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

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 70
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 10-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

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

Pours an attractive dark brown / hazy garnet with a creamy tan head. Aroma has a noticeable hoppiness to it. Piney aromas & grapefruit combine with dark fruit and malt. There's also an underlying sweetness in the aroma too, almost like grape jam. As the ale warms alcohol can also be detected in the nose. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Quite amazing for a barley wine. Every sip seems to reveal a new chapter to explore. There are flavors of plum and juicy hops (grapefruit). Dig deeper and you'll find flavors of pine nuts and hints of buried caramel. The finish is bursting with hop bitterness, tobacco and alcohol. A lingering dryness remains on the tongue. Extremely smooth and drinkable for a barley wine of this strength. The alcohol is evident, but not overpowering.

In some aspects this reminds me of SN Bigfoot, but on a much larger scale. It's quite hoppy for a barley wine but the malt and alcohol help to balance things out somewhat. I'd love to age the rest and see what flavors come to the forefront as the hops settle down a bit. This is extremely well done.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a hazy, dark reddish/brownish coloured liquid, with a very small ring of white foam that leaves minimal lacing and has minimal retention. The aromas are of dark fruits, alcohol, various spices, heavy malts, and floral and citric hops galore! This is very caramel-y, malty, roasted, quite hoppy, boozy, spicy, and just downright complex! I have to agree with Darren that the taste of this brew is very hoppy on the finish and reminiscent of Stones Double Bastard, especially the 2002 release of that particular brew. This brew has a very full, viscous feel in the mouth. It also coats the throat and has an almost medicinal feel to it. The drinkability is excellent for a barleywine of this strength, but I am used to this from Bell's! This is an excellent brew, that is great drunk fresh now and will most likely only improve with some time in your cellar!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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!

Photo of BitteBier
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very attractive beer on the pour--an intensely red amber with considerable haze and a good finger-and-a-half of dense shortbread-colored head. By the time I reached the bottom of the glass, the bulk of it was coated with lace. The smell is both potent and pleasant with a good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Spice, yeast and grapefruit are lurking. Alcohol and hops bitterness are present (but hardly static) in the taste from sweet start to warm, lingering finish. A certain piney spiciness comes through as well. The mouthfeel is clingy enough to allow (perhaps even force) one to savor the flavors, but not syrupy to the point of annoyance. This is damn impressive stuff that likely will taste even better with some months under its belt.

Photo of faernt
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My my my. This is a Barleywine that is a session beer. It will be a short session because it is a whopper of a beer but it is beguiling. I've been opening this case slowly and tonight it hit its green light. It was brewed on 10.02.03 and came together this evening.
First of all it's a Bell's beer. Larry Bell is the best midwestern brewer and there are some really good brewers here. This beer looks like cinnamon amber. The head is lingering. There is just enough to keep it from ever going flat with amoeba like foam shapes attached to the sides of the chalice I'm using to drink it.
It has little smell after the first hello of the opening of the bottle. If you search for it by sticking your nose all the way into the glass, you'll get an English nose reminiscent of Old Ale.
The taste is so good I almost don't want to spoil it by writing about it. Hey! It's complex and wandering from hops to malt to spice and then into aftertaste which contributes to mouthfeel because the taste and the texture begin to blend and blur.
Like I said, it's a session beer! It's very drinkable and very powerful. What is best?...a really great short session or a memorable long session? Exactly.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Photo of cokes
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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

Smells like caramelized barley sugar and hops.
Syrupy, alcoholic and bitter...very much like Old Crusty. This beer needs a year or five.
Nutty, glazed, glossy woods and resiny spices and tree bark.
Sweet.
Long...the kind of "long" where you can smack your lips minutes later and receive a fresh charge of flavor.

Bittering hops of high quality sternly rule the mid-palate.

Some candied citrus-infused maple-flavored syrup.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch 6000 poured a dark ruby brown with small particulates. It had a thick creamy off-white head with fairly fine bubbles, that retained well - almost stout-like. It had a very complex flavor that's difficult to describe, there's a lot going on! It had a sweet malty start with a very hoppy finish - almost too much so. It also had a strong alcohol taste (almost mediciney) with hints of toffee, caramel and slight citrus. It was a nice full-bodied beer. I can appreciate the complexity of this beer, but it wouldn't make a good session beer.

Photo of granger10
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just had this beer after my Thanksgiving dinner as I am very thankful for having Bell's in my area and being able to experience all of the beers that they have to offer. This beer poured a deep ruby/dark chestnut color with a small to medium head that lasted the whole time. Lots of lacing also. Smell was of a strong hit of malts/hops/alcohol. Taste was very intense. A smoky flavor of syrupy malts hit my tastebuds first. This is followed by a yeasty/alcohol hit on my tongue. The finish is super hoppy for a strong ale and the hops sit in my mouth until the next sip. I have to be honest here, I noticed the alcohol but it really wasn't all that strong of a flavor. When I saw the 10.5% abv I was amazed. And come to think of it, it might be the turkey or the pecan pie, but I'm feeling pretty good right about now. The beer improved as it warmed and the flavor was quite complex and intense. However, the flavors did seem young and this one should be aged. I could see this being one of my favorites with more mature flavors. I gotta get more and age them for sure.

Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just awesome! Truly a remarkable barleywine and a remarkable creation in the world of beer. Strong pine aroma and taste greets you and then a malt body of fine creamy pudding luxuriates its way over your tastebuds. I wish I had this available to me in CT. One correction, this is a barleywine-style as I know it and not an Old or Strong Ale as indicated here. More powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Enjoy!

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

I can't decide if this beer is more red or more brown. Minimal tan head sits atop this attractive beer. Plenty of chill haze and particulate matter floating in the glass and of course yeast at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is great! Smells like half barleywine, half 2-Hearted Ale. Sweet malt, fruit and big citrus, piney hop aroma.

This beer is incredibly smooth for a fresh, huge barleywine. Rich, sweet malt and big citrus and pine hops are balanced to near perfection. Again, the flavor makes me think of a huge imperial 2-Hearted Ale. Fruit notes are there. Finish is amazingly clean for a beer this big. Alcohol is very well hidden. Only traces at the finish and a big warming effect.

Full body. Almost perfect full, creamy mouthfeel.
Very drinkable for a beer this big and bold. The only thing that would slow you down is the alcohol kicking in.

Overall, this beer is exceptional. I've had mega hop barleywines and mega malt barleywines, but this is the first one I've had that's big yet balanced, IMO. My one big complaint is that this is only a one-time release. I implore the good people at Kalamazoo Brewing to make this a regular seasonal brew.

Photo of mikeys01
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sixer of Batch 6000 arrived today on my doorstep courtesy of BA Sativen, thanks a ton! Couln't help but have one right away. Pours out of the bottle a deep ruby color with thin wisps of light tan head. Moderate carbonation and a very full, thick body. Aroma is an excellent blend of hops and malt, the hop character more noticeable than most barleywines, mouthwateringly so. First taste has more of a hop bite than I expected, but as I sip more the mellow flavors of molasses, malt, and just a bit of spice. The alcohol is fairly well concealed and this viscous brew is quite drinkable, even in its relatively fresh state. Finish is bitter on the back of the tongue, just enough to make you want more. One of the best barleywines I've had in a while, it may be young but it' s damn good. I'll have a hard time holding on to these for too long!

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

(disclaimer - K'zoo Brewing is my local and I love their beer and have enormous respect for the dedication that Larry Bell and staff show for producing great beer)

Aroma is amazing, obviously highly hopped. Pours a brown, deep maroon color. Very little head, will produce a tan head if agitated a bit. 2nd sniff produces a malt profile with caramel and maybe toffee smell with a hint of citrus.
Very smooth mouthfeel but alcohol does not overpower like some barleywines.
Flavor is truly wonderful, great deep sweet malt flavor, maybe a little bit of prune raisin ? but more than anything wonderful malt !!
Carbonation is light but adds a little bit of balance to a very "syrupy" brew. I am not a barley wine fan in general but I loved this beer.

Have to say this is unique beer, brought one 6-pack to drink over next few months and one to age for a year or two.
highly recommended.

Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of jackndan
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Batch 6000:

A really, really nice barleywine, out of the bottle. Poured a very hazy deep brown color. Lightly carbonated, did not flush up much head, even with an aggressive pour. Left very rich Belgian lacing down the sides of the glass.

Taste was remarkable, exceptionally complex, and very assertive. Clearly this is a brew that would age very well, but I’ve got no time to waste. Starts out with a profound sweet malty kick, that mellows just a bit in the mouth with some dried fruit/raison flavors that complement the initial sweetness very nicely. The mouthfeel is very smooth, allowing the layers of flavors roll over the tongue. Some fresh hops were noted, but this is truly a barley beer.

Very, very nice, I’ll have to pick up more soon.

Photo of Mitchster
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OG=1.109, 10.5% ABV.

Pours out to a murky very dark mahogany with sediment suspended in the viscious oily brew, forming a whipped, pancake-like light khaki head with cinnamon accents after a vigorous pour. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Retention is wonderful and lacing is excellent. Aroma is intense...fresh, oily green hops with resinous pine characteristics balanced with a sticky barleywine amber maltiness, warm doughy bread, rotting apples, prunes and raisins. Swirling it produces the sweet amber malt aroma of marshmallow creme, Hartz hairball remedy, and diabetic urine. Mouthfeel is initially prickly with an oily dense body and light astringency in the finish. After mellowing for 9 months or so, the mouthfeel is much softer and oilier. Taste begins with spicy pine and juniper, followed by rotting apples and sugary remnants of maple syrup. A blast of peppery alcohol warms the belly with prune juice and raisins mingling towards the finish, which consists of a gentle roastiness with hint of coffee and grain sack. The early bottle had a strong bitterness which offset the heavy malts, but the bitterness has mellowed by now and makes it much more drinkable. Hard to believe this is 10.5% ABV, but I'm feeling it...This is the kind of brew that gives you that pleasant buzz that just makes you shine.

Balanced, drinkable, rich, complex...A very good barleywine that will get even better with age. I bought a 6'er to observe. The astringency in the finish and the resinous hops have mellowed and add to the already wonderful complexity of this brew. Reminds me, in some ways, of Stone's Double Bastard with a ton more malt emphasis. Exceptional. At 9 months out or so, this is a King amongst barleywines.

Photo of Realale
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep slightly opaque mahogany. Just the thinnest wisp of a creamy brown head.

Nose is a huge blast of sweet treacley malt, dried cherry, raisin, citrus zest, rum and a ton of leafy slightly citric hop. Wowza.

As big as the nose is, the palate is even bigger. Incredible intensity of malt and hop. I had a swallow or two that literally curled my tongue. This needs at least two years in a cool cellar to integrate, but its a wild ride right now! Tons of malt, leafy hop, citrus, bread, molasses, caramel and treacle. Finish is incredibly long.

Great mouthfeel. Carbonation is just enough to keep it balanced. Very drinkable for what it is, but one is definitely enough for an evening.

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

Deep garnet with a small, but sticky tan head that leaves minor trails of lace down the glass. Green raisin, caramel, dates, a typical Bell's yeast character, malty sweetness and a healthy dosage of finishing hops comprise the deeply complex aroma. The malty, sweet midpalate is accentuated by dark fruit, toffee and caramel before the pleasingly bitter hops and alcohol become apparent on the lingering finish. Quite tame, but wonderfully mellow for Bell's take on a barleywine. Certainly delicious despite its youthfulness. Mouthfeel is viscous, though smooth and elegant with a creamy texture. This is very drinkable already and should age gracefully, smoothing out the few rough edges this ale possesses due to its youth. As the bottle indicates, this will be a great ale to hide in the cellar for a while (I'm thinking anywhere from six months to six years), but you won't do yourself any injustice by sampling one or two now.

3-16-04 (Five-plus months in bottle)

Pineapple becomes more dominant in the intoxicating aroma, along with dark fruit, but less pronounced hoppiness. Flavor now features a big chocolate covered hop thing that is truly delicious. Sweetness is rounded out with a nice toffee note on the long finish. Those doubting the aging potential of this beer should break one out and see where it is... it's only getting better.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another much anticipated "batch"...

Thick pour, dark nutmeg brown with giant yeast chunks locked in a suspension that looks like slow movement in the asteroid belt. Rock solid 1/2 inch head of ochre suds and incredibly complex laces. Forbidding aroma, steeped in hops but fiercely cinnamon toast in backbone. Mouthfeel is like maple syrup with lower than normal carbonation. Tons going on here, the malt is throat catching in spiciness but with solid elements of plum and raisin. The hops are massive, peek out early rather than waiting for the close. The smell works well to give extra sweetness and to help balance overall. Cripes, this brew is a stew, characteristic Bell's yeast tones and thickened to a gravy. The thick and somewhat gloppy (almost greasy) texture -- like Batch 5000 -- is my only question mark. Its slightly unsettling to me when I think about it too much. And of course, two bottles are set aside, right next to two bottles of Batch 5000 in the closet. Skoal!

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

Murky, deep chestnut with blood red highlights. Ivory colored head that settles soon enough to a solid layer & leaves a spotty lace. Lots of sediment floating around in true Bell's fashion.
The aroma is hops, alcohol, dark fruits and sweet biscuity malts.
A brutal hop monster. Full hop bitterness grabs your tounge & won't let go. The sweetness is on the verge of being almost too much as it tries to balance the hops, but this beer pulls it off. Caramel, toffee, raisins and oh so much tounge-numbing hoppy love. Alcohol warms you up a bit too.
Thick, viscous, resinous. Go ahead, pick one or pick all of them, they all fit.
Sure, it's green and raw and rough around the edges, but still way drinkable.
Into the cellar it goes for now & I'll be off to buy more to keep 'em company for a couple of years.

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh...my second and, very likely, last bottle of #6000 - poured today (25JAN06), about 2+ years from my original. Still deep chestnut, somewhat opaque and dense, with minimal head and lacing. Just a rim-job of bubbles... Rich, deep aroma of maltiness, with sherry-like qualities, and even some licorice, perhaps. Inviting, yet suggesting strength. Solid medium-plus body, and quite smooth. Perhaps not really chewy, but still a solid mouthfeel. Loads of caramel and brown sugar sweetness, which really lasts and lasts. Big-ass malt backbone! Hops are still present in citrussy/resiny form, yet quite subdued and muted from 2 years ago. Still, a top-shelf lupulin hit... No rough edges here anymore...smooth and, mostly, sweet. Verry nice! Glad I had a chance to sample it fresh and aged. Would not change my ratings. Thnx again to trbeer!

Prosit!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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(Orig review 11NOV03) - Batch 6000 poured an opaque chestnut color, with a fine, minuscule layer of bubbles topping things off. Most of the bubbles dispersed and tended to congregate around the edge of the glass, leaving a light web of lacing. I found the Bier to be somewhat chewy, with a much better than medium body. It passed across the tongue in an easy-going manner, taking care not to rough up the palate much, if at all. Oh yeah! The aroma shot some dark fruit notes my way, perhaps like raisins and currants, as well as a more-than-healthy whack of hoppiness. The flavor has an underlying malty sweetness, with suggestions of brown sugar intermingling with some fruitiness. The dominant aspect is a big hit of citrusy, piney hops, which take no prisoners. This is still a fresh, young Bier, and it has its rough edges, yet it is a definite keeper. Big thanks go to trbeer for sending a couple of these my way. I will TRY to keep the second bottle in the cellar for a while.

Prosit!!

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Photo of proc
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a powerhouse of a beer.

Pours out to a dark, ruby in the glass with a decent, light brown head that reminds me of brown sugar. The aroma is that of fruit with plums leading the way. The taste...man, the taste, where to begin. This beer has what I can best describe as a flavor explosion. It starts off with flavors or caramel and fruit with a nice hop presence. As it makes its way down the back of your mouth to your throat, the hops begin to grow and grow in scope of tatste until they give way to a slight winey, again fruitlike taste that smacks every taste bud you have. The ABV is exceptionally well-hidden.

This beer is good now. It will be unreal good with a little age on it.

Excellent.

Bell's Batch 6000 from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
96 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.