Bells Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 163   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle from trade with walleye. Thanks Jim. Hazy amber body with a small off-white head. The aroma is a wonderful example of how oxidation can benefit a beer. Lightly oxidatized malts with nuts and caramel. The flavor is toffee, nuts, touch of chocolate and roast at the end. Just a touch of acidity. The mouthfeel is very soft, light and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Courtesy of artusory (from Walleye). Fluffy head, decent retention. Orange appearance with a reddish core; think sunset. Candy sugar, orange peel on the nose. Slightly oxidized, but still magical. Malt and orange in the mouth, viscous, with a completely unexpected finish of chocolate and maple syrup. A surprising, layered strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
Bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank> ClarkVV, thanks Clark. Dark copper with some orange in colour, lasting white head, some lace. The aroma was of dark fruits, some caramel, earthy malts, some butterscotch and brown sugar. The flavour is malty, some gingerbread, rye, caramel, molasses, figs and plums. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes lingering, quite smooth. Still holding up very well after all these years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2006 Bottle with much thanks to jtw for this great extra! Pours a hazy copper color with a filmy white head. The aroma has some fruit notes, caramel, and some nice malt backbone. Flavor, a nice sweetness with a little spice to it. I was very worried this wouldn’t be all that great due to the age on it, but it’s held up pretty well. I was just stunned that I managed to get a 4000, 5000, and a 6000 within just over a month of each other. Trading is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Walleye. The bottle opens with a rather hearty escape of co2, a good sign. Pours a dark copper with a reddish tinge and a slight haze. A small fizzy head fades fast to a thin ring. Aroma certainly has a good amount of oxidation but some great sherry and beef boullion notes have developed. Luckily I like the oxidation. Flavor has alot going on, bacon, chocolate, sherry, cherry pits, and a touch of port. Finish is smokey with lots of oxidation and no hint of hops at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight stickiness and a great soft carbonation. Amazing carbonation for being six years old. I really enjoyed this alot, I know that this was not meant to be aged when made, but I think that this did great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Tremendous thanks to StewardofGondor and mista Styles for the opportunity! Bottle poured a hazy deep caramel with a short off-white head. Heavy old ale-ish aroma with rich, porty caramel, toffee, boozed-up darker fruits, and other dark sugars. Flavor was much like the nose... chestnutty-spices added.. lots of fruit and some port in there... very mild oxidation.. Heavy.. Warming.. Satisfying! Smooth across the middle and dry. Alcohol highlights and warmth play a supporting role. Tremendous beer that falls on #800! WOO!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Translucent and fiery amber-copper in color with a hairline, white doily wrung to serve as the head. Toffee, brandy, rummy figs and cardboard with hazelnut oils join golden raisins avec liquid nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and aromatic almond liquor. Flavor keeps the momentum going. “Double mild” is right-on-the-money. Brown bread and caramel biscuits are mediated by subdued cinnamon and easy-going hazelnut sheafs. Toffee chews slowly melting and diffusing throughout the palatary playing field. Dulled butterscotch and caramel coated praline chews. Gentle carbonation and a touch of wax at the tongue’s tip. Palate smacking toffee properties and a gentle, supportive hop schedule aid the ever even end quotient. Toffee bars, praline pieces and smooth maple fudge manifest in the finish. HUGE thanks to Styles for the bottle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Thanks Joel! The beer pours to a glowing dark amber body. Clean on first pour, hazy and murky further through the bottle. The aroma is earthy, twigs, stewed apples, barleywine characteristics. Light mint. The flavor has really held up well. It’s earthy, woodsy, cinnamon, barleywine-ish. Herbs. The palate is rich, not oxidized at all, concentrated feel. Great! Such a delight to try! Bring it back Larry!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Thanks, Chris. Its wonderful to sample a beer this rare. Thank you. Concerning 4K, the nose revealed a strong malty and caramel presence, one akin to an aged barleywine. My first thought when smelling this was that it reminded me of the nose on the 1968 Thomas Hardy we sampled not too many months ago. The color is a mahogany brown with some solid material floating. The taste was pure caramel and toffee, very sweet, but very rewarding. Finished with some bitterness and acidity that was unpleasant, but to be expected from its age. Excellent, and a true treat. Thanks again to Styles. Overall gets a 20 for the experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2006
This bottled brew from Flemdawg poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a hazy brown colored body with yeast chunks, no visible carbonation and a poor lacing. The aroma was vinous and pungent with brown malt and yeasty notes. The mouth feel was smooth from start to finish. The flavor was mild with malty brown chocolate and mil vinous notes.

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