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

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CortexBomb on 11-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by jmich24:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Pours out black, stout-like, with a slight white head on top. Beauty. The smell was very malt dominated, appealing.

The taste carried over from the nose, it started out very malty and sweet up front (slight fruit notes present...), with bitter tones emerging in the middle. A very creamy body throughout, and some alcohol notes are present as well. Pretty decent stuff.

Mouth, not bad, decently thick, decently good hop bitters. Drinkability, decent, no scotch ale is easy to quaff.

The bottom line: A good, middle of the road tap room offering by Bell's. It won't make you give up your favourite scotch ale, but it is worth trying out when you're in Kazoo.

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Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obviously this was busted out again around Dark Lord time. On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Dark orange/amber pour. Cream colored head. Nice malty caramel aromas. Medium slightly sticky body. Solid sweet malty flavors with caramel and toffee. Accented with some citrus and red fruits. Smokey with just a hint of hops through the finish. A good drinkable Scotch ale. Liked this one better than the Oatmeal Stout, which was the only other non-regular at the Cafe.

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark shade of amber win an off white head that is several fingers deep. Nose brigs sweet caramel and toffee notes and a bit of spice. Taste is fairly sweet and bready along with a hint of spice. Medium body with a nice smoothness. Drinks well; was glad to try it.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eccentric Cafe:

It pours a mahogany brown hue with a very thin swirl of head that quickly dissipated. The nose is decent for a scotch ale. Malty bready notes make way for caramel and toffee scents and a slightly burnt/smoky scent as well. The flavor matches the nose fairly well. Toasted malt is the dominant flavor with the toffee coming into play as the beer warmed. The malted backbone is very nice and balanced on this beer with the other flavors on the palate. The carbination is low on this beer and very quaff able and satisfying. The alcohol is very well hidden and never really made itself known. Drinkablity is good and I would have another if Bell's were much closer to me.

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Photo of bruachan
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy brown brew with only a collar of white to show. i know i shouldn't expect much froth from a scotch ale, but i'd like a little more than this

the aroma is slightly fruity with a slightly more apparent smoke character

flavors are darkfruity and smokey. toffee and a shadow (and no more, really) of chocolate. i think beers of this style and other of those from the UK--when replicated by US brewers--can tend to be underattenuated, which can realy doom a beer's drinkability. but this one is blessedly not too sweet. this has a second benefit of not requiring much bitterness, which always seems out of place in a scotch ale

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as retired but just tried this two days before Dark Lord Day 2008.

Deep mahagonny with a crystaline appeal. No head to speak of. (this was the case with all the beers sampled. Not sure why bars or brew pubs insist on pouring with no head?)

Big caramel and toffee aroma with a slight hint of smoke and sweet cinnamon rolls. Not much else however.

Damn near a rauchbier. Thick with smokey peaty malt flavors and gamey meat characteristics. A sudden burst of caramel and cherry on the finish. Velvety mouthfel leads into a thick meaty smoke induced finish. Slightly sweet with brown sugar. A very fine wee heavy especially if you like smoke.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the eccentric cafe. Dark brown, no head really. Alcohol and dark fruits and peat odor. Tastes peaty and smoked chocolate-like. malts. nice fruitiness...dates and currant. thistle (or do i just think that b/c of the name?) and heath. alcohol is obvious but well blanded and warming. Not an amazingly distinct scotch ale but nice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured from tap at Eccentric Café into a clean, clear glass. I regret that I did not record the ABV for inclusion here. Perhaps some kind BA can update this listing with the correct ABV!

A Dark amber body but translucent. Minimal creamy head 3.5

S Nice scotch ale medium malt and spice presence. 4.0

T/M Great smooth, full scotch ale medium malt, grains tastes that are nicely balanced against muted hops. This is a nice, full scotch ale. 4.0

D Good drinkability as the depth, wonderful bigness of this beer creates enough interest to drink on! 4.0

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Scotch Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 11 ratings