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Bells Bourbon Barrel Aged Batch 9000

Bells Barrel Aged 900014.9% ABV. Imperial Stout from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI. On tap at 1702 Speedway Pizza in Tucson. Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. The head dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Aromas of dark fruits, nuts and a ton of molasses. Bourbon notes with some light vanilla and caramel malts. The taste follows the nose nicely with just a touch more bourbon and some added heat that warms the through as well. The Batch 9,000 base does come out with the dark fruits and heavy malt presence, but the bourbon barrel just really adds a layer of flavor that’s remarkable. Smooth bourbon, vanilla sweetness, caramel, toffee and nuts. Medium low carbonation with a medium-full body. Super creamy, rich and smooth this goes down nicely even with the ABV and subtle back end heat. This was an amazing brew and I only wish I could come across more of these as I understand they have special bottles of this in extremely limited quantities! This cracked my top 100 beer list easy. Too easily.
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This entry was posted on July 16, 2013 by in Beer, Beer rankings, Beer reviews, Craft beer and tagged , , , .

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