Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009)

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: danielharper on 12-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Spica66:
Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used to attend Eccentric Day each year at the brewery until it became such a madhouse event that the fire marshall got involved. Now I just let the younger guys fight their way in and bring me back a case of EA. 2008 was one of the better years for this beer. For a change, the ginger and clove does not punch you in the nose when you open it. Very deep red color. Not a lot of head. I thought it was spiced just right and it has aged very nicely since last year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown with one finger of tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, and leaves very little lacing.

S - Big maple syrup aroma, with juniper also quite apparent in the smell. Otherwise, quite a bit of chocolate and dark dried fruits

T - Lots of dark dried fruits, with some chocolate, toffee, molasses, maple syrup and pungent juniper. Sweet up front, gradually yielding to a faint bitterness. Just a touch of alcohol is noticeable.

M - Full, viscous mouthfeel. Really coats the palate.

O - I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. A bit heavy to drink too often, but I'm really glad I got to try this one. Quite a bit going on here.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brandoman63 for surprising me with this one!

I've had a couple of these in my day, and they can seemingly age forever. Someone brought a vintage one from the 90's to a tasting, and it was fantastic.

Slight ruby glint when poured, dark in the glass with little to no light getting through. A whiff of oxidation and molasses hits the nose, sweet and rich.

Molasses, maple, butter toffee, sweet confections... a hint of jerky smoke. Some pine or dry bittering herb in there too. Rich and dense feel, with trace carbonation. Certainly a sipper of the highest order. It almost seems like a precursor or cousin to Batch 9000.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for this bottle.

A: Pours a pretty flat, but a nice translucent mahogany color, with only a ring of tightly packed bubbles and wispy swirls in the beer.

S: Smells sweet, the honey definitely comes through. I also get a little lavender, mint, and the birch syrup that was used to brew the beer.

T: Not surprising that this beer is on the sweeter side. I get maple syrup, mixed berries, booze, and some spiciness which leads nicely into a bitter finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation which leads me to believe this one would age well. A little syrupy, a little slick, and sticky. Has a dry wine-like finish.

D: For the amount of stuff that's in this beer, I think it's on par for the ABV. It's not over-the-top sweet or boozy and not too thick.

Overall, I think this was cool to try and a nice changeup from the typical monostylistic beers out there.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, with a big head that fadeed to nothing. Some nice lace down the glass, lots of activity left in the film on top, looks good. Smell was so complex it is even hard to describe. Everytime you went near it you smelled something different. Bready tones the first time, spiceness the second, alchol, some fruitness, a bit of the hops, it offeres a variety in every sense of the word. the taste is big, thick, full of alcohol, which is not even remotely hidden here. Lots of dark fruits and berries can be found in here if you look

Photo of alcstradamus
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black shade of brown with a half finger of tan head.

The smell is a wonderful mix of molasses sweetness, licorice, flowers, chocolate, vanilla, peanuts, and the faintest hint of roast. Really enticing and caught me off guard since I really didn't know what to expect with this one.

The taste is also quite good, although perhaps not as much as the aroma (debatable). A cola flavor hits at first which is a tad off putting, but underneath is a complex mash of flavors that blend very nicely. There is a dominating maple and licorice sweetness, then the floral aspect of this brew comes in mid palate and then a nice chocolate finish rounds it out. I can see why this is listed as an American Strong is quite unique and doesn't really fit any molds. I suppose its closest style would be a Baltic Porter.

The body is between medium and full and the carbonation is nice and soft which helps create a nice creaminess.

Overall, I am pretty damn pleased with this beer. I came in with no preconceived notions regarding it, and I left with a smile on my face.

Photo of rpstevens
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a generous extra from a trade in the past year that I sadly can't remember. Poured from a bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. The beer pours a hazy brown/black with murky mahogany edges. There is a thin off-white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, the beer leaves some thick oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The beer smells like licorice, juniper, ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup almost all at once. It's very sweet in the nose. When I stick my nose back in the glass and give this one a real hearty sniff I can pick out some roasted malt and dark coffee, but that is fleeting before the sweet syrup notes come back.

The taste follows the nose closely. The beer is very sweet, but pleasant. The licorice, ginger and cinnamon aren't nearly as prominent as the nose, but the maple syrup really comes through. The taste has hints of dark fruits, cherries and raisins, that weren't evident in the nose and a strong dose of molasses. The alcohol sweetness mixes into the maple characteristics, creating a liqueur like sweetness.

The beer is thick, sweet and boozy with appropriate carbonation and it has a nice dry finish that enhances the drinkability. The flavor and drinkability suffer from the beer's incredible sweetness, it could use some more roasted malt flavor, or maybe some more time in the bottle to balance out.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired at the brewery, thanks to my friend, Anne.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Wicked dark, opaque as far as I can tell, with no signs of head save for the thinnest mocha collar.

Smells of heavy caramel, figs, just a little roast. Rich smell, but not a whole lot of complexity. Some booze creeps up, with a little bit of orange candy.

Whoa! in the taste. Crazy complexity: caramel, roast, flowers, wild berries, passion fruit, ginger. Hard to pin everything down, & it goes through so many motions. Good, but a bit overwhelming, kind of hard to wrestle with. Whew, baby! Aftertaste is sweetly maple & citric, with some dark fruit skins.

Thick, viscous, a little slick. Big mouthfeel.

Holy--! The smell did not prepare me for that big taste. A cool beer, & so much going on here that I don't really know where to begin. Kind of wondering if maybe another year lying down might have been good for this, but it's pretty good as is. Just so much to bite off at once. One is plenty.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed in March 2010.

Pours a light, red-hued amber color with a pretty good head considering the alcohol volume. Nose is really nice, bringing a good deal of sweetness along with pine, black licorice, gin-type flavors, and some floral aspects. Taste really brings out the juniper and black licorice with a touch of sweetness in the background. All the spices and herbs come together to create a nice, dry feel. Drinks quite well and is one of the few super-spiced beers that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of waltonc
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired this in trade with Kzoobrew, thanks Kevin. Pours dark brown with a centimeter of head that eventually winds down to nothing. Smells really spicy. I can definitely smell the juniper berries and birch syrup (I only recognize the birch syrup because of Life and Limb). Smell is also floral, so I assume that's the elderflower? Taste is quite sweet, again, with the birch syrup, honey, and juniper berries. Body is quite thick and syrupy, notwithstanding the carbonation, which is low, but still adequately present. Upon my first sip, I thought I'd get through this pretty quick because of how much I like it. But about 1/3 of the way through, I'm now realizing this will most definitely be a sipping beer. Overall, very interesting stuff. Definitely glad to have a few of these. Reminds me a bit of both the Stone/Nogne/Jolly Pumpkin brew, as well as Life and Limb.

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for this one.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with lots of reddish highlights. A thin off-white head sits on top.

S: Not off to the best start with the nose. I get a lot of soy sauce and molasses, maybe a bit of toffee. As John put it, smells like Teriyaki sauce. Some dark chocolate, spices, and even some woody herbal notes.

T: The juniper stands out a lot, as do honey, molasses, and toffee. A mild herbal/spice note and some maple syrup and chocolate. A really strong resemblance to root beer, strangely enough.

M: The body is semi viscous with a fairly low carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. With every ingredient under the sun, I wasn't expecting much, but it was fairly enjoyable.

Photo of BMoney575
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-5-09

Pours very dark, almost completely black, with a red outline at the top and bottom. No head whatsoever, just a few tan bubbles.

Smell is sweet, very syrupy, with all of the aromas listed on the label. A bit different, but very intriguing and enjoyable.

Taste is much like the smell, maple syrup sweetness up front, then the juniper comes in to add a spicy kick. Very odd, reminds me of past Eccentric Ales.

Mouthfeel is great, the thickness and low carbonation add to the sweetness.

Drinkability is not that good, big flavors and alcohol take some getting used to.

Overall, an interesting beer, and alot of fun as a special edition.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer that someone threw in as an extra on a trade. Pours hazy brown along with a tan medium head. Thin lacing lasted quite well throughout. Aromas of malt, syrup, spices, berries, and some yeast. Flavors of bread, maple syrup, juniper berries, and raisins. Medium and sticky mouthfeel. Quite delicious and sessionable beer!

Photo of doucmehu
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Extra from a trade.

A: Deep mahogany, nearly black. About an inch of mocha head fizzes away pretty quick. Not much lacing, and fairly heavy looking.

S: Big molasses, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, dark fruit, honey. Just a ton of sugary sweetness, with the maple being the most prominent.

T: Whoa. WAY too many sweet flavors going on. Milk chocolate, honey, caramel, maple syrup dominate, with some roast and pine/puniper in there as the sweetness gives way. There is a hint of tartness at the tail end, on the back of the tongue.

M: Fairly heavy, slick, low carbonation, little alcohol presence for 10% (5 years will do that).

O: Hard to drink due to the cloying sweetness. If you are looking for a sugar bomb like a Crème Brulee or or Choklat, this might be a fun choice.

Photo of Popkas
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brown and a healthy pour yields a very thin ring of head.

S: Heavy malt, dark fruit and honey. "Smells" thick and heavy. Should be interesting!

T: Berries up front and then thick heavy malt almost molasses like.

M: Very thick. Little carbonation. Drinks like a meal.

D: Very interesting. Certainly not my favorite, but very happy to have had the opportunity.

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight black into my Great Divide snifter with a soft ring of mocha bubbles.
Big smell of lots of things happening. Some maple, honey, raisins, dates, and dark malts. Then prunes and plums with some sticks and twigs, and finally an earthy bark-like must.
First taste is big syrupy molasses, tobacco, and leather. Following that is sticky dried dates and a sweetness of birch and root beer, wildflower honey, hibiscus, and black tea.
This is a heavy beer with almost no carbonation and thick on the tongue which makes is tough to sip. The flavor, though, is so intriguing and all over the place that is becomes difficult to stop drinking it.
It is spicier than a barleywine and heartier than a strong ale, I feel. Some roast and nutmeg notes hit the back end with the bold oncoming presence of alcohol. Not overly lip-smacking sticky, but a definite, hearty sipper.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Adam!

Clear dark brown with brown highlights, there's no real head or lacing so to speak. The nose is interesting, floral and herbal, mildly buttery with honey and maple syrup. There's also some spice character that I like.
There's a surprisingly strong ginger character up front, along with the juniper spiciness. Quite floral, there's some sweet honey and maple mid palate before a long, sweet finish that's a little one-dimensional. Medium in body with a low level of carbonation, this beer is a little too sweet for my liking.

Photo of david131
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark brown bordering on black liquid with a quickly fading light brown head that settles to a few tiny splotches.

S- Very aromatic with notes of syrup, flowers, and dark fruits. Very unique and has an aged quality to it as well.

T- Very sweet maltiness with syrup, fruit, and flowers. Rich, complex, unique, and very tasty.

M- Creamy and oily at the same time. Smooth with a lasting syrupy finish.

D- Absolutely delicious. Unique with well-hidden alcohol. A bit of a sipper due to its richness. Probably at or close to its peak of aging.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours brown with ruby edges and no head.

S. The nose is dominated by elderflower with a bit of birch sweetness.

T. Sweet with maple and licorice. The elderflower is there, but not like it was in the nose.

M. Thick and syrupy with medium carbonation.

D. A bit hot still. The bouquet is phenomenal - while I like the flavor, I would be ok with merely smelling this all night.

Photo of brdc
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, got in a trade on DLD 2010 but unfortunately did not keep records of the generous BA that gave me this one.

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter. Dark brown, reddish highlights, minimal quickly fading tan head.
Nice sweetish aroma, caramel, brandy, candy sugar, licorice, spices.
Warming, medium to full bodied with modest carbonation that lends a velvety feeling on the palate.
Mostly sweet, with the same notes from the aroma. It is again mostly sweet, but the warming, spicy alcohol notes provide balance. A very nice nightcap, well worthwhile, and it should improve further in another year.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer opened at a recent tasting. This one opened up by kbutler1 towards the end of the night.

Pours brown with light visable when looking through. About half a finger of tan head sits on top, with good retention but lacing is lacking.

The nose is intense, I get nuts and chocolate, spices and malts. Specifically, it's easier to pick out licorice, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey and a nice fruitiness, must be from the Juniper berries. There is a lot going on here and I'm just not sure it all comes together as the brewer intended.

Again, the taste is incredibly spiced, this time nearly covering up the other characters. Sweet malts, honey and cinnamon, and a nice fruitiness. It's definitely unigue and tastes good, but there is just too much spices going on for me in this one. It's clearly one-sided.

Mouthfeel is about medium, with a soft carbonation that promotes a creamy texture. Drinkability is ok, but this one had to be sipped because of the extreme flavors.

Overall, not what I was expecting at all. But then again it's called "Eccentric" ale so why wouldn't it be just a little bit out there. I would like to see what some time does to this.

Note: At the time of the tasting, be it because of the mutliple beers had before hand or the skill of the brewer, but the 10% never showed itself. I was shocked to find out this weighed in at 10% ABV.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A very dark brown with a hint of almost maroon/brown around the edges. No head to speak of. With the thickness it poured I almost thought it wasn't carbonated!

Arom-: Elderflower... maple syrup hard on the front of my nose. Followed closely by berry and malty goodness

Taste- Maple syrup and elderflower pack a sweetness that can only be described as molasses! The malty finish has a nice hint of roast

Mouthfee-: Thick, smooth, almost oily. This is a hair syrupy for my taste but really quite a good feel overall

Drinkability- Even at over 10% its more than a great sipper. I couldn't get enough of it down to the last drop :)

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of tan head that fades fast away. No lace left. Color is a dark hazed brown.

Aroma: juniper berries, honey, syrup, light maple. More malts here than hops. Very interesting aroma.

Taste: Honey, spices, juniper berries, maybe . Decent amount of spice with some big malts. Very syrupy sweet.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, crisp, and smooth. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends sweet, spiced, and dry.

Overall, a huge spiced beer. Tons of flavor. It is a slow drinker. Not something I would want a lot of, but good.

Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I have never had one of these before. They all sound like really interesting beers and Bells always does a great job. Served at cellar temp in a pint glass.

Pours a nice brown with a thin tan head. Nose has sweet malts, hops and spices. Similar flavor profile. Thick creamy body. Drinks well.

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is brown and there is almost no head. Surprisingly, there is a lot of lacing go figure.

Aroma was sweet and had a spiciness to it, overall lots of alcohol.

Flavor of this beer is odd, there is some juniper flavors in there but mostly just general sweetness and booze. There is a slight spice to this beer but my overall enjoyment decreases with every sip. This is not a repeat for me and I'm not really interested in this beer at all.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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