1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

608 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 608
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 614
Gots: 65 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 608 | Reviews: 84 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of iHeartMNBeer
5/5  rDev +9.4%

iHeartMNBeer, May 17, 2013
Photo of carlosega
4.25/5  rDev -7%

carlosega, May 16, 2013
Photo of Franch
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Franch, May 16, 2013
Photo of cp45
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cp45, May 16, 2013
Photo of Mcvs1507
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Mcvs1507, May 14, 2013
Photo of woodchopper
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

woodchopper, May 13, 2013
Photo of brystmar
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

brystmar, May 13, 2013
Photo of JerryM1984
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

JerryM1984, May 13, 2013
Photo of MCImes
5/5  rDev +9.4%

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!

MCImes, May 12, 2013
Photo of Hopbully
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Hopbully, May 12, 2013
Photo of elliott1184
5/5  rDev +9.4%

elliott1184, May 12, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev -12.5%

HarmonMW, May 12, 2013
Photo of opwog
5/5  rDev +9.4%

opwog, May 11, 2013
Photo of twenty5
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of joshthebearJu
3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

joshthebearJu, May 10, 2013
Photo of POTABLE83
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

POTABLE83, May 09, 2013
Photo of hopazoid
5/5  rDev +9.4%

hopazoid, May 09, 2013
Photo of Rogorama
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Rogorama, May 08, 2013
Photo of striker2160
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

striker2160, May 08, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cadaugherty, May 07, 2013
Photo of otrejo
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

otrejo, May 07, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
4.25/5  rDev -7%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of coffygrinder
5/5  rDev +9.4%

coffygrinder, May 07, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

(Big thanks to seeswo for this! Poured at the Bruery, 5/5/13 Clusterfork.

A: Pours a dull, opaque black with a vanishing tan head. No lacing or head.

S: A complex mix of dark fruit, rich caramel, a dusting of cocoa. A touch of molasses and roasted malt. The nose is on the lighter end in terms of strength. Sweetish.

T: Very rich, similar to the nose: caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, and dark fruit (fig), and light barrel character (oak and bourbon). There's an alcohol burn toward the finish, and a light sweetness which really supports the other flavors.

M: Medium carbonation and full bodied. Mouth coating.

O: Delicious. A big, complex beer with lighter barrel character. Definitely a sipper, but not too rich to drink a lot of. A substantial improvement over the non-BA version of Batch 9000.

pmarlowe, May 07, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

tectactoe, May 07, 2013
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.