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Bells Batch 6000 Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Batch 6000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Our 6,000th batch is a special recipe to be brewed only once. It is a barley wine style; rich and strong, with a compelling finish. Well-suited for your cellar.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle shared by arminjewell. Hazy brown pour, no carbonation and an aroma of malty barleywine and strong booze. Flavor is sweet and boozy, malt, cherry and finished with a warming bite on the finish. Very good and holding up very well with age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle pour. Hazy copper brown with a kahki tight head that fades. Aroma is sweet sour metallic. Taste is sweet bitter malt and a metallic taste that finishes sweet and bitter. Palate is sticky and chaulky and finishes dry. Really glad I had a chance to try it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Pours clear reddish brown, bottle. Aroma has notes of toffee, dark fruit, some slight butter. Taste is oxidized, some slight cardboard, but compliments the toffee and dark fruit well. Pretty typical sherry notes as well. Aged barleywine to a tee, dries out well, even a touch of dry aged hops in there. Carbed well, but definitely on its way down. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle shared by Mike from Belmont Party Supply.
I was seriously surprised at how well this beer has aged. I never had a chance to taste a fresh Batch 6000, but this one seems to have held up really well. Rich, robust, and full of heavy malty aromas and flavors with dark fruits and sweet caramel. A wonderful barleywine that took me by surprise.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1333) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle from Chris - thank you! Sharp release of carbonation upon opening the bottle. Thin but healthy brown head that fades out over dark brown beer. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light raisin/date, nuts, and a tinge of underlying sweet malt. Does not smell degraded in the least. Oh wow - velvet smooth feel in the mouth with warm and rich caramel, toffee, subtle raisin/date, and smooth malt into the finish. I am completely in awe at how well this beer has held up. First rate barley wine.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Aroma has deep and complex notes of caramel, dried dark fruits, almonds/pecans, vanilla, wood, cereal, toffee and citrus fruits. Dark amber hazy hue with a small off-white head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is very sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice and deeply complex barley wine that has aged amazingly well. Loved the nutty, toffee, caramel malts and the fruity sweet finish. A wonderful piece of beer history and a beautiful work of art. Awesome!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Caramel, toffee up the wazoo, very much English barleywine on the nose. Deep brown, ruby. Nice malty sweetness at first, but lots of bitter on the finish; unbalanced somehow. Argument about whether the finish is due to oxidation or excessive hopping; I’d like to see this beer in a few more years.

From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle shared at Paul’s tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of toffee, brown sugar, molasses, caramel malts and light cinnamon.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Had this at the Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a hazed brown with a thin beige head. Oxidized to hell, chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied, chocolate, more caramel, more oxidization. Lots of chocolate, bit of M&Ms, soft caramel. The oxidization is huge, but ok mostly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle from someone at RBSG. Pours a clear amber/brown with dissipating sticky head. Nose is robust and nice. Toffee and caramel, marmalade and plum jam. Some decent herbal notes from the old hops as well. Nice bready notes pop in as well. On taste, it is round and full. Still very lively after all of these years with clean toffee notes that are spread on nice rye crackers. Some anise notes slip in the back. Finish remarkably dry with a citrus slant. Very good stuff.


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