30th Anniversary Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

30th Anniversary Ale30th Anniversary Ale
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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 6.7%
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
1,467
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 12, 2023
Added:
Jul 14, 2015
Wants:
  79
Gots:
  511
Our 30th Anniversary Ale is a testament to three-plus decades of hard-work. It honors all that has helped us get to this point – hard work, quality and authenticity.

It reminds us of where we’ve been, how we’ve grown over the years, the challenges we’ve faced and at the same time, looks forward to what comes next.

Also a nod to another Bell's favorite, Expedition Stout, flavors of dark chocolate and fruit meld to create a full-bodied, roasty stout.

A fair amount of Polaris hops lend a brightness and a nice character that will help carry the beer in its early stages making it incredibly drinkable and interesting. Malt characteristics will continue to develop over time, so that beer drinkers who choose to cellar it can enjoy the beer for years to come.
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Rated: 4.06 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Mar 12, 2023
 
Rated: 4.11 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Mar 12, 2023
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Reviewed by fujindemon74 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L- pitch black

S- a lot of burnt molasses & dark fruits

T- follows the nose, but with an effervescent hop bite, sweet melding of the two.

F- medium to full, velvety smooth

O- I would 100% recommend seeking out a bottle. I snagged a case years ago and happened to crack one this evening
Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 8/28/15. This is actually a new beer for me. I love barrel aged expedition and equally as much loved bells 35th anniversay in 2020 so when I saw this come for sale on MBC there was no adding to cart... it was a purchase now moment.

Look is stupendous.

Smell is even better. Its expedition stout but different. I cant quite put my finger on what the note im picking up. Its pleasant and like a someones name you just cant recall not unfamiliar to me, but my mind simply cannot take me to recall it.

Taste is far more bitter and roasty than I expected. Expresso predominates with burnt toast following. Its oily and clings to all the surfaces of your mouth. I exhale between sips and its almost gross feeling of having black coffee breath. There's something off with this beer though. Its not tart but its perhaps a tinge acidic. It's also not as complex or expansiive as I know Bells more limited stouts to be. While I love all things roasty, bitter, smokey ane charred in my stouts I cant help but feel like I'm drinking a very boring liquid version of burnt toast.

Truthfully, it's likely me as the beers I've drank the last two days have all felt a bit 'meh, should I finish this?' I have two more of these so I'll revisit again down the road.
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A big thanks to Ben for delivering these goods.

12oz. bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours jet black, thick, and oily. .5 finger mocha-colored head with decent retention. Spotty lace with legs for days. Nose is baker's chocolate, anise, logan, roasted malt, cocoa, and a lightly sweet soy sauce. Aromatic. Rich. Beer opens chocolate, roasted malt, anise, sweet soy sauce up front. I get layers of fudge, cocoa powder, and more roast in the middle. Dark chocolate, ash, caramel, and cocoa powder on the finish. This is as classic a flavor profile as it gets for the style. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick, oily, and viscous in the mouth and goes down warm with a long, lingering aftertaste. Super drinkable.

This one's just excellent. It really harkens back to what this style used to be.
Jan 30, 2022
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Rated by RMelyon from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
think i cellared this one for 2-3 years. it was good, not mindblowing
May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.44 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by KensWorld from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Drank it fresh back in 2015 (4.24, 4.25, 4.75, 5.00, 4.75). and now I have finally decided to open my cellared bottle on 11-2020. I was not expecting to to be as good as when fresh, but how I was wrong. This beauty has aged to perfection. Slight pop when opened, Coco head settling down to a nice ring lace. Nut fruit on the nose. The taste is so perfect, semi dry, semi sweat , semi everything. Nothing dominates, perfect balance. No oxidation what so ever. Layers of malty complexity. This is the reason I cellar beers, for the hope that they might improve. Most don't but the ones that do make it all worth while. Upgraded to (4.50, 4.50, 5.00, 5.00, 4.75).
Nov 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by zenithberwyn from California

Jun 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jun 10, 2020
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2015 vintage.

A: Motor oil black with a nice brown head that eventually settles to a thin cap. Spotty lacing.

S: Straight fudge sauce up front. Brownie batter, double chocolate cake, chocolate covered espresso beans, woody roast. Suggestions of concord grape, black cherry, and blackberry at its core. Interesting floral/fruity hop note still pulling through.

T: Fudge sauce at the outset. A thick blanket of woody roast soon begins to dominate. Sooty, a bit acrid, burnt coffee, chocolate cake. Subtle darkfruit flavors of concord grape, black currant, and sweet black cherry peek through. Some oxidation is perceptible in a sherry type of way, revealing its age. Faded floral hop notes. Long, sooty and roasty finish.

M: Thick, rich, and chewy. A little bit coating. The kind of mouthfeel you could cut with a knife. Deep creamy smoothness. Gentle carbonation.

O: I'll confess I was a little worried about this one, being five years old at this point. It's just one of those bottles that got lost in the back of my fridge. There's definitely some oxidation present, but it wears it well and is still drinking pretty nicely. No regrets, just a great beer that stood up well enough to the time.
Mar 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Feb 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by ryancl from Minnesota

Oct 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A 2015 pulled from my cellar.

A - Pure black pour, but with almost no head in the pour, what little there is being tan, but very quick to fade, and leaving only minimal ring and a few stray bits of lacing.

S - Strong hits of alcohol warmth and toasted malt darkness.

T - Opens with a dark fruit and chocolate start, quick to move to more toasted bread notes, then bittering in the finish, adding a note of char that lingers with a final chocolate aspect that trails off very slowly in the close.

M - Clean and surprisingly moderate given the ABV and powerful flavor notes.

O - Glad I decided to crack this one. It is impressive and satisfying, but I am not confident that further age would do the beer much good. As is, this is a very well built stout, and a worthy anniversary brew.
Jul 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Orca from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz into a tulip. Pours an oily black—10W-30—with just a thin collar of reddish-brown foam around the side of the glass.

Aroma is rich and roasty, dark and stout. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso.

Taste follows nose. Rich and delicious, perfectly balanced. Roasty malt, chocolate, coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick, slightly bitter finish. Dry and balanced.

Overall an outstanding imperial stout, worthy of Bell's 30th anniversary.
Jul 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 07, 2019
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Rated by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This is tough beer for me to review but not a huge fan of licorice is over powering and not flavor i enjoy , it is well done beer and great stout
Jun 02, 2019