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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2005 (Released 2006) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2005 (Released 2006)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2005 (Released 2006)

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BA SCORE
83
good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaveFL1976 on 12-11-2006)
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mikereaser:
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with no foam at all, just some bubbles around the glass. It seems a little flat from the pour.

S - interesting, beef jerky, smokey, very peppery. hmm, it makes me a bit worried.

T - its a cross between plum, beef jerky, smoke and . Actually its not completely bad but it is wearing on me quickly. As it warms the plum comes through more.

M/D - Thick bodied, with very little carbonation, Its an interesting flavor that changes as it warms and gets better too.

I'm guessing maybe a barleywine or maybe a Shorts beer. The carbonation is what is throwing me. So lets rip this bad boy open...

No Way! Bell's Eccentric Ale 2005. Thats friggin crazy. I've wanted to try any of these forever and Abraxel sent me a 2005. Pretty cool if I do say so.

3/3/4/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:51:45 | More by mikereaser
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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.5%

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ISmith87

Arizona

3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - 4 - my default rating for beer's appearance if it was drank out of the bottle.
S - 3.75 - pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, like a thanksgiving meal in a bottle.
T - 3.25 - very boozy, pumpkin, brown sugar, not all that great.
M - 3.25 - alcohol is very present in this one, a little too much. The beer itself is pretty flat. Aftertaste is pumpkin, booze, and sweet potatoes.
O - 3.5 - It's not all that great. I'd definitely encourage anyone thinking of trying it to go for another Bell's beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 22:15:20 | More by ISmith87
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mcrago

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-06-2013 13:42:17 | More by mcrago
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mattvandyk

Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.7%

05-18-2013 15:16:38 | More by mattvandyk
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-28-2013 19:22:45 | More by smartassboiler
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Florida

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 7199.

Appearance - Deep amber. Not much of a head. Nice legs. A little life at the edges.

Smell - Sweet caramel. Dominated by an herbal character I can't pinpoint.

Taste - Sweet. Sugars all over. Herbal character again. Tough to identify what it is. Very sugary. Just a bit of bitterness balances it.

Mouthfeel - Really sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - If there was ever anything balancing the outrageous sugars in this beer, it's long gone. I wish the bottle would tell me what the herbs were, but it's not descriptive at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 01:54:07 | More by Alieniloquium
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-18-2013 04:30:24 | More by spycow
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Duff27

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

collar left on a brown body.

Cheeries and a tad of oxidation.

Sweet cherries, oxidation. Very sweet, again. Potpourri? A little usual. Would guess at 9.5%abv

Low carbonation, medium smooth mouthfeel.

Don't know if I could do the whole bottle. Thanks for pulling his out TATURBO.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:31:58 | More by Duff27
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

vintage 2005. batch number 7199.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with one finger of white head. A fizzing sound is heard after the head collects on top of the beer and during the pour. The head immediately dissapates to nothing in less than five seconds. Beer glows a mahoganey hue when held to light.

Smell: Sweet malts, prunes, and paint thinner.

Taste: Really rich dark fruits. Its vinous and sweet. Big notes of plums, prunes, black licorice, boisenberry syrup, and molasses. Beer has a spicy finish and aftertaste. There is also more plum and prune notes in the finish. This beer is a touch to sweet for my tastes, though it has nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with flat and still carbonation. I would say the carbonation is to be expected to be flat especially since this beer being from 2005. Syrupy mouthfeel. It has a warming and spicy alcohol feel to it.

Overall: This is the oldest beer I have ever drank. It was interesting for sure. Would have liked to try this beer fresh to compare what it was to what it now is.

Serving type: bottle

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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Jakers90

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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jrallen34

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 bottle provided by Chris, poured into a perfect pint glass...Medium mahogany with very light lacing..The aroma and taste are similar, super spicy and herbal with a lot of alcohol. Not an enjoyable experience or drink. Dark fruit notes are not enough.

Don't bother with this one.

Serving type: bottle

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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown, concentrated amber color. When held up to the light the beer shows a murky, dark plum color. The aroma smells of richly concentrated malt, dark fruit and even some brandy notes. The dark, concentrated fruit notes are the most prevalent here and remind me of raisins, roasted prunes and some Concord grape notes all of which are a little broiled. There are some spicy notes here that in combination with the warm alcohol produces notes of brandy, dark rum, and more than anything some bourbon-like notes. Underneath the concentrated fruit notes are some richly toasted, brown sugar encrusted, whole grain bread notes. There are some rich earthy notes here, a musty damp cellar like note, perhaps even a touch of lightly oxidized note (but really this could just be the rich fruit character). The nose on this beer is incredibly rich and complex.

Sweet and thick feeling as it first hits my tongue; this isn't quite as sweet as I might have guessed though. The beer finishes with a mix of toasted grain, spicy alcohol, and even a bit of a tongue numbing sensation. Rich, lightly oxidized, deeply caramelized malt character lingers on the tongue and mixes with a concentrated fruit notes of prune, brandy soaked dried figs and rich raisin notes. The tongue numbing in the finish seems to be a mix of alcohol and turpene like effects (even some clove notes). This beer is just incredibly rich, it is quite the sipping brew with lots of strength, though it is not overly hot. A touch of astringency and spice to the finish reminds me of a hint of oak, and perhaps even some oaky Bourbon.

This beer seems to make my ears tingle with warmth. I do wonder what the vegetables add to this beer, and what vegetables were actually used. The beer is not quite as complex in the flavor as it is in the nose. This is a very interesting beer, definitely quite enjoyable. It could perhaps hide its strength just a little bit better, but it is still quite nice.

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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper with a little white head. Nose is dark fruit and caramel. Taste is good with a nice sweetness at first followed by the complex fruit notes. Very malty after 4-5 years, much like an English Bwine that had been aged. Some cocoa and tobacco in the finish. Very unusual and "eccentric" and pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:06:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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tpd975

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sudsdog for sending this one over quite sometime ago.

A: Nice and bright cloudy amber hue with a nice head that nicely and has above average retention.

S: Hmmm spice. Tons of ginger and mint. There is a caramel malt base for sure making this one smell really nice.

T: Mmmm malty goodness in a bottle. The nose matches the taste but the beer is much sweeter than expected. Not overly sweet mind you very nice I must say. Spearmint and ginger come thru to play a role making this one enjoyable beer.

M: Full bodied and rich. Ample carbonation.

D: It's a sipper, and a rather enjoyable one at that.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 12:20:32 | More by tpd975
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark garnet-hued body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling malt aroma with sherry and fruity plum wine. Further notes of brown sugar and ginger.

Taste: Deep sweet maltiness with a blending of caramel and sherry. Underlying spiciness, maybe a little bit of ginger, too. Drizzle of plum syrup. Splash of Galliano liqueur. Earthy dark brown sugar. A fairly withdrawn, forgotten hop character only yields a tired touch of resin. Warming, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Scrumptious! Both unique and rather enjoyable (and eccentric).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:10:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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theformula

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #27 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/27.
Weird description of flavors, this make me very curious to try it.
Big thanks to hoppymeal for this bottle!

A: A nearly opaque mahogany body pours into a tulip glass. This is dark... A 2" tan head lacks some retention, yet leaves a nice ring of lacing.

S: Mmm, rich, rich malts. I would call it a milk/sweet stout if I had to, but "spiced" works too. Big and colorful, w/ a cooked vegetable (tobacco?) note along w/ a semi-acrid character. The underlying mil chocolate note is solid, and it's mixed w/ raisins, prunes and dark honey. Vague coriander spice & coffee comes out. Complex!

M: Med. body, low carbonation. Like Kalamazoo Stout, very full, creamy & a little viscous.

T: This is strange, but I like it. It takes some getting used to. Rich & sweet like a mild stout w/ lactic tartness, leafy hop bitterness and a bit of tobacco. Milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, mocha, coriander spice and even a nutty popcorn in the finish. Moderate alcohol presence.

D: A very interesting ale, so many flavors going on here and it comes together well for the most part. Decent drinkability but the rich malts make it difficult to drink too much.
A rich, hearty fantastic offering from Bell's, glad I had the chance at this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 20:48:36 | More by theformula
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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2005 (Released 2006) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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