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Bells Batch 4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 128   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering. Thanks to tytoanderson and hellomynameis for each sharing a bottle. Very sweet nose with hints of ripe fruit and caramel and toffee. Decent carbonation to accent the very nice ripe fruit and caramel with a hint of milk chocolate. This held up much better than I thought.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 12, 2008. Super thanks to Tytoanderso and Hellomynameis for each bringing a bottle of this rare gem. Dark orange color with no head. Definitely has an oxidized aroma with good caramel and a bit of hops still left. Strong, sweet malt with caramel and some chocolate. Really quite good and Iím amazed itís still this good. Thanks again!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Murky, glowing amber resin. Beautiful color. Thin aroma of honey and old, soggy wood. Lightly oxidized sherry and pepper touch. Thinned malt and a bit of crass saltwater flavor; biscuity with a dying whisper of pine and grassy hop. Bitter rind of orange and papery candies. Soft and tired in the mouth, finishing with a slick, bland, sweet coating of weak whiskey and aired out citrus. Time has simplified this into oblivion from something that seems to have been quite straightforward from the start; completely worn out. Thanks for sharing, Tyler!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Sweet aroma with some oxidization apparent in the aroma. Light amber like colour with no head. Amazingly good for a beer so old. Lots of carbonation surprisingly. Very sweet with some chocolate and fruit. I wish there was more of this around!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Thanks to Tyler and Zac for these bottle.s Gold color. Oxidized funk on the nose. Sour malty body with a faint citrus caracter to it. Many thanks for this rare treat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Amber colored with a quickly dissipating head, no lacing. Caramel and fruity notes in the aroma, and I also seem to get some apple notes, also some slight oxidation. Some oxidation also perceived in the taste, but not in a bad way. A little bit of caramel and some nutty flavors also show up. Less than medium body with light carbonation. This has held up surprisingly well considering itís almost 8 years old. Thanks to hey_kevin for the opportunity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Dark orange appearance, and the scent reminded me of summer. Just the time of year really. Somewhat of a bite in the back of the tongue, and a little on the light side, again, probably for the age. Held up decently well though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours a cloudy amber white some white head. Aroma of malts and hops. Flavor of some grapefruit, hops, and some whiskey notes. Well past its prime but a joy to have.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle purchased and savored at Choice City Butcher and Deli, Ft Collins, CO. Pours hazy amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of apple, pear and honey. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
12oz bottle shared at columbus tasting 7, whi the hell brought this one? Orange-yellow pour with no real head to speak of. Aroma of caramel malt, earthy citrus hops, and some sweet smoke. Flavors of earthy hops, booze, caramel, and bready malt. Medium bodied...sweet and a bit syrupy with a bittersweet finish. Glad I got to take this one for a spin.


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