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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

177 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 177
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 157 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by TripelJ:
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TripelJ

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Bell's Batch 6000 (12oz.)

The last of a 6-pack I purchased while abroad in Michigan, I both lovingly and reluctantly poured this amazing brew into my favorite snifter. Pours a deep, luscious blood-red, that decievingly looks black unless held up to a good source of light. My somewhat sloppy pour contributed to the large yeast particles that seemed to be floating endlessly in the vast universe of this coveted concoction. The head is heathly considering the high abv and leaves a nice sticky web of lacing down the snifter. The initial aromas are intensely sweet with figs and raisins immediately coming to mind. Beyond the candied sweetness lies the earthy barley which is embraced as it should be for the style. This one has most definitely improved with age. The taste is much more balanced than I remember on my previous samplings, which will contribute to a higher score overall. The intital burst of sweetness is now just right to prepare you for the rush of barley and hops in the finish. Alcohol is completely non-existant in the taste! This one coats everything from the glass, to the lips, to the mouth, to the stomach. The mouthfeel is full and creamy which makes for a delightful imbibing experience. Each sip leaves a lasting bitterness that never seems to quite go away. This is quite possible the most balanced and complex barleywine I have encountered. It is too bad this is only limited edition offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 06:54:03 | More by TripelJ
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jlmathis

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

04-11-2014 05:24:30 | More by jlmathis
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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Kansas

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South Carolina

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07-05-2013 00:10:00 | More by WOLFGANG
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jera1350

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:55:26 | More by jera1350
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Michigan

3/5  rDev -30.7%

03-02-2013 00:47:10 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-28-2013 20:50:21 | More by DmanGTR
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-14-2013 17:34:09 | More by BlissJunkie
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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jegross2

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:30:04 | More by jegross2
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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California

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Michigan

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Pennsylvania

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Indiana

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

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kzoobrew

Michigan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 20:22:53 | More by kzoobrew
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Texas

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-10-2011 03:34:41 | More by decadance
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 05:51:05 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-22-2011 16:12:35 | More by thewimperoo
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

11-19-2011 14:21:20 | More by mmcnaughton
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Pennsylvania

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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Bell's Batch 6000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
96 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.