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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

625 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 613
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #914/1502. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Very dark. Flecks of red in the light. A few bubbles.

Smell - Nice bourbon and oak. Balance of caramel and dark roasted malts.

Taste - Follows the smell, but stronger chocolate malts. Oaky and bourbony. Sweet in the finish and slightly fruit back there, too. Reminiscent of the base beer.

Mouthfeel - Hefty, but not overly boozy. Sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a good beer, but I don't get the hype.

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look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from hotpipes many moons ago. Excited to give this one a go. Thanks man!

From a 750 into a snifter.
Batch 11590
Bottle 1023 of 1502
Brewed with molasses and licorice and aged in bourbon barrels.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, loose, fizzy, light brown head with horrible retention. Head fizzes down to some faint dots and a ring. Bistre brown body with very high levels of carbonation. A stream of carbo up the middle of the glass. Looks rather flat by the end of the glass. Not all that attractive overall.

SMELL: Awesome. Lots of barrel, but not only barrel is there. Bourbon and oak with light vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, as well as licorice and molasses. Some dark fruits and milk chocolate on the nose as well. Really bold and complex aromas. Lovely.

TASTE: Lots of barrel and hot booze initially. Very flavorful though, with oak, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon and alcohol up front. Boozy swallow with a big and lingering finish of oak, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, molasses, licorice and spicy alcohol. Light notes of bitter chocolate and leather linger as well. Flavorful and complex. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, however, goes down somewhat harsh with a burn at the swallow and finishes very sticky. Flattens out a bit as it sits.

OVERALL: This was excellent. The nose was spectacular and the flavors well worth pondering over. The look was lack luster and the feel a little too hot and boozy still, but those are minor complaints at this point. Something well worth the effort; very happy to have had the chance to try this one out. Cheers hotpipes! Always a pleasure.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, MI. They claimed Bell's told them this was "the last batch in existence," which, of course, drew the masses. I got the very last glass that was served. Almost didn't get to taste it at all. The bartender handed me my glass and then told everyone else, "That's it!" Truly humbled to have had the chance to try it.

Appearance: Couldn't really note too much about the color, since i was in a dimly lit bar, other than it just looking very dark. Held it up towards light and couldn't see through at all, even on edges. There was a thin light tan head at first that almost immediately dissipated into a small collar or ring around the outside.

Aroma: The amazing smell that comes at you before you can even hold it up to your nose – vanilla, toffee, molasses, licorice, maple, figs, wood and, of course, BOURBON! – is just the first thing to blow you away. Spent a couple minutes just enjoying the aroma before I dove in.

Taste: All the different complexities and flavors – the sweetness of everything in the nose, balanced by the roastiness and perhaps tannins released into the beer from the oak barrel – wash over your tongue in several distinct waves from the moment you first sip it to when it finally goes down your throat and then during the moments after that, when it becomes something altogether different. It's absolutely incredible. The alcohol is warming, not burning, despite the high ABV. Even with all that, you can still taste the base flavors of cacao nibs, anise & roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, full-bodied, almost a bit viscous (in a great way); coats your mouth. Perfect.

Overall: I was extremely pleased and satisfied with it. An instant favorite. Totally lived up to the high expectations I had set for it. Just wish I had spent more time drinking it so I could have enjoyed it longer, since I'll never get to enjoy it again. Pretty bittersweet. Wish I owned a bottle of this so I could save and share w/ someone for a special occasion.

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.