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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9762) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2900) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10801) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (42888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
[ Trade by Bobby91w ]. Unclear dark red amber color with a average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, smoke - meat, modrate caramel, dark berry - raisin. Flavor is moderate to heavy plum - raisin sweet and moderate to heavy rubber - peat smoked bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Normal i like very much smoked beers but this was strange ! [20090816]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (33469) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin white head. The aroma has notes of malt and caramel as well as light notes of smoke. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and smoke from beech wood, as well as notes of over ripe fruits and alcohol, leading to a dry finish where the alcohol tickles the tongue. Thank a million CaptainCougar for coming to Denmark and bringing this - I’m really happy to try one of the other rare examples of a smoked BW, but I think Ungstrup’s Reserve is the better...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14963) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Caramel, fruity, nice light smokey, lovely smooth body, sweetness, bacon, sticky body, light syrup, toasted, light roasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Pours a cloudy dark brown with just a thin layer of head on top. Aroma is indeed smoky, with sweet malts in the background. Flavor is mostly of honey and malt, with a little bit of smoky liquid meat marinade. Sticky mouthfeel and finish. Overall, good minus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2009
Hazy orange with a tiny beige head. Sweet and smoked aroma with toasted malt, caramel and overrripe fruits. Very sweet flavour with loads of smoke, caramel, malt and peated malt. Finished seriously smoked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39114) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours hazy dark orange to brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry overripe fruity and with a mild smoked note. Beechwood smoked flavoured, dry and mild acidic flavoured. Dry and bitter flavoured finish.

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