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RATINGS: 247   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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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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (2358) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle thanks to motortoddhead. The original. Deep brownish amber. Smoked cheese with tangy, fruity malt. Flavor is vinous with more tangy fruit and salty smoke and a bit of ashy toast. Has held up extremely well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (8447) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Deep heavy dark Amber with a large fluffy ivory head that lasts forever and leaves great lace. Nice roasty campfire smokey nose with a certain dark maltiness thatís roasty sweet but not smokey. Interesting. Crisp and dark malty flavor thatís a little campfire-ish but also dark malty sweet with a touch of raisin and plum, then the gently smokey tone comes back to calm it down. Brilliantly full but quaffable, smokey yet interesting enough to not be a one trick poney.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2016
On tap at Star Bar. This is a deep, deep brown with a pervasive khaki head. Aroma has fruity yeast notes with brown sugar and smoked meat. The palate is full and creamy. Very nice meaty, smoky undertones throughout the flavor. Itís a sweet beer, for sure but it works. Hints of brown sugar, cola, no real hop character, and wood smoke. I canít say Iíve had a smoked beer quite like this one and I definitely like it. I could stand it to be less sweet, but itís delicious as it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Tap at hopcat. Aroma is smoked meat with mild brown sugar and caramel. Tastes like a mix of a smoked beer and a barleywine. The sweet caramel malt overpowers the smoke a bit. Itís not bad but Iím not a big fan of the combo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9426) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Pour on tap at Hopcat, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, smoke,some oak, dark fruit, some floral notes. Taste was a mix of grass, bread, toffee, slight smoke and oak, dark fruits, finishing sweet, slightly smoky. Pretty tasty.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Msdrbeat (618) - East Lansing, USA - SEP 14, 2016
On tap at Hopcat. I just can't drink it. I guess I don't like smoked beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sarlacc83 (2131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2016
Tap at Belmont Station. A: Cloudy red color, creme color head. N: Strawberry, molasses, toasted biscuit, smoke, and more smoke, BBQ sauce, hint of cider vinegar, wood, spruce, and caraway. T: Sweet and smokey. M: Medium body, no alcohol, prickly carbonation. O: I really cannot get the comparison to KC Masterpiece out of my head. Thereís some otherwise good flavors here, but really, this should be used on ribs and thatís not something I particularly want to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1882) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2016
On tap at Belmont Station. Colour...murky brown with amber tones as well. Nose... Honey Baked Ham and plenty of smoky, BBQ infused brown sugar. Palate...dry, sweet and opulent with smoky, meaty goodness and backyard bonfire. The mid palate is full of smoked meat and alfalfa honey as well as dark amber maple sirop and burnt toffee. The finish long and...well...smoky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8752) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2016
On tap at Belmont station. Pours a dark brown red color with a small white head. A big sweet smoky nose. The flavor is big sweet malts, toffee, big smoky chocolate. Dark fruit. Like a smoked stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2015
On tap at GTMW 2015, pours an unclear brown with a thin head, the aroma has a good amount of smoked meat with a slight touch of sweetness at the same time, the flavor has a heavy smoke front end with lots of meat and and sweetness at the same time, interesting.


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