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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

Re-brewed for Bells 30th Anniversary in 2015

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2.8
Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
Muddy colour, no foam; dry smokiness, that to me seems like an unusual type of wood, like pecan or something. Slight maltiness that gets chewy, decent smoke flavours, firm alcohol presence. Different, but I'm not sure where it fits in (a second-tier Adam or Immort?).

1.9
daboskabouter (1469) - 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
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2002
This is the best smoked beer that I've 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
fraternie (1021) - 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
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
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2002
Sweet, smoked aroma at first. Cloudy, brown/caramel appearance. The smokiness wasn't 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
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2002
Similar to Bells Third Coast Old Ale in it's 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 you'll be glad you did.

3.4
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 Riesen's caramel chew!

3.4
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2002
unlike anything i've 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
Zach Diesel (905) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2002
Never seen so much sediment before. Benjamin may have said it best: 'Tastes like I'm drinking a tree, that's been slightly barbequed.' One was enough for me, gotta go with the consensus and agree that this is definately an acquired taste.


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