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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

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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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet with cocolate coffee. Alcohol spice but 10.5% disguised by flavour. Smooth. Was drinkable with food, but turkey and veggies was not the right choice on my part, but Bell's non-pasteurization a concern and did not trust it's robustness for a further 24 hours until I could fridge it .Cloudy dark mahagony colour. Spice was lemon and possibly pear and pienapple.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 19:49:26 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Turbid, crimson-infused, dark caramel brown topped by a large, thickly creamy head of light caramel brown. Absolutely gorgeous, a world-class appearance. I allowed the head to peek over the top of the glass and it's just now dropping below the edge and beginning to deposit thick sheets of pocked lace.

The nose is full of butterscotch and brown sugar as well as intensely fruity, almost perfumy, hops. The label says that Batch 6000 is a 'barley wine style' beer, not an old ale, but those styles are blurred anyway. What does it matter when the aroma is this incredible? A wee lack of power and the barest whiff of alcohol keep it out of perfect territory.

Bold, complex, delicious. The beer is hugely malty with a sweet, whisky-like flavor that is reminiscent of Drambuie, or perhaps dark rum. Again, dark caramel and dark brown sugar are in the forefront with a supporting role played by light molasses. An impressive hop load (still fruity, floral and resinous) keeps it from being over-the-top malty.

This is quite the concoction. I find myself sipping and savoring, attempting to wend my way through the layers of flavor and texture as I allow the beer to slowly meet its fitting end. The body/mouthfeel is amazingly full and mouthcoating without being thick and syrupy, and the more than double-digit alcohol is extremely well-cloaked.

Batch 6000 makes me primed and ready for Batch 7000. I'm sure that it won't be this same style, but if Bell's puts the same care and effort into 7K as it has into 6K, then we're in for (another) treat. This is a wonderful beer, from the top of my lace encrusted glass to the fast approaching bottom of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 22:56:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy dark amber color and a modest head that retains and laces well

Smell: Caramel base with a complex woody aroma of earthy hops

Taste: Caramel malt and a touch of anise up front with earthy bitter flavors on the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Three years old and wonderful example of the complexities of oxidation

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 20:20:53 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rich O's Gravity Head 08:

Retired, but not dead! I thought my opportunity to drink this beer was religated to a distant dream. But nay, nay... it's alive and well. That first smell become as mouth watering as any beer I have ever tried. A plethera of fruitcake, rum, dehydrated fruits, intense malts, and herbal hops... all wrapped into a blanket of confectionate sugars that meld the beer well. Flavors come together that the individual flavors are difficult to separate. Sweet fruits and alcohols provide the base for nuts, berries, spices, and soft herbs. Texture is smooth, lightly carbonated, soft, and nicely weighted on the toung. Finishes with a linger of warming alcohols and soft sweetness. Much like drinking a 10.5% cotton candy. Nearly ideal for an Old Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 19:56:57 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great to get a chance to drink this even down here in NC,pours a deep hazy amber with a nice tight white head atop.Deep raisin aromas with a touch of alcohol and brown sugar lingering.Big chewey mouthfeel lends itself well to the raisiny,caramel sweet feel to this beer.Almost like a nutty port sipping finish not much noticable hop just a light herbal note,a damn fine beer Iam glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 01:10:52 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured off of its sediment its still a slightly hazy mahogany beneath a short cap of orange-tinted tan. Aging may help to compact the sediment and leave a clearer ale with a less yeast influenced flavor. The head retention is surprisingly good considering the alcohol content, and it maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the glass that leaves some spotty lace. The nose is astounding! It's fresh and vibrant with hop notes of resinous pine and spruce, orange, lemon peel, and pineapple; as well as a yeast-derived fruitiness that combines with the malt to deliver cherries, prunes and raisins above some light cocoa and caramel. Some limited alcohol also adds a touch of spiciness. The body is full and it's very fine, natural carbonation is just enough to awaken the tastebuds while leaving it velvety and smooth. The flavor delivers the same brilliant hop attack that the nose does, but it's wrapped in rich, soft maltiness. Caramel tones dominate where the hops let the malt come through, and there are only hints of cocoa and chocolate. The fruitiness remains, however, and dark fruits wander in and out at the edges. Some odd notes of wood and honey - and even banana - can sometimes be found as well. It's quite complex but also unrestrained in its youthful state... a year's aging will clearly make a huge difference in rounding it's unbridled character! It finishes surprisingly dry considering its girth, and pineyand citrusy hop flavors linger on the palate along with an austere but non-menacing bitterness. Most impressive! This is a take-no-prisoners barleywine that's best reserved for those who know what they're getting into!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 21:53:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

They say this beer is too young and needs to be aged longer to be appreciated better. Well, Hell, I got a case, and I can save some and see, but this is beer drinking and not pedophilia, so what's the damn harm?
I've let it cool, I've let it warm up, and now it's time for this hotly anticipated bottle to be opened and slide down into a favorite glass (Maredsous for this sampling)...and so...the uncapping is done with my talking Homer Simpson bottle opener, "MMMM...beeeer" he says, and what could be more appropriate and celebratory? "Heh, heh, he, heh,...yes, oh, yes, WOO-HOO!", he continues....as well he should...
Appearance: color, a deep, murky magenta, with a solid, sturdy, creamy toffee-tan head resting proudly atop.
Aroma: lush, rich, ancient, a perfect match of hops and malt, as if they got together and decided to do it as a team, no one member standing on top of this duo, there's a large quality here, with the full integration of the parts standing together and giving a true character of the brew, rather than "fruity", or "malty", it is what it is...and it's damned good! Sweetness and spice, burnished brandy, pure perfection.
So, taste, already! On the lips and down the throat, sublimity, son, nothin' but, honest to Grandma ...wow! It has that stop-you-in-your-tracks effect, this utter washing-over effect, that I've experienced with only a precious few brews. So, sip again...How to describe? It's thick, woody, fruity, mouthfilling, powerful on the palate, richly rewarding, an instant friend in your mouth!
Amazingly mellow! There's little evidence of the profoundly huge alcoholic content, that comes soon, but you're sipping slowly, you're savoring, you're simmering in it, it envelops you in a mystical fashion.
This exceeds so many expectations I've imagined, and causes me to reconsider my thoughts on other barleywine-style ales. Has that power that the best Trappist ales have over me, of encompassing my soul, commanding my body, and uplifting my energies. Damn, I feel good with this beer in me, and not in an alcohol-induced fashion, but in the best way. Wow, I keep thinking, wow...I'm very to tempted to test this against their Old Ale, but I know it beats it. It beats many things...oh, what a wonderful ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 10:41:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Lee - thanks man! Served in a FoBAB mini-pint glass.

A - A late-rising quarter-finger of tan foam that dissipates to a light haze and ring. There's some spotty lacing as well. Murky raisin-colored body, with some suspended solids. Not much of a looker.

S - Potent barleywine aroma - not sure why this is listed as an old ale when the bottle says barleywine. Tons of raisins, dark fruits, caramels, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and bread. Quite mellow at this stage, but not overly oxidized - maybe a touch of sherry, but no cardboard.

T - Nice residual bitterness - I guess all those Nelson Sauvin hops ended up somewhere! Very similar to the aroma, with a plethora of caramel, toffee, chocolate, cherries, burnt sugars, and bread. I'm not getting the citrus mentioned by other reviews, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised after 6+ years.

M - Low carbonation, sticky, thick, viscous, and chewy. Not much heat anymore. Very nice!

D - I'd definitely have been happy to drink all 12oz on my own, but it's a sipper and not something where I'd be pounding down copious quantities.

I'm thoroughly impressed with the aging process in these big Bell's beers. I'm now curious to see if I can dig up some of the earlier vintages and discover what they may hold.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:07:46 | More by MasterSki
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a deep amber color, pretty low carbonation; when swirled an amber brown head is summoned from the depths of my glass. The aroma is of hops and alcohol. The aroma has components of grapefruity, caramel, and a certain hot alcohol spiciness. First sip; Wow, very thick bodied, like taking a draught of hop nectar. A strong malty presence is overcome by the even stronger hop character. Packed with both a hop flavor and a balancing bitterness. Definite grapefruit and citrus character contributions from the hop. The density of the malt contributes a ripe fruitiness to this beer that mixes with and boosts the fruit-citrus character from the hops. This is a really good Barley Wine, and it has perhaps rekindled an interest in Barley wines in me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 20:49:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chestnut brown hue with some ruby highlights, nice sized tan head leaves behind lacing in thin strips. Aroma: Insane pine cone scented hops, some Tomahawk like ones as well the woody and piney rich hop character with one hell of a sugary malt profile as well. Taste: Incredible wave of hoppiness comes over the palate with great caramel piney tones very big massive flavors here awesome. This is one big beer loads and loads of malty and what a hop profile incredibly flavorful. Mouthfeel: Another one of these beers that have so much texture and body that they're only a few steps away from being gelatinous, almost cloyingly big I think this one needs tucked away for some aging. Drinkability: Like I said big brew, in malts, hops, and alcohol. If you have more than one please cellar this baby right now it's roaring with flavors that come at the senses like a runaway train. One at a time, please so big just enjoy and let warm up.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 02:38:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/9/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of apples, raisins, dark fruit, caramel malts, and hints of sugar and vanilla. Great smell.

t - Tastes of faded fruity hops, and a little bit bitter. Also some sugar, dark fruits, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink for 10.5% ABV.

d - I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Some people at the tasting thought it had faded a lot, and I personally don't see if getting better with age, but I thought it was very enjoyable and smelled amazing. If I was sitting on some bottles of this I would drink them now, and would love to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 18:31:34 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no brewery dating. Poured dark amber, very minimal head, left intricate lacing. Alcohol and malt in nose. Heavy body, dense sweet maltyness, a boatload of hops come racing foward. Smooth and coating to the entire mouth, throat and stomach. Alcohol obvious in nose, mouth and brain. Superior example of the style.
Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 11:26:19 | More by Billolick
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is like candy, after you get your fix there is no need to go back to have an other bag of it in the same sitting. The lace is like dried sea foam left on the beach after a big storm. So creamy smooth in the mouth. Smells of rum raisin and caramel with a figgy aroma as well. Lots of malt flavor with a scathing sweetness that is smacked a couple of times by a stern hop bitterness and flavor.

Perhaps the most amazing brew to come from Kalamazoo Brewing and perhaps one the most amazing brews in the US. Shame it is a limited batch.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 01:18:56 | More by Jason
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chatnut that is completely opaque with faint yellowish bronze hues when held to a light source and a frothy one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Not much in the way o lacing.

Sweet, slightly roasty leathery malt aroma with hintsnof caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast and biscuit. There is some nice alcohol sweetness in the nose and surprisngly the hops have held up(in the aroma at least).

Slghtly chewy medium body that is surprisingly still hop forward considering that this was brewed in 2003. The 10.5 ABV is decently masked but there is still subtle alcohol sweetness and heat in the finish. Lots of leathery, earthy malt with hints of caramel, chocolate, toffee and bread. Again, the hops have held up surprisingly well adding some earhy dryness and complexity. This beer has held up wonderfully and I can see it continuing to improve for a few more years.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 04:03:38 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" of light tan head over a reddish-amber brew. Head shows resiliency, lacing is excellent, especially for the style. Aroma is deeply malty, with dark fruit notes, and a quick hops prick to it. Taste is sweetly malty, with a tart, dark fruit presence. Mouthfeel is good for an old ale, with hops character balancing the malts as time wears on. Drinkability is good for the style as well, with plenty of flavor to check out again and again. Glad numerous people other than Craig have set me up through trades and BIFs with good old 6000...

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 02:48:39 | More by ppoitras
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at the Premier (and probably ONLY) Tapping in the Twin Cities at Bryant Lake Bowl. I don't think the quarter barrel will last long. I saw many people walking around with their 10 oz flutes of this stuff.

The appearance was a deep and dark mahogony. Scarlet red hues jet through the nectar. A nice looking bone white head was long lasting and laced in sheets. The aroma was thick. Big time crystal malts, alcohol and piney, cannabis like hop aroma. The taste was exquisite. Bighuge caramel malt backing. Fairly sweet, but the hops win this battle. I don't know the IBUs of this badboy, but I'd guess it approaches 100. This beer has some character. It is so raw and abusive. The hops impart a great bitterness, some piney and rind like characteristics, and pure hop resin bliss. So what hops were utilized? Super A, Nelson Sauvin and Simon. I've never heard of them, but they kick some ass. Some may say that this beer is abrasive in its fresh state and needs some cellaring time. I say, "the hell with that!" Cellaring will smooth this one out and make it incredibly dangerous. But the fact of the matter is, this beer is dangerous in its current state.

If this beer had balls, you'd need a wheel barrel to haul them around.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2003 07:18:39 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I was going to use this as my 6000th beer, but since I have some Dark Lord, I think it is more fitting for that milestone, so I decided to sample this beer.

As it spews from the bottle, it settles in the glass a deep murky brown with ruby high lights, looks to be a bit of dross also laying on the bottle, so I will need to decant, the head is piled high on the body, the color a light tan and the texture creamy, as it slowly fades away, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet to smother the glass. Nose is musty, caramel sweet with hints of fusel alcohol also somewhat acidic, start is thick with malt, lightly sweet with a moderate to full top. Finish has a middling acidity, the hops potent as is the 10.5 percent ABV, leaves a definite tummy warming sensation, very dry aftertaste, quite a load this beer and quite tasty, and another winner from Bell’s, but its certainly not meant for the weak of palate, so drinker beware.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 22:12:47 | More by Gusler
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours a light tan head. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Rich and malty. Toffee, plums, raisins, cherries, and caramel. It seems as if the 'American' part has faded off. Not too big of a hop presence.

Taste: Sweet and overly malty. A lot similar to the aroma. Pretty much all malts showing and no hops. Very sweet. Chocolate, tobacco, dark fruits showing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warming. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends rich and malty.

Overall, this was a well aged bwine with lots of great flavors. It was slow drinking but enjoyable. I would have loved to try this fresh and see how hoppy it once was.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 00:04:05 | More by mothman
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Maduro, $4 at the pre-taste party

I have wanted to try this sucker for a long time...autumnaldave offered me a cash prize if i drank the whole pint in 10 minutes but i had to savor it as i will probably never see it again once Maduro takes it off

appearance: this thing is a hazy pulpy monster, amber-mahogany body with a nice foam lace

smell: pungent hop presence has weathered the years impressively, thick caramel malt, dripping pine

taste: pungent and bitter hops still strong, chewy caramel malt base, spice, light rye, buttery, matured booze, woody, raisins and other dark fruit. glad i got to try this one this long after the release

mouthfeel: nice full body, a hoppy milshake and a real treat

drinkability: definitely a sipper

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2007 18:37:31 | More by dirtylou
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have let this one sit a couple of months. Pours a somewhat opaque dark reddish-amber with virtually no head or lacing. Strong malt and caramel aroma, along with a touch of fruit. Full-bodied with an assertive malt flavor. Warming alcohol, caramel and hops flavors, as well as a hint of port wine. The finish is a little on the harsh side so I think this would benefit from some additional aging. Still this is a solid Barley Wine.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 16:58:22 | More by Dogbrick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy brown but settles like a thick murky brown sludge, getting close to black with some lighter yeasty crumbs floating around in suspended animation. Head about a finger high, tannish and thickly foamed but dissolves fairly quickly to a thin ring, lace is in sticky whisped strings and sparitc spotting. Smell is hugely malted with caramel wafting from the glass with a deep, deep dark pineyness of hops that lays in the back lusciously tormenting you to sniff deeper which brings out notes of ripe raisin and dark citrus, alcohol smokes through after each sip into the nose and right into your head. Taste is a whole lotta caramel malt, large and in your face, characterized in thickness with a complexing hop profile that really shines. The hops begin to start dancing almost as soon as it hits your tongue, those malts are just laying the groundwork here and keeping a great balance. Hops are somewhat abrasive, raw, and earthy, but in a good way, bitterness is steeped in pine, quite deep and dark, resiny, grapefruity deep soured and lingering. The hops pull up and take a seat on your tongue and hang there for the length of a road trip. Quite amazing! Feel is pretty smooth and heavy, full and lush, a bit pushy even, with a great finish of hoppy piney bittering that lingers on and on and on. An exceptional barleywine! Goes down surprisingly easy and the alcohol hardly makes its presense felt til much later. Some may not like the hops as much and believe them to be over barring, then age away, but as is; fresh, this stuff is wonderful! If Bigfoot had a brother this would be his twin.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 01:45:29 | More by tavernjef
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This could not have looked better. The body is a deep, dark brown with a tinge of orange coloring and has lots of sediment. The head is a light creamy brown and full of itself. It showed great retention and left big puddles on top of the liquid as well as some beautiful lacing along the inside of my Chimay glass.

Smell – Oh, this is rank. The alcohol-soaked wood is in full force here. This ale just reeks of oak. The hops are extremely sharp and brutal. The malts are heavily-toasted and full of rich caramel along with other refined sugars.

Taste – The huge oaky flavors come out nicely. This is definitely a big beer. The bourbon booze character rings throughout the tongue. I can pick up some incredible fruits. In particular, the Bing cherries, tobacco, prunes, and dates are very strong.

The malt base is killer. It is laden with heavy sugars. Cane has run amock here, infiltrating almost every aspect of this flavor profile. This ale is rich, rich, rich.

Mouthfeel – Almost full in the body with a strong presence of alcohol. The flavors are so extreme that your taste buds will work overtime.

Drinkability – Today is a personally special day, and I wanted to celebrate it with something extraordinary. This Bell’s offering was just the ticket.

Comments – I can’t imagine a finer ale that feloniousmonk could have included in this trade from heaven. He really outdid himself with this one. It was such a treat and so nice to celebrate my special occasion with this ale. A big, huge, BA thanks to Da Man Wit Da Plan. Cheers, bro!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 05:53:45 | More by RoyalT
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty close to what I picture as the perfect Barley Wine...Pours a cloudy cherry wood color...shit floating around....minimal head...the nose is an excellent precursur of things to come....rich and malty (caramel) nose with strong piney hop notes...almost some sweet rum like notes onthe aroma....the taste is loaded with malt and loaded with hops...evenly balalnced...a sweet caramel backbone...huge piney hop bite particularly on the finish (Chinook, maybe Warrior??)...the malt and hops complement each other almost perfectly...mouthfeel is thick, and rich...finishes with a strong piney hop bite...

It' s amazing how as you sip this you immediately are hit with the sweet caramel maltiness, but as it slides down you finish with the tight piney hop finish....

A well done BW....top notch all the way....and it should only get better in time...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 05:48:17 | More by ZAP
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce tall brown glass bottle just as the BA Database picture. A special Commemorative Brew, the Bell’s Batch 6,000 is exactly what it says.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a light hazy appearance. Nice tan head that laces well and covers the beer with a solid ½“ that has a very smooth surface occasionally dimpled with a larger than average bubble. Looks good.

Nose: Dark and fruity, this has a superb nose. Sweet malts, light spices and an oak-aged alcohol soaked dark fruit ending. Very fresh and a wonderful ‘nas-al-e’ experience.

Taste: Lovely caramel viscous feel, but smooth and mature. Warming at first and in the middle, but the ending is all about hops. A strong bitterness that grasps the cheeks at first when the beer is in the mouth, but later it slickly coats the throat and warms, after the beer is swallowed. This is an excellent Strong Barleywine, which is very much in the mold of say a Stone Double Bastard which I had earlier in the week.

Mouthfeel: Strong & immensely satisfying in the mouth. Huge bodacious viscous character that coats the cheeks and tongue with a very smooth, mildly warming sensation in the middle, but with a fantastic strong bitterness in the ending which endears me to this offering.

Drinkability: Given its 10%, and the heavyweight barleywine character, it is still surprisingly drinkable. It’s a sipper sure, but you do have to remind yourself of its strength at times.

Overall: Exceptionally good, after having spent the whole weekend drinking some awesome Strong Ales down at the Festival held at the Pizza Port in Carlsbad, this matches the best of them, and is the perfect ending to the weekend tonight. Very Good.

A Huge BigDog Thanks to xlperro for this beauty!!!
He gave me two of these, so I can cellar one – what a Gentleman!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 04:05:40 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beneath the stained mustard sky, an autumnal, violent plum dawn draws down upon the shore.
The predator mist carries orchard fragrances. Pink grapefruits. Rusty freighters. Humid, sticky sweetness of maples and brown sugar.

Welcome to the December gale.

Houses of flavor are built from this very maple timber. Sturdy houses. Safe from bluster and ballast, though not unaffected by the torrent outside. From their sugar windows are viewed scenes of caramel rock outcropping besieged by pummeling and unrelenting sequences of raw, icy grapefruit waves. Arranged with the mathematical regularity of a spiteful God. They just keep coming. And coming. The distant toffee lighthouse and its penetrating, protective prune-emitting beam are shrouded and pounded by wall after wall of cold, bitter fury and sinister bombast.

The hop furor subsides gradually.

Watching again from the window, the remnants of the tempest drip down from the overhangs with black cherry runoff. Everything metal begins to rust. The process, normally accomplished over years, happens almost instantly. Decaying metal is offset by the warm confines of the cozy maple-sugar abode. Light is provided by a warming sherry blaze in the hearth. As rough is the weather gets on the outside, it is positively comfortable inside.

The lake slowly comes back into view, with its ghostly shapes shifting and reforming. Eerily thick in its murk, but airy and sustainable and reassuring.

Remember weathering this one, my lad. It is surely a tale to tell your grandchildren. And for them to pass down. Generation after generation.

The foghorn echoes in the distance, sending chills down the collective spine.

Serving type: bottle

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