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Eccentric Ale 2006Eccentric Ale 2006

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released 2007

Added by BMoney575 on 12-07-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by BlindPig:
Photo of BlindPig
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin mocha head on top of a cloudy dark brown body. Noticeable lacing right away.
S-Raisns, dark malt, figs, sweet dark fruits, and alcohol.
T-Really nice blend of flavors. Light over tone of the pop corn kicks in in the after taste and lingers for awhile. Follows the aroma and has strong up front alcohol. In the after taste the chocolate comes in and brings a nice balance to the alcohol.
M-Full body. Think this can be a bit rough at parts but as a whole with aftertaste and all it pulls together very nicley for a nice finish.
D- It's definatley and interesting beer with reading what they put on the label. Glad I got to try this but I wouldn't hunt down another bottle anytime soon. If you sit on this I think in about 6 years it would be great!

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this beer was brewed with everything but the kitchen sink,I poured into a small goblet a deep dark brown with some real ruby-like tint a thinner off white head atop.First off I noticed raisin and prune notes in the nose but there was more to it caramel and flower-like scent I couldnt pin it lavender maybe?Intense dark fruit up front flavor wise with some herb qualities,a caramel corn flavor comes thru late and lingers nicely.Its a sipping beer to savor I am glad I got to have a bottle of this very interesting annual from back home.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Label states "Malt beverage with vegetables, popcorn, fruit, spices, raisins, honey and malted milk balls added" I shit you not! Pours into my glass a viscous deep black with dark brown hues and a small dark tan ring of head on the top. Aromas are hard to even describe. Lots of dark, somewhat roasty malts along with a huge dose of dark fruity scents. Caramel, honey, licorice, spiciness and big chocolate in the nose as well. Each sniff brings something else. Sweetness is there along with a cooked vegetable undertone. Faint buttered popcorn as well. The aroma is seriously layered with piney hops making an appearance.

First sip brings a sweet, roasty rich dark malt upfront that's swirling in fruit tones. Spicy chocolate moves in along with some caramel and honey. There's an interestingly odd vegetal flavor midway through. It flows down with some piney hop bitterness and a touch of dark raisins and buttery sweetness. I get an odd spicy heat that travels all the way down with each sip as well. An intense experience that's definetly on the sweeter side, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is dense and chewy with a mellow carbonation that rides along nicely. Quite smooth overall. This is just a really odd beer the likes I have never really tried before. It's actually really fun to drink as you pull out new flavors with each sip. Quite contemplative. Another feather in the hat for Bell's and Larry. Glad I was able to sample this one thanks to hoppymeal.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will barely try here...there is just way too much going on for me to say much more than "mmmm....ahhh...hmmm"

Poured a dark mahogany brown with a tan ring of bubbles that sticks around forever and lays down a nice heavy lace as you drink it.

Aromas are way more complex than I could ever individualize....caramel malts, oranges, raisins, butter cream candy.

Taste is impressively more complex than the aromas...dark caramel malt, dark fruits, raisins, pumpkin pie spices, warm alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

This is a sipper and one incredibly delicious desert.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't believe when I first read the label: "Malt beverage with vegetables, popcorn, fruit, spices, honey and malted milk balls". The very idea is a "5", but I have my doubts whether I'm going to detect popcorn, or how you could even brew using popcorn. If anybody can, it's Bell's. I couldn't wait to give this a taste, so a mere week after receiving it as a gift, I had to pop the top.

Pouring into a snifter, the head is a half-inch of brown like toasted marshmallows. Body is deep chocolate brown, a few shades away from black but well within brown range. Thick and fudge-like.

Aroma is in the Old Ale vein, plenty of hops but even heavier on cocoa goodness, dark raisins, sherry-like alcohol, pumpernickel, black licorice and vats of creamy milk chocolate sweetness. Very much reminds of Bell's own Third Coast Old Ale, which I suspect might've been used as the base.

My oh my...this tastes as good as I wanted it to, though maybe not as exotic as I'd hoped. Malted milk balls are very much in evidence, as are all the other ingredients listed on the label...except popcorn. I don't get that amidst all the other stuff going on, although there's that pleasantly burnt flavor of stove-popped corn in the finish, so I guess all is present and accounted for. The vegetables come in with a soupy mass of earthiness that pervades the flavor. All other elements are obvious and excellently mingled. Anise and other sweet dessert-y spices are particularly highlighted as it warms. Black cherry whizzes does butter cream...and chocolate-dunked oranges...and then mint chocolates?!?

Along with the mildly burnt flavor is something like rich dark fudge in the finish. The 10.5% alcohol is present in the form of a glowing warmth, adding to the depth and presence of this incredible beer. I can only award it a perfect 5 for flavor. I don't care so much how eccentric the ingredients are, but my tastebuds tell me this is just the kind of thing I absolutely love to sip and savor.

As with so many Bell's products, the mouthfeel here is luxurious. Velvety and silky while also having a thick, gooey roundness. Fantastic.

This is a bittersweet sipper, as I know I'll probably never have one again. As mentioned, this is a bit like Bell's Third Coast Old Ale, though it takes a walk on the even wilder side. I was also reminded of Schmaltz's 10th Anniversary beer which was another huge brown bastard of thick and transcendent proportions. I fell in love with beer again tonight.

Thanks to the generosity of msubulldog25 I was able to try this rare oddity. Thanks for the 17th time Brian!

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure I got this from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Our an effervescent brown/ purple/chestnut with a pinky of mocha colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit in abundance & a bit of leafy hops, plus booze & fruitcake

T: Dark fruit & malted milk balls or is it really choclate? Some booze & leafy hops are also up front. Dark fruit in abundance, choclate or is ti malted milk balls up front?? Some booze & leafy hops are also up front. Some warming booze, a bit of licorice & caramel as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly boozey & with rich chocolate & Christmas pudding

MF: Chewy with slickness & minmal carbonation, great balance

Drinks a little slow, due to the depth of flavor & heft. A great ASA!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #400! Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky brownish color. The head which was around one and a half finger was a deep mocha color. This stayed until it was just whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- This was interesting to me. At first it smelled like a very used cat box that never has been cleaned. Tons of juniper and pine sap smells in here. Light chocolate covered dark fruits, some light rye, and a slight alcohol presence....almost like rum and some bourbon notes.

T- The aroma threw me off so I didn't know how it was going to taste. Right off the bat it was dark chocolate with a lot of darker fruits pushing through the front. Interesting to me only because I didn't expect it at all. Some roasted malts come through after this along with a hint of juniper itself in the beer. Light alcohol overtones come pouring through with some bourbon and oak tones. There are other flavors in this beer but I can't seem to place my finger on what they are.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low but I expect this for a beer aged for 4 years or so. Darker roasted chocolate left on the palate and some light alcohol burning in the backing into the aftertaste. Clean tasting for the most part and very drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a very good beer that I'm glad to have tried. Bell's is good at making some interesting beers that everyone wants and for good reason. Nice job Larry with this beer. It certainly is Eccentric.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My oh my, what do we have here. If I told you I was excited to get a hold of this one it would be an understatement. This is one of those, I wish I would get a chance to try one day type of things. Well, guess what, I got to try it one day! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2009
The pour was interesting for me. Rich dark brown in color, with lots of light caramel highlights to it. An off white head of maybe an inch or so rises up from the depths and settles down nicely into a firm, rich layer that really just stayed though out the entire session. I was mighty impressed. Then I went in for a whiff to see what I was going to find. If there was ever an everything but the kitchen sink mentality to a beer, this one is it. Chocolate, caramel corn, Cracker Jack like aromas, light piney hops, hints of bready grains, and some light apricots maybe? Who knows at this point, every time I took a sip something else started to come though. Light citrus, maybe some all spice. All I know is it was as smooth as could be. Really impressive on that front. I could have sipped on this one all day long, and in fact as the session wore on I really could not get enough of this. Light peppery touch to it toward the finish and a rounded, well worn kind of feel on the tongue.
Overall what can I say? Eccentric to say the least. This is one of the oddest, most off the wall creations I have ever come across and a more then fitting example to mark #1800 with. I could see totally why this would be a one off, and I would honestly be shocked if they even knew what was put in here!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch # 7799. Pours a very dark brown color, nearly black. Off-white head holds together for a few minutes, then fades to a thin collar.

Roasty and fruity up front in the nose. Lots of fruit, some vegetable components, and buttery. Very malty. Somewhat odd too, as more and more aromas develop. Some floral hints as it warms.

Roasty, and very sweet in the front. A buttery flavor, with lots of ripe fruit. Some bitterness to balance things out. Raisins and figs round things out as it warms.

Warming alcohol presence. Sweetness lingers for a while. Medium body. Very interesting, and unique.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MinorThreat
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Batch # 7799

A: Pours a charred chestnut color with a ton of suspended sediment visible when held to the light. Initially a creamy, 1/4 finger layer of dark khaki colored foam was spread out on top. It slowly receded down to a couple of bubbly islands that ended up clinging to the ring. Lacing was of the random and speckled variety.

S: Interesting aromas, initially, of milk choccolate, bing cherries, and candi. As it warmed the following subtleties began to emerge: toasted oak, vanilla, rum soaked raisins, whiskey, toasted rye bread crust, overripe dark fruit, and cotton candy.

T: Dark chocolate, raisins, and caramel covered tangy cherries loomed large along with supporting help from tobacco, campfire, roasted malt, charred oak, dark fruit, molassas/brown sugar, fudge brownies, Almond Joy/Mounds, whiskey/bourbon, and finally some whisps of peat smoked malt.

M: Incredibly creamy and coating. I'd also say smooth if it weren't for the spicy astringency that comes on big in the finish. It doesn't detract but, rather, adds balance to the sweetness. Alcohol presence is almost non-existant in the mouthfeel (while most certainly being there in the aroma and flavor).

D: Although the alcohol is very well hidden, make no mistake. This is a BIG beer. Both in abv and presence. A comfy couch is a requirement by the end of the bottle!

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Photo of NDPDuke
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Eccentric Day at the Bell's Eccentric Cafe. It was served in a snifter. Going into the night, I had no idea what to expect from the beer. I stopped at the General Store prior to going into the bar and bought a few bottles for later. I was kind of nervous when I read the label seeing that it said it was brewed with fruit, malted milk balls, raisins, popcorn and gasoline(made that one up). Any who, I had it on tap a few minutes later and I was pleasantly surprised.

This beer pours dark and heavy. It stuck to the side of the snifter. Not much head left on my pour.

In regards to smell, the first thing that came in my mind was chocolate. After a few more smells, I got strong hints of more chocolate and some light fruits.

The mouthfeel is interesting. Thick, sticky, almost indescribable.

TASTE: WOW. I don't really know what to say. The first few sips I had I couldn't place a taste too. I gave it to my gf and she quickly said in disgust SA Triple Bock. That is exactly what it tasted like to me at first. Then it melted away into something much. Fruity, chocolaty, and many other flavors I couldn't put a finger on. Overall, great, interesting, and special taste.

Overall, this beer is more interesting than anything. Almost shocking as to the way it pours and tastes. In the end, though, it was a much better beer than expected. I enjoyed the taste, but the drinkability is somewhat poor. Probably not for everyone but I sure enjoyed it.

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Photo of youngblood
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black. Very heavy looking. Dirty brown head sits on top rather ominously.

Smells like freakin licorice. Almost like Jager, that strong. Some strange bits of juniper and anise. Hmmm...

Tastes better than it smells, far less licorice in the taste. Very sweet actually. Raisin, soy, and some fig are coming through. Dark fruit theme. Small chocolate aftertaste along with some espresso, but ever so slight.

This is way chewy. I literally chewed every single mouthful.

For being 10.5%, the alcohol burn was very slight. The licorice nose kept this from being really really drinkable.

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Photo of hopswap1
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BMoney575
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 12-7-07
Batch 7799

Pours a very cool deep brown color, with lots of red accents. A pillowy tan head sits on top, and leaves filmy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is huge, huge, chocolate malt. Just like malted milk balls (listed as an ingredient). There's a fruity, sour quality underneath, if you look for it, adding a huge complexity. Very good.

Taste is absolutely insane. A million flavors at once. Super sweet, with an unbelievable nutty vegetable flavor dominating. There's a peppery, soy sauce quality that I can't quite place, and a surprising hop bitterness. The closest word to describe the taste is...eccentric.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and slick, the flavors last long enough to pick out all the different ones.

Drinkability is not good, this one pelts you from all directions.

Overall, the strangest beer I've ever had, by a huge margin. The bottle says, "Malt beverage with vegetables, popcorn, fruit, spices, raisins, honey, and malted milk balls added." They are all in there, and you can taste every one. I was expecting just a mash of flavors, but they all hit at a different time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mcrago
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
1.89/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Joe sent me a bottle of this in my LNBA BIF box. Thanks, bud.

Pouring dark brown with a dense tan head that recedes to a disk, this beer leaves some patchy lace on the side of the glass. Quite attractive.

The nose is rather unreal. A prominent cooked vegetable character up front with maple syrup, brown sugar and a definite popcorn character this is nothing if not unconventional. The alcohol is noticeable too, lending a juniper-like spiciness. Some chocolate is present as well, but this really is just bizarre. Definitely spicy, some cilantro is apparent as is coriander and some mace. Spruce?

The palate opens surprisingly bitter with a harsh astringency that just destroys the palate. Really pine sap-like, this is followed with a big honey and maple syrup sweetness, some cocoa and caramel. Spices appear begin to dominate mid-palate with coriander and nutmeg. Very spruce-like on the finish with big bitterness, this is rather unpleasant. Allowing the beer to linger on the palate brings out the raisins, and thankfully, the vegies are hidden. With a definite warming alcohol presence on the finish, this beer is medium in body with low carbonation. Not recommended, I feel bad panning this beer, but I was reduced to a grimace for the most part of my pour.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A very deep, murky, leathery, brown. Looks almost black until it is held to a light. The head is off white at first, but when swirled and agitated, it looks pretty orange. It is creamy looking with good retention.

S- Smells like an aged Bell's beer. I get some soy sauce and cocoa powder, vegetables, and a little booze. Kind of smokey. This has definitely changed since I have had this a year ago and I cannot pick apart all the unique ingredients like I was able to.

T- Sweet and syrupy. I can definitely taste the agedness and alcohol. It is really messed up. I think I preferred this a year ago when this was only a year old. I was able to pick out all of the unique flavors listed on the label- vegetables, popcorn, fruit, spices, raisins, honey, and malted milk balls. This is one of the few times that I think the beer may be past its prime... or it may be transforming into something totally new. I am really torn with this.

M- Very smooth, but kind of sour and tart at the tail end. This beer really sticks around on my breath. Thick and syrupy.

D- I am really torn with this one. I enjoyed this a lot more as it warmed up. But, it is really transforming into something else. This is truly one of the most unique beers that I have ever encountered. I guess it is good for a try, but this is overall a very conflicting beer. I'll see where this goes in another year.

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Photo of mcallister
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A deep mahagony with a thick tan head that has tremendous retention. Patches of carbonation lie at various points of my tulip and a thin film of lace makes its prescence known.

One crazy funky nose on this. Very odd fruit characteristics. Definitely eccentric in aroma. Says on the lable brewed with popcorn I can definitely smell it. Lavender very flowery chocolate malty aromas, with an edge of vegetation. Spicey qualities that seem asian in origin.

First off I've never tried anything like this and probably never will again. I must say I'm dissapointed I only have a few left. This beer is all over the place as it should be. Starts with a sweet chocolatey lavender entrance quickly followed by raisin and date with thick licorice flavors, spicey findings lead into a big buttered popcorn finish riddled with alcochol. Mouthfeel is huge, chewy and bitter on the finish. I could go on and on with different qualities after each drink but I won't. It's just that complex and has that much going on.

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Photo of thagens
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eccentric to say the least. Poured thick and dark into snifter with absolutely no head what so ever.
Smells like whoppers candy. Chocolate and lots of malt.
Taste is very complex, there is so much going on in this beer. Spicy and malty, yet fairly balanced, not sure what vegetable they used but I have a hunch it was sweet potatoes.
Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. Not a whole lot of carbonation going on.
Drinkability is reduced just a bit because of the thickness and sweetness, but having just one is a good experience.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Batch 8309.

Poured into a snifter. The beer is very, very dark brown. It is almost black. The dark brown head is 1 finger high. Retention is minimal and there is some lacing.

Smells very sweet and alcoholic with some very interesting and different aromas. Steamed vegetables (cooked carrots come to mind). Sweet brown sugar and maple syrup. I have no idea what this will taste like.

Initially the beer is very, very sweet. Maple syrup is once again evident with some honey. The steamed vegetable taste is present along with soy sauce and dark, sweet fruits. This is not my cup of tea as it is far too sweet. I can tell it is well done though. Very complex and unique. Alcohol is omnipresent and quite powerful, which is not surprising at 10.5%.

Medium full bodied with an oily and sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. I couldn't drink half of the 12oz bottle.

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from hopdog, I believe. Thanks!
Pours rich brown and opaque. Light small beige head. Smell is like rich, sticky tamarind, fruity, spicy, brown sugar, etc...Taste is sweet and spicy and fruity. Tamarind, cinnamon, sticky caramel on a slightly thick body. Very unique as the name suggests, but it works very well, for a beer brewed with popcorn, and malted milk balls, among many other random things. Good stuff and wouldn't mind trying again.

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Photo of gford217
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another MI gem from Derek, 12oz bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into a tulip.

The pour is a murky dark brown with a creamy beige head that lingers as a collar for a while and leaves some legs on the sides. It's a bit disconcerting though as there a ton of floaties in the glass, almost chunks in fact.

The aroma is certainly interesting with the vegetables and spices (coriander and nutmeg maybe?) hitting my nose first. There is a light sweet spiciness from the honey and more than a hint of chocolate and lots of dark fruits.

The taste is even weirder, with a crazy spiciness hitting the tongue up front. Really tough to place the specific taste though. Definitely some spices, juniper maybe, other spices as well. The backbone is dark malts, honey and dark fruit and the finish brings back the odd spiciness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky sweet but with the overpowering spiciness leaving a tingling on the palate.

This is one of the more interesting beers I've had in a long time. Lots of odd spiciness, honey, fruits and, of course, the weird inclusion of cooked vegetables. Not my favorite Bell's brew but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured to a standard pint glass. Bottle shows this is Batch 7799, Eccentric Ale 2006 (released late Fall 2007).

"Malt beverage with vegetables, popcorn, fruit, spices, raisins, honey and malted milk balls added". OK...

A: Decant carefully, as this has a thick sludge stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Very deep brown color, a shade of brewed coffee that's almost opaque. Head is two-fingers of light butterscotch yellow-orange cream, good retention. Decent lace in drippy bands.

S: Biggest aroma is sweet fruit and dark raisins with a vague spicy/grassy hopping. Overripe cherries, boozy (rum?) caramel, wood pulp(?), dry leaves(???).

T: 'Eccentric' is an excellent name for this one - a robust punch of complex flavors that need time to unravel. First sips are boozy and heavy, laden with bitter chocolate and a spiced coffee. The bittering then (d)evolves into a rather burnt tasting popcorn (yes, it's there), then a muddy/earthy cocoa (kind of chocolate donut/cake-like). With warming, the flavors shift toward sweetness, with dark/ripened berries and sugary raisins and a syrupy caramel taking over. At one point, I even got a little rum and spiced ginger (reminiscent of the Dark 'n Stormy we enjoyed in Bermuda). It's all really interesting and, though I may not love every flavor, is a real adventure in the mouth.

M: Mouthfeel is rather thick, coating with a lasting bitterness that, fortunately, balances with maltier sweetness with time. Smooth carbonation and viscous throughout.

D: Tough to score: it's got some elements to love, some to question. Some sips were amazing and some made me want to pour the rest of the glass in the sink. Maybe that's exactly what Bell's is going for - a curious amalgamation of flavors that changes with each sip. Has a big alcohol content and an 'oddball' level that makes a 3.5 seem both generous and inadequate at the same time. Regardless, that's what it gets...

Big thanks to joe1510 and hoppymeal for each sending as an extra.

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Eccentric Ale 2006 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 35 ratings