Bells Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 134   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Big thanks to JTW for the bottle. Pours a golden copper with a very thin white head. Aroma was sweet and tart with peaches and alcohol. Flavor was tart, sweet, and fruity. Some pineapple, caramel, and a lightly smokey malt underneath. Sweet and sour finish with some noticable alcohol, which surprised me since this isn’t a giant beer. There was also a short bitterness within the sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Pours a hazy copper bronze with a thin off-white, lightly lacing head. Has a rich dark malty caramel aroma with some butterscotch and a touch of lemony citrus. Starts lightly sweet with a hint of honey turning more tart, dry and citric with a warming finish. Has a surprising amount of carbonation for its age. Nice subtle complexity, but this is probably past its prime with the added sourness. Thanks to goldtwins for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 2000 bottle sampled thanks to Walleye, 3/19/05 at Kuhnhenn. Thick looking, amber colored beer, tons of protein and yeast have fallen out of suspension at this point. Still some head to it, though it is rather fleeting. Smells of sharp, alchol infused honey and citrus, a bit of light biscuits and maple. The strength of the aroma is surprising after this long. Bret Kuhnhenn says it smells like boiled cabbage, and while there may be a touch of veggies, I think it’s probably just old hops and oxidation creating that effect. Strong, syrupy body is only held at bay after 5 years of aging. Alcohol notes, a touch of sherry and just pure barley grain flavor, reminds me a little of the lightly syrupy 2003 Old Horizontal. Finish gets a little bit stale/astringent and dries out quite a bit. More sampling of this one is in order for sure. The body on this must have been spectacularly full when this was fresh.
Rerate Tried a bottle which proved to be cidery, loose and slight veggie-like. Not much good stuff in this one. Hopefully the rest of my bottles are ok. . .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2005 Thank you to the kind people who met us at Kuhnhenn for sharing a bottle of this wonderful hard to find beer. Amber on the pour with a white medium sized lasting head. Beautifully unfiltered with a heavy sediment presence. Aromas of sweet caramel and citrusy fruits. Flavors of caramel malt with nicely balance hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Medium amber color with a slighty off white head. Carbonated and bubbly. Smells of citrus, dough and hopps. Great, flavorful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle courtesy of eyedrinkale. Copper colored, lots of floaties. Long lived white head which is suprising considering the age of this bottle. Big raisiny aroma. Very sweet and slightly oxidized flavor. lighter bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Pours brownish amber in color, decent off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is mostly caramel and some roasted grains. Long lingering aftertaste from all the sugar. Would have loved to try this in it’s prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10523) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Bottle... Opaque, deep orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Fruity, malty aroma with notes of caramel, black tea, toffee, cotton candy and red apple. The flavor is all about malt, but is perfectly balanced by a very deliberate Sterling hop addition. So delicious and caramelly. Also fruity and vineous (port). Medium-bodied and creamy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, astringent finish. More reminiscent of an old ale or barley wine than a mild. Tons of thanks go out to jtw for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2005
from the bottle poured a orangish copper with a off white head. aroma a nice combination of honey and brown sugar malts, sweet fruits, hops, caramel, raisins. flavor, a nice sweetness comes out wow, honey sugar, grapes apples all the sweet fruits do I taste a touch of mango? I am sure glad JTW did not buy all of them. thanks for leaving a couple for the rest of us.

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