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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2192) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
bottle. murky brown-orange body with a small ring of white head. rich yeast and malt aroma - cheese notes, caramel, and maple. full body that is mostly on the sweet side. there are some toffee flavours, caramel, yeast, with a faint alcohol presence towards the end. clean yeasty finish. very good considering it’s age. thanks Jeff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Big thanks to radiomgb for busting out this rarity from the past. Brownish amber color, thin ring of tan bubbles. Pleasant malty aroma, sweet, light alcohol, fruity and caramelly. More barley wine characteristics in the flavor, malty, some fig, a touch of fruit and some caramel. It it was hoppy at one time, they sure have left the building. Medium to full bodied, surprisingly has not suffered from almost 6 years in the cellar, even only being 7.5%. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 8, 2005
Cloudy brown , light fizzy head . Light hops around, good malt base, alcohol behind present. Medium-full bodied ale, quiet malty, age made hops a bit shy I presume. Decent even after those years.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Hazy amber with lots of sediment chunks. Some creamy white head. Aroma is subtle, but complex. Taste is some hops and caramel. Toasty. Medium bodied. Not much else to say here, but nonetheless, it is a solid brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 15, 2005
This is one of those beers I never thought I’d get to try. HUGE thanks to Styles for this one. Pours a hazy amber color, with a small white head towards the edges. Aroma is like an aged american barleywine, fruits, caramel malts and a little bit of hop kick. Flavor is sweet, lots of fruit and tartness, witha malty kick towards the end to smooth it out. very nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Bottle courtesy of styles shared with jeffin7: Mostly opaque dark amber/brown body with a tiny light tan head that fades to a small ring. Aroma is grains, light butter, earthy hops, mild yeast, caramel syrup, light oxidation, toasted malt. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slick, yet clean. Taste is light fruits (apple, pear, peach), sweet light malts (grains, biscuit, caramel), lightly spicy hops and malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pours medium orange with a thin head. Aroma is those orange and black cheap halloween candies (yet it works fairly well), caramel. Flavor is sweet malts bordering on sticky sweet, those holloween candies, slight oxidied caramel/cardboard. Nice rich sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Many thanks to walleye for parting with a bottle of this rarity! Murky orange-brown body with lots of yeast sediment, thin light cream head. Caramely, toasty aroma with subtle remnant hops, a bit oxidized. Mellow, full caramel and toast malty flavor with light buttery notes and hints of earthy hops, but these were mostly faded. Nice, tight carbonation for a five year-old beer. Still solid after all this time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2005
Incredible aroma of apples and other sweet flavors, namely caramel or syrup. I guess it was oxidation, but the almost cardboard-ish taste was mild and made the drink very smooth and pleasing. I would call it a "soft" beer. Smooth finish, almost like oil... Very glad my brother let me have half of an aged glass. GREAT beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle pours a dark muddy caramel, large off-white frothy head, visible sediment sits stationary, soft carbonation, with quite attractive lacing.   For a five year old beer, it certainly looks good.   Unfortunately the nose isn’t as nice, overcooked vegetable and light butterscotch on the nose.   Certainly not what I expected.   If there was any hop presense, it is all gone now.   As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable.   Flavor of diactyl and oddly enough, Tootsie Rolls!!!   Guessing this beer has already peaked.   Wow, damn Tootsie Rolls.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly medium, but I can see where it mighta been mighty fine back in the day.   Finishes with very soft caramel/toffee, but with that fake Tootsie Roll flavor lingering... blech.   Thanks goes out to jtw for giving me the opportunity to try this one!



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