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

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 616
Gots: 68 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

vitters03, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

sbricker, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

coz, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

carrollmel7, Nov 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

olliegaff, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ASUBeer, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with a dense cocoa colored head. Nose is straight dark chocolate with heavy waves of cherry skin. Vanilla comes through strong with some caramel, molasses and oak at the finish. Taste is similar, very sweet with dark fruit and chocolate. The vanilla mellows out the sweetness and smooths out the flavor. Mellow carbonation and sticky body. Overall, the barrels have been nice to batch 9k.

homebrew311, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

mattafett, Nov 17, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to eyeenjoybeer for the share....

Pours a dark brownish black with a dissipating head, pretty much expected. The nose is probably the best part of the beer for me... subtle bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, molasses.... very nice. Taste is sweet and complex. The barrel has really improved the base beer significantly. It rounded out all of the odd edges that hurt the base. The bourbon comes through just enough, along with the molasses and raisin sweeness. Finishes with a lingering sweetness that is a bit sticky... but if you've ever had the standard 9000 that is to be expected. The barrel may have thinned it out just slightly, but the mouthfeel is pretty much the same as the base.... a bit syrupy, but nothing too over the top. Overall, this was really darn good and an improvement on the base beer. I'm in the group that didn't really enjoy the base beer fresh, but it has grown on me the last 3 years. I was really excited to try the barreled version, and Bell's didn't disappoint.

khumbard, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

je1129, Nov 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Cyclone8, Nov 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a large tulip glass.

A - jet black, completely opaque, perfect head. Inviting indeed.

S - Bourbon and sweetness calling my name.

T - So rich in flavor, perfectly sweetened, the bourbon aging is very nice. Lots of complexity.

M - This has a lighter weight to it than expected. There is no alcohol burn on this at all. Hard to believe it is 14.9%! Perfect carbonation as well.

O - I wish this beer were perpetually available for me to enjoy. Dear God.

josephwa, Nov 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

YalovaIA, Nov 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

dsuedbeck, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

mcbeerbrew, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

SaxmanRick, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mcbeerbrew for this whalez,bro

A- Pours dark as night with a small white head that runs away

S- Pow bourbon! Tons of boozy sexy bourbon hits your nose with a background of sweet malts and chocolate, I am very excite!

T- Lots of chocolate and bourbon here. It's quite similar to bourbon county except without the last layer of complexity (no coffee). Super good, definintely worth the hype

M- Nice and thick like I ike in my big bourbon beers (and women)

O- Simply fantastic, can't say anything bad about this beer

pschul4, Nov 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

imfrommichigan, Nov 15, 2012
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4.95/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bryant lake bowl. Huge fan of batch 9000 so very excited to try this!

A-a generous pour served in an oversized snifter yields a finger of large bubbled tan foam that breaks down into a lacing and finally a small ring half way through the drink. Black
S-bourbon yes but so much more than that. It does still smell like the non-barreled version dark sweet fruits (raisin rum molasses and vanilla aromas all very prominent). Delicious
T-the aging has made this beer sweeter than the younger in barreled version. It is definitely sweet but not cloying. I'm a fan. The bourbon is here but is not overpowering at all. Plenty of sweet and toasted malt. Finish is smooth and a bit muscat-like
M-heavy body, low carbonation and smooth
O-yep I like this beast. The sweetness drowns out the alcohol bite. All I get is a little burn way down deep to let you know this is a brew to savor not slam

deebo, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cmannes, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

rjm217, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Schlais, Nov 14, 2012
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
100 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.