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

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000
BA SCORE
98%
Liked This Beer
4.58 w/ 663 ratings
Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
663
Liked:
650
Avg:
4.58/5
pDev:
7.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
601
Gots:
61
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 663 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of cadaugherty
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Big thanks to seeswo for this! Poured at the Bruery, 5/5/13 Clusterfork.

A: Pours a dull, opaque black with a vanishing tan head. No lacing or head.

S: A complex mix of dark fruit, rich caramel, a dusting of cocoa. A touch of molasses and roasted malt. The nose is on the lighter end in terms of strength. Sweetish.

T: Very rich, similar to the nose: caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, and dark fruit (fig), and light barrel character (oak and bourbon). There's an alcohol burn toward the finish, and a light sweetness which really supports the other flavors.

M: Medium carbonation and full bodied. Mouth coating.

O: Delicious. A big, complex beer with lighter barrel character. Definitely a sipper, but not too rich to drink a lot of. A substantial improvement over the non-BA version of Batch 9000.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Review #500 - Thanks to Jeff for the hand bottle! Black-hole black with a small, deep-tan head. It's probably more appropriate to call it a skin than a head, as even after an aggressive pour, it barely reaches a millimeter in height. It may be due to the hand-bottle, but I have a feeling the carb on this one was towards the lower end of the spectrum anyway, so hopefully that wont impede things too much. Obviously no lacing was present, but heavy alcohol legging certainly was.

Whoosh! I dip my nose to the glass and a huge wave of bourbon flies over me immediately. A plethora of flavors begin crashing and colliding - molasses, oak, caramel malts, deep, bitter cocoa, faint vanilla, and huge patches of black licorice and anise. BB Batch 9000 doesn't have the bitter coffee or heavily roasted malts you'd expect in any stout - namely because this ISN'T a stout, although its appearance may lead you to believe otherwise.

Holy mole! The aroma was heavy. But the flavor is even heavier and so much more potent. Deep chocolate, sweet, sweet brown sugar, heavy and thick molasses, tons of up-front bourbon, dry oak and wood, mild nuts, and an overpowering, back-end anise flavor. Just touching the beer to your upper lip is enough to extract these crazy powerful flavors from the brew.

There's no doubt this beer is complex beyond belief. So many things going on, and warmth only opens up the portfolio even further. Dark dates and figs, heavy anise, dry cocoa powder, sticky and syrupy maple notes, barrel-induced vanilla - all, of course, dancing on your palate to the tune of warm, boozy bourbon. Each sip demands so much attention that it's easy to sit and nurse a six ounce pour for at least a half hour or so.

Let's be honest here - this beer is very bourbon-forward and quite warm, approaching "hot" territory, especially in the finish, but Bourbon Barrel Batch 9000 still retains much of the high, sticky sweetness that was evident in the base beer. It's definitely more manageable here, though, as the barrel-aging has allowed it to mellow out, and help cut through what's left of it. It's got an even heavier and thicker body, smooth mouth feel, chewy and oily with low carbonation - again, most likely due to the hand-bottling. I feel as though it wasn't detrimental to my experience of the beer at all.

This is a good beer, it really is. And I can see why people go crazy over it. But I don't love it like the masses, and there are three main reasons why. For one, it's a little too hot to be enjoyable in mass quantity. Not a major drawback, but a drawback nonetheless. Two, it has a little too much anise for my liking; just not a flavor I'm very fond of in this capacity. And three, it's still quite over-the-top in terms of sweetness. Regardless, it's a finely crafted barrel aged brew that's a large improvement over the base beer, but give me Black Note any day.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Friday Night Flights, Party Town, Florence, KY. The pour is a dark, tawny color with a very thin head that quickly dissipates down to a trace of lacing (not uncommon for barrel-aged beers). The nose is somewhat subdued. I get bourbon, chocolate, and a leathery kind of note.

Full-bodied with a slick, oily feel. Very bourbon-forward up front with big notes of caramel, treacle, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. In the back of the palate there are cherry-like flavors that combine with the bourbon notes and alcohol to create a massive port-like flavor. The beer finishes like a big ruby port - rich, fruity, and very boozy and liqueur-like. Would make a great dessert sipper and could stand up to the strongest cigar you've got.

Overall, an absolutely stellar beer. This ``mere'' American Strong Ale could almost pass for Bourbon County Brand Stout. The flavor reminds me of Asbach Uralt (those expensive brandy-filled dark chocolates from Germany). Liquid dessert. Phenomenal.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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3/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pracna. What an awesomely executed beer event this was. They've certainly earned themselves a new customer today. From notes:

Dark cola brown body with minimal clarity. A fine oily ring of carbonation clings to the glass... not a very lively looking beverage. By the looks of it, I'd venture to guess that there's some alcohol in this one.

Sweet bourbon all over the nose. Caramel and brownie, milk chocolate, burnt vanilla, pitted fruits and a warming alcohol character.

Big old fuckin' beer... charred oak flavors meld with vanilla, brownie, bourbon... creamy dessert sugars linger on the palate alongside fresh tobacco and molasses. Dynamic and challenging.

Very glad to have finally had the chance to try this one on for size.

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Photo of mnphish
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed about 2 hours ago on tap at Pracna on Main in MPLS. Reviewed from fresh memory and some notes. 5 oz. pour.

A dark brown/light black with a small tan head. The nose reeks of bourbon, dark chocolate and dry-dark fruit, nuts, oatmeal, a small roast character, and loads of oak and vanilla. The taste follows suit with a punch of chocolate covered cherries.

It has a medium-full body with a light warming effect and small doses of booze. This is really close to perfection. Could I pretend this beer has something negative about it? Absolutely not, it is simply otherworldly. Cheers Bells!

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of timc100
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes from Thanksgiving '12

A: Dark dark dark dark brown with a thin instantly dissipating khaki head

S: WOW big and boozy, but not necessarily bourbon booze, just a big fresh strong ale. Creamy oak and vanilla, strong licorice, big tart cherry, and rich milk and some dark chocolate.

T: Like a lush rip tart michigan cherry filled with bourbon and dipped in chocolate. Very hot and complex. Bourbon vanilla and caramel sweetness throughout.

P: Chewy, very chewy. Full bodied light carbonation. Complements the other elements perfectly

O: Just fantastic, wonderful, brilliant beer. The Bells fridge was packed with these guys and I didn't know what was in front of me. Though pricey, if I could go back and buy 3 more for the cellar I would have. Amazing stuff

I am sure age will do wonders. 96/100


Revisited 12/26/2014 bottle 397

An incredibly intense beer that is all over the place yet still all in the right places. Age has smoothed out some of the boozier edges, but it has not lost any of it's intensity - more concentrated.

Huge, rich dark fruits and barrel. A slightly tart black cherry particularly, molassas, a little bit of that anise comes through, soft vanilla and coconut, toffee and oak. The bourbon works wonderfully and imparts a caramel and vanilla booziness.

Knock out, one of a kind beer. 100/100

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Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 98% out of 100 with 663 ratings
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