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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bell’s Batch 5000 Ale is a smoked strong ale, brewed to celebrate Kalamazoo Brewing Company’s 5000th batch. It is brewed with 26 % German, beechwood-smoked malt. It is very lightly hopped which showcases the rich caramel tones of the malt body that balances the assertive smoke flavor throughout. Batch 5000 would be a wonderful pairing for robust cheeses, sausages and smoked salmon. While drinkable now, Batch 5000 has an ageing potential of several years. The interplay of flavors will mature and develop subtly with time. Avoid any extreme temperatures, and keep at a cellar temperature below 65 °F. Single Batch Release - January, 2002 only.

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pour from a bottle on this beer gave a murky amber brown. Pretty decent smoky aroma in your nose. Strong almost harsh quality in your mouth with plenty of malt cola like qualities for flavor. Sweet malt pervades through the sample with some caramel and molasses. Happy to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
My notes on this beer are primarily on speed dongs and fast fallacies. This seemed to have held up remarkably well though. Consumed mid 2011. Some doughy molasses and high meat smoke. Though smoke character seems to have faded. Good. Wish I could have tried this fresh, but I was even younger and stupider back then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Clear orange-yellow pour with very little carbonation. Tons of smoke on the nose with notes of toasted caramel. Flavor has a light sweetness and is meaty, almost with the flavor of miso. Smokiness throughout with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
355mL thanks to ryan. The pour is a flatter, clear, deep amber. Yellow bubbles. Nose is toffee, caramel, miso soup and seaweed. Lots of savory miso soup (odd). Taste is savory with big miso soup, mild smoke, ash, orange mint, sweeter toffee. Very soft smolder. Not too smokey in that sense. Comes across much more as a soft smolder atop olderbarleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of ryan, thanks! Bright and clear amber brown, no head. Aroma of cigars and cigarettes. Taste starts sweet than rapidly sets itself on fire and smoulders. Fascinating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle from drewbeerme- thanks again, Andrew! The pour depends on what part of the bottle you get- the first half is a clear cola brown and the second half is a super muddy brown, neither of which have any head to speak of. Aroma of smoke, cream, caramel malts, rusted metal, and pork. Flavor of smoked pork, cream, caramel malts, fruit, and tons and tons of brown sugar. Smoky, sweet, milky mouthfeel with no carbonation and a medium body. Weird beer, and wonder what this would have been like closer to January 2002. Still glad to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Pours department ruddy brown. Nose is light smoke and malt. Flavor goes more To the smoke side, like a camp fire with dried fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Shared by drewbeerme at RBSG. Pours a deep and murky auburn brown with wispy head. Nose is sweet and caramel with some smoke in the distance. Light soy notes and cocoa as well. On taste, completely different experience. The smoke hangs on strong with a great campfire note that goes well with the robust caramel notes. I can’t believe this is 6.5 years old and still going strong. Perhaps on its way downhill, but phenomenal nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Some awesome person poured some of this into my glass at RBSG 2010. Pours a dark reddish brown with some semblance of head. Very cool to try this. Aroma is still smokey, surprisingly, after all this time. A bit of sweet malt, maybe some cherry. Flavor is meat and liquid smoke. Really surprised it’s still smokey because I’ve always thought that smoked beers lose the smoke quickly. This is pretty nice. Obviously, not as great as it must have been so many years ago, but still. Wow. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Sampled on tap at RBSG ’10 (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice murky rusty brown, fairly opaque, some lighter edges, small carbonation. Dies to near nothing. Aromas are decent smokiness, biscuit, cherry wood. A decent saltiness and cured meats. Initial is fairly smokey and salty, a good biscuty malt with toffee, malty sweetness anf cherry wood and smokey meat smoke. Not bad, a decent oxidation sends it for the worse and a touch of bandaids follows through. A touch of biscuity mellow, Ok, the smoke is still bringing the power, but the beer itself appears to be past it’s peak. Smoked beers are definitely a secret love though and wins it a point or two overall. Cheers.

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