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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 10-23-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
182
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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69
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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 182
Photo of proc
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Peppery, tropical fruits on the nose with light phenols. A good deal of green pineapple on the nose and tongue. I'd read somewhere that Bell's said 6000 isn't quite ready. While it is, perhaps, a bit green and will only improve with age, this barleywine helps you understand where the name for this style of beer comes from. It is an immensely complex spiced fruit salad that is physically heavier than most beer and coats my tongue and teeth like toothpaste; it is more viscous than most any stout I've ever had. Again, I get a strong Centennial note (as I do with most every Bell's since I started drinking Two Hearted) that helps knock up the IBUs while also calming the aggressiveness of the other hops and helping to bring out the almost cloying malt sweetness. Very citrusy finish. The malt-hop war in this brew is violent; the hops pull through by a hair. About as balanced as I can imagine a barleywine drinking and certainly as drinkable as any, this beer will only be topped by itself in years to come.

Valhalla in a bottle.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very dark brown color with half a finger of caramel head. There is no lacing in sight. The smell is a powerful blend of hops and alcohol. Just a hint of caramel left behind. The taste starts with roasted malt, very rich. Then the hops hit you, very sharp. I mean these are some ass kicking hops. A bit of alcohol left on the tongue. The mouthfeel is super thick and heavy. The drinkability is fairly good for a 10.5% beer. I really see this beer aging beautifully, but only time will tell.

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Photo of Jables
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy honey brown color with a medium tan head and a ton of yeast (its beautiful).
The aroma is big with malty sweetness and a lingering pine note, so the hops are present but subdued.

The taste is big up front with malt but that soon gives way to slick hoppiness that takes over. Alcohol is definitely evident. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. The finish is crisp and dry with hops all over the finish.

Its a little harsh as the hops are a little pushy, but this is an otherwise very balanced brew. This is a great beer but could be even better with some time in the cellar.

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Photo of Wildman
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a cloudy dark amber color and formed a huge reddish tan foamy head that didn't want to leave. A heavy boiling amount of carbonation is present. A heavy aroma of malt, caramel, plums and other dark fruits. A heavy flavor of malt, caramel, hops and some other elements I couldn't place. The finish was heavy with a slightly burnt finish. This one heavy, meaty beer that would definately do well with some age.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskellar.

Appearance: Burnished reddish copper color with a creme brulee colored head. Precious little retention or lacing.

Smell: Nice melt of smoky aromas and piney hops. Oaky and yeasty. Caramel malt smells underlie the profile.

Taste: A splash of caramel malt that immediately gives way to some bitter alpha hoppy flavor. Good maltiness and hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy in body, highly astringent.

Drinkability: Wow. This is a big beer. Good, but huge.

Other: The brewer (and I agree) recommend that this be put down for at least 6 months before consumption. We lucky few got to taste it a bit before it is ready to be released and it was quite rough and burly. Still, it's got the makings of something unique.

For the brewing geeks: Malts used - 2 Row, C-80, C-120, Flaked Barley, Roast. Hops used - Super A, Nelson Sauvin, Simon. I forgot to note th IBU

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