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

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4.03/5
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912 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
539
Ratings:
912
pDev:
13.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 912 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of pagriley
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emyers
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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 -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t8dd
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justinp444
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cherche
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _RL_
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jadjunk
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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
3.98/5.00

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Photo of Robdiesel21
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Balvenie
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5 year cellar. Still delicious. Wish I had more to share.

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Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ScottP
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GTJayG
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 912 ratings
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