pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong smoke smell and taste. It reminded me of smoked bacon. Thick syrupy texture. I picked up some salt. also. Strange. It gets better as it warms. An acquired taste for this one.
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was really looking forward to this, and I thought it was a dissapointment. Very think, I’m not sure it was even an Ale like it says on the bottle. Had a hint of carmel in it but the thickness of this was just to much for me.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bells Batch 5000 would make a wonderful dessert beer. This ale poured ruddy brown in colour and lacked signifigant carbonation. I found the style to be similar to scotch ales--having that sweet caramel, apple flavor. The body was thick and chewy. This beer ended with sustained smokiness, mild bitter, and alcoholic warmth. Very high end and interesting. Excellent craftsmanship.
Indra (2629) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very interesting style. Deep dark red color, full-on aroma and taste. Very much like an Old Ale, or a cross between that and a barleywine. Fruity, complex. Good late fall/early spring beer. Extremely strong malty flavor.