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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bellís Batch 5000 Ale is a smoked strong ale, brewed to celebrate Kalamazoo Brewing Companyís 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 įF. Single Batch Release - January, 2002 only.

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2004
Lots of smoke! Honey, peanuts, roasted. Hazy brown-red body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately salty finish. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: too salty/smokey to handle without smoked foods...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
No sir, I donít like it. In all fairness I am very picky on my barley wine selection. Smokey, Murkey, good with a cigar. cellar beer for sure, this has been in the draft free basement (cellar) for a year. See ya next year #5000...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Beuatiful mahogany and black wlanut color and a good mouthfeel - not too thin, not overly viscous. But the aroma and serious liquid smoke flavor were too much for me. Iím not a fan of Scots ales to begin with, so ratcheting the smoke up a notch into this style probably wasnít a good choice for me. My first and last smoked beer unless someone can convince me otherwise ...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is murky dark orange-brown, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (dark bread, molasses), with a strong note of smoke, light note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Quite sour and syrupy with a burning finish, and Iím not a big fan of smoked stuff, so this one was rather disappointing overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Iím one of the nay-sayers on this one. I remember not liking batch 4000 either. I have another bottle of this that I will cellar for a year or two, but for now, I just donít enjoy this beer. Deep red color with a thin tan head and a smell of greasy, smoked bacon. I like smoked beers, but not this one. Maybe its the smell, but it tastes greasy. It is cloyingly sweet like mixing your pancake syrup with smoked canadian bacon for breakfast. It would be better with food, I suppose, but I would take any other Bellís over having to drink another one of these.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Smoke, burnt tobacco, smoke, roasted malt, smoke. This is a very good meat marinade but does nothing for me as a beer, just way over the top smoke.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
fonefan (43888) - 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2002
You know how your clothes smell after you have been sitting around a campfire all night, that is how this beer smells. And it is this beers initial taste. Only thing I like about this beer is its aftertaste and its appearance.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a murky brown color with minimal head. Smoky, beef jerky-like aroma. Excessively smoky with a very meat-like flavor as well. This one was tough for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Msdrbeat (466) - East Lansing, USA - SEP 14, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. I just can't drink it. I guess I don't like smoked beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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