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Bells Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


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 it’s 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 (12101) - Escondido, California, 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 (938) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Poured a cloudy brown color with not much of a head. Aroma was pretty mellowed out but this was still a pretty solid beer that I enjoyed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2007
C-bus 7. Caramel malt and oxidation. Golden brown body. Medium palate. The taste is just like the aroma with some light bittering hops. Okay, but definitely on the quick decline.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
12oz bottle shared at columbus tasting 7 - Pours amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of caramel, with remnants of what must have at one point been decent hops because I was amazed that they were still there. I got some definite citrus in the aroma. Flavor is caramel, grapefruit and a good amount of spice at the finish. Medium body with slight carbonation. My guess is this one has seen better days but it is still quite drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
An aged double mild? Haha- no wonder this one didnt hold up well at all. Pours a light to medium amber with a fizzy dying head. Aroma is almost pure soy fromt he oxidation (some cream sherry)- with herbal and yeasty hints- grass, lemon, heather, pineapple and green pepper. Lightly sweet flavor formt he soy and aged malts, light caramel, nutty, toasty, and hints of dull bittersweet chocolate, and the obvious soy and wet cardboard wiht some dirty earthy yeasty notes. Possible light autolysis as well- some rubbery and butyrate notes as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a honeyed amber, transparent color with a quickly dissipating head of bubbly white, although the initial appearance looks healthy for the age. Fruity aromas of honeyed apricots glazed with a sherry and honeysuckly sticky reduction. Subtle notes of vanilla and marshmellow seem to be lying beneath the oxidized vinous notes, accompanied by a fruity touch of braeburn apple minus the acidity. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors are a bit thin with a smidgen of aged, herbal hops that have lost most of their bitterness. The malts have developed a bit of a muscat grapey quality, again with some sherry notes. The flavors consist mainly of sherried light fruits, which bring to mind similarities to vintage english strong ales, but not as rich. Clearly aged past its prime, but a grateful beer drinker’s experience nonetheless. Thanks for sharing, Chris!


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