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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Name: Bell’s Batch 4000
Date: March 12, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: muddy amber, wispy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet brown sugar aroma, fruity sweetness, just a hint of oxidation
Flavor: big sweet malt flavor, lots of brown sugar sweetness, touch of fruityness, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Pours a Dark chestnut brown color with golden yellowish brown hues and a thin yellowish beige head that quickly dissipates into a thin lasting ring. Minimal lacing. Leathery malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, alcohol and dark fruit. Soft carbonation with slight oxizidation. With sligt alcohol sweetness/heat, toffee, caramel and dark fruit. This beer has aged nicely with the alcohol being well masked and overall has really mellowed out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber toned body with an off white head. Dark fruity, malty and sweet with chewy fruit esters reminiscent of raisins. Dark malts, chewy toffee, soy and some maple notes. A lighter oxidation surprisingly tolerable almost works well, oddly enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle thanks to yobdoog, pours hazy amber with a medium light brown head. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of funk of apple and brown sugar. Very sweet hot cocoa and cream with caramel malt and notes of burn sugar in the finish. This stuff still rocks.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Huge thanks to Walleye who traded me this. A generous and lopsided trade for sure. Poured a light caramel color with a nice carbonation hiss upon opening. Aroma was rich caramel and wheat. Taste was similar, with more wheat characteristics coming through. Not sure what this tasted like originally, but shows little oxidation and still has excellent carbonation. Little bit watered down at this point, but nothing offensive here, and still quite enjoyable. Glad I could try 4k and 9k together.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
orangish pour. Fruity aroma with some sweet sugary notes and caramel. Flavor is fruity and sweet, has held up ok, but isnt my favorite.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours a dirty yellow orange with no real head to speak of. Aroma is of caramel, tea and oranges. Flavor is a bit weak of mango and citrus, and a bit buttery and sugary. Palate is a little sticky. Considering the age, this beer has held up pretty well. It would have been nice to try it fairly fresh for comparison.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2459) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle with thanks to coyotehunter. Pours a hazy orange with little head but lots of bubble clinging to the glass. Smells a little of oranges and malt with no oxidation. Flavor has a bit of butter and papaya. This is fairly sweet and a little sticky. Seems to have lost a bit of its flavor but show little other signs of age.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Deep amber pour. The nose is great. Rich sweet fruity nose. There is a kiss of pineapple and other dried fruits. Plums and a bit of cherry as well. Sweet caramel malts with a touch of sherryish oxidation that adds a lot of complexity. A bit of honey and some lingering dried plums. Quite nice and I’m glad to have seen how well this has held up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle: Thanks Mike (Eyedrinkale): Murky amber pour with a light tan film of head. Slightly oxidized in the nose- some sherry notes, old fruits, thick caramel, some old hops (making it a touch minty as it warms). Slick on the palate. Smooth caramel flavors with lightly peppery faded hops giving a light spearmint note. It’s held up fairly well, but was probably awesome fresh.


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