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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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Milwaukee YeHA! 2006

I don’t 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 I’d 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2002
Smoked malt flavor that is also a bit sweet. Packs a huge punch of alcohol and smoke flavor in the finish, a little more balance would have made this as good as their Old Ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Deep orange/light amber colour with a tan head. Smells like smoked cheddar. Tastes like smoked sausage. The best smoked beer I’ve ever had. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2002
This is a very nice smoked beer. I happen to like smoked beers & this is an excellent representation of the style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Mmmm, rauchbier. Deep, very cloudy auburn color. Very smoky nose, smells like mesquite smoking on a barbeque. Flavor is correspondingly very smoky. A little less smoked than the Bamberg rauchbiers, but still very good. Smokiness is well paired with dark caramel malts. Also get some maple syrup, has a nice, very subtle lingering sweetness. Palate is nicely full, a bit creamy. Wish I had some jerky to eat with it, would be a nice pairing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
Pours murky plum red. Short brownish head. Big syruppy body still very well carbonated. Nose is heavily smoked but hovers nicely over the boozy rich barleywine woody spiced beer. Hops must have dropped out a little but are still hot. Molases, caramel, toffee and sweet cookie dough malts shortly overtake the hops. Pleasantly unbalanced. Sea water, smoke, cocoa, and vanilla. Once you get used to the smoke, the lighter flavours really show off the complexity of the beer. Excellent. Thanks mr_k.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Bottle RBSG05. Smoked, bacon aroma. Smells kind of sweet for the style with some caramelly malts in the nose. Not bad. Hazy copper/brown color with a tan head. Smoked to start turning vinous and fruity with some caramel flavors and other spices. Vinous and hoppy to finish. This is magnificently flavored and extremely smooth. I want more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle via a friend. Sampled in a snifter. The beer pours to a very dark ruby body with a really creamy white head. The aroma is a nice smoked bacon. Interesting apple woods. A very nice smoky/malty balance. The flavor is nicely smoked malt mixed with a smooth meat/aged malt. The smoked wood flavors really come through. The palate is medium bodied, lightly tart with a nice texture. This one held up really nicely. So nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4945) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Eyedrinkale. Pours a cloudy brown colored body under a small tight bubbled light brown head that fell to a whispy film and a thin ring. Aroma is an interesting combonation of campfire smoke with light oxidation notes of sherry and moderate alcohol. Some hefty maltiness going on here as well. The smoke is heavy and spot on after all this time still. Below that an almost aged barleywine like base rests comfortably. Lots of sherry and cardboard notes on the finish. A moderate amount of alcohol makes itself known also. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a heavy thick malty texture. The carbonation is still perfect as well. Lightly fizzy, very fine bubbled and soft. Quite an incredible beer really. The fact that this is so damn good after all this time is a testament to Bell’s brewing expertise.


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