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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
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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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Photo of jera1350
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at New Bohemia.

Served in a tulip, the body is pure black with a thin little head of creamy khaki foam. The nose is full of bourbon, oak and malty sweetness. Huge flavor profile, but everything is just beautifully blended without anything overpowering the rest. Loads of malty sweetness with some dark fruit, chocolate and molasses, with a warm bourbon flavor that adds vanilla and caramelized sugar. Full bodied, with no trace of being nearly fifteen percent alcohol. The bourbon hints at it, but I would have guessed it to be ten percent based on how easily this goes down. This was so outstanding that I wish to indulge again.

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not pitch black, but dark with tan head.

Reminds me of a bruery barrel aged beer. Lots of smooth and warming bourbon. Vanilla, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malts. The licorice still shows. Always been a fan of that part. It's thick and ends with a little dryness.

I really enjoyed this beer and it was a step up from 9000. Very easy to drink! Worth a try!

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MSandahl23
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of denimdemon
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of HopsMatt
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stairwell2811bre
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/07/2012

Bottle shared by Javier at Strong Ale, thanks!

A: Brown bordering on black with a substantial brown head. Thick alcohol collar yields a cascading string of pearls.

S: Pronounced molasses, brown sugar, and bourbon. Notes of vanilla blend with lightly roasted grains and alcohol.

T: Incredibly decadent. Reminds me of a big Bruery beer, with monstrous brown sugar, bourbon, and molasses notes. There's some licorice in there, as well as fudge, vanilla, and a bit of soy.

M: Big body with medium carbonation. Chewy and sticky mouthfeel. Numbing alcohol sensation on the palate.

Photo of pcarney8
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Batch # 11590. Bottle # 1003/1502.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, cookie dough, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel and a bit of heat in the throat after each sip. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great barrel aged presence in the aroma and flavor.

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of KingCharles
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of claaark13
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for opening a bottle of this Scott, much appreciated. Odd to be so excited about a somewhat poor base beer tossed into a barrel. I guess it isn't the first time....

A - Pours deep brown, borderline black. Light tan, like an off-white head. Good lacing retention. 4.25.

S - Caramelized wood with candied dark fruits...and a slight heat. Candied plums, maybe a little more like a candied dried fruit (prunes). Very potent.

T - Candied raisins, caramel, light head in the middle, nice woody finish. Well balanced. I didn't find much of the sweet, malty black licorice mess that I recall from regular Batch 9000. I think the barrel turned that into the candied dark fruits, which I greatly appreciate.

M - Not as great as it could be. Lighter than expected, medium. 3.75.

O - Hard to judge. Very good beer, incredible compared to the base. Among the better of the style that I've had.

Photo of bryang002
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of dc55110
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.23/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of JPortillo
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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