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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 81
Gots: 243 | FT: 14
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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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bort11

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head wide stemmed tulip. A half inch of tan head springs to life and gradually settles down after a minute or two. Spotty lacing on the glass, nothing solid sticks right now. Body color is a purple-ish brown. Dense with no ralt light coming through the center.

Smell is a sweet malt bomb. Dark pitted fruit sweet, figs and a little plum. The label says brewers licorice was used, but I'm not getting that yet. I do get a bit of ginger and sassafras. Taste is also a malt bomb of sweet. More figs and dates, but the brewers licorice finally comes into the picture. Creates a balancing bite to the malty sweetness.

Body is a thick chewy mouthful. Slow sipper to be sure. The 12.5% does get to me, I was done and out after just one. This will be great to age, I bet the dark fruit flavors will grow with time

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 11:38:52 | More by bort11
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tturaiders

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks gibby for this one.

Appearance: Pours black with a tan head that recedes pretty quickly.

Smell: It smells very sweet and boozy. It's got some caramel and molasses tones to it as well.

Taste: The taste is also very sweet. You can definitely taste the alcohol but it does balance well with the sweetness. Raisins, molasses, and caramel are some notes I picked up on.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's smooth but it does have a bite from the alcohol. The carbonation is appropriately low. I couldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting but it's a good beer, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 02:07:39 | More by tturaiders
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birchstick

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a super black color with a nice cocoa colored head that dissipates quickly

S - I am getting a lot of sweetness and some burnt malt. Not as strong of a nose as I was expecting.

T - whoa there is a lot going on here. This starts off with a candy-syrup taste that is very strong (perhaps the molasses). There is also some black licorice is there as well. This reads just like the label. There is a really nice burnt malt on the finish that saves this one for me. It seems like a huge mess of flavors that needs to mellow out. I like the idea of what this wants to be -really sweet upfront with some burnt malt/coffee to balance it- but I think this some age in order for this combo to work.

M - very low carbonation with a nice body...really good mouthfeel

D - for right now, this was all right. Above normal for the complexity, but not enough to push it up too much because I think this needs to mellow out. This was really sweet and the high abv makes this a one-and-done. I look forward to trying this in a couple of months.

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Update 5/8/2014 - 4 years and 3 1/2 months old.

It's cooled off quite a bit and has formed a more unified beer. Opens with some sweet, bitter licorice that moves into a candy sweetness malt backbone; almost sugary. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and an ever so subtle roasted character. This beer almost seems syrupy to me, which I can't tell is really good or just too much. This one doesn't have any issues going longer...in fact, it might help mellow out the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 02:17:17 | More by birchstick
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with a small tannish head of foam.

The smell has lots of sweetness oozing out with noticeable molasses and caramel malts, a slight roasted malt note, and plenty of alcohol.

The taste is also super sweet. The molasses and caramel malts rule with a nice side order of licorice and a big presence of alcohol. Wow. It kind of reminds me of a Thomas Hardy only not quite as refined but...all the TH Ales I've tried had some years under their belts so it's very possible that with a few on this Batch 9000, things would "settle" down nicely as well.

It is close to full bodied with an appropriately low level of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Foam disappeared quickly and minimal lacing...typical for the style.

Drinkability? Lots of alcohol will limit me to 1 at a sitting but that's fine by me. It's still quite drinkable. A very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:48:50 | More by Bitterbill
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illidurit

California

2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy iceicebaby. Pours a medium-dark brown with a light tan head. Huge brown sugar aroma with boozy raisins and chocolate. Like some sort of outrageous rum cookie or something. Syrupy raisiny flavor, plenty of booze, cloyingly sweet. I don't dislike the flavor, but I couldn't possibly drink more than a sample without developing diabetes. Thick and messy. Hey maybe by the time Batch 10000 comes out this will be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 10:21:33 | More by illidurit
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route66pubs

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was not chilled but served at cellar temperature, about 55 degrees.

A - pours a deep black, with very little sign of light even when held up to the light. Very tiny cream-colored head with lots of tiny bubbles. Head holds firm to glass.

S - Slight licorice / anise aroma, barely noticeable in the pour. What little of it is there is definitely heavily leaning toward the liqueur side. This is very non-obtrusive and should, you would think, make this a much more palatable beer. Slight mustiness as well, but mostly as an afterthought.

T - what a burn! The alcohol on this is obvious from the first sip. The licorice / anise aroma comes through fully in the taste, including some of the slight lingering after-effects you would get from a good piece of black licorice.

M - combined with the taste, the alcohol in this is definitely the most noticeable characteristic. There's almost a gumminess to it from the licorice, but the burn from the alcohol very much sets the tone on this one. If you can get past the initial burn, the candy-esque feel that is left makes this quite enjoyable. (Indeed, the burn seems to be deteriorating with each successive sip.)

D - that alcohol burn takes the score down on this ... perhaps a good candidate for cellaring to see if that burn subsides. Otherwise, very enjoyable effort for something with a completely different flavor than the bourbon / whiskey barrel aged efforts permeating the beer community.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 02:44:32 | More by route66pubs
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as part of a very generous box from Hoppymcgee. Thanks again, Greg! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a cloudy and very dark brown color. Appears to be a quite thick and viscous liquid in the pour. A beige/mocha head forms for an instant before giving it up to a thick collar and a few fizzy islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - Sweet aromas, soft malt, caramel, fruity esters, yeasty. Not much for hops in the aroma. Gives all indications of being a really nice sipper, almost barleywine-like in aroma.

T - Quite sweet overall. Sugar, brown sugar, caramel all make their presence known in here. A bit boozy, almost in a sweet rum-like sorta way. Not hoppy in any way...no real hop flavors detected at all. Despite being very much on the sweet side, it is not overly done or cloying. The hops have just enough bitterness to keep that from happening.

M - Quite full bodied...thick and a bit syrupy in feel. Carbonation is on the low side...just enough to feel "alive". Sweet flavors coat every inch of the mouth on every sip. A sipper all the way, but definitely a good one.

D - Hmm, not sure exactly. I'm having this with dinner (asian grilled salmon), and it's working quite nicely in this case...alone, might be a bit sweet overall. It seems to be a prototype "in front of the fire" sipper. Quite good, but you are in it for the long haul with this...not gonna be able to get this down with any speed...but why would you anyway?

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:10:31 | More by portia99
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Bung

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Very dark brown pour, not much cream colored head. Doesn't really lace a whole lot.

Aroma has a bunch of malt, toffee and dark candied fruit.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, but more pungeant. A lot of sweeter malt and dark fruit. Finishes with some roast and vinuousness as well.

Mouthfeel is not real thick which helps some drinkability, but also is a bit warm and strong right now. Could use some mellowing, but still good now.

Definetely reminds me of some of the Lost Abbey/Port stuff. Kind of a combination of Angels shares and Viscosities. So if any neysayers review this poorly but those well, they're kidding themselves. An interesting strong ale that should age very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 20:44:27 | More by Bung
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bashiba

Iowa

5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice deep dark mahogony with some bright ruby highlights. The head was super thick and foamy dark brown with tons of lacing.

The smell was great, very sweet and bready, with a bit of anise , Brown Sugar, Dark Berries and molasses.

I love the flavor, reminds me a bit of dark lord in the level of complexity, its all here, big dark fruits, anise, molasses, burnt roasted malts, nice hints of smoke and peat, sweet doses of alcohol. Amazing!

The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, a bit thick as well.

Flawless, the best beer I have had in 2010. To bad its so hard to come by.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 01:47:56 | More by bashiba
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, batch # 9000 (heh), served into a tulip glass

Pours a deep russet brown/burnt sienna color. Very dense looking. The tan head was a full finger in size and curiously becomes lighter in color as it dissipates to a thin ring. Lacing is pretty much not happening though there is a visible film of liquid left on the sides of the glass.

For as dark a beer as Batch 9000 the malts don't smell particularly roasted. There was a lot of bread right up front on the nose, punctuated by rum-soaked dark fruits. There is a black strap molasses undercurrent. The label says it was brewed with licorice; I expected lots of black licorice but the whiffs I get are quick shots of Twizzlers red licorice. There really is a good deal of sweet booze aroma coming off this one.

Oh my. There is a lot going on here for sure. The first sip is all sweetness and alcohol. The next sip reveals plum, fig, brown sugar and rum. The licorice shows up on the aftertaste, resonating with a bitterness to counteract the dark-fruitspolsion. Bready grains on the finish, too. This tastes like an old ale with more fruit intensity than that style is used to. It is a bit one-note with all of the sweetness going on; this could use another basic taste (more bitterness for example) for balance.

The mouthfeel is actually the first thing I noticed upon my first sip. This is thick! I've had scores of imperial stouts that have less substantive bodies than does Batch 9000. This is a really intriguing dessert beer choice (I can't imagine pairing this with anything _but_dessert). Is it drinkable? Sure, not amazingly so but it could perform worse given its level of sweetness and ABV of 12.5%

Batch 9000 tastes good right now even if it is tough to envision when you'd want a full bottle of this kind of flavor profile. Its size (meant in every respect) makes Batch 9000 an intriguing candidate for aging. Pick some up and see how it treats you.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:00:45 | More by Reaper16
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morimech

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown that appears black in the glass, half-inch of brown head that has decent retention. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell- Black licorice, molasses, figs, dates, sherry which will only develope more as this beer ages. Big alcohol aroma as well.

Taste- Not a big fan of licorice flavor and this beer is big in licorice but I did not seem to mind it here. It is toned down a bit with figs and brown sugar. Quite a bit of alcohol flavor as well. Finishes with a licorice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick and rich. Nice carbonation for a big beer.

Drinkability- This beer will only get better with age. Right now it is too hot for great drinkability. A good sipper. Look forward to trying this next winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 14:54:24 | More by morimech
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Tinfoilrcr

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with hayesez, thanks again!

A- Pours a dark rich brown with hints of garnet in the light. Tan head disipates quickly with next to no lacing.

N- Smells of molasses, port and maderia.

T - Up front is over-the-top sweet, middle is all alchol, finish is golden. FInish has a nice balance of roast coffee, molasses, a carmelized yumminess. First sip was hard to get past the initial up front back of sweet and strong alchol one-two, but the finish is worth it.

M- Very heavy and full of hotness.

D- Cannot drink very many of these, esp given the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 00:24:38 | More by Tinfoilrcr
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

I missed this one at the local bottle shop. I heard it was at Trappeze, so I made a point to get by there after work on Friday to give it a go.

As I was grabbing a seat, the waitress offered me a menu. "No thanks, Bell's 9000, please," I said. She smiled knowingly and told me it would be just a second. A minute later she pulls a beautiful goblet of beer from the tap and slides it to me. She checks in after my first few sips, "Is it everything you were hoping for?" she asks. "Excellent," I reply.

Damn, guess I was kinda transparent.

A: Nearly black. A slightly brown tone with garnet highlights in the sunshine. A fluffy white recedes to nothing fairly quickly.

S: A potent, sweet smelling brew. The molasses is the first thing that hits me. Dark fruits and licorice in there, too. Very nice smelling.

T: My best description is that this beer has the best qualities of a barleywine mixed with some stout characteristics. The sweetness and alcohol hits you over the head like a barleywine. This is a very, very hot beer. I love boozy beers, so it's right up my alley, but I would love to have a few of these to rest in the cellar for a few years. To go along with the sweetness, there is a backbone that reminds me of a stout. Masterful flavor.

M: Wonderful body to carry the 12.5%. Mouthfeel is heavenly.

D: It's a really big beer. I could drink them as long as I am vertical, but hey, I love the heat. If you're not as tolerant, this might be a one and done. As it stands, I give it high scores all around.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 23:57:46 | More by mondegreen
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Jmoore50

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is a pretty straight forward beer. Molasses and licorice with heat. Reviewed side by side with 7000.

This beer pours dark brown with a fairly thick tan-golden head. It has no lacing, and I later find out the reason is because of the high ABV. Does have really thick oily legs.

Smells like licorice, sweet molasses, and alcohol.

The taste hits you over the head with molasses, licorice, roasted grain, and heat. Heat heat heat. This thing is hot. For a anniversary brew I think it is appropriate to put this in the cellar and wait for batch 20,000 to come out. I can imagine this thing taking many different forms, and all of them interesting.

The mouthfeel is hot on the palate. Also pretty heavy and full of that thick malt. Pretty sugary sweet as well, like grains of sugar are grinding in between my teeth. Pretty interesting brew that i would love to revisit every year for the next ten.
J

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:46:39 | More by Jmoore50
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Black with a small creamy head that dissipated leaving nice sticking and lacey sheets along the sides throughout the drinking.

S - Very dark fruit, lots of licorice, alcohol burn. Molassas notes comin strongly and wrap around all the rest of the smells.

T - Nothing subtle about this, licorice pretty much punches you in the mouth, almost making it pucker, molassas taste is quite present as well. Much too sweet for my liking.

M - Sticky and syrupy, quite a heavy body on this one, carbonation is there, but almost an afterthought with how much this one sticks.

D - Could barely do the one, licorice is overpowering, alcohol burn gets to you pretty quick, but it's just much too sweet and strong to do much of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 16:41:42 | More by AgentZero
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jjayjaye

New York

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You can see through pour that its clear and it sits in the glass as a dark cola colored brown with a shallow wispy tan head that fades quickly, leaving stringy patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is fairly aggressive rich with an excellent sweet dark fruity fig and black licorice character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel has a tangy note from the alcohol. The texture is smooth with an oily coating nature that compliments the taste and adds nicely to the drinkability. I'm a HUGE fan of the flavor! I love the uninhibited intensity of the black licorice fig fruitiness and I appreciate how well those flavors linger with each meager sip. The 12.5% ABV is neither timid nor distracting. This one is best considered slowly and deliberately. Received a couple of these in recent trades...damn thankful that I've had the opportunity to experience it. Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 20:55:31 | More by jjayjaye
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SeasonalBrew

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Harrison's Landing in Elkhart, IN on 3/11/10

A: Pours black with thin cream head that quickly dissipates, which is no surprise due to the alcohol content.

S: Very sweet, like molasses and licorice. Some roasted coffee and malts make up the smell as well.

T: Immediately very sweet. You get the sweetness from the molasses with the bite from the alcohol. As you swallow you get another hit of the sweetness with some coffee aftertaste. This is such a sweet beer! It pushes the borders of too sweet but it really works for me. Great for such a strong brew.

M: Thick and full-bodied. Almost syrupy in feel.

D: Even though it is probably the sweetest beer I've ever had, I find it very drinkable. Its meant to be enjoyed and drank slowly and I found myself excited for every swig.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 08:57:18 | More by SeasonalBrew
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Hex92

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't realize how high the abv was on this until I started drinking it and logged in here. I just picked it up at the store because it looked interesting.

Poors black and the head disappears quickly. Smells of plumbs or prunes (just a matter of timing I guess). This is one of those beers that has so much going on I don't really know what I am tasting or smelling. But I do know that when you put it all together I like it a lot. Definitely going to see if I can pick some more up the next time I hit the store.

Low carbonation. BIG flavor. Coats the tongue with a crazy selection of flavors. Definitely worth buying if you see one on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 00:49:10 | More by Hex92
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billshmeinke

California

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one. Obtained in a trade with StormKing47. Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours black with a less than one finger head that is a similar in color to the label, a kind of off white with a hint of yellow. Dies down to a ring around the edge of the glass and an island in the middle. Pretty impressive lacing. Impressive for such high abv. However, all traces of lacing disappear after some time.

Plumbs and figs hit the nose first which dominates. Licorice and molasses are quite apparent. A hint of soy sauce as well. Definitely gonna be very sweet judging by the nose. Not promising based on the smell.

Taste follows smell. Plumbs, raisins and figs are up first accompanied by an intense sweetness. The licorice is more pronounced in the taste than in the smell and adds an element of bitterness. The molasses is perceivable too. Hints of soy sauce as well. Anise. Some rum alcohol flavor. Overall, the taste is waaaay too sweet, cloyingly so. Molasses and licorice linger. Really not a fan of the taste of this one.

Dense. Chewy. Very full bodied, and viscous. Pretty warm on the way down. Low carbonation.

The abv is very well masked. However, the taste of this makes it a sipper, certainly intended as a desert beer. This one really didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 22:44:23 | More by billshmeinke
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Won this in CrazyMacHarris' LIF. Thanks a lot!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a little red around the edges. Creates a medium sized tan head that persists but doesn't really lace.

S: Booze first and foremost. I like a really boozy beer now and again, but I can see it being a bit much for a lot of people. I can definitely smell the molasses, which I'm starting to like more and more in a beer. I'm not really getting the licorice that the label mentions, though. Instead, there's a rich scent of brown sugar. It actually smells a lot like brown sugar creamed with butter right before baking. Tremendous.

T: Super sweet and boozy. The brown sugar is a little burnt-tasting. Dark dried fruits come out more than in the nose. Caramel malts, of course. The booze is not at all out of place, and it ties everything else together nicely.

M: Smooth as hell. Creamy with low, lazy carbonation.

Overall: Perfect dessert beer. Like everyone else, I'd like to try one with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 19:49:25 | More by CharlatanSin
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice finger and a half of light brown head that is dense at the bottom with the bubbles getting larger towards the top. A very dark beer, almost black, with some deep red shades when held up to light.

S - First thought: Dark Lord! ... without the coffee aromas. Port wine and dark fruit. Almost barleywine-esque, but enough dark, burnt malt presence to keep things on the imperial stout side of things.

T - A lot of the same as the smell, but definite molasses/syrupy component. Not getting the licorice, but thats fine with me (I'm not a huge fan of licorice). A little vanilla characteristic. Doesn't taste quite as good as Dark Lord, but a good substitute.

M/D - Big and gummy mouthfeel. Very sweet afterwards. I wish this was a year-round beer, or that Bell's would even brew it again, but thats sadly not the case.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:53:40 | More by SirSketch
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gabeerman

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours dark dark brown with a ruby hue around the edges & a nice 3/4" tan head that sticks around for a while,surprisingly.
S: mainly molasses with an alcohol,vinegar & licorice backbone
T: LICORICE! Surprisingly smooth licorice bite with a nice syrupy molasses base. Incredibly smooth for 12.5% & much better once this one warmed up a bit.
M: low low carbonation but the licorice provides a nice bite

This is the 1st taste almost 2 months after bottling. Look forward to reviewing the next 5 each of the next 5 years

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:10:12 | More by gabeerman
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cheezdawg

Iowa

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap I love this beer. I had been weary to try it this early out of the bottle however I took the plunge and I must say, this is one of my favorite beers. It pains me to know this is a LTO beer. The smell is sweet and so is the taste and I LOVE sweet beers. The taste is a little bit firewater but I also tend to love a boozy almost port like beer. Pours a nice black very little head. Dangerously drinkable at least for me, even though it's boozy it's hard to believe it's 12.5%. This is Bell's best beer at least for me, move over hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:04:37 | More by cheezdawg
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geetlord

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark amber to black, with a mild head that lasts for a while and yields nice lacing. The aroma is sweet carrying notes of chocolate and dried stone fruits. Upon taking a sip this beer feels smooth and thick in the mouth. it is sweet, with chocolate licorice and raisin/prune flavors, and strong overtones of alcohol. There is essentially no bitterness.

Overall I find this to be a good strong ale, ideal for drinking on cold evenings.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 00:56:45 | More by geetlord
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 9k, available in abundance. snagged 2 sixers to drink over the years

appearance: classic bells batch release label, served in a de koninck chalice, deep dark body with a creamy crest but no lacing

smell: rich dark chocolate, molasses, plum, raisin, strong booze

taste: third sample of this one - had a bottle upon release and enjoyed on tap a few weeks ago...very strong spicy stout/strong ale, rich dark chocolate, espresso, plum, spicy booze, lots of dark fruit, licorice

mouthfeel: creamy, strong full-flavored and full-bodied

drinkability: sipper

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 20:44:33 | More by dirtylou
Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.