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

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - 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 (3439) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle at RBSG. Pours clear dark brown, thin tan head, solid lacing, but nothing special. HUGE nose! Just immense thick cloud of aroma coming off the top of this beer. Notes of chocolate, licorice, cedar, leather, citrus/lemon, red fruits. Flavours are spicy, with notes of red fruit, chocolate, cedar, licorice, lemon, leather, tobacco, coffee. Intense and gorgeous.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a darker brownish hue, decent haziness, decent offwhite head laces atop and dies to a small film, light lacing. Aromas are quite pleasant even after years: toffee and biscuits blend with some darker jammy fruits, nuts, caramel and bread. Hops have pretty much died out, faint floral and some light oxidation and cardboard. Initial is still fairly full bodied, toffee and caramel blend with biscuits, breads, jam and a touch of orange marmalade, chestnuts, and brown sugar. Nice aging barleywine holds up, finishes with lingering sweetness, faint florals, and a touch of nuttiness and cardboard. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
So there I was probably standing slack-jawed at all the amazing beers I had already tasted at RBSG 2010 Grand Tasting, when all of a sudden some awesome person poured some of this into my glass. Really canít believe I got to try this. Fruity, hoppy aroma with some apparent oxidization and mandarin oranges. Honestly, didnít know offhand what style 6000 was but the nose immediately tipped me off that it was a barley wine. Flavor is dried fruit, slight orangy hops. Slight oxidation but itís really held up well for the age. Carbonation is low, but fits well with the beer. I really really enjoyed drinking this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2371) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle courtesy of northernbrews at RBSG grand tasting. Thanks man. Pours a cloudy nut brown color with a small khaki head. Nose was classic barley-wine with complex fruits, nuts and grains. The taste, like the aroma, was complex with mildly roasted grains, mixed fruits, almonds, pecans and walnuts. The palate was full and malty with weak carbonation. Finished long and dry. Overall: One great barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle shared by northernbrews at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks, man! Pours a copper color with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Big toffee aroma with some citrus. The taste is toffee, caramel, citrus and a leafy, bitter hop finish. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7487) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
12oz bottle pours a transparent, deep copper amber with a ring of creamy white head. Nose is great, cherries, pine, cookie dough, light sherry, grappa. Flavor has faded now, sweet, cookie dough, orange juice, sherry, wood. The flavor is light compared to the nose. Some chocolate too. Finish is lightly astringent but full bodied. Still a touch sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Clear red-brown pour with a little carbonation and light tan head. Strong aroma with lots of toasted malt, molasses, and almonds. Very mellow toast flavor with some coffee and caramel. Suprisingly easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Poured a hazy, fairly deep brown with a thin tan head. First thing I noticed was the hops! Pretty strong hop aroma for a beer brewed years ago. Underneath the hops the aroma was sweet and malty. Some dark fruit and molasses come through. Flavor was sweet, but balanced by the dryness from the hops. Really enjoyable! Another goodie from Bells!


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