Neptune (The Mystic) | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
With Neptune, our Planets Series comes to an end. Inspired by one of Larry Bell’s old homebrew recipes and the music of Gustav Holst, this complex, strong and spiced Imperial Stout offers prominent herbal notes along with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice/anise and pepper with a touch of heat. Reminiscent of a mystical creation brewed in days gone by, this beer is a good candidate for aging due to the robust characteristics of its ingredients.

SPICES: Star anise, dried cayenne, raisins, dates, black pepper, hickory bark, dandelion root, nutmeg, grains of paradise, fenugreek seeds and dates

Also brewed with maple syrup, molasses and cane sugar in addition to hops and malt.

Added by mothman on 06-27-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
572
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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31
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158
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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm very excited to try this beer. I never had it fresh so I will not know how age affected it. Bottled 7/10/15. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Very little pop from opening the top. But it did manage to create a thin medium colored tan crown. It sits on top of a pitch black brew.
Smells wonderful. A lot going on and I like that. Smell sweetness like maple or molasses mixing with earthy spices (almost similar to a Belgian. Floral and spicy. Can still pick up those cayennes. And some dark fruit as well, like plums or some fig cookies.
Now that I'm even more excited to taste it after smelling it, here we go. So it's not as complex as the smell is. Assuming some things have died off since it was fresh, but I'm getting some sweetness. It's almost like a dried fruit sweetness. Plums or raisins. Amazingly, although it's not much, there is still a kick from the cayennes in there. They stay in the back of the throat.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and has a maple like sticky sweetness but unfortunately pretty flat. It's also not hot but warming from the cayennes. I could see this as being great fresh.
Overall, this didn't disappoint. I had no idea what to expect with an ingredient list this long and what age would've done to those ingredients. I kind of went into this one blind, but I am happy with the outcome. Can't believe it still has that warm kick from the cayennes. This was fun to try.

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Photo of npendres
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roy_Hobbs
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Waveoff
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolster
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin-looking black body that produces a sandy-colored head with no retention- it fades immediately. The nose offers plenty of roasted malts that in turn showcase coffee and dark chocolate, burnt bread crust, and some of the acidity and lots of the bitterness that comes with all of them. There are also faint baking spices. The flavor is powerful but mostly standard IS notes; coffee, dark chocolate, along with some of the promised additives: nut, clove, and bitter licorice. It would be tasty, except there's an awful rancid and bitter finish to it all, leaving an unpleasant lingering flavor. Body is also abnormally thin for this powerful of a beer. It's only medium- weight.
Another flawed addition to a letdown of a series. At the best of times, this one barely broke the surface of averageness, which itself was a flaw considering all the extra ingredients they used but still couldn't get it to stand out. At other times, which was most of the time, it was usually dragged beneath that standard-threshold by the thin body and overly bitter and acidic flavor. The one redeeming fact is that, based on the other beers, and despite the list of ingredients, I wasn't actually expecting much.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDW4195
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Greasy
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated 7/10/15, opened on 8/30/16. Pours black with a small sized dark khaki head; some lacing on the glass. Complex smell of roasted malt, cocoa, spice, molasses, peat, and dark fruit; somewhat low intensity. The taste follows with roasted malt, cocoa, molasses, spice, maple syrup, and some dark fruit with much better intensity. Lightly bitter and fairly spicy. Some noticeable alcohol. The result of cellaring seems to be more cocoa in the smell/taste and extra smoothness. Below average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, the unique ingredients really shine and make for a delicious, spicy IS. It's complex and drinkable. Definitely worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Neptune (The Mystic) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 572 ratings