Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.51/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks for opening this with me, MrVonZipper!
This was an exceptionally good beer--a real wonderful example of the power and potential of barrel-aging big, strong, American dark ales. Lovely combination of chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, licorice, vanilla, and oak in the aroma and flavor. Big and thick--a truly decadent treat. The creamy, thick, full mouthfeel is amazing, to boot.
05-27-2013 15:52:40 | More by ehammond1
4.08/5 rDev -10.7%
Thanks to Mike for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Utopias glass. Had at a tasting 5/18/13. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a deep, dark amber/ruby. Oily legs with spotty lace with decent stick. No head. Pretty average.
Nose is fig, prunes, molasses, and booze. Aromatic with a nice, alcohol bite. Solid.
Opens sweet prunes, roast, and a slightly burnt bitterness. Molasses and dark fruit in the middle with a creamy hop bitterness that lingers in the background. Vanilla, leather and oak too. Sweet soy sauce in the finish and a fruity sweet aftertaste. Great complexity that's well executed.
Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and boozy and hot going down. Messy finish with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Very appropriate.
A very good beer overall but I'm not sure where the huge upgrade from the regular version comes from. The base beer was always a complex offering and barrel aging has added layers of flavor. However, its also given this beer an undesired harsh booziness that doesn't help the experience. Worth trying but this isn't as good as the overall score suggests.
05-19-2013 15:47:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.