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

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-14-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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295
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1,445
pDev:
6.7%
 
 
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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a 12 oz. bottle dated 8/27/15 into a snifter taster. This beer pours out as dark as night and forms a tan crown. The smell is a burnt sweetness with some almost chewy tobacco notes. The taste is the same with some almost black licorice presence. Mouthfeel is dry. This is damn good.

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Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellar find at Quenchers (1979-2018), farewell beer at the bar.

Jet black with tan foam and spotty lace.
Chocolate, carob, raisin aroma, slight oxidation but not distracting.
Similar flavors, bitter dark chocolate and lingering hop bitterness.
Full bodied and rich, with a chewy creamy texture like marshmallow fluff.
Overall this drinks like a slightly smoother Expedition. Nice stuff.

A fitting tribute to Chicago’s first beer bar, here’s to Quenchers one last time.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So glad I got to have a few ounces of this at a beer tasting with some buddies. Thanks to Joe for sharing the wealth!

Appearance: Really black; thin dark khaki head

Aroma: Malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee

Taste: This is excellent; big roasted malt; some great chocolate notes; really nice sweetness; dark fruit;

Mouthfeel: Full bodied; silky smooth

Overall Impression: this is fantastic; such a great beer; huge and complicated; you can't even tell it's 11%

From notes taken on 2/10/2017

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours pitch black with very small light brown head. Smells of dark chocolate and slight fruitiness, especially grapes, nice deep aroma. Tastes of chocolate with a slight citrus hop bite, not a bad combo. Beer is full bodied and a nice sipper, but just smooth enough to be dangerous. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with bitter black chocolate notes is quite nice. Taste is a robust mix of roasted malt with some string black chocolate notes with some bitterness and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Quite the robust imperial stout with not as much residual sugar as I was expecting which might be a good thing as it increase the overall drinkability.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and was topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is dark roasted malt, anise and hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste starts with dark roasted malt. get hints of dark chocolate and black coffee. Anise flavor lasts throughout.

Full, thick mouthfeel

It is not dissimilar from Expedtition stout. It is overall a bit smoother though.

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Photo of einman
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 8/29/15 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours dense black with no highlights. The head started at about 3/4" and receded to a ring and paper thin cap of chocolate brown color. The aroma is rich with dark chocolate, licorice, and roast malt. The taste is more dark bakers chocolate, roast and a medium bitter finish. There is only a hint of sweetness and very little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, outstanding. This is the fourth of five of these beers I've tasted. Maybe not better than fresh, but still great in terms of balance and style. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pulled this out of the cellar at the end of brewing today. Poured in to a Stella pedestool glass.

Appearance: Midnight black with a slight tan head. I think it should have a bit more head.
Aroma: Coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, dark malts, chocolate cake.
Flavor: Bakers chocolate, espresso, black malt, alcohol, hint of toffee, hint of caramel.
Mouthfeel: This beer is thick/full bodied, but velvety on the palate, smooth for 11%.
Overall: This is a killer beer, reminds me of 7000 or 9000, the 2007 Eccentric Day release. If you can come across one it is worth the sample. Imperial Stout is one of my favorite styles and this beer represents the style very well. But then Bell's in the early days was known as a porter and stout house. They still knock them out of the park.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with medium brown head, pours thick, cola
S: Roasty, sweet, dark fruit, licorice, chocolate
T: Roasty, bitter dark malt, sweet molasses, cacao, dark chocolate, hint of alcohol, espresso
M: Full, silky, mouth coating
O: Very nice imperial stout that doesn't need to rely on adjuncts. No oxidation after almost 2 years.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from rutger a couple summers ago. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 29 August 2015

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear black and yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy tan head with good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and leaves lots of lacing on the glass as it empties. Touches of wisp remain until the end but leaves no real lacing.

SMELL: Roasted malts, leather, tar, some molasses and light soy notes on the nose. Touches of coffee and chocolate in there as well. Plenty charred.

TASTE: Roasted malts, tar, leather and tobacco up front. More roasted and charred flavors at the swallow with a punch of booze too. Bold and lingering finish of roasted malts, ash, leather, tobacco, with plenty of bitterness. Touches of chocolate and coffee as well. Pretty flavorful stuff and plenty roasted too.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and finishes a bit sticky.

OVERALL: Good stuff. This is definitely more European in style, what with the more pronounced char and tobacco character here. Bell’s tends to be hit or miss with me but this one worked out well. Thanks again for the brews, rutger!

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onyx black with a thick, dense mocha foam that settles to a pale, milk chocolate ring.

Not drastically distinguishing itself from BA Expedition, which honestly is not a bad thing at all, Bell's 30th Anniversary Ale features excessively roasted nuts, molasses, licorice, smoked almonds, and a really intensely kicked up woodiness over the dark chocolate malt.

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Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/29/15 and poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Opaque black-brown body with a thin size, semi-durable tan head. Low carbonation. On oily brown coating can be seen on the glass upon tipping it, along with a modicum of lacing.

Aroma - an inviting mix of alcohol, dark dried fruits, ripe pitted fruits, chocolate, roasted malts and toffee.

Bitter-sweet rich flavor. Partially hidden 11% ABV; drinks like ~9%. Hints of dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, toffee and dark toast.

Full, thick, smooth body. Low but adequate carbonation. Warming but not hot.

Overall: a superb, rich, well balanced RIS. I'd like to try this at the same time as Black Note -- maybe next time.

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