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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2006
Sampled April 2006
This beer is brilliantly clear and pours with a deep amber, almost garnet red color. It barely musters a ring of a pale colored head, which is not too unexpected with a beer this age. As I pour it I get an interesting fruity aroma that reminds me quite strongly of grape juice. After going in to smell the actual aroma I get notes of aged malt and hops. Notes of sherry, a rich meaty malt note that seems to almost have a meaty quality to it, and a slight note that reminds me of rum. A solid fruit note is found in the aroma as well reminding me the most of those aforementioned grapes. Perhaps there is a hint of a wet cardboard note as well, but it is not all that prominent.

The taste is not nearly as flavorful as the aroma might suggest. Much of the flavors have obviously faded over time, but there is still lots of character here, especially for those who enjoyed aged beers. Notes of aged malt, like sherry, and a rich, what I can best describe as a, meaty note. The hop character has faded quite a bit, in fact the malt sweetness is really what is left in this beer. Interestingly enough the actual malt sweetness has faded quite a bit, and age and oxidation has certainly tempered the sweetness quite a bit. Quite an enjoyable tipple overall, there is quite a bit of fruitiness to this beer, which helps to temper (though it is partially indebted to) the aged character of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Thanks go out to Styles for this one. Orangish brown in color, very murky. Aroma is rainsin or prune sweet very reminsenced of many barleywines. Other than some leafy flavors, hops have all but disappeared(from the description they probably weren’t to prevalent to begin with). Finish is lip smacking sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2006
I’ve had this a few times before, but it took a vist from hotstuff and thedm to get me to rate it. Hazy reddish/orange body witha thin off white head. Aroma was yeasty, malty and darky fruity. The taste had swee fruits and some alcohol. There was also a bit of lingering bitterness. Not too bad after 6 years or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Thanks Pailhead . Poured deep copper with light tan head. Bread and alcohol in aroma. Nice heavy pallate barley wine like. Flavor had alcohol, spice, carmel and butter scotch. very nice treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle at rating session in Naples, FL with flemdawg. Tan small head that mostly diminished with poor lacing, floaties, cloudy, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, dark fruits, and light alcohol notes. Flavor was sweet, malty, vinuous, and dark fruits. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium body. Thanks for sharing, flemdawg!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Thanx to flemdawg for sharing.This brew reminded me more of a barley wine than an american strong ale.Dark fruits and nuts with a small alcohol tinge, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Cloudy, amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet nuts, earth, wood. Flavor is sweet, orange, and lighter than the aroma. Nice little carbonation to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Clear light amber, no head. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is the same a strong caramel sweetness, grapefruit hops, and a strong spicy tongue coating sweetness that blast you almost mead like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Poured a deeper copper color with a small sized off white head. Some floaters. Aromas of wood, dark cherries, caramel and it has a light earthiness to it. Tastes of wood, oranges, caramel, and lighter cherries. Tastes on the softer side (I attribute this to its age).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a cloudy brown orange with a very small head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, vanilla and caramel malts. Flavor is similar to the aroma but a bit tamed down. This seemed more like a barley wine to me.

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