Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.44/5 rDev -2.8%
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...
Serving type: growler
02-10-2013 03:00:16 | More by khiasmus
4.34/5 rDev -5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-07-2013 00:17:49 | More by Immortale25
4.34/5 rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Type: 10 oz pour on tap
From: Ashley's in Ann Arbor
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-06-2013 15:55:45 | More by SportsandJorts
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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