iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12 oz bottle, sampled fresh late February 2010: pours incredibly dark brown with a off tan head. The tightest, smallest bubbled carbonation I have seen. Rich, chocolately and hugely roasted aroma: raisins, burnt embers, seared plums and licorice. Lightly sweet on the tip of the tongue-strawberries, maple syrup, dark brown sugar and the characteristic Bell’s yeast. Hops are a bit of an afterthought - but are very present no less...pine cones and hop resin. The carbonation is minimal, I would have liked to see those tiny bubbles to make some fun on my tongue, but they aren’t that lively. Lingering dusty cocoa flavour with huge amounts of sticky molasses residue on my lips. Better attenuated that many imperial stouts I have had recently, while still being fairly thick and creamy. This is another great example of making a beer that is clearly a Bell’s beer (yeast and malts) but has unique characteristics that are wonderfully enjoyed. Nice work, can’t wait to try in next year, and the year after...I hope I can find a few more. Cheers! LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Pours a browish red color with a small dark beige head. Aromas of dark fruits,molasses, licorice,and I swear a hint of cinnamon. and alcohol.Flavor is of Sweet dark fruits,molasses,malt and some bitter hop that is followed by .a little alcohol bite.The body is kind of weird.The complex flavors make the feel big,but the actual feel in medium at best.All in All a great winter sipper.Should taste real good after some aging!Thanks BBL! drfabulous (8591) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Intense syrup aroma. Taste is sweet and sticky. Molasses. Like Expedition sucking up a bunch of french toast. Some oak and vanilla sticks out. This one has to warm. And it has to age. For now, though, it has that winter stout feel to it. Nice. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Batch 9000 =) . Pours a clear but dark brown, very viscous syrupy, fine beige fizzy head. Aroma reminds me of 2008 eccentric ale, sweet molasses, root beer, warming alcohol, just sugary rich molasses with a touch of vanilla. Flavor follows, much like 08 eccentric, rich sugary molasses, root beer, alcohol well hidden by the richness, good amount of hops try their best to balance but come up short, hint of chocolate but not much, more like tootsie roll toffee caramel, not much of a stout. Medium bodied, viscous but with great fizzy fine carbonation. eh... yespr (47581) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark malty, light boozy and vague spiced. Sweet caramelish and toasted toffee base. Sweet toffee caramelish and slight sticky texture. Lingering dark caramelish finish. Nice one.
hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12 oz bottle, lucky to land some 9000 in Chicago. This was a very unique tasting Imperial Stout. Ultra sweet and rich, really has nothing to be compared to. This poured a liquidy stout black/brown with little brown head. Licorice, bourbon and coffee on the nose. Sweet and syrupy, very mellow for the strength, with a nice alcohol at the end. Leaves a residue in your mouth and the taste lingers for quite a while, two things I love about these stouts. Could have been a bit creamier. Hope to see how this will age.
msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12oz bottle from Binny’s Des Plaines. Pours dark brown with small creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet molasses, dark fruits, raisins, booze, chocolate, sweet malts, and some light hops. Flavors of sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, hops, and some malt. Finishes sweet with light alcohol burn. This is one big sweet beer. Not a big roasty dry stout by any means. Lots of complex flavors going. Pretty easy drinker for such a big beer. Does not taste overly boozy but I could feel myself getting warmer. I am surprised as I thought it was going to be a bit of a syrupy mess based on how long it took them to release it and all the rumors on how it did not turn out right. This is quite a different beer from batch 7000. I need to find some more of this stuff. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Bottle. Pour is deep mahogany with a slightly reddish hue and a smallish brown head. Aroma is fruity, roasted malt, light coffee, cherries, faint lactose, light metal, and molasses. This does not smell quite like I thought it would, it’s a lot fruitier than most Stouts. This coats the mouth immediately. Flavor is also notably fruity with a roasted malt kick. The fruit is the initial flavor and it lasts for quite a while with notes of raspberry, cassis, and blueberry poking through. The malt, light coffee, and chocolate are in the finish; which is quite long and luscious. Also a touch of alcohol in my nostrils. Tastes like it has some age on it already, in a good way. It’s complex but cohesive. Kind of like barleywine meets impy meets JW lees. Really pretty drinkable, however it’s good as sipper too. Can’t wait to see how it ages. User29624 (1687) - - FEB 25, 2010
Very dark brown pour with almost zero head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, dark fruit. Thick sweet flavor. Dark fruit, caramel, molasses, touch of chocolate, licorice. Have to let it warm up a little bit, but this is very good stuff. Worth the wait? I think so. wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tried from bottle at Woodshop 5.0. Black color. sweet. Dark brown color. Buttery barrel aged goodness even though it is not barrel aged.