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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

629 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 621
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:
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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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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@ 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.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.