oz bottle. sampled feb 7/2011.
pours deep dark brown, neither black nor opaque but definitely approaching both. a thin cap of incredibly fine light brown head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace.
aroma is great. rich, deep, and complex. raisin, date, fig, plum. caramel and toffee. biscuit, dark toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. warming alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. anise. molasses. hint of vanilla.
taste is great. much like the aroma, it's a deliciously complex blend of elements. initially it's the dark fruit: raisin, date, fig, plum. then it turns to dark chocolate and caramel. this is wrapped in dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit and finally topped with a lovely warming alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. anise and molasses. mmmm, good.
mouthfeel is great. nice full body. very fine medium-low carbonation level.
drinkability is good. when fresh it was still a little hot and hadn't really come into its own. now, considerable depth has emerged and the alcohol has mellowed significantly. it's pretty well balanced, but i still look forward to seeing its continued development.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2011 02:01:46 | More by grub
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4.98/5 rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Pours a viscous black purple port with a coffee colored ring of foam.
Aroma is salty, soy sauce, steak drippings, dried tobacco and stone fruits. Power of suggestion but I caught some almond. Hint of booziness on the back end.
Tastes layered, wonderful complexity that unwinds like a well written mystery. It's peppery at first, with a strong salty mushroom gravy presence that peels off into stone fruits, raisins and dried fig, hints of dark cherry, a thick lingering finish, some brown sugar and a bit of booze on the end. Oh, and black licorice!
For my 750th review I’m revisiting this beauty.
I was fortunate to score a couple of bottles of this when it came out a while ago. Stuck some in the cellar (basement) of my folks home so I get a little treat each time I visit.
This review is from 1/13. The double-digit ABV makes me a little nervous each time but after some time it’s definitely mellowed out.
I am enjoying the appearance of this black licorice/cocoa-tinged brew. There’s light foam that rapidly dissipates, leaving behind an intriguing aroma of molasses and fig, candied dates, and only the slightest hint of anise.
The flavor has a pronounced bitterness and roast upfront which lingers into a smooth yet warming sweetness. I get a touch of molasses and brown sugar balancing out the array of stone fruit flavors. I find the anise and licorice to be much more pronounced from the flavor than the aroma and I wonder if they brewed this with a Belgian yeast strain if it would qualify as a quad or Belgian dark strong ale—it has that complexity and that potential.
It’s a heavy-bodied beer, much like a port in its weight and the way it lingers on the palate, and one to definitely sip. Warms well, releasing its layers of flavor without any of the expected heat. I can’t imagine what a delight the barrel-aged Batch 9k must be!
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 22:07:49 | More by elNopalero
4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
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
Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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