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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (11069) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5232) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Rusted ruby. Nice soapy off-white head. Fades to nothing. Alcoholified sweet brownies. Dry port. Soda-like malt, dry edges. Brownies. Oxidation, but okay in here. You can tell its died down perhaps, but it has a nice blend of flavors and has certainly held up exceptionally well over the last many (8?) years...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Big thanks to Jason for sharing this one. Aroma of complex and chewy caramel malt, dried dark fruits, and some fruityness. There was some oxidation that reminded me of smoke. Ruby-orange in color with a super thin head. Chocolate and caramel, fruity malts and again, I’m picking up oxidation in the form of smoke/cardboard. The cardboard isn’t strong and doesn’t bother me much. Medium body, fairly creamy and fairly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
MUCH THANKS JASON for the rare opportunity to revisit this beer from my pre-Ratebeer days! Poured a hazy brown hue with a small frothy off-white head and some lace. The aroma has notes of vanilla, caramel, dried apricot, fig, grainy malts and of course a heavy oxidized vapor (which is a good thing for this beer). The flavor profile is fruity and rich with malts. Moderately nutty and caramelized as well. Finished off with a biscuity and slight cardboard (for ageing I would guess) aftertaste. The feel is the weak point of the brew, dry and soft, a bit sticky after you are done. This has aged wonderfully turning into an olde ale. If you get the chance, don’t pass it up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3335) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house

This came out about halfway through the night at the same time as a Goose Island Batch 2000. It was an interesting contrast to try both - this one wins by the slighest of margins only because my sample was slightly larger.

Aroma / Appearance - Barley, malts and some type of fruity nose that I couldn’t quite identify were the primary contributors to the aroma of this rich smelling beer. The amber colored body seemed to have a small head, but by the time I got around to rating it there was none to be seen.

Flavor / Palate - Oak, vanilla and a rich warming alcoholic sensation washed over me on the first sip. The few sips I had were a mixture of caramel, baker’s chocolate, cherry pie and caramel butter. Without being too thick, the mouthfeel filled out everywhere. Overall the balance was amazing. I am surprised that it has held up so well after so long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Light tan/copper color small well laced off white head. Aroma is very sweet brown sugar and carmel malts light alcohol. Palate is well coated and creamy. Flavor is nutty carmels mellow well blended. Very good. Thanks a bunch to Jason for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Opaque/cloudy amber body with small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, caramel, light butterscotch. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, earthy/floral, some orange/cherry. Sticky, medium-full body.

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