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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

845 Ratings
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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 86
Gots: 247 | FT: 15
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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Photo of icetraxx
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.

icetraxx, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of hawks10
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...

hawks10, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of cnally
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.

cnally, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
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!

Proteus93, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of danielharper
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.

danielharper, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
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!

alcstradamus, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
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.

nickadams2, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jnn4v
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.

jnn4v, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of alexgash
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.

alexgash, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
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...

Daniellobo, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
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.

pzrhsau, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of gungorr
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.

gungorr, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
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!

BuckyFresh, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of pmoore311
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!

pmoore311, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a standard dark brown almost black body with a lil' head and lace patches. Strong malt smell of roasted, hints of coffee, some dark chocolate, really strong so I think something like molasses (since it is on label) and it comes across more sweet than dry in the aroma.
A real smooth yet strong medium to full bodied beer, slightly syrupy/sticky. A good biscuity, oaky, dry coffee taste blends with some chocolate and some other sugary malts for a mix of sweet and dry, sturdy stoutishess. While not overly sweet the sweetness pokes through the most until the backbite which is a dryer, huskier finish which I believe stems from the very high ABV (for the record, the ABV is well-hidden considering how high it is). Other than malts I barely detect any tastes other than maybe figs or raisins and/or black cherry. A quality stout to sip on.

clayrock81, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of DasBooot
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up two sixers of this delicious nectar.

A - Pours thinly for an imperial stout, but pitch black. There is no head.

S - Sweet with a strong hint of alcohol. Smells like burnt chocolate and molasses with a hint of raisins.

T - Delicious burnt maltiness! It tastes a bit like an alcoholic chocolate cake with prominent hints of molasses flavor. It actually reminds me of '08 Darkness if it was a little less sweet.

M/D - This thing has a nice, sweet burn to it. I would have liked it to be slightly thicker, but as it is, it is wonderful. It's a sipper, but highly drinkable for an imperial stout. This is definitely one of the best imperial stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

DasBooot, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of schellsbeer
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As most of us here on BA, I have been waiting for quite some time to write this review. And so here it goes....review #132.

Picked up what seems to be one of the last 6 packs here in Rochester this evening. I am sure glad I called ahead and had some set aside. Tomorrow, I pick up my some more from my friend Mike at another store. After this review, I will know if reserving more was a good decision.

Nervous....maybe just a little. Excited....very much so. Larry and the boys at Bell's haven't let me down yet.

A - As I pour Batch 9000 into my RIS glass, I notice that it is not as thick as other Imperial Stouts. It pours out a very dark brown. Very little head with minimal lacing. Black, not quite. What little light there is, does seem to make its way though, especially around the top and bottom of the glass. Reminds me of a very dark brown ale or some strong barley wines that I have had.

S - This is a very important part to a good RIS. Lets see or should I say smell what is going on inside this beer. Alcohol is there as well as a burnt honey smell. That must be the Molasses coming through. Also I am picking up some dried prunes and raisins. Smells like a strong ripe fruit. I think with some considerable aging, this RIS will mellow out a bit on it aroma. Not bad but smells like a "new" beer that has just been born.

T - Yep, there is the bite. Alcohol is very present on this one. Warms the tongue and throat almost instantly. HOT but not in a bad way. As far as taste, again, the molasses is very very present. Malty. Dried figs and prunes come to mind. This is a sweet RIS. Saying this, I don't think that there are that many calories in this glass...Yeah Right! It tastes burnt, like roasted marshmallows. I wish there was more of the licorice present but that might come through with age. So far, not as impressed with the taste compared to aged Expedition. But, this will change with time. It always does. Therefore, only a 3.5 for this guy at this time. Time, and a lot of it, will only improve this one.

M - Liquid Sugar. Syrup. Coats the lips and mouth. But also has a grainy feel. Not as smooth as an aged beer of this ABV. Again, only time will improve this beer. Because of this....3.5

D - Good. Love the warming effect. This is a sipper and I like how it tastes. Alcohol is present when it is going down and when the burps start to arrive.

Overall, a very impressive RIS that will ONLY improve with time and aging. I plan on revisiting this review within the next few years but until then, this one needs to sit for some time....2 years minimum in my book. So, it looks like I will be back in 2012 to rewrite this review and make every other BA jealous knowing that I do have another 17 of this bad boys just laying low for their day in the sun...Mmmm.

Thanks Larry. Can't wait to see what you come up with for 10000. Until then...

Edit....This beer becomes much more mellow the warmer it gets. My suggestion...Pour it and then let it sit for a good hour. This beer is MUCH better, the warmer it gets. Don't drink it cold!

schellsbeer, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of mwa423
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, the long awaited batch 9000.

A - Jet black. I think there is a danger it may stain my glass. However, this loses an easy point because there's no head, even with an aggressive pour.

S - Subdued, but sweet with not just malty sweetness, but what I am guessing is the molasses coming through. Some dried fruit, but just from the smell, you can tell this is going to be a monster.

T - Hits like a ton of bricks, all the imperial stout maltiness are right at the front, this is an imperial stout's imperial stout. Lots of alcohol, and dried fruity flavors. I think this is one of those beers you only drink one of.

M/D - Mouthfeel is extremely thick, rich, great beer. Drinkability is as good as it gets for an imperial stout.

mwa423, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of semibaked
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a dark cherry red but is black in the tulip, about a finger and a half of mahogany head that sticks around for a bit, not very much lacing from it.

S - Big aroma of cherry juice, some apple juice, molasses, malts, just a great smell.

T - A nice balance of molasses, licorice, malts, some cherry. A bit boozy at first sip but definitely smooths out. Goes down smooth and hides the 12.5% abv well.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of oil but I like it.

D - Wow I really like this, maybe it is just the excitement of finally getting it but I definitely want more than the 6 pack I have, hopefully can pick up another 6 pack before it is all gone.

semibaked, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice opaque black in the snifter, hints of foam in the center.
Smells mildly sweet, rich dark malts, mild dark fruit.
Taste is much like the smell but a bit thin. I hate to compare beers in review but I was hoping for something as amazing as Batch 7000. Maybe with some aging it may mature into something rich and special. It is a well brewed, mildly sweet stout but lacks the dense nature of Batch 7000.
Very nice to sip on with some cheese.

kirok1999, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#51
Reviewed 02-16-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass, also let warm closer to room temperature

A -1 finger of reddish/dark tan foam. Carbonation is present with a decent lacing ring after it settles

S - Dark roasted malts with molasses and black licorice. Slight hop pine smell but easily masked by licorice and molasses, I believe I could smell some pine unless my nose was deceiving me!

T - Big bourbon punch with a slight smoke aftertaste mixed with sweet licorice

M - Big Imperial stout taste with a lighter bodied smoothness. Slight gritty feel but finishes really smooth. It seemed after I let it warm up to more of a room temperature, a better sense of the aroma and taste of the brew really had come out!

D - Very glad to have gotten a six pack of this. Pretty enjoyable brew that if you have a chance to get a hold of a couple of bottles then do so. I plan to add to my review after I let some of my other bottles sit in my cellar! Yeah I couldn't drink too many of these in one sitting and expect to enjoy other brews. Best by itself or sharing with others.

FreshmanPour77, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/13/10

Bells
Batch 9000

L=4.5 Pours to a medium black body and a thin off white head

S= 4.0 Nose of molasses, fig, and sweet malt

T= 4.5 the nose carries over to an upfront sweetness, sweet-tart molasses, and dark figs

F= 4.0 It has a nice lively feeling with a velvety, medium creamy body

D= 4.0 One is all you really need. I would bet this beer cellared is quite nice. Maybe 2 years?

tippebrewcrew2, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark semi-opaque brown with ruby highlights. Little brown head that recedes quickly to nothing. Typical of these high ABV stouts. Smell is a little hot, though nice notes of molasses, licorice, raisins, overripe dates, oak, and just plain sweetness. Actually, the aroma and taste is akin in ways to Utopias (maybe I'm way off base, but the heat in this one coupled with the dark fruit etc. reminds me at least a little of Utopias). Taste follows suit, though adds complexity. Very hot still, I get some caramel malt, a bit of molasses, some herbal hops, chocolate, dates, and a bit of oak again. Great complexity, would like to see a year or so on this guy. Very happy to have tried it, I'm lucky to live in a area that's great for beer. Drinkability is surprisingly high for the ABV, though the MF is a little thin. Definitely coating, sticks with you for a while. Only things that hurt the drinkability is the robustness of the flavor and hotness--makes this a sipper for sure. Glad I got to try this, will be cellaring the others for a while.

LordAdmNelson, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of hayesez
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a case of this at Bourbon and Canal today. About time it made it to Terre Haute! $18.99 per sixer.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter. Pours a deep dark brown with a two finger light tan head that quickly retreats to a soft and fluffy cap. Limited frothy lacing was left in the bottom half of my glass. Mostly opaque with small amounts of garnet light coming in on the top.

Tons of syrup/molasses. This smell absolutely dominates the nose of this guy. Smells very, very impressive. Small amounts of alcohol are mixed in on the back-end but seriously, the majority of the smell is the sweetness. Gosh, I think that is toffee in there as well. It really almost smells like thick, rich candy. Partway into this guy, I started getting the licorice as well, but you have to work to get there.

The taste lines up perfectly with the smell. This is a damn sweet beer. Caramel smoothness that reminds me a bit of the DFH 120 and the DFH WWS....or is that just the glass talking? Dark, dark fruits are very pronounced at the end with just enough alcohol zip to snipe you at the finish line. Fairly full mouthfeel, despite looking too thin for my liking. Very smooth with low carbonation - velvety.

The taste of this is excellent, but there is just a bit too much sweet for me - it borders on cloying. The previous reviewer mentioned that he thought it tasted a bit like Dark Lord. When I read that, I was very skeptical. After drinking it, however, it definitely has that overpowering sweet at the end like the 2009 Dark Lord did. Maybe he put that idea in my head, but I think he's onto something with the whole Dark Lord thing. The alcohol is well masked, although slightly discernible. I really did enjoy the beer, but couldn't drink more than one due to massive sugar high. Unfortunately, that means that my overall score on this guy is going to end up being a bit lower than a true reflection of my "desire to drink" would indicate. Another great batch by Bell's!

Consumed: 2/16/2010

hayesez, Feb 17, 2010
Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.