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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2009 (Released 2010) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2009 (Released 2010)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2009 (Released 2010)

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BA SCORE
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShogoKawada on 12-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the weirdness. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Dark sienna body with faint auburn highlights; otherwise opaque. A finger of creamy, pale, rosy, cinereous foam recedes as it becomes denser. Decent retention. Pasty slow moving lacing, rimmed by delicate legs.

Pleasant melanoidins from malt, with hints of cocoa, lavender, and vague floral notes in the nose. A lasting berry-like fruitiness is detectable as well.

Almost acrid bitterness from roast in the palate entry, leading into a slow-developing cedar/brick flavor. Hints of coffee, hops and haw-flakes emerge mid-palate. The finish is dark and extremely dry. The maple is hard to locate, and it seems to have been used more for attenuation than flavor. Loam, paper (not cardboard), and river stones in the aftertaste.

Full-bodied, creamy, substantial mouthfeel, with modest but persistent carbonation. ABV is actually well integrated.

An oddity for sure, but the flavor is surprisingly one-dimensional. Worth trying, but doubt I would seek it out again.

Photo of thagr81us
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one as soon as I got to his house from the airport in New Orleans! Served from bottle into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip. Poured red-brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, maple syrup, dark fruit, honey, plum, sweet alcohol, caramel, and pepper. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, fruit, dark fruit, honey, caramel, and pepper. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. There was just something off on this one if I am honest. I really went into this one expecting it to be quite good based on the aroma I first got off of it. However, there just seemed to be quite a bit of booziness lingering after these few years that really hurt the balance of this brew by completely dominating any subtle flavors going on. While there was a lot going on it really just felt that a lot of it was clashing rather than working in unison. Glad I got to try this one, but doubt I would go out of my way to do so again in the future.

Photo of gregshead
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 3/9/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a thin dark brown/black with a small amount of head

S: Whoa (blossom style whoa here). Lots of sweet dark fruity esters. Plums and figs come to mind. Very quad like in smell.

T: Lots of dark fruity taste in the the beginning and middle but the end is just harsh. A pretty strong boozy taste in the finish.

M: good carb and light on the feel.

O: This one is really strong and not in the way I want strong to drink.

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Derek for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a dark chestnut sort of color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: A very surprising amount of oxidation to this beer. Lots of stale brown sugar notes and stale hop character. Some mild cardboard to go with it. There's still some decent sweetness from some toffee and molasses and a fair amount of roast.

T: There's a surprising level of bitterness to this beer, with a bit of an earthy hop character. Mostly molasses, in terms of the sugars, with a fair amount of licorice. There's quite a bit of alcohol to it, especially as it warms up.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and alcohol heat on the finish.

D: My first beer of the Eccentric series, but this wasn't really for me.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pulled this one out of the cellar on 8.6.12.

A - Pours a medium brown-amber with a one inch foamy light brown head.

S - Sweet, over ripie dark fruit, slightly oxidized.

T - Sweet dark fruity, metal-wet cardboard. Oxidized :(

D - Ok carbonation, medium body.

O - I guess I missed this one, or atleast this bottle. Way past it's prime.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earth and sweetness has its place in the culinary arts, so its place in craft beer isn't such a stretch. But as these tastes culminate- the entire mouth is challenged by its grace, its power, its complexity...

Its deep chestnut pour carries the weight of nearly opaque garnet with all its haze and darkness. Its initial blanket of foam is sprite enough to recede to a broken sheet to skirt the glass and only regenerates with broken coffee-like creme with a quick swirl. Light trickling of intermittent lace trails behind, even while the beer sheds brandy-like legging as well.

Surprising tartness greets the nose first as its vinous wood and wine notes swirl about the olfactories with brandy, sherry and port. Still a brandy-type spice persist as malt underpinnings support the drunken fruit and spice with its own chocolate, nutty, molasses and brown sugar foundation.

And to taste, those sweetness saturate the mouth with the same malty-rich taste of black-strap molasses, over-cooked toffee, brown sugars and bittersweet chocolate. What follows is a fruitiness that trends boozy late- dates, figs, apples, prunes and raisins, grilled berries and currants all seem to be soaked in brandy as the ale fades into a spicy, boozy, but savory-salty blend that unlocks a complex set of flavors that fuse together harmoniously. Somewhat of a sherry-dipped walnut brownie is what the ale gives back in aftertaste.

Drinking nearly as much like sherry as of ale, the beer's sweeter feel and fuller creaminess shies away from thickness or chewy texture and favors a lighter creamy body that allows the vinous acidity, boozy warmth and tannic bitter-astringent confussion to lift its body late. Its spicy fruitiness makes me think of brandy as echoes of chocolate confuse the palate further- but in the most marvelous of ways.

Photo of cosmicevan
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

huge thanks to waltonc for hitting this want! enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - popped the cap and filled my glass, the brew poured a murky brown that settled as a deep purple black with a generous frothy lattechino type of creamy head. as the head pfted into nothingness, large foamy chunks clung to the glass.

s - very eccentric. spicey malts with some syrup. spoiled caramel. there is a vanilla presence but it is off...kind of like wet cardboard.

t - WHOA. that's eccentric. it is a medley of flavors. syrup...kind of barleywine like. finishes with some bitterness, alcohol is massively hot (and i tend to prefer boozy beers). complex fruit medley of hodgepodge mix of fruits that don't necessarily play nice with each other. grapes and apples and sour grapefruit with some pineapple and...kind of like when you were little and you would mix up concoction of whatever was available to you.

m - boozy and thick with a bitter finish. definitely different.

o - i always say that bell's doesn't make a bad beer and although my scores to reflect that of an excellent beer, this beer is truth in advertising. it *is* eccentric. i wonder what this was like fresh. the flavors seem to wash over each other leaving a bit of confusion on my taste buds. the booze is hot. i love bell's, but when talking american strong ales, nothing holds a candle to batch 9k (that i've tried thus far). this beer is definitely worth a taste as you'll likely not find much of anything like it anywhere. at first i felt that i wouldn't get through the bottle, but with any and all 12%+ beers, as i sipped it i found myself digging it more and more.

Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed about a week ago, from notes. Sent from FourKicks in a trade. From the label, brewed with spices, maple syrup, and hawberry syrup.

Pours just about black, no light getting through. Tan head retains nicely as a good cap leaving some lacing.

Smells much like many stouts and old ales. Stale caramel, some nutty and roasted malt, dark fruit. Maybe a hint of maple with warmth.

Taste is the same, mostly reminds me of an old ale. Big sweet caramel and dark fruit, though the sweetness isn't cloying. A general mocha feel. None of the listed ingredients are noticeable except the still-present hint of maple. Perhaps just faded with age.

Big syrupy mouthfeel with surprisingly ample carbonation. A bit hot but not bad for the ABV.

Was hoping for more from the advertised ingredient list, but this was better than expected. Good all around.

Photo of homebrew311
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Eccentric Cafe during recent Michigan trip.

A: dark amber/brown with ruby undertones and a thick appearance. Zero head and zero lacing.

S: very interesting aroma, starts out with a nice grain profile similar to grape nuts. This is followed by some maple and licorice. Lots going on here. Some Sprucey chararcter on the end.

T: in your face sweetness up front, some nice bold earthy notes with lots of licorice and molasses. It seems like there is something other than hops providing bitterness here. Nearly too sweet.

MF: thick body, syrupy

D: this is a lot to take in and is a definite sipper. Lots of interesting things going on. Worth a try.

Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out of the bottle semi-clear and brown in color, but rests in the glass a deep brown with a few fingers of creamy light brown head. The retention is great, and the head leaves a thick coating of lacing behind.

S: Roasted malts, rich maple syrup, molasses. Deep, sweet, and roasty.

T: The taste is mellowed and blended nicely. I was really expecting too much maple syrup, or too much sweetness. This beer is full of syrup and is sweet and thick. Roast comes from the malts. The spices aren't really noted all that much for me, but the alcohol content is nonexistent. The other big flavors have curbed it nicely.

MF: Thick and heavy with a lower than average carbonation. The body matches what I expected out of an aged Strong Ale. It is very drinkable with the alcohol so well hidden, leaving only a slight burn on the palate well after the beer has gone.

O: This was a really nice, above average American Strong Ale, but it wasn't anything too special. Hawberry Syrup is not something I'm familiar with, I'll have to try it!

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, of course, to Derek for this one.

Pours really really dark chocolate brown, not far from stout territory, with a thick beige head that sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some sticky legs on the sides.

The aroma is like a slightly spiced English barleywine or old ale. It's got some thick syrup, caramel and toffee sweetness which is mixed with the interesting spiciness and dark fruits. Strong aroma on this one.

The taste is more of the same - really big and boozy. It's got the sweet syrup and caramel malt backbone with a spiced fruit flavor as well as a healthy earthy hop bitterness. It's slightly medicinal to be honest with a lot of heat in the finish.

The mouthfeel is bitter and sticky with syrup and hops on the palate.

This is one of those 'kitchen sink' beers where there is just a ton of different flavors and ingredients that don't exactly come together perfectly. That said, I enjoyed it, but it's a sipper to be sure.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no head. Not much carbonation. Can't even see through it. Smells sweet syrupy and strong. Lots going on on the nose. Tastes like booze and sweetness with lots of different flavors. An amazingly complex beer. S so much going on. Very strong but a good thick mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable for such a high percentage

Photo of Sean9689
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, vintage 2009. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown color, off-white colored head, thin collar.

S - Sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, and light roast. The 12% is detectable on the nose, but not overpowering, which is nice.

T - Similar to the nose. Malts, brown sugar, roast, caramel. The alcohol is hidden more on the palate compared to the nose, which is nice. There's a light burn up front, the but sweetness overtakes it pretty quickly. Finish is sweet burnt sugars with light roast.

M - Medium, soft carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not too bad. The alcohol has cooled off a bit with the age, and the sweetness compliments the alcohol burn pretty well. I would definitely drink this one again but wouldn't actively search out more of this. Decent.

Photo of kevanb
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip.

Bell's Eccentric Ale (2010)

The beer pours a very deep brown, borderline black color, very opaque with a nice thick cloudy tan colored head, about a finger and a half high that has nice retention and leaves behind a nice amount of soapy lacing. The aroma is very spice laden, nutmeg, allspice, lots of peppercorn with some rich dark grain and sweet maple with a a sharp alcohol finish. It's not overly complex and somewhat off putting, not sure the spicing really melds that well and the maple seems somewhat out of place as well. The flavors a bit harder to handle, rich, sweet, grainy malt, zesty peppercorn, sweet maple, a lot of dark bark laden wood and sharp alcohol. Molasses, ashy leather and bitter tobacco are also present but nothing seems to blend together or compliment each other in any way, it's a big mess really. The body is nice though, smooth and rich and does help this beer out, medium carbonation is spot on and it has a nice smooth full finish.

Verdict: A really big mess of a beer, all over the place and lacking any sense of cohesion. The idea behind this season is wonderful, but this releases execution is a bit of a fail.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a very dark reddish brown, almost black. Not cloudy. Small tan head

S - Huge smell. Dark fruits, chocolate, bitter hops, raisin, maple. I don't know if this has been aged in any sort of barrel, but it smells like there may be some bourbon in it too.

T - This is like a 6-stage flavor. Starts big, smooth, mellow chocolatey malts. Immediately following, as the beer moves towards the back of the tongue, you get a sharp bite from the hops. Somewhere in the middle of this, you get the mapley/bourbony notes. Once you've swallowed, the first thing you taste is the tart sweetness of cherries, and a bit after that you get some rawhide/wood notes. It's all really well balanced, and complimentary.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, full and robust, and a touch drying on the back of the tongue. It's nice.

D - some warming that goes on with swallowing, but this being a big beer with a high ABV, it's certainly a sipper.

Thanks very much to UrbanCaver for this bottle and the one in my cellar.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another goodie from Grant. Thanks again! Poured into a tumbler. Pours a dark cola colored brown with just a thin layer of khaki head that settles down right away. This simply looks robust and full.

Spicy aroma with notes of very bitter espresso with a sweet brown sugar scent underlying everything. Can really taste the maple syrup on this. Bitter sweet to finish this. Has espresso and nutty characterstics. Reminds me of a really strong brown ale.

Good feel on this. Nice full body, creamy feel and sofr carbonation. This is a really heavy beer, it's think it's a solid and unique effort but it's heavy.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Shogokawada for this one. This beer wasnt even on my radar, I didnt really know about it actually. On the pour it is evident that this beer is a deep, nutty red but it collects in the glass very near to black. The edges display the beer's actual color and lack of turbidity. Not much in terms of head, but this beast is 12.1%. Woof! The first whiff would have staggered a lesser man. The paint on the walls is beginning to peel and all the house plants have wilted. All of its sweetness reminds me of different kinds of strange, old man candies. Rum-raisin, licorice, molasses, black salt water taffy and various other depression era sweets. The alcohol is obviously pretty potent as well. Its responsible for an aerosol propellant aroma, luckily its pretty buried. There is a syrupy aroma as well. What ever Hawberries are, they are giving this beer a boysenberry/mixed berry syrup aroma. Maple becomes stronger as it warms, which really knocks this up a few notches. The latter aromas give me a craving for waffles. I think the flavors are way too all over the place, however. A rough hoppiness teams up with abrasive alcohol and a chemically flavor. The middle sweetens up with lots of molasses, maple and berries. The end is full of licorice, bitterness, roastiness, and hoppiness with a medicinal finish. Understandably this is a hot beer meant for sipping slowly. While I was working on reviewing the flavor I found myself sipping too quickly, now my mouth and palate are fatigued, feeling numbed. In all though, this beer finishes pretty smooth and clean, for what it is. Carbonation seems about right, especially after copious swirling and plenty of time to breath. One cant help but to make associations between this and Batch 10,000. In some respects this is similar. They both have a lot going on at once. I prefer this over BTK though.

Photo of mwa423
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from a guy who works at Bell's at DLD, I forget your name, but I am thrilled to finally get to try this! Thanks!

A - Pours a clear/dark amber ruby color with a thick fluffy beige head that left a thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Very thick aroma with a strong sweetness with malt, dark and sweet dry fruit and a nuttiness that reminds me of almond and honey roasted peanut. The alcohol is obvious but not overbearing.

T - The first and most obvious taste is alcohol. Thick, mouth attacking alcohol like a strong port might give you. In spite of the strong alcohol taste, there is a fruity and complicated sweetness that reminds me of fig and plum. The taste is harsh, different and really quite interesting.

M - The mouthfeel is harsh (which is to be expected from a 12% beer) but only on the tongue and actually smooth on the tongue (an oxymoron I know..just part of the eccentricity)

Overall, a fantastic beer I feel lucky to have been able to try. The type of special and complex beer that Bell's is known for.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, this was limited to one pour per customer. No need for restrictions, I doubt many people could drink more than one of these, they're pretty saturating.

The beer is dark brown with a very thin beige layer of foam. It smells STRONG, dark fruits and toffee, this is gonna be rich and sweet. It smells so massive that you know you're gonna enter with just small sips.

And from the first sip it's evident that this will be a sipper through the whole glass. Thick and oily, higely flavorful, with a lot of heat at the end of each swallow. Big fruitiness, raisins, plums, figs, and so on, with roasted and caramely malts, sugary molasses, and a little bit of ethanol (not too bad, it's more there from the burn).

I loved this, and I'm very appreciative to Cam (UrbanCaver) for having a bottle to drink at home too.

Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Cafe, drank from a 5oz tasting glass...Dark brown, almost liquid black with a hint of purple. Glassy, sorta clear. Looks great. The head is dark tan with great retention...The aroma is interesting, sweet hops but in a good sense. Maple syrup, and spices come in as well, a touch sweet but good...The taste doesn't work for me, even though its mostly on the nose. Sweet hops but there is a ton of alcohol, and the hops come through with a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is weird, carbonated but hot.

This is ok, probably needs some more time.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, batch 9413, thanks to kzoobrew. Poured into my bells tulip, thanks again to kzoobrew!

A- Nice brown beer with a creamy sand colored head that really laces the glass.

S- Toffee/caramel, molasses. Very sweet and rich.

T- Bitter, spicy, earthy. Chocolate, toffee, licorice. Bottle says Hawberry syrup, spices, and maple syrup. I don't know what hawberries are but the maple is there. Very rich and intense flavors.

M- Really complex, interesting flavors. Bitter, earthy, fruity. Very enjoyable.

D- A big beer, one and done. Will be interesting to see what time does to this. A very unique beer.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes, no date indicated on notes. Probably from Sept/Oct.

Poured into snifter, even with a strong pour there is minimal head produce. The dark khaki head fades rather quickly leaving spotty lacing. The body is a deep brown, closing in on black.

Once you have enjoy Eccentric Ale you notice there are distinct similarities between all the Eccentric Ale. This is an Eccentric Ale aroma. Big, deep malt sweetness oozes from the glass. Molasses, burnt sugars and dark fruits. Loads of dark sweetness.

The flavor is just as dark, rich and sweet as the nose led on. Bits of chocolate, molasses and licorice up front. There is a certain syrupy sweetness, you know it is maple from the label but the maple does not jump out at you. There is a bit more bitterness than expected, really helps balance the deep sweetness.

Full bodied strong ale. The carbonation is relatively low. Texture is viscous and a bit syrupy. I am usually not a fan of this sort of feel in a beer, maybe it is familiarity but it works for this beer.

Eccentric Ale is well, rather eccentric. These beers are unlike anything else on the market. Big beer, big flavor really limits the amount of Eccentric session people take part in. Fun beer, enjoyable on occasion. Worth checking out if you have not before.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2009 (Released 2010) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.