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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2008
[6 year old bottle, thank you Dukefan! ] I was quite disappointed that they didnt stamp the batch number on the bottle! Anyways, pours a very murky dark orange/amber with a minimal head. Strong sweet smokey aroma with cherries and hickory bbq. Flavor follows suit, sweet and smokey, big malty rich caramelized applewood & hickory smoked bacon and lots of bitter cherry. Medium mouthful that is lightly syrupy yet still smooth and very palatable. Can we have this again please?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Bells Batch 5000 would make a wonderful dessert beer. This ale poured ruddy brown in colour and lacked signifigant carbonation. I found the style to be similar to scotch ales--having that sweet caramel, apple flavor. The body was thick and chewy. This beer ended with sustained smokiness, mild bitter, and alcoholic warmth. Very high end and interesting. Excellent craftsmanship.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Poured a murky cloudy brown with tiny particles of sediment, aroma was of smoke, alcohol, caramel malt, and caramel. taste was of smoked meats, dark fruit, and caramel, there is a lot going on in here. alcohol is fairly apparent all the way through but doesn't really detract. hops mix it up with the smoke and the malt in the finish. a unique beer that took me a bit to get hold of, but thoroughly enjoying.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Brown. Very aromatic, deep and malty giving hints of caramel, butter toffee, meat (sausage) and smoked malt. RIch, meaty and smoky with an enormous malt flavor and coating body. Just so damn full and so complex in the malt flavor and the smoke is only one dimesion in the multi-dimensional flavor system. A very good beer. One I can definately recommend to anyone who can handle a little smoke flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2005
12 oz bottle, 2 years old: slight red-gold bubbly waterfall below a generous, tan head. Settles into a thick, creamy foam that has pretty good retention for such an old sample. Smoked hop aroma with candied/brown sugar coated bacon, roasted cherries, and burning cedar chips. Underlying caramel coated hop cones with a faint sappiness. Incredibly dark brown with red, plumy hues. Smooth, almost silky mouth feel. Cooked apples and plums, suspended in sticky caramel and honey mixed with an overall smoky flavour. The alcohol is covered nicely. Long, dry finish, full of bitter, smoked hop cones and lightly charred honey. A surprisingly different, amazingly unique strongly smoked, cedary strong ale. Wow, a rare treat and worth the special treatment, through three cities, to keep around for so long

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Bottle (obviously). Interesting. My first thought was band-aids. Then I let my palate adjust from the Alexander to thick and smokey and yum yum. A little unusual for a brew this size to be smoked. Aroma is pleasantly smokey with a touch of malt sweetness. Thick malt flavors balance the smoke nicely. Creamy mouth feel makes this one delightful to consume. Rather sticky finish as well. Thanks EDA!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle, thanks to walleye! Poured a deep, fiery reddish-brown with swirly haziness from the bottom of the bottle... head settled down quickly to a ring and a light pool. The nose was spot-on... round and rich smoked malts, cedar, toasty caramel, cured meat, and some darker roasted fruit. The fruit plays a greater role in the wonderful and palate-taxing flavor... along with pulled caramel, toasted wood, herbs, and an aire of smoked malts very well intertwined. The finish was a tad thick with smoky wood, caramel, and alcohol warmth. Body seemed to get thicker as the drink approached the throat... expertly smooth with low bitterness. Just felt phenominal on the palate. Excellent beer that I wish I had more of.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Poured a murky brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of smoked meats, charred wood, nuts, sherry, and caramel malts. Taste was smokey, a bit salty, with roasted malts, tobacco, cocoa, and more caramel. Alcohol was fairly strong. Thanks Paul!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2985) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

I dont know where this came from, but it was a nice surprise. I only got a small sample unfortunately but I could easily have shared a half bottle with someone. The taste was a bit unusual so I can see how some people might hate it. Still, it is a nice change from the sour beers of earlier in the night.

Aroma / Appearance - Scents of hot sugar cured ham and used oil wafted out of the glass. It was sort of like Christmas dinner, if you held it at the local mechanics. The body was a caramel brown with no lacing or head.

Flavor / Palate - The initial sip was sweet and smoky. It reminded me of drinking a flat Dr Pepper in a smoke filled bar. If this were available again Id buy a sixer for sure. The all too brief sample was enjoyable, fun and easy to drink. The finish was a little hot but it complemented the other characteristics well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Ruby pour with a thin white head. Aroma of bacon, smoke, and sweet malt. Flavors of caramel malt, smoke and bacon. Thick, smokey/malty with a smokey/malty finish. This one held up pretty nice!


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