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Bell's Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 87
Gots: 245 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Black, dense, and rich, this is a great ale for the cellar."

(Beer added by: alexgash on 01-29-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ystazi, Mar 29, 2014
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4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Revisited 2/28/14

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!

elNopalero, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

vande, Mar 25, 2014
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Shawner, Mar 24, 2014
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mychalg9, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

HoppyBastard2, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

ThePaleRider, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

dbrelsfo, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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jaymo18, Feb 17, 2014
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Dactrius, Feb 07, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Stevedore, Feb 07, 2014
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ldhughes3, Jan 30, 2014
Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.