RATINGS: 247   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3073) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a foggy brown color with a single spot of head and no lacing. The aroma is really smokey. There is a nice bacon aspect to it. It's got a nice malt underneath but the smoke controls. The flavor is much more malty with the smoke on the back end. Light bacon and a strong camp fire on the way back. Not crazy, not overly done but just enough. The mouth feel is light and slick with a decent carbonation but it falls flat. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty and smokey. Pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Arona is smoked bacon, pork, and some malts, taste is smoke meats- bacon, pork, ham, sausage, really different, but very good. Would like them to bottle this again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8476) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Draft to taster at the Eccentric Cafe. Looks good; a very slightly translucent very dark cola with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes malty with notes of chocolate and a mild to moderate amount of smoke. Balanced though. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (23756) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
11th January 2011
Cloudy dark brown beer, no real head. Tart fruits, sourish and a little acidic. Creamy smoked malt. Trace of chocolate in the background. Not hanging together for me - the tart fruit and the creamy smoke are odd bedfellows!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5967) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2012
12oz bottle split in two in 2011. Chunky brown, unfiltered. No head. Smells quite old/aged. Woody, oxidized amber malt. Past it’s prime. Oily and sticky, still drinkable. Big smoky tones are still there, even with oxidation. Still a decent beer, the "aged" aroma really kills it though. Oily body, mouthfeel. OK..but a prime example of why beers are better fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15613) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours muddy brown. Nose/taste of heavy smoked malt, bacon, smoked caramel, smoked almonds, ham and molasses maple syrup. Lots of smoke. Full mouth feel. Drinking very well right now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
12 oz bottle split by Madvike, Thanks Matt. Booze and LOTS of smoke on the nose. Flavor is smoke, but not dominating. Leather, tobacco, brown sugar are all in there too. Solid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3227) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle from motortoddhead...THANKS TODD! - Pours rosy brown with a thin tan ring of head. Nice light smoked meat note--I assume the smoke has faded over the years, never having this fresh. It still has sweetness in there--toffee and buttery sweetness. Lots going on in the taste. There’s lots of dark chocolate, a lightly charred woodiness, caramel, candi sugar, leather, tobacco. Still boozy on the finish, and a bit thinnish, with slightly biting carbonation. Tastes vaguely like a light-bodied Adam. This was better than I thought it’d be, and now I wish I could have had it fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours clear brown with no head, just a small ring. Aroma is smoky, reminds me of bacon. Body is medium-full. Flavor is smoky with sweet caramel, and a little candied fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pour from a bottle on this beer gave a murky amber brown. Pretty decent smoky aroma in your nose. Strong almost harsh quality in your mouth with plenty of malt cola like qualities for flavor. Sweet malt pervades through the sample with some caramel and molasses. Happy to try it.

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