Bells Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A commemorative brew celebrating Kalamazoo Brewing Company’s 4000th batch. Considered to be a "double-mild" in style, Batch 4000 uses Sterling hops from a small farm in the Willamette Valley, and debuts an exclusive barley-malt, by Breiss Malting. It shows off some characteristics from the traditional English Mild, while doubling up the flavor profile and alcohol content. Brewed in February of 2000, this is beer is a one-time only brew.

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6911) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Draft to taster at the Eccentric Cafe. Looks good; a fairly transparent dark amberish brown with thin very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes smokey and malty and toasty with notes of chocolate and caramel. The smoke is stronger on the nose than the tongue, but is present inn both. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied. Solid, but a taster is plenty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
[5704-20130817] Bottle. Whiskey barrel malt aroma. Murky, brown amber body with a quick foamy white head. Boozy fruity malt flavour. Medium-full body. Good but bold. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (11248) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours caramel brown with white head. Nose/taste of malt, caramel and vanilla. Some toffee. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (6517) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle courtesy of clocks. Pours a deep hazy amber body. Aroma is stale beer and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin and short with notes of sweet malt and vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7211) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with almost no head. Sweet malts, fruity oxidation, toffee, toasted bread, and faint earthy notes. Past it’s prime, for sure, but still not that bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8794) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2013-08-17. Murky brown body is near headless. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins and dark fruit, light oxidation. Flavour is sweet, raisin, caramel malt, light oxidation. Average bodied palate, not really much of any carbonation. Not bad but shows its age quite a bit. Bottle at Campground Brewdown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2, courtesy of Andy. Pours a murky amber with a thin white head. Old malt, old stale cake, vanilla. Tastes of cocoa, old, more old, and then some old. Caramel, old plums, oxidized caramel. Old vanilla and oxidization. Caramel, bad plums and vanilla. Did I mention old? Because that’s the dominant flavor here. Old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle. Musky, old, dusty nothing. If this was something at some point, it’s certainly not anymore. Heavily oxidized, lightly metallic. A touch of caramel, maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3556) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2010
12oz bottle 5/8/10 (Courtesy of FlandersNed)-45° in Snifter-Pours a murky brownish amber with a dect off white head. Aroma of dried fruit, toffee, caramel, and sweetness. Taste of the same with a bit more sweetness. Would of love to have tried this fresh. It seems a bit bland until the end of the mouthful. This full bodied brew is still pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 20, 2010
Not sure what this was like fresh but it seems like it held up pretty well. Slightly oxidized with a touch of cardboard but it almost sort of adds to the nice creamy caramel sweetness. Hazy amber brown color. Aroma is sweet with a touch of fruit too. Flavor is malty, sweet, touch of roasted malts and fruit. Very complex with lots going on. More like a barleywine. Nice.

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