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

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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
Ratings:
663
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
8.24%
 
 
Wants:
601
Gots:
61
For Trade:
6
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at Jerry's. Poured into a snifter. It had a brown syrup color with a thin beige head. I got scents of caramel and toffee and vanilla. The taste was sweet on the front end, with flavors of maple and brown sugar, rounded off by subtle wood flavors and finally a light booze finish. This beer had a wonderful rich velvety body. And I really enjoyed the subtlety of the booze, which complemented the ale without overpowering it.

Like sinking into the world's softest beanbag, with your favorite slippers on, in front of a warm fire, on a rainy fall night.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours near black with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing.

S- big chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel

T- caramel, toffee, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla

M- full body and medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy with some acidity.

O- very good beer. Had it on tap at Bells in October and that it was just ok, but it is a very good beer out of the bottle.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl as part of their Bell's tap takeover.

A- Pours a dark brown with a thin off white head that leaves a few lines of lacing.

S- Tons of barrel characteristics with bourbon, wood, coconut and vanilla followed by dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, burnt toast and a hint of licorice.

T- Barrels shine in the taste as well. Bourbon, wood, coconut and vanilla as well as raisins, black cherry, dark chocolate, molasses, toast and licorice.

M- Thick and chewy mouthfeel with lower carbonation and some heat at the finish. I couldn't help but compare the mouthfeel between this and the Black Note I was drinking next to BA 9000. This makes Black Note have a watered down consistency.

O- Simply put, this is a big ass beer. The best BA offering I've had from Bell's. The high abv prevents you from drinking more than 10 oz, but a great sipper.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, duckworths over christmas

I really liked Batch 9000 fresh (according to my review, apparently) despite its fierceness. The barrel-aged version is a real chore to drink. I cant even fathom drinking more of 12oz of this at any given time without dying. Huge boozy body, molasses, bourbon, fudge, bourbon, molasses, you get the picture. This is almost too much for me - a decadent sipper with bold flavor around every corner but damn near impossible to drink. Having this on tap was a treat - i have no desire to track down a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dblab with the hook up yet again. Didn't think I'd get a chance to try this one. Wasn't planning on reviewing this guy but this is just too good

750ml into gi glasses

A- looks alright, pours with no head.

S- aroma is huge, sticky brown suger comes first. Dark fruits, molasses, it's evident it's a strong ale rather than a stout. Reminds me a lot of Adam from the wood

T- huge. A lot like the aroma, raisins brown sugar, the base beer comes out much more than I expected, and is complemented well by the barrel aging. I'm loving it. Doesnt surprise me it's so sought after. Alcohol is big on the back end, but slips away as it warms.

M- medium thick body is perfect carbonation. The alcohol is present but it slips away as I sip on it (with 14% I'm probably just getting drunk haha)

I- this is a fantastic beer and a great representation of barrel aging done right. It's super decadent so by sure to have a few buddies who'd appreciate it share with you.i wish I had more regular 9000 to drink this side by side with. I did like the base beer a lot

If you like strong ales and old ales this beer is a must try! Easily one of the best of 2012
Dan I appreciate it bud!

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.49 out of 5 based on 663 ratings.
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