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Eccentric Ale 2007 (Released 2008) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Eccentric Ale 2007 (Released 2008)Eccentric Ale 2007 (Released 2008)

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9 Ratings
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: joe1510 on 12-15-2008)
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Reviews by gonzo46and2:
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra from hoppymeal. Thanks again!

Pours a dark reddish brown with a dark tan head. Good carbonation despite the age on the brew.

Aroma is sweet with dark malts and sugary treats. The honey, maple syrup, fruit and spices blend together quite well and are bit hard to pick out immediately but as it warms it opens nicely. Theres slight notes of soil and smoke that compliment nicely.

Taste is very sweet. Very sweet. Nice bitter twang at the end. Very syrupy and full.

Mouthfeel is softly carbonated and syrupy without being too thick. Slightly cloying but theres a bit of hoppy bitterness and roasted malt.

gonzo46and2, Jun 24, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of prototypic
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to hoppymeal for this rarity. Very surprised to see this one. Thanks a ton, Derek.

Appearance: It pours a dark mahogany color. Looks very hazy and only a little light is penetrating the edges giving it some scarlet highlights. The head is a dark tan color that reaches about a finger deep. It was very quick to disappear and left only spotty lacing on the glass. Maybe too much abv for it to lead a productive life.

Smell: The nose is less powerful than I anticipated. But, it remains good. It features a broad spectrum of fruity aromas, the strongest of which are dark. There's heavy notes of prune, plum, and raisin. Light berry scents are noted, but they're clearly ancillary to dark fruits. Molasses and syrup are present and add a nice dimension to it. Alcohol is noted, but seems well controlled. All in all, it's a nice, deep smelling beer. Just a little more strength would drive it to the next level.

Taste: Dark fruit flavors of prune, raisin, and plum are the predominant flavor. It's a very rich, tasty flavor. Light rasberry seems to be in the mix, but it's faint. There's a very distinct molasses flavor that's a nice touch. It works really well with the dark fruits. It's very malty and sweet. This is a really, rich flavorful beer. Lots of depth and character. Alcohol is noted, but is blended well. It doesn't feel warm or hot. It finishes malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's got thick body and a very lush feel. Carbonation is low giving it a very smooth feel. Bell's nailed mouthfeel once agian. Drinkability is good, but it's hard to get around this beer's big feel and high abv. It still goes down very easy.

Eccentric Ale is a damn good beer that I'm thankful I had the opportunity to try. It's big and badass. No doubt about that. Lots of depth and flavor. The nose could use a little more horsepower. But, it's otherwise a very, very good beer. Definitely worth seeking out. Thanks again, Derek.

prototypic, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 eccentric ale

Light beige head. Color is a dark ruby caramel brown.

Aroma: a whole mess of stuff. Maple syrup honey tons of toffee. Caramel and chocolate. Plums and dark fruits. Tons of spices

T: more mess of things. Honey chocolate maple syrup spices plums raisins molasses. Just a whole mess of flavors

Mf: smooth and creamy but bland. Mf b. Mc. Ends sticky and malty.

O: this was alright but a little too much. Way to much going on. I can't drink a lot of this

3.5....3...3...3...3

mothman, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark brownish red color with a dark tan colored head. Not too much retention and very little lacing.

S- Smells very sweet, maple syrup, a touch of honey, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol.

T- The tastes is again very sweet for my liking. A ton of honey and maple syrup followed up by dark fruits, mainly prune and raisins. Just plain too sweet for my taste.

M- Medium to full in body and low carbonation.

D- Not at all my favorite. Again too sweet for my tastes. Glad I got to try this one but I'd probably pass on this one again.

Eccentric Ale is a damn good beer that I'm thankful I had the opportunity to try. It's big and badass. No doubt about that. Lots of depth and flavor. The nose could use a little more horsepower. But, it's otherwise a very, very good beer. Definitely worth seeking out. Thanks again, Derek.

nrbw23, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

The great trader known as hoppymeal sent me a couple of these last week, thanks again Derek! 2007 Eccentric Ale is another crazy concoction from Larry Bell. This beer fills my snifter the darkest of browns that almost reach black. A nice dense fingers worth of beige head formed on the pour and slowly faded to a skimming with a thick collar. While the head doesn't look like much the collar leaves handsome lacing on its way down.

The ingredients are a little more under control this year when compared to last, which I actually prefer. Fruit, spices, honey and maple syrup are all in the bottle. The fruit is right up front and very familiar but for some reason I can't put my finger on it. The initial smell is of a rum soaked Christmas fruitcake and as a matter off fact both the honey and maple syrup add to that. I won't break this down any further, since it's tough with all the crazy singular aromas, but it's just like a rum soaked fruitcake in a good way.

The flavor is much the same as the smell. Spicy alcohol flows through the back while Bing cherries, candied oranges, dates; this beer is loaded with complexity. The maple syrup is noticeable but the honey, not so much. There is a solid amount of underlying sweetness. This beer is like drinking candy with a boozy kick on the swallow. It's hard for me to give this one a score for flavor. It's so different and unique that I feel it deserves a 4.5, but each swig is different. This is interesting, delicious stuff, I'm convinced.

This beer couldn't have a better mouthfeel. The body is heavy and the carbonation mellow which lets this beer show some stick as it rolls over the tongue. The alcohol shows up in the throat with a warming booziness that extends to the cheeks and forehead.

The sheer complexity and crazy ingredients make this the definition of a sipping brew. Each drink makes you work to pull out all the craziness that is this beer. The work put into drinking this beer wears me out and makes me want to drink a no brainer afterwards.

Larry Bell and his Eccentric Ales intrigue me. I've never seen anything remotely close to the wild ingredients used in these brews. Last year was even more off the wall than this year but this one still walks the line. He does manage to pull some great flavors from the "kitchen sink" he throws into each bottle. Thanks for the generosity Derek!

joe1510, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 labeled on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. This is a 2 year old brew.

A: A dark brown almost black thick liquid with very minimal head. Glass lacing is non existant.

S: Sweet fruits with honey, sugar and some maple. Very sweet smelling.

T: Super sweet up front. Sugar sweet with honey notes coupled with some darker fruits like raisin, plum and fig. Sweetness just takes over through the middle with some smoke and woody flavors. I get a very distinct porter type roasted malt flavor from mid to end taste. Finish is a bit bitter with the sweetness lingering on and on. Super complex.

M: Full, coating, sweet with a twinge of alcohol.

D: Medium at best. A very sweet beer that must be enjoyed at a very slow pace.

Overall a very different but interesting beer. I enjoyed it but one was about my limit. Nice change of pace, damn glad I tried it.

Kadonny, May 06, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another off the beaten path brew traded to me by joe1510. Thanks so much again, Joe!

A nice pop when I opened the bottle, it pours close to a pitch black, when holding it up to the light, i can see it's really a very very dark brown. A nice +1 finger head of tannish foam forms with some very good sticky lacing.

The smell is all caramel malty and maple syrupy with some roasty notes...I can't wait to "dive" in.

The taste is really sweet! A ton of caramel and maple syrup sweetness permeates my every taste bud but wow, *all* on the right notes! Some roastiness here too as is a bit of bready flavours and now, it comes across with some woody tones that are kind of bowling me over.(in a good way) I'm shaking my head right now because of how impressed I am with this beer...a Malt lover's *dream*!

Full bodied with a light level of carbonation, it finishes beautifully sweet with a lastg dose of maple.

Drinkability? Heck, I looked at the label and the BA entry and *saw* that it was 9.5%abv but I completely forgot about it because I'm totaly distracted with how good this tastes. Yeah, the warming is there. So what. Big deal. I don't get any of it in the taste so that's what counts, eh? lol

This must be a very limited release beer, darn it. More folks should have had a chance to try this beauty.

Bitterbill, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Derek for the opportunity to try this beer, my first time tasting it. 2007 vintage.

The beer pours a dark maple syrup color with about 2 fingers of tanned foam. Good retention.

Aroma of honey, oranges, citrus, grains of paradise, toast, chocolate, and various berries. Very unique aroma. I'm digging the orange and dark malt combination. Slight hint of coffee in the background. Plums, raisins, blueberries, strawberry, and cherries. A little more chocolate and cocoa but the citrus, mostly orange, is the most dominant aroma (but strangely not overwhelming). A bit of cola nuts and vanilla open up as the beer warms up.

Quite sweet upfront, molasses, maple syrup, woodsy, a little meaty, brown sugar, and lots of toast and caramel malts. Hints of citrus hops mid-palate with a little bitterness but it starts sweet and ends sweet. A touch of peat malt too. There are components that remind me of an oily, meaty, Dark Lord...very similar to what I remember the 07 tasting. Also, there are flavors that remind me of 07 Darkness, the citrus, roasted, and again the meaty flavor (I wonder if this beers uses Summit hops like the 07 Darkness; they both seemed to have that slight garlic-y aftertaste). There's also a resemblance to 08 Darkness with the huge amount of sweetness and hoppy-ness (or at least the citrus flavors found in this one). Hints of cinnamon as well. A little bit of apple and fleshy dark fruits late in the aftertaste.

Feels thick, almost syrupy. It coats the palate quite well, not too much residual sweetness left after the sip but it's still sweet. Decent carbonation level.

Boy, this is one thick beer, definitely a sipper. Very interesting beer. This one just finishes too sweet and to me it hurts the drinkability.

seaoflament, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, brewed 2007, batch 8309 thanks to Beerlando. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is super sweet, lots of honey and floral sweetness. Flavor is also quite sweet, similar to the aroma with lots of honeysuckle and flowery notes (not sure what, maybe jasmine?). Interesting for sure. but not that drinkable.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 15, 2009
Eccentric Ale 2007 (Released 2008) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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