Bell's Traverse City Whisky Barrel Coffee Consecrator | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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86
very good
24 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BEERchitect on 05-20-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
24
Reviews:
3
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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2
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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clager
2.71/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SerialTicker
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One-Eyed Betty's a few weeks ago... got just a sip of this, so I don't have a ton to say.

The coffee flavor in this is great -- it's not acrid or bitter, it's just a clean, light roast coffee flavor that suits this style perfectly, as it's sweet. The whisky barrels add a typical nuance of oak and vanilla that tie it all together. Wish I would have gotten myself a glass of this, but... hopefully some other time. My mind wasn't blown, but I hugely appreciated the way they incorporated the coffee into this one.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kidzord
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel brown color. Beige head.

Massive amounts of coffee snow here. A nice dose of whiskey and lots of oak. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some heat.

Medium to full bodied. Smooth. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice beer. Very surprised by how much different it tasted than the base beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KrissyKat6
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lots of coffee, thick, sweet. In love.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dvmky
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gutbuster
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The savory sweetness of dopplebock gets a facelift in the capable hands of Bell's brewers. With a sprinkle of earthy coffee and a dash of whisky-soaked oak balances the inherent sweetness of the malt-heavy beer while adding a multitude of complexity.

Dark brown and brilliantly clear, the handsome lager is deep with mahogany while a soft creme-like froth swirls on top. Its strong and earthy perfume also swirls with coffee, whisky and charred caramel. To taste, the sweetness layers on the front of the tongue with toffee, toasty, nutty and almost chocolaty malts.

As the sweetness is long-lasting, the rich middle palate takes on the classic savory umami-accented complex malt character that's necessary for proper dopplebock. But the additions of coffee bring out the beer's natural earthiness- seeming of candied pecan and columbia blends. And alas, the spice of whisky does more than simply balance the malts, but ushers in an oaken, boozy afterglow.

Full-bodied and robust from start to finish, the beer's texture is bready and sultry with toasted char. Its prickling whisky finish extends beyond the bitterness of hops and java that carries its own broad and woodsy bite. Finishing spicy and sweet, the lager lingers with coffee and and drunken oak.

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Bell's Traverse City Whisky Barrel Coffee Consecrator from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.07 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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