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

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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
Ratings:
911
Reviews:
539
Avg:
4
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
248
For Trade:
16
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Ratings: 911 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Irishize75
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bladehines
5/5  rDev +25%
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 +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fehrminator
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bonez05404
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bluehende
4.99/5  rDev +24.8%
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 -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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 +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emyers
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours near black with a half inch light brown head dissipating after a few minutes into a thin lacing. Minimal lacing down the glass.

Smell: Rich, dark chocolate truffles, molasses, caramel. Excellent. I'm not really getting much in the way of brewers' licorice, but frankly that's probably a good thing as I don't think it would benefit the overall aroma. There is tons of depth to the nose.

Taste: Intense. Heavy brown sugar and burnt caramel flavors up front, molasses, a touch of dark fruit. Flavors of brandy and dark chocolate round it out. Finish is fairly sweet although the lingering slightly burnt flavor (which I mean in a positive way) keeps it in check. Just a touch of alcohol heat is detectable underneath the myriad layers of malt. Extraordinarily rich and decadent.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied but velvety smooth texture which is enhanced by minimal carbonation.

Overall: Truly exceptional beer. That being said, I probably wouldn't want to try and knock down more than one in a sitting as it can overwhelm the palate pretty quickly. But this is hard to beat for a slow sipper after a long day. I don't know how this drank fresh (this being my only bottle), but it's hard to believe it was better than this.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pablobomb
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The aroma hits of sweet soy, chocolate syrup, sweet caramel, molasses.

The flavor follows with less soy. Instead, brown sugar, caramel, dried dates. The beer tastes of a decadent dark fruit candy caramel.

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Photo of vik_luc
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t8dd
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justinp444
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aged 5 years and poured into a tulip this beer pours a dark amber black with a thin tan head than quikly dissipates. Smell is of licorice, alcohol, malt, brown sugar, molasses, and sweet bread. Taste is largely fig and licorice, caramel, maple, with a tiny bit of alcohol bite in the back end. Lots of dried fruit, raisin, spice, and molasses too. It has a rich full mouth feel with a creamy rich body. Very smooth and drinkable, the burn of the alcohol is nice and slow too, almost as if this was made with peppers.

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

Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4 out of 5 based on 911 ratings.
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