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

Bell's Batch 9000Bell's Batch 9000
BA SCORE
81.8%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 911 ratings
Bell's Batch 9000Bell's Batch 9000
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Black, dense, and rich, this is a great ale for the cellar."

Added by alexgash on 01-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
911
Liked:
745
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
13.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
248
Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 911 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of onemoorebeer
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aging great. Poured smooth with good carbonation with a lingering head retention. Dark fruit aroma. Taste has high fig with slight licorice notes. Low to no alichol bite. Moderate bitterness on finish. Overall very please with how this is aging.

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Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Churchkey in 2016.

Opaque black that has ruby notes around it. Not much thickness and looks fairly oily and slick.

Smell is divine. Fairly complex. Sjarp Alcohol smell mixed with a light bitterness and dark fruit maltiness. Also a good raisin and date note that mixes well with the very light vanilla running through.

Taste is really and complex. Mainly date and raisin notes from the malts and a very light roast as well. A slight alcohol note but barely noticeable.

Slight burn. Heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A little sticky.

Very good and delicious. Glad for the opportunity to try this.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Irishize75
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bladehines
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cellar kept since purchase by me.

L: Very dark, black slight red tint, slight brown around edges.
S: Heavy cherry and dark chocolate upfront, molasses, Carmel, flirty notes
T: Instant taste of tart cherry and chocolate notes followed by coffee and finished with more tartness, slight bitter on the end.
M: Mouth feel heavy no alcohol notes, silky, very coating of the mouth.
O: Held up super well aging this long!!!! Fresh the beer was over powering, glad I aged it!!! One of the best beers I've had in a long time! Wish I had more!

Note: 2010 vintage

Serving type: bells tulip glass

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle cellared since 2010 I believe. Not much head left in it. Has sediment at bottom of bottle. Smells like dark fruit, soy sauce and molasses with roasted malt, nutty and woodsy aftertaste. Very complex beer that has a dominate tangy fruit taste. Overall it looks to have held up well but I'm sure it's much different tasting then when fresh. Very much enjoyable after it warms to room temp. Worth the wait

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i might be a loner one this, but i didnt love it the way others do below, and instead offer the idea that it is now past its prime. i have no clue what it tasted like fresh, but its safe to say its faded out quite a lot. still a darn fine ale, but i would not rank it among the better american strongs on the scene right now, thats for sure. it looks almost all the way black, with reddish brown edges in the right light, minimal head. smells nice too, a tad oxidized, but not beyond what one would reasonable expect in a beer this old. it has notes of root beer and stale coffee, as well as alcohol, which is pretty pronounced even with all the cellar time. cool woodiness too, almost like a birch syrup or something, sweet and wet, but not really bourbon as i know it. is this even aged on wood? i would guess no, but it has that mellowness from its maturity. flavors of molasses, toasted barley, burning wheat toast, sarsaparilla root, and black tea are all there, but the beer is still pretty sweet, and its very alcoholic. distractingly so, especially with temperature. tasty beer, but i think it likely peaked a year or two ago. my advice is to drink now.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color—only faint traces of dark brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of black licorice are present in the smell along with notes of molasses.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has additional notes of dark fruits. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer held up quite well with the aging except that the amount of carbonation has dissipated a bit. The beer does a very good job at hiding its alcohol from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fehrminator
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bonez05404
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bluehende
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer after being aged 5 years. One of the best I have ever had. Licorice has faded with huge tastes of molasses. This was one outstanding beer at 5 yrs old.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share from Jake. Another well aged stout. Dancing on the border of sweetness, it comes off as a welcoming and warming, slightly syrupy brew. hits the spot for sure

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Photo of maz
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 81.8% out of 100 with 911 ratings
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