bytemesis (5570) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to deyholla! Pours opaque black with a small brown head that fades fairly quickly leaving nice residual and lacing. Lots of molasses in the aroma, date, roasted malts, a bit of coffee, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, lots and lots of molasses, and here is the black licorice as well, lots of dark dried fruits, chocolate, more licorice. You know, I don’t like licorice, but it actually works well here. Light bitterness lingering to the finish. Full rich creamy mouthfeel, almost tongue coating. Only a mild hint of the whopping huge ABV. This is a pretty nice offering.
DrewFace (961) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to beechner224. Pours a murky brown color. Huge boozy aroma, lots of toffee, dark fruits, caramel, spices. Big thick chewy mouthfeel. Lots of toffee, caramel, melanoidans, booze, fairly sweet dark fruity finish.
lb4lb (2581) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black pour. Smell is oxidized chocolate and booze. Taste raisin chocolate, smooth oxidized. Decent but past is prime for me. Thanks Ken!
beechner224 (981) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade. Pours a dark brown with really no head. Aroma of dark fruit and raisins. Lots of sweet malts. Taste is mellow compared to the aroma. Its sugary sweet, with no much roast. Imperial stout? I think not, more like a barley wine. Its really sweet, but no alcohol burning, so thats good. Interesting beer.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ar: Raisins and molasses - booze - currant and soy sauce.
Ap: Deep brown, opaque - tiny light mocha head, leaves a thin ring and slight web.
T: Sweet, soy sauce - light charcoal, lots of raisins and booze - coconut and currants, a bit peppery - medium-high bitterness - tingling alcohol lingers into the finish, with pepper and burnt sugar.
P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium.
O: There is a lot of complexity in this ale, some really interesting flavors - but, the sweet soy flavor and higher alcohol flavors just dominate to the point where they become distracting.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a dark black with a small khaki head. big molasses dark fruit and a bit of raisin taste.
jbuskirk (1025) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2015 As boozy at is black, Batch 9000 is something of an enigma. She has the shade and malt backbone of an imperial stout. Yet, she has the dark fruit character and brown sugar sweetness of a strong ale. Ah, to hell with it. This ale is rock solid, regardless of what it style it is. The brew is complex but easy on the palate. You’ll find yourself tasting it often - with different results each time.
HuskerTan (1278) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Thanks Jay "GodOfThunder")
A- Molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, spices, raisins.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Molasses, caramel, coffee, soy, cocoa, plums, raisins, licorice, malty, smokey, charred.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, robust finish.
O- A solid stout. I bet this only get’s better with age. Very robust flavors that would go nicely with a grilled steak. Deep and rich and very complex.
Dfonorow (1867) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at DLD 2013. Black with a small khaki head. Aroma of roast, caramel, bitter hops, resin, booze, and pine. Flavor is sweeter - pine, grass, chocolate syrup, burnt caramel, booze. Heavy alcohol in the finish.
rumproasts (4497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Michigan Winter Beer Festival - 22-Feb-2014. Near black. Big and boozy. Very malty and complex. It’s definitely rounded out a bit with age. Quite smooth for such a big beer.