Bells Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Vinous aroma - cider vinegar and cardboard. Opaque orange-tan with plenty of yeast in suspension and shy white head that recedes to ring. Strong meaty, vinegary flavour with cardboard-like oxidation. Prickly carbonation. Very dry. Sadly this one seems to have been aged longer than it should have been. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Bottle sampled with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #40. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. 12 oz bottle, 2000, provided by munificent Clark. Thick, yeasty amber-brown with huge floaty chunks...cider-vinegary nose with dry citric bits...sour, vinous body, apples and clay, some interesting brown sugar and maple separated out...too old or not stored that well, but still somewhat interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
A special thanks to Walleye Jim for giving me this one of a kind bottle of beer. This beer poured a dark amber with a brown hue and no reddish tint at all, there was a slight haze, as I dumped some of the chunky yeast in from the bottom. The head was thin and whitish, but quickly disappeared. The aroma was all nutty malt, like roasted pistachios, with a wine like oak aroma floating around in the background. As it warmed the aroma changed toasted grains and slight caramel. The flavor is indeed mild, again malt first with a little balancing hop bitterness. The flavor is of caramel and Munich malt, and a slight yeast finish. The beer is extremely smooth, not even seeming like a 7.5% beer. I am very impressed at how well this beer has aged considering it is only 7.5%. Still I would have liked to try it a few years back when it was a little less "mature."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2005
In trade with Styles.Thanks Chris. Murky like spring flood river water.Some fruitiness and sweet malts.It is a litle old for the style but I still am very happy to taste this.Acidic smell almost but still has a mild flavor of caramel apples.A little like apple vinegar at this point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
5 yr old bottle. This particular bottle has not held up very well. Bottle-conditioned, it pours a cloudy amber, topped by a filmy off-white head, lasting. Aroma is passed its prime to say the least. It proposes sausages and tart apples notes in a crusty and sauerkraut like background. Sharply vinegary flavour profile, earthy, cookie-ish and mildly alcoholic. Light bodied has certainly lost some of its glory. Thanks for the opportunity Clark.

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