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

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609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 615
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

t0rin0, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Batch # 11590. Bottle # 1003/1502.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, cookie dough, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel and a bit of heat in the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great barrel aged presence in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -12.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

zestar, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

spycow, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

nmann08, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much like a caterpillar that undergoes its cocoon, yet to emerge as a butterfly- the Batch 9,000 does much the same; with spectacular results. But the adolescent ale was a far cry from a worm, it was pretty special as it was but the bourbon barrel aging gives the beer a serious 2.0 upgrade.

Though the beer defies styles, the beer can easily be mistaken as imperial stout- Its ultra viscous density is as thick black as motor oil, and is further reinforced with its lumbered head that slowly generates on top and is short lives. The beer's foam character quickly succumbs to its sheer weight, alcohol, and light carbonation. Providing as much value for its brandy-like legging than its head retention or Belgian lace, the beer simply looks heavy.

Incredibly savory aromas nearly buckle the knees as the aroma of molasses, maple, and caramel join with a candied bourbon scent of oak, vanilla, and sherry wine. Deep, dark fruit notes all carry the scent of being soaked in obvious bourbon, but also not-so-obvious port wine and butter rum. Darker notes of chocolate, mild coffee, candied almonds, and soy sauce keep the waves of complexities wafting over the nose.

Just as delicious as the aromas promised, the flavors of molasses, toffee, and sorghum sugars all carry a slightly scorched and savory character that extends into the taste of bourbon, fruit, and maturity to come. Figs, dates, plumb, red grape, and light licorice notes fuse well with the umami-rich sherry, soy sauce, and chocolate notes for ultra complexity and variety of taste. All these flavors are awash with bourbon soaked oak- rich with vanilla, cherry, and light char. As the beer warms, more fruit vinous notes rise and keep delivering complex notes right down to the last sip.

Incredibly rich and mouth coating, the beer's sultry sweetness clings to the mouth and saturates those soft tissues with bourbon alcohol, light wine-like acidity, and seductive malt sweetness. The beer lingers with its weight and viscosity very late with only a mild quiver of alcohol dryness that triggers the beer's finish. It lingers indefinite, as its intent is to link up with the next sip- a dessert-like sipper for sure!

Where the original 9,000 demonstrated a strong potential for world class stock or old ale, this bourbon barreled version bridges in the taste of imperial stout, barleywine, and port equally as well. It's simply a magical beer that exceeds expectations!

BEERchitect, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, Derek! Almost black in color with a khaki head. Huge vanilla aroma. Lots of bourbon, oak, and roasted malt, too. Plenty of dark chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. Heavy on the licorice, roasted malt, caramel, and molasses. A bit of alcohol, some dark chocolate, and maybe just a hint of maple syrup.

womencantsail, Aug 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ygtbsm94, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Halg finger tan head on a near jet black oily body. Aroma of bourbon, syrup, roasted malt, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Flavors are similar but stronger with dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, Creme brule and hint of licorice. Thick body and moderate carbonation with oily coating of the palate. This one gets better and better as its enjoyed. The sweetness is balanced nicely and the booze though strong at first levels out eventually.

kylehay2004, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

largadeer, Jul 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mishuggah for sharing this one. Served in a taster pint glass at Todd's birthday bash.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and specks of lacing. Very dark brown body with lighter glints at the edges of the glass. Looks a lot like Batch 9000 did.

S - Huge bourbon of the more earthy variety. Plenty of anise, dark chocolate, yeasty dark bread, caramel and vanilla in there too, but this is pretty bourbon-forward.

T - The taste is similar, with with a bit more of the base beer: anise and dark bread in particular. Roasty, mildly bitter, but gets sweeter as it warms with chocolate fudge and caramel coming out more. Bourbon and oak are still quite present, but don't overpower in the same manner as the aroma.

M - Medium-full body, with moderate-to-low carbonation, and a lightly oaky and tannic texture. Mild sticky in the finish, with some mild alcohol warmth.

D - It's boozy, but it's quite excellent. The texture and alcohol hit are evocative of Bourbon County Stout, so pace yourself. Also a huge improvement over the base beer, as the barrel-aging blunts the overpowering anise and makes it a more complementary flavor. Highly recommended.

MasterSki, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

drabmuh, Feb 19, 2013
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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.

oline73, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed Jan. '14.

Thick, black pour, with a small khaki head that sank to a ringlet; no real lacing, but definitely had some legs. Admittedly, it's been a while since I've had the regular Batch 9000, but looking back, there were some nice similarities going on with this one...plus bourbon. Sweet aroma, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla, rum raisin, some barrel. Sweet dark sugars in the taste, candied dark fruits, tannic notes, bourbony oak and vanilla, hints of leather and ash. Medium-full body, slick, smooth mouthfeel, reminiscent of an old ale, possibly even close enough to be confused with a stout. The alcohol heat has mellowed with age, but is definitely still present. Definitely glad to have had the opportunity to try this, and I wish I had a few bottles of my own.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

mendvicdog, Sep 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

imperialking, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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