Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Similar to Bells Third Coast Old Ale in itís appearance and thickness. Not near as thick as their Expedition Stout. Just enough caramel flavor. If you can find a bottle, try it out and youíll be glad you did.
AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
When served cold the roast flavour is at its best apparent, but onceit warms up a little the sweetness makes an apperance. When held up to the light the setiments are as large as computer keys! but settles great. As well as being the same colour as the inside of a Riesenís caramel chew!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
unlike anything iíve ever seen. Tope in color, almost caramel like. malty sweet aroma. very smoked, slightly harsh, very sweet as well, dont really know what to do with this. an absolute must try
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never seen so much sediment before. Benjamin may have said it best: íTastes like Iím drinking a tree, thatís been slightly barbequed.í One was enough for me, gotta go with the consensus and agree that this is definately an acquired taste.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2003 After lots more smoked beers for comparison, I'd say this is too thick and hammerhead! Original: Even though I don't like it that much (pauliefrog99 says it's an acquired taste and I agree), it is clearly a well-crafted ale. Looks like a dark scottish ale; big, thick carbonation arising from the deepest caramel color you ever saw. Smoke aroma, and some sweetness. The flavor changes, yes, as it warms, to sweet, salt, smokiness, and something strangely burnt that has got the very tip of my tongue all tingled and I can't figure out why. A weird, strange brew that warms even weirder.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cold, the smokey flavor dominated. However, when warmer it starts with a nice fruity flavor (with a subtle bitterness) and finishes smokey. The smokeiness reminds me of Mezcal. Very thick, moderate head. Let it warm up.
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a yummy, chewy ale. Very thick and complex. I really like it, though it certainly gets better as it warms. Cold its alright, but at almost room temperature, its wonderful. Quite a bit of alcohol too, as one of these gave me a pretty good buzz.
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, Iím 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.