Batch 9,000 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Batch 9,000 - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBatch 9,000 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
14.9%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 7.79%
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
664
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  595
Gots
  60
SCORE
100
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Batch 9,000 - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBatch 9,000 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Double Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 664 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by EJJ1848:
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EJJ1848 from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +8.2%

Sep 30, 2013
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from hotpipes many moons ago. Excited to give this one a go. Thanks man!

From a 750 into a snifter.
Batch 11590
Bottle 1023 of 1502
Brewed with molasses and licorice and aged in bourbon barrels.

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, loose, fizzy, light brown head with horrible retention. Head fizzes down to some faint dots and a ring. Bistre brown body with very high levels of carbonation. A stream of carbo up the middle of the glass. Looks rather flat by the end of the glass. Not all that attractive overall.

SMELL: Awesome. Lots of barrel, but not only barrel is there. Bourbon and oak with light vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, as well as licorice and molasses. Some dark fruits and milk chocolate on the nose as well. Really bold and complex aromas. Lovely.

TASTE: Lots of barrel and hot booze initially. Very flavorful though, with oak, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon and alcohol up front. Boozy swallow with a big and lingering finish of oak, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, molasses, licorice and spicy alcohol. Light notes of bitter chocolate and leather linger as well. Flavorful and complex. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, however, goes down somewhat harsh with a burn at the swallow and finishes very sticky. Flattens out a bit as it sits.

OVERALL: This was excellent. The nose was spectacular and the flavors well worth pondering over. The look was lack luster and the feel a little too hot and boozy still, but those are minor complaints at this point. Something well worth the effort; very happy to have had the chance to try this one out. Cheers hotpipes! Always a pleasure.

Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -8%

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4.68/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Small head with low retention. Clear, oily, sticky lacing. Dark, dark, ruby in color, borderline black. Aroma includes some roasted malt, some alcohol, molasses, port and some beautiful bourbon. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and viscous, tongue and mouth coating. Taste includes molasses, some prune, some bourbon, touch of vanilla and brown sugar. The alcohol is well hidden. This beer deserves all of the hype that it has received to this point and will certainly receive in the future. God damn.

Feb 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #391 of 1,502. Batch No. 11,590.

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Batch 9,000 - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 664 ratings