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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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (35959) - 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]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31925) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29837) - 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...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19945) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2003
Bottled. Cloudy nut brown. Stong Bamberg style beechwood smoke aroma. Big chewy stable maltiness. Long, bitter bacon smolkey finish. In no way subtle, but I'm a great fan of heavily smoked beers, and this is just spot on what I like. Thanks hopsrus for sending this and many other unique beers!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
11th January 2011
Cloudy dark brown beer, no real head. Tart fruits, sourish and a little acidic. Creamy smoked malt. Trace of chocolate in the background. Not hanging together for me - the tart fruit and the creamy smoke are odd bedfellows!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13779) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13242) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
Muddy colour, no foam; dry smokiness, that to me seems like an unusual type of wood, like pecan or something. Slight maltiness that gets chewy, decent smoke flavours, firm alcohol presence. Different, but I’m not sure where it fits in (a second-tier Adam or Immort?).

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2007
(12oz bottle, many thanks to artusory for sharing) Cloudy copper body with minimal beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, smoked meat. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, melon/berry, some smoke. Medium-full body with low carbonation and some stickiness.


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