Batch 5,000 | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Batch 5,000Batch 5,000

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by truthbrew on 02-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ellswrth
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


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Photo of matt_duthie
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious barleywine. Very pleasant smoked flavor without being anywhere near overpowering or distracting. Smooth and slick, minimally carbonated, reasonably viscous though. Fantastic to sip on, finishing with a salted-like aftertaste that just works. Really glad I tried this.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mcrawford
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendsilk
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy hell! I've been sitting on this bottle for at least 4 years and the great guy who sent it to me (Backfat) had it for 10 or so years before me! A serious pleasure to get to try. It's the original bacon (maple, coffee, smoked, whatever) type of beer that really delivers.

Little to no carbonation. Serious smokey, bacon, meat smell. Delivers a great jerky bacon punch with some nice, warm alcohol. Dave, I owe you a nice beer for this one!

If you can get one, please do but considering it's about 14 years old now it's going to be a tough one to find.


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Photo of Lare453
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light clear brown. Minimal head. Bacon, smoke in the nose. Taste is mostly bacon, smoke and malt. Moderate thickness. Smooth, Coates the tongue. This is definitely one to try

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Photo of enelson
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of JLeege
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: Jan 2002
Consumed: Feb 2011
Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a murky deep amber to brown color with a tiny short lived tan "head"; more like a slight ring around the surface.

Smell- Has a strong smoked aroma, very meaty. Jerky, caramel, woody, bbq sauce. I gotta say, the aroma is excellent and inviting. On par with the top smoked/rauchbeirs.

Taste- Starts out sweet, with notes of caramel, molasses, bbq sauce. Leading into strong smoked flavors, lots of jerky and bacon, even a bit salty. Doesn't quite have the "char" of a smoked beer, but the rest of the elements are still there. Lingering jerky flavors, this is a meal in a glass.

Mouthfeel- Fairly slick, fuller body, little to no carbonation, an alcohol warming of the cheeks.

Overall- An awesome dude got me this awesome beer. I wonder what this was like fresh, but with this much age on it, it has held up well, and is a very cool experience.

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Photo of manahansf
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin yet creamy tan off white head. The aroma is smokey and has hints of dark fruits, but the smell of apple-wood smoked bacon is the best. The flavor is an echo of the aroma with a perfect smoked taste and again... freakin bacon!! The body carries the flavor well and it is smooth and creamy. Great beer! Finishes slow and fades gracefully. Boom baby bacon brew!

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Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured with a tan head, slightly hazy dark amber; lace. aroma smoke dark ripe fruit, one of the best smoke/rausch beers i've ever had. balanced with body and a little sweetness. not sure on the alcohol. nice finish considering the huge flavor. big beer! not a session beer.

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Photo of khumbard
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to a very generous BA (backfat) for hooking me up with one of these. Never really thought I'd get a hold of one of these old batch releases. This poured a very deep amber color, with a small head that diminished pretty quickly. Nose is very smoky. Kind of reminds me smoked bacon. Pretty complex, but I feel like this beer has probably come together very well over the years (although I did not have a fresh one to compare it to). Taste is smoky, but not nearly as much as the smell hinted at. Definitely on the sweet side, but not overwhelming. Malty, a little spicy, very good. I wish I had more of these. It finishes pretty crisp, without a lingering sweetness. No alcohol to speak of until it warms you from the stomach. Overall this is drinking very well, with no signs of oxidation. If you are lucky enough to have one in your possession I would drink one, definitely an experience.

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Photo of backfat
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drinking this beer made me feel lucky. quite possibly one of the most complex brews I've had to date. bottled on January 2002 and drank February 2010.
pours a really thick, dark copper. extremely hazy with a film of tan head that just fizzled away rapidly. smells of caramel, malt, slight metallic, leather, grandpa's 1940's cologne, alcohol, BACON, and smoke. the smell was strong and engulfed the room around us. taste is sweet, malty, and pleasant. caramel, dark fruit, toffee, candied yams, apricots, steamed vegetables, and java as it warms. the mouthfeel is silky, creamy, and smooth with a slight carbonation sting to finish. For being over 8 years old, i was surprised with the amount of carbonation. The warmth of the alcohol makes one feel at ease. the flavor lasts forever and will be on your mind hours after consumption. a sensual beer that would definitely go well with a cigar. God bless beer

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 5000
Old world ale

Finely aged and kept at a constant temperature

L=4.5 Little to no carbonation, tawny brown in color with a light white rim.

S= 4.0 huge whiffs of smoked leather, fig, raisons

T= 4.0 the nose holds true mixed with a malty smoky sweetness. Such a good beer.

F= 4.5 incredibly smooth with a feeling of pure velvet.

D=5.0 Great beer! 12 oz was not enough! I imagine being around a campfire with friends on a chilly spring night. Big smoky overtones and malty, fruity undertones. Such a complex beer. It's a true privilege to be able to try this

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Photo of hopdog
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with EDA (thanks 12oz Mike!).

Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of tobacco, wood, and peat. Tastes of smoke (not as strong as the aroma), molasses, caramel, toffee and some dark fruits. Sweeter tasting.

Notes from 6/11/05

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Batch 5,000 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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