Bells Batch  4000 Ale
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RATINGS: 158   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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 drinkerís experience nonetheless. Thanks for sharing, Chris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to drewbeerme. So according to the description, this is 8 years old this month (Iím sure it was bottled quite a bit later) but iíll just say wow. ... 8 years ago, i was about to graduate highschool, the world seemed completely different and it was completely different and so was I ... so this makes me feel nostalgic, not that I havenít had older beers, but this makes me feel good. Anyway .. Iíll go out on a limb here and say, probably a little past its prime. Amber in color with a wisp of a head. The aroma is screaming with "past its prime" that old aged, a little vegetable aroma, but as it warms iím getting some toasted, cookies, and sugar aromas ... not too bad for 8 years. Malty carmel flavors fruity with that lingering vegetable flavor on my tongue. If I didnít know what I was drinking, Iíd ask what the hell is wrong with this, but knowing what it is and the years its been through, and that Iíll probably never have another .... Iím kind of enjoying it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
12oz bottle at 7 years old now, thanks to walleye for this! pours amber small almost no white head. nose has some soy souce and vegetable with some caramel. this beer is clearly past itís prime. taste has some aged batch 6000 qualities, sweet caramel, no hops at this point, this has gone a little to vegetabley though and clearly past itís peak. i had to add a few points to my rating cuz iím sure this was a great a brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Pours out a nice orangy color with a small amount of head. Aroma was sweet. Flavor was fairly nice. It was sweet and no hops at all. You could certainly tell this brew had some age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle from Walleye obtained quite a bit ago. Saved it for the 4k-7k marathon that Oldgrown, 00cobraR, and myself were planning. Pours out a orange copper color without much of a head. Taste has some oxidation within it, but surprisingly not as much as I would have thought. Some sweet caramel flavors, but the hops are completely subsided. A good beer, certainly an interesting beer. Thank you Jim for the chance to try this very rare beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle at argo0ís 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.

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