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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bellís Batch 5000 Ale is a smoked strong ale, brewed to celebrate Kalamazoo Brewing Companyís 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 įF. Single Batch Release - January, 2002 only.

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

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1.9
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2002
This is the best smoked beer that Iíve had to date. The smoke taste is up front, but not overwhelming. The huge malt side of this beer compliments the smoke and makes for one great brew. The only real fault that I could find with it, was its syrupy nature. Hopefully Kalamazoo will make this again in the future. Thanks MikeForney!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fraternie (996) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2002
The description of Third Coast Old Ale mixed with a smoked beer is spot on. The malt base laying under the beechwood malt is definatley reminscent of Third Coast and the smoked malt lends a nice complexity of flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2002
Sweet, smoked aroma at first. Cloudy, brown/caramel appearance. The smokiness wasnít quite what I expected, having just tried Aecht Schlenkerla the other day. Definitely warms the stomach, reminds me slightly of smoked bacon. A well crafted ale that might take some getting used to. Complex, which is to be expected from Bells.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
Similar to Bells Third Coast Old Ale in itís appearance and thickness. Not near as thick as their Expedition Stout. Just enough caramel flavor. If you can find a bottle, try it out and youíll be glad you did.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlGreen99 (33) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2002
When served cold the roast flavour is at its best apparent, but onceit warms up a little the sweetness makes an apperance. When held up to the light the setiments are as large as computer keys! but settles great. As well as being the same colour as the inside of a Riesenís caramel chew!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
unlike anything iíve ever seen. Tope in color, almost caramel like. malty sweet aroma. very smoked, slightly harsh, very sweet as well, dont really know what to do with this. an absolute must try

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Never seen so much sediment before. Benjamin may have said it best: íTastes like Iím drinking a tree, thatís been slightly barbequed.í One was enough for me, gotta go with the consensus and agree that this is definately an acquired taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2003 After lots more smoked beers for comparison, I'd say this is too thick and hammerhead! Original: Even though I don't like it that much (pauliefrog99 says it's an acquired taste and I agree), it is clearly a well-crafted ale. Looks like a dark scottish ale; big, thick carbonation arising from the deepest caramel color you ever saw. Smoke aroma, and some sweetness. The flavor changes, yes, as it warms, to sweet, salt, smokiness, and something strangely burnt that has got the very tip of my tongue all tingled and I can't figure out why. A weird, strange brew that warms even weirder.


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