Darkover (1544) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Dark ruby color with a big beige head. Aroma of hops and sweet malt becoming more winelike as it warms. Flavor is very hoppy, some dark fruit and smokiness. Has alot of alchol warmth. Rerate 2/16/06: Dark opaque brown color, only a slight beige head. Aroma is very sweet and malty, with strong caramel and toffee, hop aroma is gone. Flavor is very sweet and syrupy with flavors of caramel, toffee, alcohol and some hops. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 RERATE SEP 2006:Just popped open a bottle of 6000. Still had a nice small frothy beautiful beige head and excellent lacing on my tulip glass. The aroma has started to pick up some oxidation and is much more vinous. The fruit and malt still shine on the nose and the hops are now an afterthought. The taste is still a bit raw even after all this time. I found a level of alcohol that is still not integrated with the malt and upcoming vinous olde qualities. Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Better than last time I had one, but still could mellow out more on the palate. I hope this improves at the rate it appears to have over the past months.
ORIGNAL RATING: Murky ruby brown hue with small off-white head and good lace. The aroma had tones of apricot, pineapple, honey, chocolate cupcake, pine, salt and pepper, and syrup. Beginning to show sign of a vinous nature. Sweet and fruity balanced initial taste but still rough around the edges and during finish. The sappy pine and touch of salt comes off too dominate for the more sublime characters. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy and aggressive mouthfeel. This should develop additional depth and complexity with age. Nice to try now, but most of us are really looking forward to the maturation of this brew.
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2003 Wow. Batch 6000 is one impressive beer. Immediately upon pouring, I noted the pungent, well-balanced aromas of grapefruity, bitter hops and the malt caramel, bread, cherries, and soy sauce (which incidentally was only noted initially upon opening the bottle). Deep red-brown body, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head that clung to the sides of the glass (St. Bernardus) and left nice lacing. Plenty of yeast sediment in the body. Flavor was as described by previous reviewers- clearly controlled by citrusy, grapefruity hops, but nicely balanced by rich malt complexities: caramel, cherries (especially as the beer warmed), bread, toast (especially in the initial sip), and soy sauce. Bitter citrus aftertaste. Some warming alcohol was noted at the end of the glass, but this young beer is already quite smooth for a 10.5% ABV creation. An amazing beer. I can't wait to try this after 6 months of aging. Updated 5 November. Tried another bottle tonight, comparing it to Double Bastard. Bells 6000 appears to be built from their IPA (Two-Hearted Ale), whereas the Double Bastard is malt-dominated. The tanginess and heavy citrus of the Two-Hearted Ale also dominate Batch 6000 in its infancy. ClarkVV (6879) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Dark, rich murky brown, very clouded. Great beige-off-white head. Tons of lacing. Aroma has a nice woody hops smell with some caramel malt and even some alcohol. Wonderful texture, silky with lots of creamy/soft flavors, tiny bit of carbonation. Begins with a big chewy, juicy malt flavor that is medium sweet, quite caramelly and very tasty. Malt develops into a big grapefruit hops flavor. This is the most grapefruit I’ve ever tasted in a beer. Alcohol wonderfully masked. Ends on a lightly dry note with some lighter citrus and hints of orange. Drinking this beer is like biting into a super ripe ruby red grapefruit with lots of brown sugar on top. I tried this at many temperatures and preferred it at room temp. This is going to be even better as it matures, but I was vastly surprised to find it amazingly drinkable this young. My rating is a mixture of how great I thought this was now, but also how much potential I feel it has. On draught MBGSBF 2004. Well the beer is certainly still developing. It hasnt lost it’s big alcohol bite and hugely bitter hops finish, but it’s improving, the flavor is still intact and deepening. Another handful of years or so. . . . raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Deep,hazy,chestnut. Medium off-white, head. Strong aroma of fat,chewy,malts and juicy hops. Soft,mellow carbonation. Silky mouthfeel,big body. Huge malty flavors,with strong grapefruit,and woody hops.Malts are sweet and fruity. Finish is warming and loaded with sappy,citrus hop flavors. The more I drank,the more I enjoyed. Approaching room temp,the hop/malt combo becomes hugely,vinous and delicious. This one will kick you in the pants.Whew.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2003
A murky, ruddy brown with plenty of sediment combines with a medium light tan head to start off this celebratory brew. Nose is a nice combination of hops and a very sour citrus note(argo0 says grapefruit, which seems reasonable). Flavor is a full force, all out assault on the palate, from beginning to finish! A lot of hoppiness from start to finish, and also some serious complexity, giving it an almost creamy, yet vineous quality. Listed as an American Strong, bottle describes it as a barley wine, but it's a good beer among either category! Really quite exceptional in this offering from Bells, and a marked improvement over Batch 5000! edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
11/1/03: bottle.bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
aromas of evergreen trees, citrus and hops. red-brown body with some almond-colored head. some lacing. this beer is heavily hopped, imparting a grapefruity-citrus flavor (i’m guessing there are some cascade hops in this BW). very pleasant aftertaste of slightly sweetened grapefruit. quite remarkable in all ways.
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 Dark red body with a thin tan head. Lacing.Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Malty, some hops and alcohol in the aroma. A little smoke. Raisins.
Malty and sweet. Bigfoot-like is a good way to describe the hops. Hints of the dark fruit flavors to come are present. This beer will surely age well.
For a big beer that is young it is surprisingly smooth.
Facinating and indeed rough around the edges. Thick, with sedimentary clouds. Dark rubyish, exactly as alcfron states. Dried fruit like prune and some sort of scottish malt perhaps, sugary. Salty, almost soy sauce-like as other users have noted. Also has citrus elements big time. Musty. Super hoppy finish. I shouldn't have opened this at 5 pm as it is a palate destroyer for sure. Will mellow nicely. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Dark brown with a hint of ruby around the edges, small ring of head, jelly lacing. Aroma is sweet smoke malty and intoxicating but not overly strong. Palate is thick, as would be expected in something this malty and strong. Caramel, dark chocolate, vague fruits, almost too sweet but saved by an alcohol warmth and a well rounded hop resin. This is surely one to age, as good as it is allready.