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

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 641
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 2.47%
Wants: 621
Gots: 66 | FT: 8
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: warnerry on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Double Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of timc100
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes from Thanksgiving '12

A: Dark dark dark dark brown with a thin instantly dissipating khaki head

S: WOW big and boozy, but not necessarily bourbon booze, just a big fresh strong ale. Creamy oak and vanilla, strong licorice, big tart cherry, and rich milk and some dark chocolate.

T: Like a lush rip tart michigan cherry filled with bourbon and dipped in chocolate. Very hot and complex. Bourbon vanilla and caramel sweetness throughout.

P: Chewy, very chewy. Full bodied light carbonation. Complements the other elements perfectly

O: Just fantastic, wonderful, brilliant beer. The Bells fridge was packed with these guys and I didn't know what was in front of me. Though pricey, if I could go back and buy 3 more for the cellar I would have. Amazing stuff

I am sure age will do wonders. 96/100


Revisited 12/26/2014 bottle 397

An incredibly intense beer that is all over the place yet still all in the right places. Age has smoothed out some of the boozier edges, but it has not lost any of it's intensity - more concentrated.

Huge, rich dark fruits and barrel. A slightly tart black cherry particularly, molassas, a little bit of that anise comes through, soft vanilla and coconut, toffee and oak. The bourbon works wonderfully and imparts a caramel and vanilla booziness.

Knock out, one of a kind beer. 100/100 (1,336 characters)

Photo of Doodler
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C&C 750 Bottle – generously shared by Dr. Chad at Crooked Stave….thanks amigo! Poured a deep coffee color with a small tan head and lacing. Nose is aromatic with bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and dark chocolates floating around. Full bodied flavor that is somewhat sweet and oaky. Lightly carbed with loads of bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits working throughout and on the finish. Very tasty stuff. Get some…. (417 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours pitch black. A small tan head formed but dissipated after a few seconds.
S: Huge and rich aromas of bourbon, caramel, dark fruits and oak. So much bourbon! A bit of chocolate, vanilla, licorice and molasses too. I normally detest licorice but it blends in very well here. Very aromatic, I could smell it from a few feet away.
T: So much going on here, I can't make up my mind. Bourbon first of all, followed by chocolate, vanilla (almost marshmallow), oak, dark fruits, and tons of caramel. A slight bit of licorice in there (perfect amount, enough to complement the other flavors but not enough to make it gross). I thought this would be overly sweet but it's very well balanced. Fairly boozy and warming as expected from both the barrel and the 15%abv.
M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Very well balanced. Pleasant booziness, not burning like in other beers.
O: Extremely well made BA beer. This has to be one of my top beers ever. Glad I got the chance to try it, although I fear I won't be able to trade for it again. (1,040 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Matt for trading this with me! Bottle #806/1502.

(A)- Pours practically pitch black and fairly thick. Some surprising tan froth formed considering this behemoth's ABV, but dissipated after awhile.

(S)- A hugely rich and decadent aroma. It oozes booze soaked raisin with bits of licorice and oak. The molasses is there too, but in a more of a supporting role. Very complex as it kind of jumps here and there within those aromas.

(T)- Very much like the smell. Such a rich and complex profile to this. Very dynamic with tons of raisin, prune, plum, and molasses with a caramel-rich bourbon barrel oak profile. There is so much more to this than I can really describe here. The way the barrel interacts with the base beer is so well integrated.

(M)- A very mellow carbonation level that works perfectly with this. So well balanced and integrated together despite how sweet and rich this is. In all honesty, it would be really tough to tackle a bottle of this by your lonesome. A huge ABV on this, but almost zero burn; really well integrated ABV.

(O)- Just an extremely well crafted barrel aged beer. I have been a big fan of how the base beer has been aging since its release, but the way the bourbon barrel has treated this is an absolute improvement and a joy to drink. So complex with explosive flavor. (1,371 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared by Photekut at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Pours a dark caramel brown, not much of a head. Not much to look at, fortunately it ain't the looking at that really concerns me.

Tons of bourbon barrel in the nose, caramel and oak, vanilla, this is obviously going to be a sweet as fuck malt/barrel bomb.

Taste is oak and bourbon forward, lots of caramel and vanilla, some booze, very rich and sweet as predicted.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick, it's still pretty hot and there's not a lot of carb, but that's to be expected in a beer like this and I'm not complaining.

Delicious. Probably not quite worth the hype, but still damn tasty.

8.4/10 (651 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,366 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (926 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
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... (2,446 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of codysjb
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (884 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of ediaz
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (2,437 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (561 characters)

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
97 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.