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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 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. I’m not a fan of Scots ales to begin with, so ratcheting the smoke up a notch into this style probably wasn’t 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 (7284) - 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 I’m 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 (4122) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
I’m 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 don’t 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 Bell’s 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 (43533) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
Cloudy, light brown appearance. This was a funny brew, you know that there is something wrong when some of the tasters notice hints of bacon and pork. He he. Vegetal, hoppy, smokey aroma. Extremely, if I could use an Oakes term, cloying, way too sweet. Yuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
As a former kzoo resident and a firm supporter of Bells brewery I must sadly say I was disappointed with Larry Bell’s work on this particular beer. I have had deep thick smoked beers before but what they had in complexity Bell’s has in an OVERWHELMINGLY medicine-like taste that haunts the palate like a bad case of crabs. Not to say Bells does not have a variety of fanastic beers its just as a fan I must say I am sorely disappointed in this batch

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2002
Smells like medicine, tastes like smokey medicine, and is relatively terrible. Gave it a 10 in overall because it was unique and took some creativity to come up with this.

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