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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
100
world-class

582 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler, thanks BJ for sending this. I believe this was filled roughly three weeks ago. Poured into a Teku glass.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque dark black in the glass, about a half finger's worth of yellowish mocha head forms that fades at a moderate pace to a still top.

S- Nicely balanced bourbon, dark chocolate, light oak, a bit of vanilla, cocoa nibs, some light caramel. Fairly aromatic, could smell it across the table, nice balance of the bourbon with the base beer still providing some nice chocolate aromas.

T- Smooth balanced bourbon, cocoa nibs, caramel, marshmellows, some woody oakiness, slight booze on the finish with more nicely balanced bourbon and chocolate. Very tasty with an awesome balance between the bourbon and the base beer.

M- Smooth with some light heat but not bad at all for weighing in at 15%, light alcohol burn on the finish but very easy drinking for the abv..

O- This was a great barrel-aged beer that definitely lived up to the hype (although not sure if I'd trade some of the stuff it's going for). I loved the balance of the bourbon and how the base beer still provided a considerable amount of flavor and hid the 15% fairly well. Between four of us we had no trouble finishing off a 64oz growler. I'd definitely like to have this again in the future although I might not go crazy trying to obtain it.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2013 18:11:52 | More by jaasen64
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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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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 2.18.13
Bottle 602/1502
Batch 11590

A - Pours a very dark brown with very dark amber highlights, a small fizzy dark tan head appears and fades slowly.

S - Bourbon up front, then some oak, anise, and a hint of dark chocolate.

T - Again the bourbon is present, then some chocolate, followed by wood acid and a touch of carmel.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavier body.

O - This is a BA beer done right. This one is so tasty, it was hard to write it all down.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:05:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To John, the night I discovered he made the worst decision of his life.

A questionable decision, this. The tower is off-limits, not to mention terrifyingly tall over the dark, murky brown water, that just has some brown froth around any agitation spots, but generally gives off the effect of used oil.
We drink, a lot, to calm the nerves. Anyone that would take the plunge has to be either idiotic or numb... the state of most American hearts, it turns out.
An aroma of deep oaken barrels, bourbon, soy sauce, anise, brown sugar, and age. Depth. Wisdom. But it is all a farce. The murk still calls, and we still foolishly threaten with our own pride burning more brightly than our imagined brilliance as we flirt with disaster while pretending to be entirely in control of our own lives, and defying anyone to prove us otherwise or talk us out of our mad rush towards disaster. But be soft, we do not truly know what comes, whether we be the rash young mind thrusting towards insanity or the sage (or angry) older vessel with scars to prove that the lustful path of reckless youth has its own consequences.
And we drink.
The complex cornucopia of bourbon, chocolate, wood, almond, soy sauce, alcohol, leather, and that indefinable characteristic of love, depth of effort, an intangible of outrageous gravity, that one cannot simply describe. Age. And experience. There is much to be said for it, yet little to be heard.
A dense, oily and black body coats our mouth as we continue to shoot the strong, spicy, woody, leathery bourbon, hoping that it will give us liquid courage and help us to manifest ourselves as strong among average, albeit sophomoric among wise, as they spend their days apart from our lavish excitement in drab reality and never realize such reckless abandon... we scoff at their efforts to become leaders of the free world, and subscribe to the philosophy that only the strong survive, yet apparently to be proven strong one must exhibit foolishness.
You cannot, apparently, save the foolish through self-sacrifice, but only through wisdom. And wisdom itself is not foisted, but incrementally entered into through enlightenment. Therefore to teach someone else from your own wrongs is a fool's errand. he that is guided by emotions must purely by emotions be led, as wisdom shall prove insufficient. I hope to one day review this review with humor and wisecracks, rather than aches, regrets and pain.

Life tramples on...

Serving type: growler

02-10-2013 03:00:16 | More by khiasmus
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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

01-25-2013 15:44:01 | More by weonfire
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ediaz

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at World of Beer UCF 1/24/13 into a snifter.

A: motor oil black with dark brown edges. Light mocha head

S: bourbon, toffee, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malty goodness

T: follows the nose. Sweet bourbon and choco-coffee up front. Sweetness carries into a vanilla that transitions to a finish is of a Heath bar - one of the better beers I've ever had.

M: lighter than expected but still has a decent weight to it. Mild carbonation, just right.

O: Outstanding. I crapped my pants when I heard we got a keg, as I thought I'd never try this. This beer lives up to the hype. I'm now on a permanent ISO. If you like bcbs you'll love this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 22:45:47 | More by ediaz
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 06:00:11 | More by BEERchitect
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barczar

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black brown with a fleeting quarter inch mocha head that dissipates into nothing.

Deeply caramelized malt, plums, light roast, sherry, and chocolate comprise the initial aroma. Figs, bruised cherries, vanilla, and booze added complexity.

Fairly boozy flavor, bourbon and oak, meeting with vanilla and bruised cherry, morphing into figs, dates, and raisins at the finish. Dark fruit becomes more pronounced as it warms. Sweet roast malt forms the backbone, but pales in comparison to the dark fruit. Reminiscent of port or sherry, but a touch bitter at the finish.

Body is thick, fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

More dark fruit than expected, with lots of booze that's not offputting. My only complaint might be the dominance of sherry, and abundant sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 23:10:29 | More by barczar
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have now had this a couple times on tap & at the risk of giving away my review, fuck-yeah. This beer is amazing. Sampled at Bryant Lake Bowl & Whistle Binkie's, among others.

Unlike some of the haters, I looooved the original Batch 9000. This is the same color, dark brownish, very dark. The nose is 9000 + barrel: bourbon, molasses, toffee, gnomes of goodness. Yum.

Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000 takes the original fantastic base & bumps it up a titch or two, which is hard to do. The bourbon here bonds to the base beer to bring out a huge bag of marshmalow: really. Sweet, vanilla marshmallow like I've never experienced in another beer dominates like Scott Studwell's steely blues. Toffee, caramel, molasses, & a mouthfeel like real syrup make this a sipper. Oh yeah, & the alcohol stings a little. But I could sip it all night (& did once, on a Tuesday - this is not recommended, & only stupid people probably do this).

Overall? Elite. Totally understand why bottles of this beer are so sought after, because this is top-shelf. I'd drink this any & every day of the week. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 03:40:11 | More by maximum12
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to the generous soul who shared this - Tony? Chris?

A: Black body, clear red-brown highlights. Even a hard pour only yields a thin tan head. Ok.

S: Intense. Rich, dark, crazy. Licorice, booze, molasses, dark fruit, and chocolate. Incredible.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet, rich, complex, and wonderful. Lots of licorice, toffee, booze, and dark chocolate. Decadent and amazing.

M: Sticky medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Fantastic beer - a real standout even at an incredible tasting.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:03:10 | More by woosterbill
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Toadvine

Illinois

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

I had this on tap at Jerry's. Poured into a snifter. It had a brown syrup color with a thin beige head. I got scents of caramel and toffee and vanilla. The taste was sweet on the front end, with flavors of maple and brown sugar, rounded off by subtle wood flavors and finally a light booze finish. This beer had a wonderful rich velvety body. And I really enjoyed the subtlety of the booze, which complemented the ale without overpowering it.

Like sinking into the world's softest beanbag, with your favorite slippers on, in front of a warm fire, on a rainy fall night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 21:51:28 | More by Toadvine
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours near black with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing.

S- big chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel

T- caramel, toffee, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla

M- full body and medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy with some acidity.

O- very good beer. Had it on tap at Bells in October and that it was just ok, but it is a very good beer out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:36:20 | More by kawilliams81
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iadler

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl as part of their Bell's tap takeover.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that leaves a few lines of lacing.

S- Tons of barrel characteristics with bourbon, wood, coconut and vanilla followed by dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, burnt toast and a hint of licorice.

T- Barrels shine in the taste as well. Bourbon, wood, coconut and vanilla as well as raisins, black cherry, dark chocolate, molasses, toast and licorice.

M- Thick and chewy mouthfeel with lower carbonation and some heat at the finish. I couldn't help but compare the mouthfeel between this and the Black Note I was drinking next to BA 9000. This makes Black Note have a watered down consistency.

O- Simply put, this is a big ass beer. The best BA offering I've had from Bell's. The high abv prevents you from drinking more than 10 oz, but a great sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 02:24:57 | More by iadler
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, duckworths over christmas

I really liked Batch 9000 fresh (according to my review, apparently) despite its fierceness. The barrel-aged version is a real chore to drink. I cant even fathom drinking more of 12oz of this at any given time without dying. Huge boozy body, molasses, bourbon, fudge, bourbon, molasses, you get the picture. This is almost too much for me - a decadent sipper with bold flavor around every corner but damn near impossible to drink. Having this on tap was a treat - i have no desire to track down a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 01:41:22 | More by dirtylou
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billab914

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico's Novemberfest. Pitch black in color. Minimal head and still looking, but fitting for the style.

The aroma has rich, bittersweet chocolate blending in with the brown sugar and vanilla flavors of the bourbon. Some really nice dark fruits are there as well. Really nice balance of flavors and everything is extremely complimenting. Great aroma overall.

The taste has a little more of the dark fruit and raisin flavors to it. The bourbon barrel is again extremely complimenting and flavorful with notes of brown sugar and vanilla. The chocolate comes out as well. Awesome tasting beer overall, it comes together excellently.

The mouthfeel is thick and slick with very low carbonation. Overall, it was a fantastic beer. The barrel aging was pretty close to perfectly done as it was very complimenting without dominating the flavors. Everything came together in it excellently. Definitely the best beer of the day and maybe the best one I've had in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 16:10:06 | More by billab914
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KevSal

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dblab with the hook up yet again. Didn't think I'd get a chance to try this one. Wasn't planning on reviewing this guy but this is just too good

750ml into gi glasses

A- looks alright, pours with no head.

S- aroma is huge, sticky brown suger comes first. Dark fruits, molasses, it's evident it's a strong ale rather than a stout. Reminds me a lot of Adam from the wood

T- huge. A lot like the aroma, raisins brown sugar, the base beer comes out much more than I expected, and is complemented well by the barrel aging. I'm loving it. Doesnt surprise me it's so sought after. Alcohol is big on the back end, but slips away as it warms.

M- medium thick body is perfect carbonation. The alcohol is present but it slips away as I sip on it (with 14% I'm probably just getting drunk haha)

I- this is a fantastic beer and a great representation of barrel aging done right. It's super decadent so by sure to have a few buddies who'd appreciate it share with you.i wish I had more regular 9000 to drink this side by side with. I did like the base beer a lot

If you like strong ales and old ales this beer is a must try! Easily one of the best of 2012
Dan I appreciate it bud!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 07:49:59 | More by KevSal
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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