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Bell's Batch 6000 - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
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179 Ratings

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown with an unusually large amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Guessing it's yeast, but there is about a tablespoon or two of it. Short head, fair lacing.

Wet grain, fairly hoppy, fruit, fig, raisin, plum.

Wow, still packs a punch after all this time. Warm booze, sticky sweetness, still a big hop punch. Ends with fruit and some toasty sweetness. Burnt sugar perhaps.

Low carbonation as expected, full body, mildly slick, clean finish.

Really surprised at how forward the flavors are in this after so long. Really a nice beer.

jera1350, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing Batch 6,000 from Bell's Brewery out of Michigan.
Score: 70

2003 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 08/18/12.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color with brown to coffee fade. No head. Minimal oily lacing and really poor retention. 3/5

Smell: Caramel, raisin, and fruity malt. Not very complex. There is a faint hint of oxidation. 4/5

Taste: Huge doses of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel malt and plum. There is a hint of cocoa too. The finish is loaded with bitter, "warm" oxidized cardboard flavor that kills the upfront flavor of the beer. No hop flavor whatsoever. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, no carbonation. Malty sweet and "warm" on the tongue from the oxidation. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer is clearly past it's prime. From it's residual profile, I never would have guessed this used to be a hoppy American barleywine. I was glad to finally get a chance to tick this beer, but I wish I would have been able to do it a year or two ago.

Recommendation: Skip this beer, it's past its prime.

Pairings: Cherries.

Cost: $17.99 for a six pack.

jegross2, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 27, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bell's during Eccentric Day

Served in a snifter. Cloudy molten caramel color. The body is murky nearly unfiltered ciderish in appearance. Very minimal oatmeal colored head as the beer gets to the table. Moderate amount of lacing left clinging to the glass.

Huge aroma, very malt forward and this point. Deep caramel, burnt sugars and toffee aromas pour from the glass. Bits of bready malt lay just behind. Brown sugar and raisin can be noted. There is a bit of a lingering candied pineapple aroma from the hops.

The flavors mimic the smells rather well. Heavy malt sweetness, dark sugars and dark fruit. The slight hop flavor present comes off with a bit of sweet pineapple. The bitterness is noticeable but very much subdued. Very little heat and booziness noted.

Full bodied, thick Barleywine. Carbonation is on the lower end. Very chewy texture, the finish is on the longer side, very enjoyable.

I was very glad to see this on tap during Eccentric Day. This beer has held up very well. Flavors have melded together beautifully. While the malt has become dominant it does not become overwhelming. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

kzoobrew, Dec 11, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! markwise does it again with a beer that has been on my wants list since I joined ratebeer more than 5 years ago. Very cool. 12oz bottle, with gross looking muddy black inner bottle cap, pours amber – ruby – red with tan head. The aroma is musty aged pine hops, spicy hops, sludgy malts and a mild level of caramel off in the background. The taste is muted yet bold and thick. It tosses up pine hops that swing around the palate for a while before timid notes of spicy hops and musty sticky malts attempt to be heard. Still firmly pine hop forward flavor for this well aged beer. What is this, 7 or 8 years old by now? Great treat for sure.

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Bell's Batch 6000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
94 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.