Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by shangwang:
4.26/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Acquired in a recent trade with a friend along with a bottle of Batch 10,000.
Poured into a stemmed Liefman's glass.
Beer was a rich chestnut shade and totally opaque. The pour left virtually no head; all that remained were faint traces of lacing left in a swirl on the surface, and a thin ring of tan bubbles around the inner rim of the glass. Smelled of honey, chocolate, dates, overly ripe bananas and dark bread dough. Very potent; I expected some very strong tastes based on the smell and the ABV. My presumption was correct and I got layers of flavor in each taste. Lots of sweet fruit initially; raisins, figs, and black cherries. Also some vanilla and molasses, like the taste of homemade root beer. A little anise and burnt wood in the finish, but not much. Just enough to compliment the intense sweetness with some bitterness. The mouthfeel was tremendous; not overly carbonated but as the beer hit my tongue it immediately took on a creamy quality and gave a smoothness to an otherwise strong ale.
I'm not much for overly sweet beers, but the finish of this one brought balance and made for a very satisfying experience. I was expecting something along the lines of a barleywine or a Belgian quad, and this had some characteristics of each, yet stood out as a little different than either style. Very enjoyable, although one at a time is more than enough.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2013 20:05:22 | More by shangwang
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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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