Pours a dark ruby brown resting a glossy black mass in the goblet with a willowy top of tan bubbles whisping away quickly. Bits of glaring lace are splashed across the glass.
A deeply sweet, heavy on malt, broading tangy aroma takes dark chocolate forest cake and dips itself into a simmering pot of dark fruity goo made up of raisin, date, fig, prune, with a slip into some maple, molasses, and vanilla. Baltic porter meets, Dark Belgian, meets Imperial stout...mmm...boozy and port-like with a twist of Expedtion stout spicyness to it. Nice!
Taste is a mega monsterous mold filled with deep, dark, fruity, tangy, malted goodeness. Wowzaa! Darkly sweet with date, raisin, and fig. Some slicker chocolate tones slip around within the melange of dark fruity malt. Overall, very slick and oily, like that sticky gooey stuff found on the skins of super fresh raisins and dates. A beefy bellyfull of wamrth build as it sinks in the gullet and fades ever so slightly on the back of the palate with a dash of vanilla and that unique Expedition spice.
Body is full, yet not super heavy, quite slick, creamy, definately tangy, with a bit of chew at the front, but it slides effortlessly into one very warm, cindering construction of earnest with a divine leftover palpable chocolateyness and sweet dark tang. One super fine drinkin' Strong Ale. The 12.5% is there is force, but not brute force. It simply makes a home quickly in your belly. The mind follows behind it shortly thereafter.
Batch 9000 is another wowable treat of malty yummyness that takes the best of Bells and blends it together into a this remarkable brew. Big flashes of Expedition carry thru along with bits of of Third Coast Old Ale, Harry Magill, and Eccentric. Great stuff! And a great way to end 2010!
Served In: Goblet
12 oz bottle sent to me by my boy spointon. Thanks, Scott. Waited a while to try this one due to all the negative feedback it has received. Served up in a snifter.
A: Pours from the bottle a black, cola like color. It is completely opaque, and has a very stout like appearance. The pour got me a solid finger of brown head. It falls to a thin but solid top cap. When you move the beer around in the glass, the head reacts with the liquid making a very interesting, cascading bubble effect. The lace on the glass consists of a ton of spotty dots all over the glass, but most of it slides slowly back in because the beer does leave a pretty thick residue on the glass. This beer sure as hell has some legs to it. Very good looking brew.
S: Very sweet nose on this one but it is a very pleasant sweetness. Lots of brown sugar and molasses billowing out of this one. Getting just a light note of chocolate and licorice. There is a very light dark fruit presence, some figs and raisins. Otherwise, not much else to report here. Very appealing.
T: Sweet here as well. This is basically just a metric ton of molasses and brown sugar flavor. Milk chocolate comes through as well. Licorice works its way, but its light, and it mixes in with a seemingly citrus (orange) hop flavor. There isn't really the dark fruit presence as noticeable as it is in the nose. Maybe just a touch of fig. There is a nice and toasty roast to it, and there is a light rum (sugary and light spice) like presence. There is a very light undercurrent of soy sauce, but it isn't out of hand but it does add a bit of wtf factor. not bad.
M: This is a full bodied, chewy beer. Rich and slick, this beer is sticky. ABV is there but it doesn't seem as bad as a beer with a 12.5 measurement. Carbonation is medium to light. Aftertaste is all sugary and boozy. Very rum like in the finish.
OA: Not bad at all. I was expecting a beer that would be just awful, but this one isn't that bad. It is a sweet beer and I wouldn't want more than one in quite a strectch of time, but it is enjoyable. It has come together a bit, but it isn't completely cohesive. Wonderful look and aroma, above par flavor and good feel. I am down with it.
Served In: Snifter
Pours a deep brownish black with a small deep brown head. The foam settles quickly and leaves just a small ring around the edge of the glass.
Burnt malt with a good bit of malt sweetness. Chocolate and molasses. Dried fruit.
Still overly sweet. Lots of sugar going on. Tastes like someone poured a couple packets of sweetener in my beer. Molasses, dried fruits like dates and raisins, and strong roasted malt. Touch of smokiness and then an alcohol note.
Meh. With all the hype that goes along with these Batch XXXX brews, this one falls way short of all expectations. Not something I'd order at the bar again and not something I'd ever spend the $15 a six pack on that they asked. The other Batch XXXX brews have been great but this one seems to have missed the mark.
Served In: Snifter
Deep, dark brown in color. Not black. Very fine head that dissipates extremely quickly.
Aroma is reminiscent of Batch 7000. Strong, sweet malts up front with some rich fruits afterward. Chocolate, raisins, a little bit of smoke.
For the past year, I have been hearing this beer described as an 'amped up' version of Batch 7000. And that's pretty much what I taste. It is very strongly alcoholic, it has the traditional Bell's burn. It is almost too sweet right now. Flavors are chocolate and roasted malt. Date and other dried fruit flavors are strong also. Alcohol.
Very thick and chewy in the mouthfeel. So much, in fact that this beer demands to be sipped slowly. Viscous.
This beer tastes "young" to me. I think it was brewed with the intention of aging 5-10 years, and it will probably begin to hit its stride after 3 years. Really good and interesting now, but it has potential to be spectacular down the road.
Price: $2.50 Served In: Wine Glass
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