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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%
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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


3.3
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - 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.

3.4
   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.

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
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Sampled at Arg0ís 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 (5657) - 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 (34350) - 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 (25063) - 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 itís a slight oxidization


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