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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2002
The first beer I’ve ever dumped out. Tastes like they dumped a gallon of liquid smoke into the batch. This beer just did not agree with me.

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