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

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

605 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 613
Gots: 66 | 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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cp45

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-16-2013 00:43:16 | More by cp45
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Mcvs1507

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-14-2013 04:05:25 | More by Mcvs1507
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woodchopper

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-13-2013 16:19:32 | More by woodchopper
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brystmar

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-13-2013 03:54:43 | More by brystmar
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JerryM1984

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-13-2013 02:27:01 | More by JerryM1984
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MCImes

Minnesota

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!

05-12-2013 18:02:05 | More by MCImes
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Hopbully

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-12-2013 05:55:12 | More by Hopbully
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elliott1184

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-12-2013 01:51:42 | More by elliott1184
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4/5  rDev -12.5%

05-12-2013 00:19:48 | More by HarmonMW
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opwog

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-11-2013 04:44:56 | More by opwog
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-10-2013 14:48:43 | More by twenty5
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joshthebearJu

California

3.25/5  rDev -28.9%

05-10-2013 04:15:24 | More by joshthebearJu
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POTABLE83

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-09-2013 19:07:20 | More by POTABLE83
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hopazoid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-09-2013 05:47:56 | More by hopazoid
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Rogorama

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-08-2013 23:59:51 | More by Rogorama
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-08-2013 23:35:15 | More by striker2160
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-07-2013 23:39:12 | More by cadaugherty
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otrejo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-07-2013 17:32:17 | More by otrejo
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -7%

05-07-2013 13:36:53 | More by tommyguz
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coffygrinder

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-07-2013 10:25:31 | More by coffygrinder
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

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.

05-07-2013 05:27:08 | More by pmarlowe
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tectactoe

Michigan

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.

05-07-2013 03:21:19 | More by tectactoe
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-06-2013 19:09:03 | More by lonewolfcry
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

05-04-2013 23:02:43 | More by ejimhof
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%

On tap at Friday Night Flights, Party Town, Florence, KY. The pour is a dark, tawny color with a very thin head that quickly dissipates down to a trace of lacing (not uncommon for barrel-aged beers). The nose is somewhat subdued. I get bourbon, chocolate, and a leathery kind of note.

Full-bodied with a slick, oily feel. Very bourbon-forward up front with big notes of caramel, treacle, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. In the back of the palate there are cherry-like flavors that combine with the bourbon notes and alcohol to create a massive port-like flavor. The beer finishes like a big ruby port - rich, fruity, and very boozy and liqueur-like. Would make a great dessert sipper and could stand up to the strongest cigar you've got.

Overall, an absolutely stellar beer. This ``mere'' American Strong Ale could almost pass for Bourbon County Brand Stout. The flavor reminds me of Asbach Uralt (those expensive brandy-filled dark chocolates from Germany). Liquid dessert. Phenomenal.

05-04-2013 19:43:38 | More by deadonhisfeet
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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