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Bells Batch 5000 Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Smoked
Galesburg, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9998) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6286) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3277) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6511) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Not sure who was kind enough to open this at the 2010 RBSG Grand Tasting but thanks a ton! Poured a dark cloudy brown with a small grayish brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of smoked malts with dark grains a bit of a jerky note. Flavor started out reserved with dark grains with smokey notes really grow to a very smokey finish and after taste. Definitely some smoked meats come out in this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2010
The Dan Journal #343. Tasted 4/1/10. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a lively body. Webbed off-white head. Aromas of sweet malts and smokey raisins. Lotta dark dried fruits. Big burn in the nostrils. Full bodied and totally sweet. Mild effervescence and a thick body. Dried fruit. The great smokiness really blends well with the alcohol burn. Lingering sticky finish. Still good after all these years. Tasted as part of a 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000 verticle!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2183) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2010
poured with a tan head, slightly hazy dark amber; lace. aroma smoke dark ripe fruit, one of the best smoke/rausch beers i’ve ever had. balanced with body and a little sweetness. not sure on the alcohol. nice finish considering the huge flavor. big beer! not a session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Amber pour. Aroma is smoky as hell with some bacon notes and bandaids. Flavor is really sweet with a good smoked bacon flavor profile. This one showed no signs of oxidation at all.


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