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Bells Batch 4000 Ale
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle at argo0’s pre-RBSG tasting, July 2006 (courtesy artusory). Coppery sort of colour. Big, heavy, malty aroma - lots of caramel. On the palate its rather woody and not a little oxidised. More caramel malt comes through but the fruity notes that must have been much more pronounced earlier on were pretty vestigial by now. Interesting but a bit past its best in my view.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Got to sample this a few months ago. Thanks LeopoldStoch. Pours a hazy orange. Aroma is very subdued with some caramel malts coming through. Taste is wet cardboard, sherry, caramel malts, and a touch of hop bite at the end. I would have preferred to have this fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Sampled at Arg0’s Pre-RBSG Tasting at his pad: Golden amber, light haze. Notes of raisin, sherry, juicy caramel. The flavor is rich and chewy. Certain characteristics of quality beer, a bit old, questionably drinkable. Mellow. 8 years old? Sigh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Thanks to Jason. Several year since this one has touch my lips and I think the time has done it well . Do we have an American Strong Old Ale category? Port, ripe dark fruit and heavy rich cream caramel course through the nose. Lightly oily liquid that thins throughout the sip. Oak, dark ripe fruit, heavy caramel and a touch of german chocolate. A hint of age, but quite refined and enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29848) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
A hazy orange beer with a fast dying orange head. The aroma is sweet spicy - with some notes of stale fruits - reminds me of a Belgian Ale. The flavor is very rounded with notes of caramel, malt, lots of fruit, going towards the stale towards the end. The alcohol shows of with a slight bite.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Strongly hazy with a yellowish head. Fat aroma of malt and caramel. Fairly full-bodied dominated by malt and caramel. Rather odd, underlying tang - perhaps it’s a slight oxidization

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10458) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2006
Bottled thanks to suiiy. Amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Sweet and herbal aroma with notes of light cocoa, light liqourice and light pine. Flavour is sweet and liqouricefilled. Herbs and light pine. Vague spices. Medium bodied. Sweetish end. Alcohol notable. Quite mild and balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2006
Bottled. Hazy ambber coloured. Dark fruits, almonds, liqueur and toffee aroma. Sweet flavour with the same notes as in the aroma. Mature.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4188) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2006
My first Batch. The thing is, however, I am writing this from memory. So I probably will exaggerate. I don’t recall it as being as intense as 6000, but it was an incredible experience. I was new to Michigan beer, and this one blew me away with the hops and malts. Fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle shared by sick_boy282... thanks Alex, you’re my hero! Pours a cloudy brown color with small head and no lacing. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Flavor is rich and malty but very smooth and enjoyable. I was very impressed with how well it’s help up over the years! Thanks again Alex!


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