Ughsmash (7004) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Poured black with a spotty tan head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon, vanilla, and licorice with spicy peppery notes. The flavor found lots of tasty bourbon, licorice, chocolate, and coffee.. spicier through the warm finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation.. excellent balance.. awesome stuff.
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge aroma lots of Bourbon and brown sugar some light tart fruit notes. Thick creamy palate. Num num num. Like the non BA with a hint of Fig and butt er and vanilla notes. Too sweet to drink a ton of but great
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 day old 32oz growler, shared by a local dudeabide. Nice vanilla, light spice, dark roast in the nose. Very dark brown color. Minimal light brown head. Couple loose dots of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, chewy texture. Light carbonation. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, a LOT less molasses than in standard 9000, a LOT less cloying sweet, just a moderate sweetness. Barrel has really mellowed it out, made it much more tasty and drinkable. Big bitter, bigger spicy taste. Interesting, big imperial stout. Glad for the chance to have finally tried it. Hides alcohol well, have to give it an extra point for that.
Errl (1312) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to jjfoodie..Pour is dark with a nice tan head..Nose is nice bourbon, wet wood, sweet vanilla, graham cracker..Taste is chocolate, licorice, alcohol, roasty, oak, bourbon vanilla..
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler at b3shine’s. Pours a darker copper with no head. Aroma is big on the bourbon with a ton of vanilla coming through. Tastes hefty and sweet with a bready, crackery presence. Sticky mouth feel.
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at MBGSF 2013. Pours black with a light tan head. Aromas of soy sauce, cocoa dark malt, dark fruit, plus bourbon throughout. Flavors of "green" soy sauce, cocoa, raisin, light roasted coffee, with bourbon mixing well into it. Very much like the original Batch 9,000, but with more refinement with age.
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown/black with no head. Aroma is mildly boozy with some brown sugar and mild vanilla. Flavor has nice brown sugar and bourbony vanilla...light oak and booze...hides abv fabulously...hint of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish warms with dark fruit/bourbon/brown sugar.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Growler, courtesy of jjfoodie) Pours a dark brown body with a spare tan head. Aroma of toasted coconut, bourbon, chocolate, and toffee. Flavor of bourbon, chocolate, soy sauce, toffee, anise star, fennel, and vanilla.
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A year or two of age on this one would probably do it some good. One of the best barrel aged beers I’ve had. Despite the high ABV this beer is excellent. Nice and smooth through the last sip. The last sips boozieness is paired with a sweet like honey smack in the lips. Dark creamy chocolate mixed with some bourbon for the nose and sweetness on the tip of the tongue warms up as it reaches the back of the palate and booze that is mellowed out with sweet on the finish. Mmmmm mmmm good this one is awesome.
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by John, thanks! Enjoyed along side a regular 9000. Pour is deep dark brown with some faint purple notes. Aroma and flavor are loaded with sweet malt and deep dark fruity notes. Also toffee notes, sweet molasses, and faint basement notes. The aroma of the BA version had slightly more vanilla notes, but the difference was not overwhelming for me. I’m fine with that as I love the original.