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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000

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BA SCORE
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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: warnerry on 10-09-2012)
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mikejonze

Michigan

4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, MI. They claimed Bell's told them this was "the last batch in existence," which, of course, drew the masses. I got the very last glass that was served. Almost didn't get to taste it at all. The bartender handed me my glass and then told everyone else, "That's it!" Truly humbled to have had the chance to try it.

Appearance: Couldn't really note too much about the color, since i was in a dimly lit bar, other than it just looking very dark. Held it up towards light and couldn't see through at all, even on edges. There was a thin light tan head at first that almost immediately dissipated into a small collar or ring around the outside.

Aroma: The amazing smell that comes at you before you can even hold it up to your nose – vanilla, toffee, molasses, licorice, maple, figs, wood and, of course, BOURBON! – is just the first thing to blow you away. Spent a couple minutes just enjoying the aroma before I dove in.

Taste: All the different complexities and flavors – the sweetness of everything in the nose, balanced by the roastiness and perhaps tannins released into the beer from the oak barrel – wash over your tongue in several distinct waves from the moment you first sip it to when it finally goes down your throat and then during the moments after that, when it becomes something altogether different. It's absolutely incredible. The alcohol is warming, not burning, despite the high ABV. Even with all that, you can still taste the base flavors of cacao nibs, anise & roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, full-bodied, almost a bit viscous (in a great way); coats your mouth. Perfect.

Overall: I was extremely pleased and satisfied with it. An instant favorite. Totally lived up to the high expectations I had set for it. Just wish I had spent more time drinking it so I could have enjoyed it longer, since I'll never get to enjoy it again. Pretty bittersweet. Wish I owned a bottle of this so I could save and share w/ someone for a special occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 17:23:39 | More by mikejonze
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap and a Bell's tap takeover at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange
Served in a 11.5oz snifter

A- Darkest brown you can imagine, almost black. Can see light coming through on the edges. Light khaki ring of foam. Medium-heavy viscosity.

S- Huge molasses, like sticking your nose in a jar of molasses. Then comes the bourbon with it's vanilla and oak coming through. Dark fruit, raisins, fruit cake. Very complex.

T- Similar to nose, big molasses, vanilla, oak, alcohol comes through as it warms but is never overpowering and hard to tell it's 14.9%. Very smooth and perfectly balanced with not one characteristic taking over the other. Reminded me very much of Kuhnhenn BB4D.

M- A heavy viscosity but still I found it surprisingly easy to drink considering the complexity and ABV.

O- Very thankful that I was able to find this on tap somewhere, had been looking for it for the past year and was worried I had lost my window. Really wish my head hadn't been up my ass when it came out in bottles, the trading rate for this is only getting higher. Even with me living in Kalamazoo this one was hard to find and made sure to get to the bar when they opened at 11am so I wouldn't miss out and everyone else in the place seemed to be right with me. At 7 bucks for a 11.5 serving I thought it was a great deal and even though I shouldn't have, I got 2. Hard to believe this is a one-off and won't be brewed again. Hope Bell's gets the hint and either rebrews or makes a very similar recipe to this some time in the future. Again, one of the best beers I've ever had and so happy to have gotten to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 18:43:09 | More by PaulyB83
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MaxRebo

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter with about 1 finger of head. Pours very dark with hints of red. Has a very rich and buttery fragrance. Very complex flavor profile of vanilla, cinnamon, earthy fruits, and bourbon. Can taste the 14.9% ABV. Surprisingly carbonated mouth feel for the high alcohol. Overall a very good beer, but at times the complexity of the flavor can be overwhelming and hard to distinguish taking away some from the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 23:41:59 | More by MaxRebo
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC full pour, for dc beer week into a snifter.

Dark walnut brown body, fairly clear with some faint red accents. Head is light mocha brown, one finger presented settles to a good collar. No lacing.

On the nose its a huge vanilla bomb. Lots of thick cream, and extract like vanilla. Nice fruity ester undertones, akin to red berried fruit. Syrup and toffee notes but nothing too sugary with a hint of coffee. Large and impressive if a bit overly sweet.

Palate delivers the goods. Light oily toffee and vanilla, candy caramel stickiness. Matching fruit esters with strawberry and some raspberry on the finish. Slick and full coating. Light toffee accents with controlled boozy warmth on the finish without a sick rush. Sweetness is nicely controlled, while a bit big some of the charring and tannic quality cuts it out nicely.

Real nice impressive strong ale. Fruity, Coffee and cream vanilla, without a giant roast crunch, and impressive take on strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 22:09:34 | More by smakawhat
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Full 16oz pour into a Bell's shaker pint glass at the Bell's tap takeover at Madison's on 9 August, the day before the Great Taste. Also had a small pour at the actual Great Taste itself.

Comes out a pitch black beer with a thin dark brown mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving me holding a pint glass with an abyss inside it. It's a really cool effect I think, as it is just so black and opaque. Leaves small lines of lacing as I drink this beer. Very dark and mysterious brew.

Now the smell on this is really, really heavy and thick. Its got a lot of bourbon barrel here but its balanced between the sweet bourbon and the oak's vanilla-like flavours rather than being a bourbon bomb. Its complemented by a really nice complex mixture of dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Perhaps molasses and butterscotch too, but I'm not sure about these particular aspects of the beer's sweetness. Very strong, complex nose fit for a king.

There is so much complexity to the palate on this beer. Dark cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses and butterscotch conspire with the bourbon barrel to create a real melange of flavours here. I would put emphasis on the cocoa and caramel along with the bourbon barrel. Its just so damn intense and strong, punching me in the face. To give you an idea of how strong this is, I got a glass of Black Note to drink next to it and it tasted so bland compared to the BA9K. Yikes!

Mouthfeel on this is actually a bit less full bodied and less creamy than Black Note. Its got a medium body, a little wispy compared to most imperial stouts out there. Which reminded me that this ISN'T an imperial stout but rather a double brown ale. Carbonation is pretty low on this one, and I remember thinking it was just fine for this beer. Aftertaste is that slick bourbon-dominant sweetness and some alcohol heat. Certainly not the best aspect of this beer, but its not a letdown either. It's a sipper for sure.

This is simply put, an awesome beer. It kind of got lost behind the Barrel-Aged Abraxas and Mornin' Delight that we had that weekend, but there is no question that this is an awesome beer. Highly recommended if you come across a bottle of this batch. Bell's FTW.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 18:41:02 | More by Stevedore
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tarheels86

California

3.43/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Kickbacks for RBWG JAX. Pours ultra inky black, weaker yellow bubbles. Nose is sharp Islay Scotch peat, scorched earth, big licorice, black crayon. Taste is tomato paste, Scotch peat, harsh alcohol, mild vanilla. A ton of warming alcohol. Palate is oily, sticky. The harsh scorched earth thing going on was quick bizarre. Disappointing. 6/3/7/4/13=3.3

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 22:41:50 | More by tarheels86
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Phelps

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a taster at the AZ Strong Beer Fest.

Dark purple blak, very thin, bubbly, watery head.

Bourbon, caramel, molasses, butterscotch, dark chocolate, a touch of smoke.

You don't get much more than the bourbon, but that may be because batch 9000's flavors already mirror that of a bourbon barrel. Big caramel, toffee, a good amount of sugary syrup, maple, brown sugar, tangy sugars.

Medium body, mild massaging carbonation, a good amount of alcohol heat. Almost spicy on the tongue.

Super-solid. One of the best beers I had at the festival. Could use a little more showing from the base beer, surprising so little came through from such an intense brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 23:14:37 | More by Phelps
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Said to be double brown, thats a good way to describe this ale. Almost black in the glass it holds a deep dark brown appearance in the light. The ale was poured to the top so I did not get a good feel for the body.

The scent is of bourbonesque oakiness, vanilla, coconut and fruitiness. Hard to pinpoint the very fruit by which I caught but it's reasonably tropical.

The taste is smooth bourbon essence, vanilla, coconut, and then a sherry fruity sweetness. I would say that the sweetness doesn't belong but after a few tastes it gets a cherry flavor that is nice and in no way off-putting. Some chocolate sweetness and even a small bit caramel, this is a really nice experience.

This is not Black Note, but fans of this type or the barrel aged genre need to give this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 00:50:55 | More by KYGunner
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MCImes

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can read the other wordy reviews if you want. Ill keep mine short.

This beer ruined me. It set a new bar on my palette, and thus, made everything else taste a little worse by comparison. Bells knocked it out of the park with this one. It deserves 5.1/5, as it set a new bar for goodness in my life.

*starts chant* Re-brew! Re-brew! Re-brew! Re-brew!

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2013 18:02:05 | More by MCImes
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review #500 - Thanks to Jeff for the hand bottle! Black-hole black with a small, deep-tan head. It's probably more appropriate to call it a skin than a head, as even after an aggressive pour, it barely reaches a millimeter in height. It may be due to the hand-bottle, but I have a feeling the carb on this one was towards the lower end of the spectrum anyway, so hopefully that wont impede things too much. Obviously no lacing was present, but heavy alcohol legging certainly was.

Whoosh! I dip my nose to the glass and a huge wave of bourbon flies over me immediately. A plethora of flavors begin crashing and colliding - molasses, oak, caramel malts, deep, bitter cocoa, faint vanilla, and huge patches of black licorice and anise. BB Batch 9000 doesn't have the bitter coffee or heavily roasted malts you'd expect in any stout - namely because this ISN'T a stout, although its appearance may lead you to believe otherwise.

Holy mole! The aroma was heavy. But the flavor is even heavier and so much more potent. Deep chocolate, sweet, sweet brown sugar, heavy and thick molasses, tons of up-front bourbon, dry oak and wood, mild nuts, and an overpowering, back-end anise flavor. Just touching the beer to your upper lip is enough to extract these crazy powerful flavors from the brew.

There's no doubt this beer is complex beyond belief. So many things going on, and warmth only opens up the portfolio even further. Dark dates and figs, heavy anise, dry cocoa powder, sticky and syrupy maple notes, barrel-induced vanilla - all, of course, dancing on your palate to the tune of warm, boozy bourbon. Each sip demands so much attention that it's easy to sit and nurse a six ounce pour for at least a half hour or so.

Let's be honest here - this beer is very bourbon-forward and quite warm, approaching "hot" territory, especially in the finish, but Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000 still retains much of the high, sticky sweetness that was evident in the base beer. It's definitely more manageable here, though, as the barrel-aging has allowed it to mellow out, and help cut through what's left of it. It's got an even heavier and thicker body, smooth mouth feel, chewy and oily with low carbonation - again, most likely due to the hand-bottling. I feel as though it wasn't detrimental to my experience of the beer at all.

This is a good beer, it really is. And I can see why people go crazy over it. But I don't love it like the masses, and there are three main reasons why. For one, it's a little too hot to be enjoyable in mass quantity. Not a major drawback, but a drawback nonetheless. Two, it has a little too much anise for my liking; just not a flavor I'm very fond of in this capacity. And three, it's still quite over-the-top in terms of sweetness. Regardless, it's a finely crafted barrel aged brew that's a large improvement over the base beer, but give me Black Note any day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 03:21:19 | More by tectactoe
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Friday Night Flights, Party Town, Florence, KY. The pour is a dark, tawny color with a very thin head that quickly dissipates down to a trace of lacing (not uncommon for barrel-aged beers). The nose is somewhat subdued. I get bourbon, chocolate, and a leathery kind of note.

Full-bodied with a slick, oily feel. Very bourbon-forward up front with big notes of caramel, treacle, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. In the back of the palate there are cherry-like flavors that combine with the bourbon notes and alcohol to create a massive port-like flavor. The beer finishes like a big ruby port - rich, fruity, and very boozy and liqueur-like. Would make a great dessert sipper and could stand up to the strongest cigar you've got.

Overall, an absolutely stellar beer. This ``mere'' American Strong Ale could almost pass for Bourbon County Brand Stout. The flavor reminds me of Asbach Uralt (those expensive brandy-filled dark chocolates from Germany). Liquid dessert. Phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 19:43:38 | More by deadonhisfeet
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pracna. What an awesomely executed beer event this was. They've certainly earned themselves a new customer today. From notes:

Dark cola brown body with minimal clarity. A fine oily ring of carbonation clings to the glass... not a very lively looking beverage. By the looks of it, I'd venture to guess that there's some alcohol in this one.

Sweet bourbon all over the nose. Caramel and brownie, milk chocolate, burnt vanilla, pitted fruits and a warming alcohol character.

Big old fuckin' beer... charred oak flavors meld with vanilla, brownie, bourbon... creamy dessert sugars linger on the palate alongside fresh tobacco and molasses. Dynamic and challenging.

Very glad to have finally had the chance to try this one on for size.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 02:05:42 | More by yamar68
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about 2 hours ago on tap at Pracna on Main in MPLS. Reviewed from fresh memory and some notes. 5 oz. pour.

A dark brown/light black with a small tan head. The nose reeks of bourbon, dark chocolate and dry-dark fruit, nuts, oatmeal, a small roast character, and loads of oak and vanilla. The taste follows suit with a punch of chocolate covered cherries.

It has a medium-full body with a light warming effect and small doses of booze. This is really close to perfection. Could I pretend this beer has something negative about it? Absolutely not, it is simply otherworldly. Cheers Bells!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 00:36:01 | More by mnphish
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Trifecta1

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, celebrating my best friend's acceptance to medical school.

A: Pitch black, opaque, can't even see through the peripheries. Looks like a stout, or a very mean dark ale, turns out to be the latter.

S: Good god, the bourbon. Vanilla, slight spices, malty sweetness. Heaven.

T: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, dark grains with large hits of roasty caramel and raisins, and smaller hints dark chocolate. Nutmeg-like spiciness, could even be cinnamon almost. Sweet alcohol flavor with plenty of burn. Low bitterness. Complex and aggressive. It'll put hair on your chest.

M: Creamy, smooth, and thick. Even though this beer will blow your nuts off, it'll do it in an elegant fashion.

Overall, one of the best beers I have ever had, which is saying a lot. I would do dirty things to get a growler of this, or even another taste. Thankfully, there is talk of going back to Michigan soon.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 19:48:44 | More by Trifecta1
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Flying Saucer (Raleigh)

Very dark brown with a small, foamy, wispy head on top. Aromas of raisin, dark fruit, caramel, brown bread, vanilla, whisky, and wood. Huge, sticky-sweet malt flavor...bourbon, vanilla, molasses, purple fruit, chocolate, toast, and buttery smoothness. Thick, viscous, and warming. An intense drink...pretty tasty, but ten ounces is enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 01:15:31 | More by wedge
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daledeee

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fine beer at a fine Bell's tap takeover. Could only buy 8 oz glasses at a time.

Poured a very opaque dark brown. Not much head.

Nose: Bourbon

So...it smells like bourbon, looks like bourbon, tastes like bourbon. It is bourbon!! Wait! There is carbonation. There is more than bourbon. It had hints of spice, sweetness, chocolate and many other flavors. Very boozy but that is just the nature of this beast. I enjoyed this greatly. A rare treat for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2013 23:12:23 | More by daledeee
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CooperEllis

New York

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At The Tap House in Rochester during Take-over.

Perfect pour. Rich coloring with deep ruby fingering at the edges. The head is present out of the tap but gone in seconds leading a thick crown of tightly wound beige.

The aroma up front can not compare with the aroma at the end, when dark fruit dominates with fig and plum up front with candied notes including caramel linger at the death.

This could be chewy, could be sipped, but on draught this is a straight easy drinking, high abv, early-evening making brew. The mouthfeel on this is spot on for perfect, regardless of style. Enough to know its there; gone in time to miss it. Only a fig flavor lingers and that invites anothe sip.

I doubt I'd ever open a bottle by myself, but a couple 6oz pours would last the night.

(201st)

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 03:03:45 | More by CooperEllis
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black and viscous with a finger of mocha head, nice retention and thick lacing.

S- Very sweet, fruity aroma, lots of figs, prunes, molasses and caramel, as well as notes of bourbon, oak, maybe some anise and vanilla.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of dark fruit, molasses and caramel, but also a more pronounced roasty, bready malt, accents of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a mild anise (which is done just right because when anise is any stronger than this is quickly becomes horrible) round things out, but the sweet, sugary fruitiness is the most prominent.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a sticky feel, moderate boozy warmth.

O- A very delicious beer, great complexity and flavor, I had this on tap and with a smaller (~8 oz pour) was happy with it, the flavors are very rich so if you have a big bottle definitely share with friends. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 22:13:27 | More by WillCarrera
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oline73

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Churchkey.

Pours a dark mahogany color with hardly any head. The smell is delightful. Reminds me of sweet cherries and almond extract. Also getting vanilla and some caramel. The taste doesn't disappoint. The beer is very sweet. Full of caramel, vanilla, and lots of dark fruit. The cherries note is there, but it is less prevalent than in the nose. The alcohol level is on the high side and it's a bit hot. The beer feels a bit syrupy with more tingly carbonation than I expected given the lack of head. The beer sticks to your mouth long after the sip is done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 21:30:13 | More by oline73
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Small head with low retention. Clear, oily, sticky lacing. Dark, dark, ruby in color, borderline black. Aroma includes some roasted malt, some alcohol, molasses, port and some beautiful bourbon. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and viscous, tongue and mouth coating. Taste includes molasses, some prune, some bourbon, touch of vanilla and brown sugar. The alcohol is well hidden. This beer deserves all of the hype that it has received to this point and will certainly receive in the future. God damn.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 06:13:53 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at World of Beer Dadeland.

A- Pours a totall opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly surface foam surrounding. Thin streaks of lacing slide down the glass.

S- Sweet and malty with a ton of maple, brown sugar and bourbon notes. Moderately strong alcohol fume given the big ABV.

T- Sugary sweet with notes of molasses, chocolate and caramel. Pretty boozy but not overly so. The bourbon kick is substantial and welcome.

M- A bit hot from the booze and slightly sticky. Medium-low carbonation and a medium-heavy body for a stout.

O- It's no BCBS but it's another great stout from Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2013 00:17:49 | More by Immortale25
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 10 oz pour on tap
Glass: Stange
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
Price: $6.50

Appearance: a slightly brownish black. a small tan head that faded to nothing.

Smell: Bourbon, sweetness, a little oak, occasionally some alcohol

Taste: strong bourbon kick that is sweet due to caramel and vanilla. oak flavor and a nice alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy, sticky. finishes nice and warm

Overall: glad i got to try this one. Its a good bourbon beer. nice and heavy sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 15:55:45 | More by SportsandJorts
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codysjb

Florida

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bells BB Batch 9000
Draft into a Duchesse de Bougogne glass
A: Minor head that dissipates quickly but good lacing. Nice black brown color.
S: Caramel, Vanilla and a ton of pete, those barrels come through.
T: Wow, caramel bourbon and marshmallows. Sweetness comes up on the end. This is amazing. But really, really hot at 14%.
M: Lots of caramel, sugary sweet. Some minor bourbon/pete notes.
O:Really good. Very very sweet. A-, not my favorite but its certainly good and sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 03:48:05 | More by codysjb
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at 8th St Grille in Holland.

The appearance is tough to judge given the lighting situation but I enjoy the filmy splotchy head and the ring of lacing around the parameter. This beer has legs like a six foot brunette.

Bourbon oak heaven in the smell with dark intriguing fruits lingering in its abyss.

So much going on in the taste...licorice, charred marshmallow, honey, bourbon soaked cherries, oak, vanilla, love, maple, tobacco...I could go on all night. A lingering bitterness helps balance the sweetness all wrapped up with an alcohol heat sting in the end.

3 words can describe the mouthfeel: Thick Syrup Chewbacca. This is thick, chewy, smooth, with a lovely sweet treat left on my lips after the swallow.

I'm going to try not to let my excitement go over board when grading this but this is terrific! I love regular batch 9000 and this is even a step up. Awesome!

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 01:38:17 | More by TCgoalie
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weonfire

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap in a 10oz snifter glass at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, Ky.

A. First glance looks jet black. But as you turn the glass the rim is a deep burgundy. Snifter was filled to the brim, but a light white head present.

S - numerous. I wont prentend like you can pick out exact fruits in this. very strong, nicely aged and balanced fruits is all can say for sure. licorice and chocolate.

T - Chocolate, aged fruit, plum, licorice, fudge, molasses, alcohol, and small smoke as it goes down the throat

M - thick, viscosity was medium.

O - reminded me more of 2012 Goose Island's BCBS than I thought it would. excellent brew. Was very sweet. You will taste this beer for an hour after consuming.

Serving type: on-tap

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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