Smoked Stout
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Stout
Ranked #394
Ranked #18,618
3.89 | pDev: 13.11%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SerialTicker
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Appearance: Pitch black with barely any head in the sample glass. Patchy lacing. Y'know, your typical stout. Shit, I need to get more inventive with my reviews. Slacker...

Smell: Picture any quality stout you've ever had, and add a smoke note -- that's this beer. The chocolate is a bit in the background to the heavy roasted malt/coffee sort of aromas, and the smoke. This is my first "smokey" beer, and I think this smells great.

Taste: Wow. It just tastes... excellent. A lot like the smell, but what I'm most impressed with (and I guess it's probably typical...) is that while it has the smoke aroma and flavor, it doesn't taste ashy at all. There's just a solid medium feel with this beer that gets it to coat your mouth and throat just enough. Massive coffee and roast with a moderate amount of smoke and bitterness... this is some good stuff. Bold flavor, but brewed just right to keep it from being overwhelming.

 960 characters

Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love how straightforward Bell’s is when it comes to nomenclature. This, their smoked stout, is aptly titled Smoked Stout. It pours a dark black with thin, tight bubbles, and has a big smoked malt aroma that dominates. The flavor is all about the smoke as well, with smoked malts domineering over a more subtle roast malt and subdued sweetness on the finish.

 361 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bell's. Listed at 7.4% ABV on the board

A - Black with a small amount of white head and some lacing.

S - Roasted malts with subtle smoke aroma that is present but not overwhelming.

T - Roasted malts and smoke. The smoke is perfect - present without dominating the palate. A slight bitterness is present as well as a touch of coffee.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

 388 characters

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl for the Oberon release party. Probably my favorite beer of the night, except for Hopslam of course.

Jet black, thick head. Great head retention.

Smoked malt fills the nose with a little bit of milk stout sweetness to follow.

A rich malt base with moderate sweetness followed by a big dose of smoked malt. Not overly smokey, but it is the highlight. A really nice and drinkable smoked stout.

Soft, smooth velvety feel. Medium body.

I really enjoyed this one. I'm a big fan of smoked beers and this one is a really good example of a smoked stout. I would love to have it again.

 607 characters

Photo of homebrew311
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Eccentric Cafe.

A: has a somewhat flat appearance with light passing through, more of a dark brown than black, not much head

S: campfire, smoke, roasted malt, chocolate. Nice aroma.

T: smokey character up front with lots of chocolate and molasses towards the finish. Pretty straight forward smoked stout.

MF: thin body, high carbonation

D: nice smoke character, well balanced, easy drinking

 411 characters

Photo of brew3crew
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the cafe.

A-Dark black in color with a tan head
S-Light smoke flavor with a bit of malt.
T-Not that smokey. It is very subtle. Don't know if I would call it a smoked stout, but it is decent none the less.
M-Medium bodied and smooth
D-Good. Was done with my beer in a decent amount of time.

 301 characters

Photo of jrallen34
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Eccentric Cafe, poured into a 5oz tasting glass...A nice color of dark black, a light tan head equally nice. However, poor retention resulting in a thin cap, and not much lacing...The aroma is boring, only a hint of smoke with a chocolate finish. Don't name your beer smoked if there's not a ton of smoke, boring...Taste is light and boring. The smoke is more prominent but shows off more charred and ashy, not very good.

I'd pass on this.

 455 characters

Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Bells Eccentric Cafe. Dark black body with a dark tan head. Minimal lacing.

Great smoky aroma with some roasted malt in the mix.

Very tasty flavors. A smoky blend of roasted malt with just a hint of coffee and sweet licorice.

Very drinkable, especially for the decent abv. Great brew.

 305 characters

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Cafe, served in a pint glass. This was dark brown with a thin tan head, basic stout appearance. Nice smoked malts in the nose, that and roasted malts, excellent. Good strong rauch character without going too far over the edge, other malts keep it grounded.

Meaty and smoky, this is exactly what I was looking for. Roasty and smoky up front, a little sweet and smoky in back, no evident bitterness. The body is a little north of medium, fitting well with the flavors, very happy to have it again any time.

 540 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Meridian Pint's Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color and has a towering head, especially when considering the style. Considerable lacing is left on the sides of the glass as it falls down to a nice cap. The aroma brings some slightly-meaty smoke as well as a touch of roasted cocoa and malt.

The flavor is fairly smokey without too much else backing it up. There is a bit of a roasted malt character, though the roast lends itself more to the feel, which finds a nice spot short of too smokey. Drinkability was decent enough, but nothing about this one was all that remarkable. It was a pretty good take on the style, however.

 672 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of all the stouts on draft at Meridian Pint (I had 7), this had the best head. Black beer with a big dark brown head of medium and large bubbles that clings to the glass leaving a little lacing behind. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is more forward than the others, mild malt, some roast and some smoke as well.

Beer is medium bodied with almost nothing on leadoff. A little chocolate in the midpalate, mild sweetness at the back and the finish of the beer contains the bitterness from the black patent and some nicely incorporated smoke. It's a good beer, not overly smoky.

 580 characters

Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that reduced slightly and left spotty lace.

S-Light smoky aroma with notes of roasted grain and a hint of dark chocolate.

T-Light smoke notes with a bit of chocolate, coffee and a bit of hop/roasted malt bitterness. Nice dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Smoky flavour is light but lingers nicely.

D-Tasty, not an over the top smoke but there is enough smoky flavour to let you know that it is there. I am a big smoked beer fan and this one hots the mark well.

 519 characters

Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at Bell's. Mostly opaque black but with a rusty brown tint around the edges when held up to light. No real head, but there's a ring of tan foam. Nose is roasted malts and slightly smoky molasses. Taste is a nice Bell's stout, with mildly smoked malts and some chocolate. Smoke character is very subdued, and complements the toastiness of the malts. Nothing close to a rauchbier, so don't expect a camp fire bacon taste. Mouthfeel is good. ABV listed as 7.3%, about normal for a Bell's stout.

 504 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Bell's tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08: The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Moderately smoky aroma with notes of roasted grain and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied with a smoke character that never threatens to get into meat/charcoal territory. Notes of milk chocolate, coffee and mild hops flavors. The finish is fry and moderatley bitter with hops and smoke in the aftertaste. Seems more like a Smoked Porter along the lines of Alaskan. Still a decent beer.

 545 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a light tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and a small smokiness. In the taste, roasty coffee and a small smoke note. A small bite and medium to big mouthfeel, and a dry roasty malt and smoke aftertaste. Small smoke, big coffee taste, and a very nice stout.

 278 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap, Maduro, pre-great taste of the midwest

Bells had 19 beers on tap, but i had sampled 17 already - this was one of the 2 newbies

appearance: served in a bells pint glass, solid dark mahogany body with really no head presence to speak of at all

smell: no smoke, lightly roasted malts, dry cocoa powder

taste: what a dissapointment. there is no smoke in this thing to speak of. I let 5 people try it and nobody got more than a hint of smoke. There is a meaty aftertaste but that is about it. It drinks like an average american with a nice chocolate malt presence but this falls well below the Bells standard

mouthfeel: medium-light

drinkability: easy

 660 characters

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet!
Pours black as night with a nice half inch, brown, frothy head. Smell is roasty and cocoa. Taste is chocolatey and roasty. Not as much roast as a Alaskan Smoked Porter, but a good amount there that compliments the stout well. Full, thick, viscous and creamy on the mouthfeel. Coats the glass well. This is a good stout for those not looking to drink a campfire. Subtle and welldone.

 403 characters

Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this sucker on tap with pimpp after I read his review (below) and current availability at "The Comet" in Northside (Southern Ohio). It was served too cold into a delightful Samuel Smith's tulip glass, so I let it sit and warm in my hands for a bit, to bring out the flavor.

Poured a rich, cloudy blackish brown with a small tan head that didn't remain long.

Hints of heavily toasted, sweet malts mixed with light smokiness and baker's chocolate on the nose.

Taste and mouthfeel was light and dry for a smoked stout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Body was light to medium and tasted much like the hose.

This is a very nice and easy drinking smoked stout. Definitely recommended if you are in the area - worth checking out, glad I had to opportunity to give it a try.

 775 characters

Photo of pwoods
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Comet in Northside.

12oz. in a straight tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with average single American stout viscosity. Short head on the pour with little retention and just a bit of lacing.

S: Pleasantly smoky. Assertive but not overpowering. Some light and juicy dark fruits, red grapes come to mind. Maybe a touch of vanilla mixed with the woody and peaky aromas.. or maybe the wood is oak, haha.

T/M: Very nice smoked flavor. Very assertive and any more might be too much but Bell's seemed to push it right to the edge without going over. The smoky, woody, peaky flavor balances... or at least, plays well with the dark fruit and light molasses flavors. A bit of spent coffee grounds in the back... not too strong, especially from the bitterness aspect, but just that little hint of robustness. More of that Baltic Porter type grape taste is detectable. It has a soft bitterness right at the beginning that doesn't quite make it to the end, lightly citrus-y. Body is only about medium, fitting into the style quite nicely. Limited carbonation lends a nice velvety smoothness.

D: Very drinkable. The Comet had a few different brews that I wanted to sample so I just stuck with one of these but I'm sure I'll head there tomorrow as well. Even with a potent smoke flavor, I could see myself with a glass of this after dinner, maybe even with a chocolate desert.

 1,375 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate the folks from Bell's for bringing this beer down to the NHC. It seems Bell's can do no wrong. This is a tremendous stout that balanced toward an Oatmeal Stout with it's smooth, creamy texutres and soft chocolate, coffee, and light fruit flavors. The gravity weight of the beer seems high, but supports the flavors well. But then there's that campfire-y, charred, meaty flavors that come from the smoke additions that give the beer new meaning. The smoke never dominates the beer but pushes it's presence in ever facet of the beer- from aroma to finish, the smoke weaves in and out of the chocolates, coffee, nutty, fruit notes seamlessly. It's a joy to drink- and I did a lot of that.

Notes taken from '08 NHC.

 725 characters

Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bordering on brown to black in color. A small tan head leaves a great lace in its tracks.

Peaty smoke induced malt with marshmallow and chocolate covered meats? Roasty with a charcoal grill aroma.

Smooth and creamy. Tantalizing smoke with a laid back chocolate and dark fruit appeal. A hint of vanilla as well. Very nice and easy drinking. Not as meaty in the mouth as the nose would lead one to think.

 408 characters

Smoked Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 62 ratings