Bellís Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A commemorative brew celebrating Kalamazoo Brewing Companyís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Ripe dark fruit with some biscuit and molassess notes. Soft and herbal palate with a bready depth. Mild oxidation with a soft lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2008
12oz from pantanap - thanks, Kan! This one is super duper cloudy on the pour, almost like good apple cider in terms of its looks (although with a surprisingly substantial head, given the age). Very sweet and boozy, and Iím not sure how that compares to the young beer (which I obviously never had a chance to try), but fairly pleasant. Sour and caramel blend together with some tasty sugars and a nice bite on the tongue. More cider qualities emerge the deeper you get. I enjoyed this and big ups to Kan for giving me a chance to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
What a great great opportunity to try this! I have to thank the Minnesota raters for outstanding generosity. Mildly hazy amber, thin ring of head (not much at this point in its life....) Markedly sweet, but with a sour edge--due to aging? Caramel notes, to be sure. My final synthesis while sipping this is that it is a decent beer but it probably wasnít worth keeping it this long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
It was awesome that Tyler and Zac shared this aged beer. Sweet and malty. A hint of oxidation, but it works for the beer. Almost no carbonation. Considerable sugar. It has held up very well after 8 years. Cloudy, muddy brown color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Sampled at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering in Maplewood, MN and supplied by tyleranderso and hellomynameis. From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-hazy medium amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of powdery caramel malt, a touch of candi sugar and hard fruits. Taste is slightly oxidized and low carbonation with flavors of milk chocolate, caramel and a touch of orange. Finish is slick, slightly syrupy, with a sweet caramel malt aftertaste flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12 oz bottle from Goldtwins and hellomynameis sampled at the MN RB Winter shindig. Time has tempered this beast for sure. Oxidation is setting in some. Plenty of sweet malt and candy on the nose. Overripe dark fruit. Pours bright clear copper. Almost still. Flavor is very malt forward with some cinnamon and chocolate. Medium bodied. Slightly syrupy and thick.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4884) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1761) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - 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!

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