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Bell's Batch 9000Bell's Batch 9000

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

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.

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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 Jadjunk
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Batch 9,000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Black, dense and rich, this is a great ale for the cellar." Brewed in the style of an American Strong Ale, available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft, in commemoration of the 9,000th batch of Bell's beer, packaged as a one time limited release on January 27 2010. Chosen as a special occasion review for milestone #775.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Bell's snifter glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a stunted, quickly dissipating head of a toasted maple cream complexion over a very dark brown, near black body with soft maple highlights. Retention is poor and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Abundant bread and syrupy malts with a moderately roasted malt backbone. Dark fruits of raisins and date syrup, molasses, caramelized sugars, strong licorice and a sharp snap of underlying alcohol. It's a bold and captivating aroma with high potency and depth of character that nearly makes a meal for the nose. 3.75

(Taste) Dense specialty malt profile with strong roasted malt, toasted caramel grains and bread and viscous dark fruit syrups up front with a moderate sweetness and tartness, following with spicy licorice, soy sauce and heavy caramelized sugars. Finishes strong and sharp with a potent blend of tart raisin, grain alcohol, toasted syrups, medium roasted coffee and malt. A very delicate sipper from the booze to say the least but an absolute beast on flavor. The flavor improves and the alcohol edge decreases with each sip for an outstanding flavor. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky slick, oily, moderately viscous and sticky, mildly chewy and moderately dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a mellow frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is heavy for the style and heavy overall. Balance is sweet and grainy alcohol over tart and bitter. Alcohol presence is high and there are no discernible off characters, although the alcohol is quite potent, slowing down the drinkability considerably, there's so much flavor and body to be explored here that this beer is a slow but pleasurable sipper nonetheless. 4

(Overall) I've had some messy strong ales that did not age nearly as gracefully as this one, but Batch 9,000 doesn't hide the alcohol all that well up front either. That said, this is an incredibly rich and flavorful beer with abundant dark ale flavor, playing around with many American and European styles without settling on a single one conclusively. It comes closest to an Imperial Stout but doesn't quite hit the notch, for better or for worse. Perhaps this difficulty to categorize Batch 9,000 adds to the mystique of this beer, but I don't mind the confusion. This was my one and only bottle but I think most of the fine points of aging this beer have come to plateau. Serve it above 60 degrees for the full flavors to develop in your glass and enjoy. 4

Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
Batch 9,000 Ale

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Photo of Christov
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let warm on the counter for 20 minutes after pulling from fridge. Poured into a stem-less snifter.

One finger of rich, tan head quickly dissipated to a light lacing. Beer is a reddish dark-brown color, mostly opaque. It looks as though some of the yeast has made it into my glass. The horror.

Aroma is exceptional. Licorice, dark fruit, and booze, but not overly boozy in the nose. It makes me want to drink it.

So I drink it. The flavor doesn't quite match the aroma, but it's good in its own way. I got lots of licorice flavor in the beginning, but as it warms further I get more fruits and booze. Makes me think this is what a good wine would be like if I drank wine.

Glad I got to try this a few times, courtesy of my homie Chaos. This review is of the one he gave me for house-sitting last summer. Drinking it while house-sitting again this year.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.98/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Revisited 2/28/14

Pours a viscous black purple port with a coffee colored ring of foam.

Aroma is salty, soy sauce, steak drippings, dried tobacco and stone fruits. Power of suggestion but I caught some almond. Hint of booziness on the back end.

Tastes layered, wonderful complexity that unwinds like a well written mystery. It's peppery at first, with a strong salty mushroom gravy presence that peels off into stone fruits, raisins and dried fig, hints of dark cherry, a thick lingering finish, some brown sugar and a bit of booze on the end. Oh, and black licorice!

For my 750th review I’m revisiting this beauty.
I was fortunate to score a couple of bottles of this when it came out a while ago. Stuck some in the cellar (basement) of my folks home so I get a little treat each time I visit.

This review is from 1/13. The double-digit ABV makes me a little nervous each time but after some time it’s definitely mellowed out.

I am enjoying the appearance of this black licorice/cocoa-tinged brew. There’s light foam that rapidly dissipates, leaving behind an intriguing aroma of molasses and fig, candied dates, and only the slightest hint of anise.

The flavor has a pronounced bitterness and roast upfront which lingers into a smooth yet warming sweetness. I get a touch of molasses and brown sugar balancing out the array of stone fruit flavors. I find the anise and licorice to be much more pronounced from the flavor than the aroma and I wonder if they brewed this with a Belgian yeast strain if it would qualify as a quad or Belgian dark strong ale—it has that complexity and that potential.

It’s a heavy-bodied beer, much like a port in its weight and the way it lingers on the palate, and one to definitely sip. Warms well, releasing its layers of flavor without any of the expected heat. I can’t imagine what a delight the barrel-aged Batch 9k must be!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of Bell's Batch 9,000. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014. Thanks Gunch for sending this one along.

App- Dark brown, opaque and viscous, one finger dark brown head with fair retention, a bit of lacing

Smell- Intense molasses, brown sugar, port, raisins, cocoa, licorice

Flavour- Molasses, port, licorice, cocoa, roast malts, milk chocolate. A lot going on, all very intense and very very complex and interesting. All comes together very well.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, low carbonation, very much drinkable despite the 12.5% ABV. Slick and resinous and certainly not finishing dry.

Overall- Very excellent non-BA beer by Bell's. Very interesting and a bit unique.. on the sweet side (way out there actually) and worth enjoying with friends over dessert.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours with a visibly thick viscosity. Almost like a thin syrup. Appears black in the glass, but there is a little brown around the edges. Forms a very small, very creamy dark tan head, but it has little retention. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is interestingly different. It smells like someone burnt a raisin. Or a smoky port. Its mildly vinous, lots of dark dried fruit, like raisin or prunes, mildly sweet, and a touch of "burnt."

T: The taste matches the aroma in an an equally interesting way. The beer starts off with a moderate sweetness. Dried fruits, plums, prunes, with notes of leather. Port-like. But then the beer takes a drastic turn becoming much more malty and developing a slightly acrid burnt flavor. Not necessarily smoke, but "burnt." Heavily roasted malts, cocoa, and chicory. A hint of licorice or anise. It's decidedly drier.

M: Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Dry and chalky. Mild bitterness and what bitterness there is seems to be coming from the heavily roasted malts and not hops.

O: An interesting brew that I probably could've shared a 12 oz bottle with someone as I found the flavors to be odd and somewhat disjointed.

4.0, 3.75, 3.5, 3.75, 3.75

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.99/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bottle share on 10/21/13( I brought this bottle )

Thought I was bringing a sub par bottle but to my surprise everyone seem to be exited to try this one.... I was glad to share this one with a great group of people.

There is no bottle date but it has to be atleast a year old if not more.

Simply fantastic smell.. this is like the 4th or 5th beer we had and all were that dark fruit, plum figgy smell and taste... it seriously smelled at its peak...

The taste was the same but more foward than the bo and luke and the forgotten island... more of a plummy less bitter taste... huge on the liquorice and anise... blended so well...

The mouthfeel was nice and heavy with a sticky side to it.. just leaves you wanting more. .
Overall... I as well was surprised. .. this was fantastic and if not for my love of quads this would be #1 of the night. I would say it would still last a long time but to me this is at its supreme peak.... I am soooo iso this beer

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky brown while pouring, black as night in the glass. Finger of tan head with nice retention.
Smells of licorice, cocoa, raisins, molasses, pecans, brown sugar.

This is a deliciously sweet beer. Tons of sugary sweetness (molasses and brown sugar), vanilla and oak notes, chocolate, dates, raisins, with a mild charred aftertaste from the roasted grain bill.

Medium in body with a nice amount of carbonation or its age.

This is a pretty fantastic beer and I'm stoked to have acquired it. Great job bell's!

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Photo of Sarlacc83
1.68/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12oz from MotoToddHead. THANKS!

A: Oily thick black with a fading mocha head. There are zero legs on this. Not even a stain.

N: All sorts of raisins, plums, black licorice, chocolate, caramel and molasses. Very, very sweet, but not as cloying as it was fresh. Some soy sauce.

T: Good god, taste is still bitter and sweet and awful. Everything clashes like someone burned a branch and then dropped it in the kettle of everything they had in the kitchen.

M: Surprisingly light for an RIS, though it?s still oily and thick.

O: What do you say about this beer? Really? It?s just a complete disaster from front to back when it gets to the lips, though I admit it smells pretty good. I really want to try the bourbon barrel version of this because it gets so highly rated and I am absolutely convinced it can?t be any good. Drainpour.

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Photo of brydeen
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with just a slight amount of light creeping in through the edges. Very little head.

S: Big bourbon aroma up front. Sweet vanilla, with a really nice oaky char. This smells awesome.

T: Rich, sweet dark fruits. Molasses, toffee. This is very decadent. 12oz is probably a good size for this one.

M: Thick, full bodied, and luxuriously creamy. Syrupy, but not cloyingly sweet. Just enough carbonation to provide slight balance.

O: This is a damn tasty beer. I can't seem to pinpoint it, but I'd guess some sort barrel aged old ale, with at least 2-3 years on it. I love it whatever it is. Whatever the reveal ends up being, I will be seeking it out immediately

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Photo of shangwang
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired in a recent trade with a friend along with a bottle of Batch 10,000.

Poured into a stemmed Liefman's glass.

Beer was a rich chestnut shade and totally opaque. The pour left virtually no head; all that remained were faint traces of lacing left in a swirl on the surface, and a thin ring of tan bubbles around the inner rim of the glass. Smelled of honey, chocolate, dates, overly ripe bananas and dark bread dough. Very potent; I expected some very strong tastes based on the smell and the ABV. My presumption was correct and I got layers of flavor in each taste. Lots of sweet fruit initially; raisins, figs, and black cherries. Also some vanilla and molasses, like the taste of homemade root beer. A little anise and burnt wood in the finish, but not much. Just enough to compliment the intense sweetness with some bitterness. The mouthfeel was tremendous; not overly carbonated but as the beer hit my tongue it immediately took on a creamy quality and gave a smoothness to an otherwise strong ale.

I'm not much for overly sweet beers, but the finish of this one brought balance and made for a very satisfying experience. I was expecting something along the lines of a barleywine or a Belgian quad, and this had some characteristics of each, yet stood out as a little different than either style. Very enjoyable, although one at a time is more than enough.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/6/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Mostly clear, dark brown with some dark amber and red tones - small, light cream head - fades to virtually nothing, which is understandable given the ABV

Smell: Potent, concentrated, ridiculous - dark, rich, and malty - burnt sugar, dark caramel, molasses, toffee, black licorice - dark fruits - a ton of alcohol (honestly smells beyond 12.50%), kind of smells like a port, or some kind of ridiculous dessert wine - dark chocolate notes as well

Taste: Unrestrained madness - rich, heavy dark fruits - like grape and plum skins - sweet, dark chocolate, fudge - roasty and burnt notes - molasses, toffee, maple syrup (sans maple, if that makes sense), black licorice - lots of alcohol in the flavor, very boozy, like port

Mouthfeel: Full, syrupy, heavy body - very smooth, minimal carbonation

Overall: Vegeta. What does the scouter say about his power level?

Nine thousand! This an absurd cocktail of dark fruits, chocolate, and sugar. I'm splitting the bottle, and it's going to take a long time for me to sip this.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep rich brown with some dark red tinge. Pours with a small off-white head that drops to a non-existent he had and a tiny tiny collar. Some tiny spots of lacing. Very still, almost no carbonation.

Smell: Super dense malts. Incredibly sweet, but not sugary. Caramel both malts and candy. Toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and some raw sugar. Crazy cooked malts. Syrupy. Some backing bready elements. Vanilla, raisins, even some oak. Sharp bite of alcohol. Booze soaked fruit. Fig and candied plum. A touch of maple.

Taste: Sharp alcohol. Crazy sweet with layers of cooked sugars. Runs the gamut from raw sugar to caramel to brown sugar to molasses. Some vague notions of citrus hopping. Vanilla and booze soaked raisins. Some slight oxidation adds a touch of sherry. Warming smooths everything out a touch. Rich. Slightly hints of oak

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium-full body. Almost no carbonation to speak of. A bit smooth.

Overall: Sometimes power levels over 9000 aren't the best.

A crazy complex beer. A bit too sweet with a massive amount of alcohol hear even with the extended aging. Good, but feels a bit heavy handed for Bell's.

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Photo of mattsander
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque with reddish edges, a great looking strong beer. A ring of carbonation but nothing else.

S: Big sticky-sweet profile of toffee, dark fruit / raisins, licorice, booze. Despite how big and strong this is, it has a very refreshing quality.

T: Molasses, butter-tart, sweet raisins, cherries... this is delicious.

M: Its as big and syrupy as it should be, a 2 hour sipper.

This is a great beer, I can't imagine how the barrel aged version must be.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a slight tan head.

S: Bitter chocolate, molasses, fig and winter fruits.

T: Molasses, brown sugar, toffee and fig. Lots of winter fruit flavor. Almost belgian quad-like.

M: Thick and creamy. Well carbonated and boozy.

O: A decent brew. More dark belgian than stout, but not a bad beer at all.

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

12oz bottle shared by Marco. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark maple color with a small, soapy off-white head.

S: Smells of molasses and birch and raisins. Brown sugar and licorice are apparent as well.

T: Rich maple and toffee in the taste. A bit of leafy old hoppiness, some dry cocoa, a bit bready. Not much alcohol apparent.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Sort of like a maple-y barleywine. A bit similar to Batch 10,000, but much better.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for cracking this one with me. Pours a deep and dark, dark brown with a little bit of light shining through the top. A fine-bubbled, dark tan head foams up and settles quickly to nothing but a bubbly skin atop the beer.

The aroma is heaviest with melty brown sugar - it gives way to the sweetness of this beer right from the start. There's a mild oak presence that keeps hitting my nostrils, too, though I'm not sure this beer spent any time on wood. Some milky and creamy cocoa drifts in and out, and it stays more on the sweet side than the roasty-bitter side. It's got a nice and pleasing aroma for sure, but I'm fearing that it might be edging towards the unbalanced side of sweetness - something I'm not particularly fond of.

Batch 9000 hits my lips and my sentiments that this wanna gonna be a sweet beer are confirmed - it's damn sweet. Brown sugar, heavy and thick molasses, super-milky and sweet-ass cocoa. It seems this trifecta of flavors are really the only notable things, and they all kind of compound on the sweetness factor to produce a diabetes-inducing beer. Don't get me wrong - the flavors are nice and the beer is good. But it's just a bit too sweet to enjoy it thoroughly... I don't think I could finish more than six ounces. I actually am pulling through some of that wood flavor that I was getting on the nose, but it's still pretty buried underneath the sweetness. Medium-heavy bodied, thick and borderline syrupy, low-medium carbonation.

Good flavors, and not enough to be called a disappointment (Bell's rarely disappoints) but I just wish the sweetness was toned down a bit. I'd love to try the Bourbon Barrel 9000 - I think it would tone down the sweetness or at least add some other offsetting flavors.

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Photo of guityler83
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured pitch black with a dusting of mocha colored head on top. Lacing recedes quickly.

S: Raspberry, plums and raisin aromas are strong. Slightly roasty with a moderate amount of alcohol detected.

T: Sweet with dark fruit flavors dominate everything. roasty / chocolate flavors hide in the background. rasbpberry after taste lingers

M: Thick and chewy with low carbination.

O: A dessert beer that would pair very well with a raspberry tart or chocolate cake. Good in moderation, but not something I would drink on the reg.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trade from deyholla. 2/17/13 pour. Pours pitch black with kahki head. Smell is strong licorice and molasses as the description says, a bit of chocolate and some earthy aromas. Flavor is very sweet licorice, a bit of chocolate. Lingering chocolate on the palate. Syrupy but slightly thin with very little carbonation. Very rich dessert beer. Heaviest licorice flavor I have tasted and while this is very unique, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased many moons ago, most likely at Binny's. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thin cap, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Very dark brown body that's viscous and sludgy, and it's a bit lighter at the edges of the glass.

S - Massive prune, date, and molasses aromas, with lighter licorice, chocolate, and caramel. Very sweet, with hints of cherry and vanilla. Some alcohol, but far tamer than it used to be when fresh.

T - The taste has a bit more roast and anise bitterness to balance out the intense prune and dark fruit flavors. It's not as sweet as the aroma for sure, and while the alcohol has mellowed significantly over the past three years there's still a bit of a bite to it.

M - Full, chewy, and viscous body. Lower carbonation, with some mild alcohol warming. Light stickiness in the finish.

D - Well I enjoyed this significantly more than when it was fresh, it's still not my favorite beer in the series. The anise has mellowed to a point where it's actually integrated into the rest of the flavor profile but I'd still have a tough time slamming down more than 6oz of this. The bourbon barrel-aged is a significantly better beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long story short: not too long after the release of this beer I accidentally rode in the car with a bunch of Bell's employees. They joked about how this was too fucking strong, let it age, and apparently I took that quite serious-like because they've released two more thousand batches since then.

Pours like if you held three red fruit Rollups up against one another and they became defacto black. No head of which to speak, but seein as it glugged out as thick as Quaker State that was to be expected.

Tastes like this would be a good beer to grab a sixer of in case a nuclear war happened and you were only allowed an ounce of beer per day. Begins like a vinous RIS, ends tasting startlingly similar to turkey jerky. Red wine, very dark fruit, Teriyaki. The alcohol burn is muted, but at what cost? This is a wonderful kind of mud: a mud that gets you drunk.

This isn't bad. It's interesting. But it's not exactly drinkable, nor is it the kind of life-chaning poetry that you expect out of a good, not exactly drinkable stout-ish beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a small amount of foam floating in the middle of the glass

S - Hints of caramel, black licorice, and orange peel make a nice nose

T- Caramel, molasses, black licorice, and orange peel all balance each other out nicely. This is one nice flavorful and balanced beer

MF - Medium body with light sticky syrupiness

O - Solid beer that serves as a nice base for the BA beer

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a deep black color with a small but firm tan head. Spotty lace dots the snifter as well as a solid collar.

Nose seems to have improved this one over the past couple years, huge blackberries and plums. Malts are sherry galore with tobacco and Cocoa Krispies. Powerful nose and quite complex. Still a little boozy, but I like it...impressive.

Taste is an interesting combo of black licorice, plum flesh and muscadine grapes. A thick and rich, but surprisingly unidentifiable, malt presence lurks in the background. Mouthfeel is syrupy and bordering on cloying, but the alcohol pulls it back from the abyss at the last second. It’s rare to drink a beer that leaves a rich fruity coating on the lips long after the swallow...more akin to port or sherry. Not bad, but I don’t think this one will go down in the Bell's HOF of beer creations.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, licorice, molasses, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of molasses and licorice as the label indicates. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. There are background flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. Some alcohol sting sneaks in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid stronger beer worth drinking for a while if you want a stout-like beer without that strong chocolate flavor.

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Photo of harrymel
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given the recent hubub over the BA version, thought I'd revisit this one.

Pours black with little indication of carb save a tiny central dome and rimming. Smells of molasses, booze, dark roasted malts, some malt syrup and a bit of raisin/date character. Taste is sweet and molasses with some prune and licorice and plenty of burnt sugar. Really sweet - gonna make my ass stank tomorrow. Quite empty bodied but sticky with sharp and easy carb finished semi dry. Time has changed the beer, but the body fell out of the center and the flavor just made all the manly flavors go sugar, making it sticky - a relative disappointment. It's still a fine beer, but not as profound as once before.

Original review 27JAN11
A: Dark, molasses ale pours to globe with little carbonation on impact, but subsequently develops a sheet of latte foam. Light flickers through ale with little slices of golden rays pierce through the beer.
S: Malt, licorice, molasses, and nougat overlay this beer. Smells a bit boozy. Definitely on the sweet side. Small hints of astringency. Intrigued as to how this one will taste.
T: Coffee, chocolate, prunes, figs, dates, licorice, molasses, and malty goodness all spend nearly equal time playing in the mouth and highlighting my palate. Maybe dominated by the fig and coffee flavors, I am very, very happy with this. Getting some raisin flavor in here too.
M: Low carbonation, fine in influence. The beer is heavy, and yet feels so light and velvety. Reminds of a really well done porter. Warms the palate with the ABV, but tastefully.
D: This is very nice. I could drink a few of these.

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Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4 out of 5 based on 909 ratings.
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