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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2010 (Released 2011) - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2010 (Released 2011)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2010 (Released 2011)

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BA SCORE
78
okay

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ColdPoncho on 12-12-2011)
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Thanks to Jakers90 for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours dark brown with a slight mahogany hue. Two-finger light tan head with great retention and quite a bit of lace on the way down. The nose brings a fruity, herbal spice with some notes of pine. There's a floral citrus character in the background. The flavor pushes the pine and herbal elements pretty far to the extreme, resulting in a muddled mix of flavors. Body is medium with a very dry, somewhat off-putting finish. Not a big fan.

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an extra beer from rjm217. Thanks!

Bottled on 11-23-11. Batch number 10111.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops to a moderate cap. Spotty lacing on side of the glass.

Smell: black licorice and spiciness. Malty and medicinal, fruity, and herbal. Very different but its nose is pleasant enough.

Taste: Okay this beer tastes weird. I tried to keep an open mind about it, but I just don't like it. Intense spicies and black pepper, some malty sweetness, and bitter hops. This beer is a mess and its hard to pick apart. I do distinctely taste green peppers, black licorice, leather and cough syrup. Bitter finish that lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation. Creamy,smooth and drinkable for a big beer. Not boozey or hot at all.

Overall: The taste of this beer was ultimately its downfall. It was not my kind of beer, I could not even drink the whole beer. Avoid trying it.

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Pours a deep red/brown color, with very little carbonation and a slight, filmy head. A few fine tan colored bubbles stick to the sides. Very slick looking.

Smell is all sweet maple syrup at first, followed by the distinct and hard to place Eccentric Ale aroma that I expected. Very deep and complex, and unlike any other beer.

Taste is very strong and spicy, with flavors that are all over the place. The maple syrup is there at the very beginning, but by the end a strange peppery kick dominates. The finish is bitter and spicy, with an almost hot-pepper like aftertaste. Very odd and not particularly enjoyable.

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Eccentric to its core, no lesser ale would dare to apply persimmon and maple and be considered anything other. Rest that cobbler-like earthiness onto the rummy warmth that exceeds ten percent and we don't only have a unique beer, but we have a stubborn, brazen and unrefined taste to enjoy.

Its dark root beer color surpasses that of cola but isn't quite stout either- its a dark garnet-black color with ominous crimson slithers at a glance. Even the most turbulent pour amounts to only a dense blanket of foam that simply stares back throughout the duration of the session. Trailing with broken lace, the ale is as sturdy as could be expected.

Its boisterous aromas are squarely focused around maple, molasses and brown sugar- those scents are as succulent as could possibly be, even as the dark, dried fruits layer upon. Figs, dates, raisins, prunes and plumbs all make their way into the "fruitcake" culmination. Some of that is presumed to be persimmon, equipped with a backdrop of spiced rum, freshly shaven tree bark, chicory, cinnamon and aniseed.

Its bitter-sweet taste is a tale of two beers in the same glass. It starts off with the savory sweetness of maple, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Glimpses of dark nuts, coffee, chocolate and rum cake follow and delve into a familiar taste of cola and root beer. But finishing bitter, biting and robust, its closure of coffee grounds and spiced rum is complex and spicy. Still, the thread that weaves the two tastes together are the fruits. Persimmon is of grilled taste as the more earthen figs, dates, raisins and prunes stem into light vinous port and savory sherry.

Its full body is a testament to its creamy sweetness. The ale is slow to fade and holds onto its weight deep into its taste. Its growing bitterness extends from pleasant coffee-like character and into a deeply astringent wood-like tannin sensation that grips the jowls and throat with a stranglehold. Its spicy warmth is lightly of solvent as a cinnamon-like character highlights the alcohol to balance the late sweetness.

Eccentric Ale is just that- eccentric! As its loud confidence grows, the ale seems to brag about itself more and more with each and every sip. Even as its warts and flaws are recognized, the ale makes no apologies and is intent to brag about them. I can't wait until I'm old enough to be "eccentric".

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2010 (Released 2011) from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.