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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Brown Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by warnerry on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
663
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
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601
Gots:
61
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Halg finger tan head on a near jet black oily body. Aroma of bourbon, syrup, roasted malt, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Flavors are similar but stronger with dark chocolate, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, Creme brule and hint of licorice. Thick body and moderate carbonation with oily coating of the palate. This one gets better and better as its enjoyed. The sweetness is balanced nicely and the booze though strong at first levels out eventually.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much like a caterpillar that undergoes its cocoon, yet to emerge as a butterfly- the Batch 9,000 does much the same; with spectacular results. But the adolescent ale was a far cry from a worm, it was pretty special as it was but the bourbon barrel aging gives the beer a serious 2.0 upgrade.

Though the beer defies styles, the beer can easily be mistaken as imperial stout- Its ultra viscous density is as thick black as motor oil, and is further reinforced with its lumbered head that slowly generates on top and is short lives. The beer's foam character quickly succumbs to its sheer weight, alcohol, and light carbonation. Providing as much value for its brandy-like legging than its head retention or Belgian lace, the beer simply looks heavy.

Incredibly savory aromas nearly buckle the knees as the aroma of molasses, maple, and caramel join with a candied bourbon scent of oak, vanilla, and sherry wine. Deep, dark fruit notes all carry the scent of being soaked in obvious bourbon, but also not-so-obvious port wine and butter rum. Darker notes of chocolate, mild coffee, candied almonds, and soy sauce keep the waves of complexities wafting over the nose.

Just as delicious as the aromas promised, the flavors of molasses, toffee, and sorghum sugars all carry a slightly scorched and savory character that extends into the taste of bourbon, fruit, and maturity to come. Figs, dates, plumb, red grape, and light licorice notes fuse well with the umami-rich sherry, soy sauce, and chocolate notes for ultra complexity and variety of taste. All these flavors are awash with bourbon soaked oak- rich with vanilla, cherry, and light char. As the beer warms, more fruit vinous notes rise and keep delivering complex notes right down to the last sip.

Incredibly rich and mouth coating, the beer's sultry sweetness clings to the mouth and saturates those soft tissues with bourbon alcohol, light wine-like acidity, and seductive malt sweetness. The beer lingers with its weight and viscosity very late with only a mild quiver of alcohol dryness that triggers the beer's finish. It lingers indefinite, as its intent is to link up with the next sip- a dessert-like sipper for sure!

Where the original 9,000 demonstrated a strong potential for world class stock or old ale, this bourbon barreled version bridges in the taste of imperial stout, barleywine, and port equally as well. It's simply a magical beer that exceeds expectations!

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Photo of oline73
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Churchkey.

Pours a dark mahogany color with hardly any head. The smell is delightful. Reminds me of sweet cherries and almond extract. Also getting vanilla and some caramel. The taste doesn't disappoint. The beer is very sweet. Full of caramel, vanilla, and lots of dark fruit. The cherries note is there, but it is less prevalent than in the nose. The alcohol level is on the high side and it's a bit hot. The beer feels a bit syrupy with more tingly carbonation than I expected given the lack of head. The beer sticks to your mouth long after the sip is done.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed Jan. '14.

Thick, black pour, with a small khaki head that sank to a ringlet; no real lacing, but definitely had some legs. Admittedly, it's been a while since I've had the regular Batch 9000, but looking back, there were some nice similarities going on with this one...plus bourbon. Sweet aroma, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla, rum raisin, some barrel. Sweet dark sugars in the taste, candied dark fruits, tannic notes, bourbony oak and vanilla, hints of leather and ash. Medium-full body, slick, smooth mouthfeel, reminiscent of an old ale, possibly even close enough to be confused with a stout. The alcohol heat has mellowed with age, but is definitely still present. Definitely glad to have had the opportunity to try this, and I wish I had a few bottles of my own.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico's Novemberfest. Pitch black in color. Minimal head and still looking, but fitting for the style.

The aroma has rich, bittersweet chocolate blending in with the brown sugar and vanilla flavors of the bourbon. Some really nice dark fruits are there as well. Really nice balance of flavors and everything is extremely complimenting. Great aroma overall.

The taste has a little more of the dark fruit and raisin flavors to it. The bourbon barrel is again extremely complimenting and flavorful with notes of brown sugar and vanilla. The chocolate comes out as well. Awesome tasting beer overall, it comes together excellently.

The mouthfeel is thick and slick with very low carbonation. Overall, it was a fantastic beer. The barrel aging was pretty close to perfectly done as it was very complimenting without dominating the flavors. Everything came together in it excellently. Definitely the best beer of the day and maybe the best one I've had in a while.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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