Eccentric Ale 2005 | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Eccentric Ale 2005Eccentric Ale 2005

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released 2006

Added by DaveFL1976 on 12-11-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by mikereaser:
Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with no foam at all, just some bubbles around the glass. It seems a little flat from the pour.

S - interesting, beef jerky, smokey, very peppery. hmm, it makes me a bit worried.

T - its a cross between plum, beef jerky, smoke and . Actually its not completely bad but it is wearing on me quickly. As it warms the plum comes through more.

M/D - Thick bodied, with very little carbonation, Its an interesting flavor that changes as it warms and gets better too.

I'm guessing maybe a barleywine or maybe a Shorts beer. The carbonation is what is throwing me. So lets rip this bad boy open...

No Way! Bell's Eccentric Ale 2005. Thats friggin crazy. I've wanted to try any of these forever and Abraxel sent me a 2005. Pretty cool if I do say so.


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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 7199.

Appearance - Deep amber. Not much of a head. Nice legs. A little life at the edges.

Smell - Sweet caramel. Dominated by an herbal character I can't pinpoint.

Taste - Sweet. Sugars all over. Herbal character again. Tough to identify what it is. Very sugary. Just a bit of bitterness balances it.

Mouthfeel - Really sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - If there was ever anything balancing the outrageous sugars in this beer, it's long gone. I wish the bottle would tell me what the herbs were, but it's not descriptive at all.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to hoppymeal for this via the barleywine BIF!

A - slightly cloudy reddish brown, small light tan head that quickly fades

S - Oh malty goodness! Rich port like malts swirl and intoxicate. There's a definite alchohol warmth bouying the malts with a bit of spicyness thrown in for good measure.

T - Similar to the aroma but with a just this side of cloying sweetness.

M - full bodied, modestly carbonated, coats the mouth and savors nicely.

D - This is definitely a one bottle after dinner slow drinking beer. I would definitely have another if I could buy this locally!

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to put this brew in the category of 'spiced ales' but the system rejected it, saying that the category will soon be removed from the site. As a placeholder, I'm going with a 'strong ale' but I don't feel totally comfortable with that. Let the debate begin!

I started off my Eccentric Day 2006 with a snifter of Eccentric Ale. There's a lot of beer in this beer. It pours a rather murky brown until held to the light, then traces of red and mahogany reveal themselves. The head starts off as a thin skim and then retreats back into the liquid.

The smell is sweet. Super sweet. Heaps of malt, and the smell of cherries are evident (although I don't think there are any cherries in this beer). A bit of spicyness in the nose as well, but I'm having a tough time pinning it down.

The taste starts out like candy. Sweet and malty, with lots of layers, but smooth. Impressively smooth. This drinks like a port or sherry the same way that a Kunhenn Raspberry Eisbock does. Thick, sticky mouthfeel that coats your palate with tons of flavor. Drinkable, yeah, it's very tasty, but I don't want more than one a day. Or maybe a week.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Batch 7199.

Poured into a large glass chalice, formed a swirly layer of bubbles over the cloudy burgundy brew. Remaining bubbles quickly retreat to the circumference of the glass, with little to no lace, but this brew has some serious legs when swirled. Aroma is sweetness coupled with strong alcohol presence. Taste is intense sugariness (diabetics BEWARE) which gradually gives way to the alcohol. Spicing appears randomly throughout. Mouthfeel and drinkability are limited by sweetness. I keep trying, but I just can't get into this one. Have to try again next year.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of djwhit24
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

vintage 2005. batch number 7199.

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with one finger of white head. A fizzing sound is heard after the head collects on top of the beer and during the pour. The head immediately dissapates to nothing in less than five seconds. Beer glows a mahoganey hue when held to light.

Smell: Sweet malts, prunes, and paint thinner.

Taste: Really rich dark fruits. Its vinous and sweet. Big notes of plums, prunes, black licorice, boisenberry syrup, and molasses. Beer has a spicy finish and aftertaste. There is also more plum and prune notes in the finish. This beer is a touch to sweet for my tastes, though it has nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with flat and still carbonation. I would say the carbonation is to be expected to be flat especially since this beer being from 2005. Syrupy mouthfeel. It has a warming and spicy alcohol feel to it.

Overall: This is the oldest beer I have ever drank. It was interesting for sure. Would have liked to try this beer fresh to compare what it was to what it now is.

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Photo of mcrago
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ISmith87
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - 4 - my default rating for beer's appearance if it was drank out of the bottle.
S - 3.75 - pumpkin, brown sugar, sweet potatoes, like a thanksgiving meal in a bottle.
T - 3.25 - very boozy, pumpkin, brown sugar, not all that great.
M - 3.25 - alcohol is very present in this one, a little too much. The beer itself is pretty flat. Aftertaste is pumpkin, booze, and sweet potatoes.
O - 3.5 - It's not all that great. I'd definitely encourage anyone thinking of trying it to go for another Bell's beer.

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Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of theformula
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #27 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/27.
Weird description of flavors, this make me very curious to try it.
Big thanks to hoppymeal for this bottle!

A: A nearly opaque mahogany body pours into a tulip glass. This is dark... A 2" tan head lacks some retention, yet leaves a nice ring of lacing.

S: Mmm, rich, rich malts. I would call it a milk/sweet stout if I had to, but "spiced" works too. Big and colorful, w/ a cooked vegetable (tobacco?) note along w/ a semi-acrid character. The underlying mil chocolate note is solid, and it's mixed w/ raisins, prunes and dark honey. Vague coriander spice & coffee comes out. Complex!

M: Med. body, low carbonation. Like Kalamazoo Stout, very full, creamy & a little viscous.

T: This is strange, but I like it. It takes some getting used to. Rich & sweet like a mild stout w/ lactic tartness, leafy hop bitterness and a bit of tobacco. Milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, mocha, coriander spice and even a nutty popcorn in the finish. Moderate alcohol presence.

D: A very interesting ale, so many flavors going on here and it comes together well for the most part. Decent drinkability but the rich malts make it difficult to drink too much.
A rich, hearty fantastic offering from Bell's, glad I had the chance at this one.

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Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

collar left on a brown body.

Cheeries and a tad of oxidation.

Sweet cherries, oxidation. Very sweet, again. Potpourri? A little usual. Would guess at 9.5%abv

Low carbonation, medium smooth mouthfeel.

Don't know if I could do the whole bottle. Thanks for pulling his out TATURBO.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was generously provided by Derek hoppymeal.
Had it on a brandy snifter, where its hazy, deep brown color is evident, although there is little to no head.
The nose is quite remarkable, sugary, heavily malted, with waves of alcohol and sugar coming as you swirl the glass.
Full-bodied, it starts sweet on the palate, with multiple alternating levels of sugar, yeasts and alcohol, and still manages to finish it dry.
Heavy, fully satisfying beer. I really enjoyed this one, and would grab more if I could.

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Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7199

A - Pours a deep brown with bright ruby highlights when held to the light. It had just a skim of head that disappeared immediately but mighty legs that cling to the glass when swirled.

S - Allspice, cherries, cloves and a touch of alcohol.

T - Allspice and cloves are the dominant flavor with hints of cherries and alcohol in the background. It has a good deal of sweetness.

M - Medium to thick with a bit of stickiness. Warming from the alcohol on the way down.

D - A good special occasion beer that tastes the same as I remember it on tap at the Eccentric party. The spicing might make it difficult to have more than 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle; Sampled August 2009
A solid pour produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown, concentrated amber color. When held up to the light the beer shows a murky, dark plum color. The aroma smells of richly concentrated malt, dark fruit and even some brandy notes. The dark, concentrated fruit notes are the most prevalent here and remind me of raisins, roasted prunes and some Concord grape notes all of which are a little broiled. There are some spicy notes here that in combination with the warm alcohol produces notes of brandy, dark rum, and more than anything some bourbon-like notes. Underneath the concentrated fruit notes are some richly toasted, brown sugar encrusted, whole grain bread notes. There are some rich earthy notes here, a musty damp cellar like note, perhaps even a touch of lightly oxidized note (but really this could just be the rich fruit character). The nose on this beer is incredibly rich and complex.

Sweet and thick feeling as it first hits my tongue; this isn't quite as sweet as I might have guessed though. The beer finishes with a mix of toasted grain, spicy alcohol, and even a bit of a tongue numbing sensation. Rich, lightly oxidized, deeply caramelized malt character lingers on the tongue and mixes with a concentrated fruit notes of prune, brandy soaked dried figs and rich raisin notes. The tongue numbing in the finish seems to be a mix of alcohol and turpene like effects (even some clove notes). This beer is just incredibly rich, it is quite the sipping brew with lots of strength, though it is not overly hot. A touch of astringency and spice to the finish reminds me of a hint of oak, and perhaps even some oaky Bourbon.

This beer seems to make my ears tingle with warmth. I do wonder what the vegetables add to this beer, and what vegetables were actually used. The beer is not quite as complex in the flavor as it is in the nose. This is a very interesting beer, definitely quite enjoyable. It could perhaps hide its strength just a little bit better, but it is still quite nice.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sudsdog for sending this one over quite sometime ago.

A: Nice and bright cloudy amber hue with a nice head that nicely and has above average retention.

S: Hmmm spice. Tons of ginger and mint. There is a caramel malt base for sure making this one smell really nice.

T: Mmmm malty goodness in a bottle. The nose matches the taste but the beer is much sweeter than expected. Not overly sweet mind you very nice I must say. Spearmint and ginger come thru to play a role making this one enjoyable beer.

M: Full bodied and rich. Ample carbonation.

D: It's a sipper, and a rather enjoyable one at that.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Eccentric Ale 2005 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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