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

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606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 613
Gots: 63 | 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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bryang002

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-29-2012 22:02:11 | More by bryang002
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 21:42:03 | More by MarcatGSB
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dc55110

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-29-2012 21:30:52 | More by dc55110
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -29.3%

Had this on tap at mad mex in cranberry. Pour is opaque black with a moderate amount of light brown head. Beer is exactly what i would think, batch 9000 is there but the barrel is perfectly integrated, so it isn't as bad as batch 9000. The cloyingly sweet base beer of messy malt, sweet berry, caramel and toffee have the addition of a great bourbon flavor with subtle wood and vanilla nuances. Man I wish this was expedition stout and not batch 9000. The flavor gained the most in balance and is actually somewhat drinkable, where batch 9000 is not at all. The nose is still a hodge podge of too much sugar and malt. The barrel hasn't done enough there to improve much. The body is very thick, carbonation is a touch light, very dessert like with a chewy feel and rich chocolate notes coming in as it warms. I think bells is a top brewery, they show it here with their use of barrel, but have missed on there latest experimental big beers like batch 9000. Probably an attempt to appease those fans of underattenuated sugar malt bombs with huge flavor, too much sugar, and no integration (ie dark lord fans and the like).

11-29-2012 18:24:19 | More by cpetrone84
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JPortillo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-29-2012 00:22:47 | More by JPortillo
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-28-2012 14:19:06 | More by InspectorBob
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PDZ

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2012 02:43:10 | More by PDZ
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

11-27-2012 01:31:07 | More by AgentZero
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todisht

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-26-2012 21:06:09 | More by todisht
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Durb777

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-26-2012 17:07:15 | More by Durb777
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-23-2012 23:59:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Had on tap at Bells, review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color with purple highlights with a small tan head on top. Minimal head retention with thin lacing.

S: A little bit of bourbon, some caramel, and vanilla with some dark stone fruit and some molasses.

T: Similar to the aroma with more dark fruit, some plum and fig, with caramel, molasses, some bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and a slight nuttiness.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. On the creamy side, and rather smooth. Just a bit of warmth as it goes down.

O: Liked the this version much more than the unbarreled version, surprisingly easy drinking for such a big beer.

11-22-2012 14:52:07 | More by mdaschaf
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esullivan880


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-22-2012 05:35:41 | More by esullivan880
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archi348

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2012 02:17:11 | More by archi348
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

On-tap at FoBAB, from notes. Normally don't review small pours but a couple beers there warranted note-taking.

A: Pours a straightforward murky brown with a small light tan head.

S: Very rich and sweet. Melted caramel, coconut, thick chocolate, maple, vanilla, candied figs, slight waft of alcohol.

T: Heavy with sweet tannins and maple. Cooked sugar, toffee, lots of maple, oak and vanilla, butterscotch, warming booze.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: The barrel's influence on this beer is phenomenal, enhancing the sweetness without putting it over the top.

11-22-2012 02:08:36 | More by Etan
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Treebs

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -2%

Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in my FOBAB taster.

A: Pours a dark brown/purple color with a tan head forming on the pour. The head dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Pretty standard given the ABV.

S: Dark fruits, nuts and a ton of molasses. Bourbon notes with some light vanilla and caramel malts.

T: The taste follows the nose nicely with just a touch more bourbon and some added heat that warms the through as well. Again, the Batch 9,000 base does come out with the dark fruits and heavy malt presence, but the bourbon barrel just really adds a layer of flavor that's remarkable. Smooth bourbon, vanilla sweetness, caramel, toffee and nuts.

M: Medium low carbonation with a medium-full body. Super creamy, rich and smooth this goes down nicely even with the ABV and subtle back end heat.

O: I still can't believe the barrel really did this to the base beer as I though the regular Batch 9,000 was good, but nothing incredibly remarkable. I would definitely like to try this again and compare from the bottle.

11-22-2012 01:43:24 | More by Treebs
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

One finger mocha head. Black and appealing.

Smell of bourbon. Some bitter chocolate. Smell is on par with an excellent BA beer.

Taste. Wow. Sweet bourbon. Licorice. Chocolate. probably one of the best BA beers I have had. Lots of flavors that really compliment the bourbon.

Mouthfeel spot on for the style.

wish it was available to me in bottles. No alcohol heat to speak of.

11-21-2012 20:05:15 | More by Powderhornphil
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baker2gs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-21-2012 15:06:28 | More by baker2gs
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-20-2012 18:39:02 | More by imperialking
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-19-2012 01:59:18 | More by JimGlonke
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vitters03

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2012 00:47:07 | More by vitters03
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-19-2012 00:13:25 | More by kscaldef
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sbricker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-18-2012 21:51:39 | More by sbricker
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coz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2012 17:19:10 | More by coz
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-18-2012 02:19:58 | More by JebediahScooter
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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