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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very malty with banana bread and caramel. Pours a transparent orangish-red with a white head and lots of sediment. Very malty and sweet. Like the aroma, lots of caramel and banana bread. Very smooth. Slight hops in the finish. Another beer that I would probably never had sampled if not for Eyedrinkale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1148) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2005
i’m looking for way to explain how lucky i am to have gotten a hold of this beer, this being 2005, 5 years after it was brewed. not finding any, i’ll actually mention the beer itself. still has a light pffft on popping the cap, and still pours with a reasonable amount of carbonation. some light hoppy notes, most prominent are pineapple and grapefruit but quite neutral. plently of aged malt, not quite oxidized but bready and toasty. still full-bodied, with a malty sticky finish. very mature, but probably does not have much more of a shelf life...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Very sweet candy, with great malt. . . Sugar, sour and then some spice. . . This one has the usual Bell's malt, but taken quite a bit further, with some great complexity that goes into an subtle hop phase, thanks so much Hey_Kevin for treating us to a gem that can't be found any more. . .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
A big Hey_Thanks to Hey_Kevin!!! A really flavorful beer with plenty of malts to ponder. Some figgy, raisiny and some sweet and caramelly. Alcoholic and hoppy at the end. Excellent batch of beer from Larry the Guru!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
RateBeer Summer 2003: Cloudy deep orange color, malty/bready aroma with some earthy hops. Ends dry. This one-off brew has held up well over the last 3.5 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
Dark amber w/ fine head. Strong malty aroma. Medium-full bodied. Subtle but complex flavour of toffee, toast, grain, earth, and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2003
A nice amber color with a faint off-white head. The aroma comes together to produce an interesting honey wheat bread character. The malt is quite pleasant, producing sweet toffee, toasted grain, light chocolate, and perhaps some nut. The finish has a nice English mild hop presence that makes it's way into the mix and thus being neiher overwhelming nor missed. Many thanks to hey_kevin for allowing me to taste something I had given up on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2002
Amber color. Don’t get scared off by all the ’stuff’ floating in it. This beer is a knockout!!! Crisp, smooth flavor and not extremely powerful in terms of taste. Actually kind of a sweet flavor. Sucks the moisture out of your mouth just like Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2002
WHOA! Bottle cap still expolodes of bottle releasing aromas of grapey malts.Pours a sparkling amber beer with a huge head that came up to the top of the snifter. Aromas of a fine old ale almost.This is the best aged ale I have had.It is bursting with flavor. The front is mellow,earthy,grainy. IT is followed by a showcase of juicy,estery,toffee-like malt flavors.I could swear there is some pale chocolate malt in there. Incredible. Still some subtle bitterness in there but not much and it doesn’t really matter.Way above expectations.Hey Kevin.Thanks so much for this gem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2002
Interesting beer. Deep amber with a quickly dissapating head. Strong malty flavor with quite a bit of alcohol in the nose. This beer has exhibits some old ale characteristics. Slightly odd hop aroma and flavor, but the hop bitterness is good. This beer has dried out quite a bit from when I purchased is 2 years ago, when it had a cloying finish. So there is hope for the Batch 5000, yet. I have had a couple but not rated yet because think it is still green and will hopefully dry out a little. Anyways the batch 4000 is a pleasant treat. If anyone is interested, I do have a couple bottles laying around...

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