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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.


Brodie's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Intense, rich, malty aroma - caramel, toffee, biscuit, moderate fruitiness, mild sherry notes, even the faintest hint of hops. Clear brown color, thin tan head, but good retention. Lots of caramel and toffee in the flavor, nice spiciness - a mix of peppery alcohol and hops. Solid hop bitterness. Lingering bitter finish. Medium-full body, slight alcohol warming. This is everything that a barleywine should be - rich, smooth, and satisfying.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige / tan head. Nose brings out rich notes of caramel, dark fruits and some light oxidation - which is no surprise given the age of this thing. Flavour is rich and deep, with loads of caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol. Extremely well-balanced, without any cloying sweetness. This is very bold and decadent. Not really any oxidation on this at all - very surprising, given this is 10+ years old! This sure has stood the test of time. Wonderful stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (2614) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Hazy deep ruby orange body with a light brown rim. Heavy honey and prune juice reduction on the nose. Smooth, fruity, salty. Thick, full bodied and alco warm. Long roasted raisin finish. K

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5129) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Shared bottle at local tasting, from my secret santa 2012. Pours cloudy dark brown with no head at all. Aroma is aged malty, cellar and dust. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Taste is rich dark bitter chocolate. wood and old malts, prunes and raisins, nice one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holmen2 (682) - NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Dark brown, no head. Strong aroma of alcohol, prunes, dates and toffee. Similar taste. Rather overwhelming.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (4948) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Very dark brown colour, low tan head. Intense aroma of molasses and oak. Very sweet flavour, loads of molasses, alcohol and oak, some bitterness. Impressive, but not really my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (2302) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Nest siste flaske på dette RB-treffet, og hvilken lykke! Dette er bare lekkert på alle måter, og med en linedansers eleganse. For mye av det gode kan fort bli guddommelig.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Why didn’t I save one more for my cellar??????????????????????????? Great barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle that I never thought I would get thanks deyholla! Pours a very dark brown with no head. Aroma is malts, dark fruits and caramel. Warm finish, nice malts and some caramel. Very nice, I know this is aged and that made it better. So awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12 oz. bottle (rbsg 2010 northernbrews - from notes). Pours a hazy cola brown color with a small off white film. The aroma had sweet malts, caramel, toffee, a splash of cocoa, ripe fruits, oxidation and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was moderately sweet caramel malts, toffee, cocoa, fruits, some herbal notes with some sign of the abv making an appearance. This had some oxidation, but was still drinking pretty nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Opaque brown pour with a thin tan head. Big malt nose with lots of toffee and caramel with some chocolate and heat. Flavor is caramelly with a slight herbal character and boozy undertone. Cocoa makes an appearance before a bitter finish.


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