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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

830 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 82
Gots: 245 | 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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a nearly jet black, darkly opaque, with a whisp of white head that dissolves into near nothingess shortly. From a distance, the smell has a sweet chocolate and vanilla smell; upon closer inspection, more scents come through, including minty anise, maple syrup, and even some hoppiness as well. The taste begins with a bitter chocolate mixed with vanilla and finishes with a strange but intriguing blend of deep maple syrup (I assume from the molasses) and licorice. It isn't everyday that a brew's flavor matches the listed ingredients so closely, but this one surely does. The body is lurking toward heavy, but does not quite make it there. The velvety smoothness helps to even further increase the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 02:48:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with sand colored head that hangs out for several minutes, gradually fading to a thin layer atop the beer. Heavy lacing.

S: Alcohol, dark fruit, sweet, malt, raisins. This beer smells huge, aggressive, and bold. I can already tell before tasting it that it needs to live in my cellar for a long time before I open any more.

T: Impressive - this beer tastes better than I thought it would after soaking in its aroma for a few minutes. It drinks very well for such a high ABV brew. Hints of chocolate amidst a humongous malt bill. Every drink tastes great, and the alcohol and sweetness are considerably less cloying than I initially predicted.

M: Thick feel, though not as thick as it could be, perhaps. Chewy and sticky. Very nice.

D: A very young 12.5% imperial stout, or strong ale. Whatever it is, I have no doubt the drinkability factor will increase with cellaring.

Notes: A really great beer for the cellar. Considering how readily available this is (at least for now), I highly recommend stocking up. This brew will surely stand the test of time and improve over the years.

***July 18, 2011***
I have had a couple of these recently. This beer has mellowed out nicely and tastes fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 01:00:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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Pencible

Virginia

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

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with almost no head. It smelled like molasses and brown sugar and mild black licorice, with a little bit of dark chocolate and pumpernickel and clover. It tasted like sweet molasses and brown sugar, with some maple syrup and charred oak, and a bit of coffee grinds and bitter chocolate. It was oily with a little carbonation, and had a lasting bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this beer had a great scent and complex sweet flavor, but it ended fairly harsh. It had good body, but the alcohol was noticeable, so this was better to sip. It was obviously still too fresh, and age will really help it calm down. It's still enjoyable now, but I'm guessing that a few years will make a huge improvement.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 19:36:01 | More by Pencible
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rwdkosak

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A fantastic gift that was highly unexpected but most appreciated!

Poured into chalice lightly chilled and allowed to warm. Little if any head accumulation, deep dark ale with amber borders..not quite black.

Smell is fantastic. Rich and full, raisin, plentiful alcohol, sweet molasses, almost taste something of a plum-reduction though only for a second.

Taste is of the same. Complex, sweet raisin, just a hint of coffee/chocolate notes, alcohol is there but certainly not overpowering. The flavor is rich and coats the tongue, a perfect mouthfeel for an imperial stout and on the order of Dark Lord though not as "dark". There's still just a touch of hops that still come through as well and I like that as it really works here.

Now, drinkability is tough...it's a high ABV brew and as such, it'd be hard to drink more than one but as a sipper...i'm trying to make this last for as long as possible.

Truly, I don't often give out 5.0 on much and i place stock most in smell and taste..this is a great beer. Happy to have tried it...and happy to have a few more in the cellar!!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:28:16 | More by rwdkosak
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BierFan

Michigan

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

This beer has been a long time coming. I believe it was originally bottled last Spring and it's only now available in stores. Bell's doesn't consider this beer an imperial stout and I agree with that sentiment. It's more of an American strong ale. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Served about room temp.

Appearance: Thin tan head. Such a dark red that it's practically black.

Smell: Very very sweet. Molasses and a little bit of licorice. Definitely has a higher alcohol content.

Taste: Molasses and licorice blend as one. Very sweet and flavorful. Definitely a beer for sipping.

Mouthfeel: Starts of syrupy and flat then the carbonation is released. Slightly prickly carbonation but still really smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:25:36 | More by BierFan
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PretzelCity

California

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

Thanks to sefus12 for sending this one along as an extra! Poured out a nice deep dark brown, almost black, with a big two inch tan head that slowly deflated to a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. A lot going on in the nose, licorice, molasses, sweet roasted malts, alcohol, raisins and figs jump out right away. The taste is very busy as well. The licorice and molasses jump out right away, blending with the malt, making the initial taste very sweet. The back end is dried fruits and a hint of booze. The alcohol, while still present, seemed more noticeable in the nose. The beer takes on a lot of wine characteristics, syrupy but not thick, it is light to medium bodied with a nice bite in the finish. Pretty drinkable, this beer really starts to reveal itself as it warms up. I would say that right now this one is a little rough around the edges, though still very good, but time could make this one even better.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 04:46:53 | More by PretzelCity
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Dark brown color, almost black, with a one finger tan head, which does not stay around long.

Smells of black licorice, chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. Extremely sweet flavor, dominated by molasses, with chocolate, black licorice, and dark fruit also available.

Full bodied, light carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. The 12.5 % alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. This is a sipper to be sure. I normally try to buy singles of a lot of beers, but have the rest of the 6 pack to drink. No complaints from me though.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 03:58:34 | More by hardy008
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rudylaw

Illinois

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

Pours black with a very minimal head. Very slight lacing.

Anise, molasses, chocolate and candy sugar in the nose.

Wow! This is very boozy and extremely sweet. Dark fruit, chocolate, licorice. This is very sweet.

A nice, full body with light carbonation. I'm getting the 12+% but it's still fairly drinkable. I can't wait to see how this develops over time. As always, drink one fresh for comparison but then throw the remainder in the back of the cellar and revisit in a year's time.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 23:23:35 | More by rudylaw
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, licorice, alcohol, hints of chocolate, and hint of graham cracker. There is a lot going on in this aroma, and it seems that I find something new with each whiff. The taste is has everything the aroma with the addition of a hop presence that gets slightly in the way of everything else. I bet the reason Bell's waited so long to release this beer is so these hops would have some time to fade, and I bet they will fade out much more with some more aging. The mouthfeel is full bodied, appropriately low carbonated, and has a silky texture. Overall, I am a fan of huge stouts, and this beers is a great one. I would love to have this available regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:47:17 | More by KarlHungus
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours black, a fingers worth of chocolate-colored head. There's some lacing around the sides of the glass and a thin cap on top of the beer.

S - Very sweet! Probably a little too sweet for me right now, but I think it will mellow out after some time. Dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, caramel.

T - Very similar to the nose. Ultra-sweet. There's some boozey notes in there, but the 12.5% is hidden very well. Like the nose, a little too sweet for me right now.

M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, light carbonation.

D - One bottle was too much for me...I could have split this with friends several ways. I managed to finish it, but I will be splitting any future bottles from here on out.

Similar to Black Tuesday for me and it's getting a similar score. Several years of age will mellow this one out, I'm thinking. The rest of the bottles are heading into the cellar for some nap time.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 21:51:38 | More by Sean9689
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icetraxx

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a motor oil black with a tan off-white head. The head dissipates to a cap that stays around forever.

S: Licorice (anise), blackstrap molasses, minerals, dark roasted malts, hops, caramel, and spice. A lot of aroma here.

T: Like drinking chocolate syrup. There is quite a bit of alcohol heat in this one, age would definitely help it. There is quite a bit of flavor complexity here: molasses, roasted malt, spicy hops, caramel, licorice, hard minerals, charcoal, salt water taffy, agave nectar, and oak.

M: Carbonation is low, but feels just right. Thick, heavy, and viscous. There is a bit of unexpected creaminess as well. But the syrupy hotness from all the sugar and alcohol ruin this one.

D: I could sip this one for awhile, though one bottle should be enough. Alcohol is very hot and is a kick in the pants, even with age, I don't think this one will be very drinkable. Extremely sweet and grossly syrupy.

O: This one is going to get better with age, I can feel it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:39:19 | More by icetraxx
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hawks10

Illinois

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

12oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip...

Pours a viscous black liquid as expected, barely a half finger of light tan head is produced from a vigorous pour...

Smells of sweet dark fruits with an abundance of molasses and licorice as the bottle says. Very sweet and almost overwhelming aromas, lets see if the flavor is a little more tame...

Not really! Wow, this is one sweet imperial stout, the bottle was not lying when they said the beer is brewed with molasses and brewers licorice! An abundance of flavor, syrup, ripe dark fruit, clove and a nice warming alcohol as it finishes...

Very smooth, thick and chewy...coats the whole mouth and throat in sweet warming goodness. Definitely a sipper and one to be enjoyed after a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner...

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 06:38:39 | More by hawks10
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cnally

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's been too long since my last new beer. Here breaks my streak.

The brew is a deep brown, actually to the point of black. A sudsy, soapy head diminishes a bit from the grand darkness.

A highly smoky aroma. Burnt malt and you can really pick up on the licorice/anise aroma.

A flavor consistent with the manner of its stylistic brewing. High sugar concentration, but deeply molasses. Big burnt malt flavors. Coffee bitterness to finish.

Thick unrelenting mouthfeel. Syrupy, sticky and a good astringency from the alcohol on the back end.

A brew that deserves to be aged. I imagine it will mellow significantly in its feel and syrupy nature. As is, a raw brew thick and sugary. Impressive yet totally unwanted.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:31:37 | More by cnally
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: As it pours, it doesn't have the 'used motor oil' type of appearance that many big stouts can have... it's more of a deep chestnut brown. There's not much head forming either, and it falls back to a thin collar. That does, however, leave some reasonable lacing behind. In the glass, it proves to be absolutely opaque... trying to shine an LED flashlight through it is fruitless, and light is unable to cut through it at all.

S + T: The bottles mentions that it is brewed with molasses and brewer's licorice. Both are quite intense, and very pronounced both in scent and flavour. The molasses stands out far more when I smell it, along with some hints of dark fruit and the licorice. As it breathes, it becomes more of a spicy licorice leaning, which is also quite robust in the flavour. The bitterness of the licorice crosses paths with a bit of hopping, though it goes further than to simply be a hoppy stout. Alcohol is no stranger here, adding an extra spicy note towards the finish with just the right warming on the way down.

M + D: Big, massively flavourful, and easy sipping - though not a quaffing beer in the least. It commands some respect in the drinking in order to be properly enjoyed. It's one of those offerings that makes each sip interesting to ponder over and savour. I started off a little skeptical of this bottle for some reason, and found myself warming up to it more and more as it went down... or perhaps it was warming up to me!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:23:26 | More by Proteus93
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danielharper

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich brown coming out of the bottle but dark black in the glass. Thin brown head dissipates pretty quickly, expected for the ABV.

S: Smells sweet with the molasses and the licorice, little of the maltiness or hoppiness expected from a good RIS.

T: Tastes similar, very sweet and syrupy, a slightly dry and astringent aftertaste. Somewhat spicy as the beer warms a bit, think cloves.

M: Mouthfeel is thick, with a low carbonation and low hops.

D: Overall I enjoy this beer for what it is, appreciating the brewer's art, but it doesn't fit any easy categories, and the sweetness overwhelms what should be a roasty style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 02:58:56 | More by danielharper
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a half finger of head that recedes down to a collar

The molasses and licorice are immediately noticed in the aroma, along with a strong booziness that is to be expected from a young 12.5% beer. Lots of floral hops as well, as well as a few small notes of fudge and cheap aftershave.

The taste is very sweet and full of licorice and molasses. This is definitely more akin to a baltic porter than an imperial stout at this point. It actually is quite a fascinating beer, upon first sip I was thinking "cloying" but as I dig a little deeper the underlying malt complexities begin to shine and round out the flavor nicely. Some faint notes of coffee bean, floral hops, toasted malt, fudge, oak, and some fingernail polish remover type heat create a complex and intriguing beer. I think it is quite clear though that this one is meant to sit for a year or two, because once this heat dies down and the flavors mesh a bit more it is going to be amazing.

Mouthfeel is almost but not quite full bodied, with soft carbonation that helps create a nice creaminess. Just a tad more body would have given this a 5 for sure.

Drinkability is better than you would expect from an ultra-sweet 12.5% fresh imperal/baltic/stout/porter, but a bit of mellowing is probably needed to really make it shine.

Overall this is a fine beer, well worth the wait in my opinion. Unfortunately, the wait appears like it needs to be extended to reach this beers true potential. Buy as much as you can find!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 02:07:52 | More by alcstradamus
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nickadams2

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Dark brown with a small tan head that fades quickly little lacing.

S_Molasses,roasted malt,and licorice.Alot going on. Smells rich and a little boozy.

T_ Very rich and complex. Licorice stands out but the rest is hard to pin point. Molasses , chocolate and coffee notes ,and vanilla. Slightly boozy.

M_ Thick with slight carbonation.

D_Definite sipper.

Good idea to cellar a couple of these to mellow out the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:39:26 | More by nickadams2
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a tulip glass poured out of a 12oz bottle within a few weeks of release.

A: Very nice mahogany color, bordering on black. Very small amount of light tan head. No observable sediment.

S: Molasses is definitely the dominant scent here. However, there is also noticeable clover, licorice, and honey. Smells relatively sweet overall. Not much coffee or chocolate or anything "burned" that is typical for some imperial stouts.

T: Honey, molasses and maybe a hint of fine aged balsamic vinegar on the first sip. Fades into a noticeably more bitter coffee flavor afterward. Very complex overall with a nicely orchestrated balance of sweet, tart, acidic, and bitter. Can't wait to see what this tastes like after a few years in the cellar.

M: Very good texture, but a bit thinner than I was expecting. Light carbonation. Again, could probably use a couple years in the cellar to perfect it.

D: Good drinkability, but the lingering bitterness combined with the high ABV makes it a bit challenging.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 20:58:27 | More by jnn4v
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup brown body. Finger of dense, dark khaki head. Decent lacing. Not quite as dark as anticipated, but that's not a problem. Nose is rife with peat, earthy caramel, boozy dark fruits, and big time licorice and molasses--the label was not kidding!

Light roasted malts and a hint of bitterness up front. This is quickly eradicated by sweet caramel, dark fruit, and earthy licorice flavors. I can also pick up some chocolate. Plenty of molasses, adding to the sweetness. Booze-soaked fruits add some warming. Treacle, licorice, and molasses into the finish, which shows some flashes of roasted malt bitterness (but not much). Warming. Full-bodied, thick, chewy feel that goes down velvety smooth. A big, sweet, licorice-y, molasses-y beer that could use a little more roasted bitterness, but will do just fine as is! Will be interesting to see what some age does to this one too.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:34:14 | More by alexgash
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice sipper with prominent licorice and some rough edges.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Simple labels barely noting the name of the brew, commemorative characteristic, and short description. Does not note bottling or freshness date other than batch number... (9000 Hence January 27, 2010) Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, short bubbly brown head, short retention, no surface memory or lacing finishing completely flat as far as appearance goes, despite the fact that some effervescence is retained.

S - Licorice sweetness with a boozy sense, minimal malt and fruit under this current.

T - Malty sweetness, hefty with licorice, fruity touches and an assertive alcohol coating it. Booze is smooth but permeates the whole experience pushing to a distant bottom the malt bill and some fruity notes.

M - Full to medium body with fair and present carbonation, certainly a tingly end to it. Smooth and boozy finish.

D - It´s a nice slow sipper but it sure needs a touch of mellowing to take it to another level. The rest of the pack is down for aging so we´ll see how it goes.

Notes: Another brew that exploits (and gets some death by) hype. It sure is nice and complex but a bit overblown. There is really nothing spectacularly outstanding here that other good brewers do similarly on a yearly basis. For instance there is quite a bit of common ground with some of the hefty offerings from DFH, which is not a bad thing either way...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 00:32:39 | More by Daniellobo
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice Jet black color with a decent sized coffee colored head. Not my best pour but still built itself up.
Smell: You can sense the alcohol but it has a nice malty aroma with hints of the licorice that give it almost a bitter scent.
Taste: The beer is very thick and sweet but really reminds me of the molasses used in the process. The licorice taste combines to create a nice spiciness.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Very thick with a low carbonation. It adds a good sensation for me but that might not do it for most. Interesting take on a stout. I just wish these beers were not so expensive. I love them, but quite the financial burden.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 22:48:06 | More by pzrhsau
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown to red with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet malt with some cherries. The alcohol is also present. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty good, but overall this beer is too sweet to be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 22:41:19 | More by Mora2000
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gungorr

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with about a half inch of light brown head. In a snifter.

S - The nose is very big, I pick up oak, vanilla, and black licorice.

T - vanilla, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, raisins

M - Its a little sticky but only enough to let the flavors stick around to enjoy the molasses.

D - Love this beer, but I think it will get better with a little age.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 18:54:40 | More by gungorr
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours pretty thick and dark, but there is still a little light that finds its way through around the bottom and edges of the glass. The color I see is a pretty dark brown with maybe a hint of red. Minimal head and lacing present.

Smell: You definitely can smell the molasses and licorice right off the bat. I also get some brown sugar, raisins, dark fruits, and just a touch of coffee. The alcohol is detectable, but not overpowering. Very sweet and pleasant.

Taste: This one hits you pretty quickly with rich, sweet toasted malt flavor. Big dose of molasses, brown sugar, and a little bit of bitterness. The beer packs quite a sweet punch and is almost like enjoying a glass of brandy or bourbon. The alcohol is definitely a big part of the flavor and puts things on the edge of being a tad boozy. I imagine if I tried one after aging it awhile, it would go down a bit smoother though.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy! As soon as you take a sip, the sweetness coats your entire mouth. The touch of bitterness did balance things out a bit though.

Drinkability: For what it is, this beer is pretty drinkable. It's a nice drink to sip for a while and let that be the end of it. It would take me far too long to enjoy more than one of these!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 21:07:18 | More by BuckyFresh
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pmoore311

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on 2/17/10 into a RIS glass @ about 45 degrees.

A: Rating to style the first thing I noticed about this beer is that is pours a deep mahogany. Light creeps through towards the top and bottom of the glass. Definately not as black as Expedition.

S: The smell is good, the sweet is very apparent. Huge notes of black licorice and molasses are immediately present as well as the alcohol. As it warms dark/ripe fruits raisins, dates and figs notes are also present.

T: The taste is very good as well, sweet is definitely the theme. The licorice stands out for me the most followed by the molasses, and sweet ripe fruits. Some subtle hints of the roasted malt and sweet chocolate, which came more forward as it warmed. This is a very interesting Impy stout. It has such a unique taste the best way I can explain it is that it is a mix between their Third Coast Olde Ale and Expedition Stout. It is quite spectacular really.

M: This is not as chewy/thick as some. I was hoping for a little more here compared to others in this category. It doesn't distract you from this awesome beer but rather when compared to style, it lacks in this category.

D: The sweetness makes this a sipper, and being so young it is quite hot. Although the hotness is rather nice. I cannot wait to revisit this in about 2 years.

Overall a very unique brew from Bells that continues to deliver some of the best in the business!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 16:55:40 | More by pmoore311
Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.