Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.25/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
This is my first 1000-series Bell's beer (that I'm aware of) and I must say that right off the bat I'm impressed with the pouring action and near-total opacity as it slides into my tall glass with subtle hints of the advertised molasses and licorice components perfuming the air. A two finger head appears courtesy of the near-aggressive pour I performed and quickly fades, leaving sporadic lacing and an espresso-like tan coating. This one looks like it means business.
And it does; but when lifted to my face, the mellow smell subverts expectations which the visuals laid out, inadequately fortelling the strong range of feeling my mouth is about to experience. When it does hit, I immediately grasp that Batch 9000's appearance wasn't simply a bluff: with an oil-thick viscosity and low carbonation, the beer washes over my palette and sinks in for the duration, all sweet yet hardy flavor like a rich candied pork belly. The ample dark sugar feel makes a valiant effort at masking the 12.5% abv and nearly succeeds. Still, you're not likely to mistake this behemoth for a lightweight of any stripe.
Nearing the end of my serving I'm not only left impressed with the overwhelmingly velvety texture (albeit with an upper register bite vis a vis that licorice) but slightly reeling from the strong alcohol content that sneaks up like a thief in the night beneath the black cloak this thing shades my glass in.
All in all I'd have to say that despite not seeming right up my alley on paper (I'm no fan of actual black licorice, for instance) this limited quantity beer truly hit the spot. It's got a darkly smooth and eminently drinkable feel and flavor, an exclusivity to make your friends jealous and looks to die for. If it had a more honest (and stronger) smell it'd be closer to perfection, but as this stands the Batch 9000 is as close to anything I could want or ask for in a beer of this type. It's strong as hell and makes no excuses about this fact, but it's an enviable experience for any fan of strong dark ales and their brethren.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2010 04:13:45 | More by optimistictour
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