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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 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 (10416) - 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 (40181) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of CaptainCougar. Cloudy reddish brown with a small off-white head. Distinct aroma of Bamberg smoke and caramel. Solid body, low in carbonation, sweet notes of caramel and chocolate with a hoppy finish. The smokiness really shines through. 300809

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Special thanks to Northernbrews for hooking up the Bell’s 4000-8000 tasting. All great brews. This one still had a good bit of smoke and ash to go with a little oxidation and some malts. Still a nice beer to sip on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Gift from a friend. Thanks Trevor!Obviously this one has lost the smokieness with its age. A light light oxidation is present as well. It seems to have taken on an almost barleywine look and taste. Caramel and brown sugar dominate leaving a light alcohol burn. Still, this is not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
So this fool is now over seven years old? Awesome--thanks Bobby! I’ve had this a few times before at tastings, but never have entered the ratings--I do remember liking it quite a bit, though. Clear brownish copper with a small beige head, low retention. The aroma still has a pretty good amount of smoke--campfire and smoky salty meats--, but now there’s getting to be a fair amount of oxidation as well, that even a year or so ago, I don’t remember. Also, a little alcohol is present. The flavor still has some oxidation, but the sweet caramel malts seem to mask it somewhat. Full body with light soft carbonation. Not quite as good as I remember, but then again, it is over seven years old. My original ratings had this much closer to a 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 23, 2009
Aroma seems to have more smoke than the taste. Taste is smooth and sweet with just the right amount of bitternesss with the smoke. Nice smoke beer for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2009
I thought I should rate this since I have been drinking this for the last three years and am down to my last bottle that will be in a vertical tasting when the 9000 comes out. poured dark brown no head. aroma still has that wonderful smoke, malts, still get the caramel, and some hops. flavor This has just the right amount of smoke sort of like sitting around a campfire, dark fruits and malts did not get the hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle. This beer has stood up incredibly well for being almost seven years old. Cloudy orange-brown body with next to no head, but what is there is tan. The aroma is filled with leather, smoke, bacon and tart cherry. Hints of molasses, bread, barnyard and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes slightly sour/tart with some alcoholic warming. Thin to medium body, watery texture and little carbonation. Reading posts from 2002, many found this beer to be overly sweet and I did not see any mention funkiness. The overt sweetness is now muted and there is definitely a funky smell and taste that is accentuated by the smoke. Different and enjoyable. Thanks SpudClampDawg.

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