Eccentric Ale 2008
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Eccentric Ale 2008Eccentric Ale 2008
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American Strong Ale
3.86 | pDev: 13.73%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Eccentric Ale 2008Eccentric Ale 2008
Notes: Released 2009
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of doucmehu
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Extra from a trade.

A: Deep mahogany, nearly black. About an inch of mocha head fizzes away pretty quick. Not much lacing, and fairly heavy looking.

S: Big molasses, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, dark fruit, honey. Just a ton of sugary sweetness, with the maple being the most prominent.

T: Whoa. WAY too many sweet flavors going on. Milk chocolate, honey, caramel, maple syrup dominate, with some roast and pine/puniper in there as the sweetness gives way. There is a hint of tartness at the tail end, on the back of the tongue.

M: Fairly heavy, slick, low carbonation, little alcohol presence for 10% (5 years will do that).

O: Hard to drink due to the cloying sweetness. If you are looking for a sugar bomb like a Crème Brulee or or Choklat, this might be a fun choice.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-04-06 in Warsaw, IN

A - Opaqe dark brown with a light brown 3/4-finger head that drops to a skim coating in a few minutes leaving light lacing.

S - Rich dark fruits, medium roasted malt, figs, earthy spice, maple/birch syrup. Luxurious.

T - Sweet syrup, lightly roasted malt, berry, honey, light tannin, some balancing bitterness; perhaps from the juniper.

M - Medium-thick body and light carbonation. A bit too cloying.

O - I enjoyed the beer more as it warmed and I was able to acclimate to the various flavors. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer that someone threw in as an extra on a trade. Pours hazy brown along with a tan medium head. Thin lacing lasted quite well throughout. Aromas of malt, syrup, spices, berries, and some yeast. Flavors of bread, maple syrup, juniper berries, and raisins. Medium and sticky mouthfeel. Quite delicious and sessionable beer!

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown with one finger of tan head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, and leaves very little lacing.

S - Big maple syrup aroma, with juniper also quite apparent in the smell. Otherwise, quite a bit of chocolate and dark dried fruits

T - Lots of dark dried fruits, with some chocolate, toffee, molasses, maple syrup and pungent juniper. Sweet up front, gradually yielding to a faint bitterness. Just a touch of alcohol is noticeable.

M - Full, viscous mouthfeel. Really coats the palate.

O - I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. A bit heavy to drink too often, but I'm really glad I got to try this one. Quite a bit going on here.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, with a big head that fadeed to nothing. Some nice lace down the glass, lots of activity left in the film on top, looks good. Smell was so complex it is even hard to describe. Everytime you went near it you smelled something different. Bready tones the first time, spiceness the second, alchol, some fruitness, a bit of the hops, it offeres a variety in every sense of the word. the taste is big, thick, full of alcohol, which is not even remotely hidden here. Lots of dark fruits and berries can be found in here if you look

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for this one.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with lots of reddish highlights. A thin off-white head sits on top.

S: Not off to the best start with the nose. I get a lot of soy sauce and molasses, maybe a bit of toffee. As John put it, smells like Teriyaki sauce. Some dark chocolate, spices, and even some woody herbal notes.

T: The juniper stands out a lot, as do honey, molasses, and toffee. A mild herbal/spice note and some maple syrup and chocolate. A really strong resemblance to root beer, strangely enough.

M: The body is semi viscous with a fairly low carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. With every ingredient under the sun, I wasn't expecting much, but it was fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, thanks Andrew,

A: Pours a murky brown with a mild off-white head, some light lace.

S: Teriyaki sauce all the way, I feel like I'm at Matsu circa 1989. Not a bad smell, but makes me fearful.

T: The flavour turns out to be a delight. A clear cola and root beer (birch?) flavour greets me right away. Some herbal juniper and a hint of chocolate and soy.

M: Medium to full-bodied, sweet but very smooth and never cloying.

O: This was very tasty and holding up well. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously gifted by afdempse right after it was released. I pulled this out of the cellar to share with Mike and Mike the other day.

The beer is dark brown with amber highlights. The head is thin, leaving only sparse lacing.

The nose offers heavy spices, most notably juniper berries, as well as both a heavy hop and malt presence.

The flavor brings floral, pine, resin, earth, juniper berries, sweet alcohol, malt, and various other spices. Wow, this is a complex brew.

The body is light to medium, with moderately low carbonation.

Overall, a fun and interesting brew. It's certainly worth a try. Ideal to split a few ways, as a few ounces was plenty.

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Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I have never had one of these before. They all sound like really interesting beers and Bells always does a great job. Served at cellar temp in a pint glass.

Pours a nice brown with a thin tan head. Nose has sweet malts, hops and spices. Similar flavor profile. Thick creamy body. Drinks well.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired at the brewery, thanks to my friend, Anne.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Wicked dark, opaque as far as I can tell, with no signs of head save for the thinnest mocha collar.

Smells of heavy caramel, figs, just a little roast. Rich smell, but not a whole lot of complexity. Some booze creeps up, with a little bit of orange candy.

Whoa! in the taste. Crazy complexity: caramel, roast, flowers, wild berries, passion fruit, ginger. Hard to pin everything down, & it goes through so many motions. Good, but a bit overwhelming, kind of hard to wrestle with. Whew, baby! Aftertaste is sweetly maple & citric, with some dark fruit skins.

Thick, viscous, a little slick. Big mouthfeel.

Holy--! The smell did not prepare me for that big taste. A cool beer, & so much going on here that I don't really know where to begin. Kind of wondering if maybe another year lying down might have been good for this, but it's pretty good as is. Just so much to bite off at once. One is plenty.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark brown bordering on black liquid with a quickly fading light brown head that settles to a few tiny splotches.

S- Very aromatic with notes of syrup, flowers, and dark fruits. Very unique and has an aged quality to it as well.

T- Very sweet maltiness with syrup, fruit, and flowers. Rich, complex, unique, and very tasty.

M- Creamy and oily at the same time. Smooth with a lasting syrupy finish.

D- Absolutely delicious. Unique with well-hidden alcohol. A bit of a sipper due to its richness. Probably at or close to its peak of aging.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight black into my Great Divide snifter with a soft ring of mocha bubbles.
Big smell of lots of things happening. Some maple, honey, raisins, dates, and dark malts. Then prunes and plums with some sticks and twigs, and finally an earthy bark-like must.
First taste is big syrupy molasses, tobacco, and leather. Following that is sticky dried dates and a sweetness of birch and root beer, wildflower honey, hibiscus, and black tea.
This is a heavy beer with almost no carbonation and thick on the tongue which makes is tough to sip. The flavor, though, is so intriguing and all over the place that is becomes difficult to stop drinking it.
It is spicier than a barleywine and heartier than a strong ale, I feel. Some roast and nutmeg notes hit the back end with the bold oncoming presence of alcohol. Not overly lip-smacking sticky, but a definite, hearty sipper.

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Photo of brdc
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, got in a trade on DLD 2010 but unfortunately did not keep records of the generous BA that gave me this one.

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter. Dark brown, reddish highlights, minimal quickly fading tan head.
Nice sweetish aroma, caramel, brandy, candy sugar, licorice, spices.
Warming, medium to full bodied with modest carbonation that lends a velvety feeling on the palate.
Mostly sweet, with the same notes from the aroma. It is again mostly sweet, but the warming, spicy alcohol notes provide balance. A very nice nightcap, well worthwhile, and it should improve further in another year.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a generous extra from a trade in the past year that I sadly can't remember. Poured from a bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass. The beer pours a hazy brown/black with murky mahogany edges. There is a thin off-white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, the beer leaves some thick oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The beer smells like licorice, juniper, ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup almost all at once. It's very sweet in the nose. When I stick my nose back in the glass and give this one a real hearty sniff I can pick out some roasted malt and dark coffee, but that is fleeting before the sweet syrup notes come back.

The taste follows the nose closely. The beer is very sweet, but pleasant. The licorice, ginger and cinnamon aren't nearly as prominent as the nose, but the maple syrup really comes through. The taste has hints of dark fruits, cherries and raisins, that weren't evident in the nose and a strong dose of molasses. The alcohol sweetness mixes into the maple characteristics, creating a liqueur like sweetness.

The beer is thick, sweet and boozy with appropriate carbonation and it has a nice dry finish that enhances the drinkability. The flavor and drinkability suffer from the beer's incredible sweetness, it could use some more roasted malt flavor, or maybe some more time in the bottle to balance out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed in March 2010.

Pours a light, red-hued amber color with a pretty good head considering the alcohol volume. Nose is really nice, bringing a good deal of sweetness along with pine, black licorice, gin-type flavors, and some floral aspects. Taste really brings out the juniper and black licorice with a touch of sweetness in the background. All the spices and herbs come together to create a nice, dry feel. Drinks quite well and is one of the few super-spiced beers that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours brown with ruby edges and no head.

S. The nose is dominated by elderflower with a bit of birch sweetness.

T. Sweet with maple and licorice. The elderflower is there, but not like it was in the nose.

M. Thick and syrupy with medium carbonation.

D. A bit hot still. The bouquet is phenomenal - while I like the flavor, I would be ok with merely smelling this all night.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to holiday1072 for this one!!
Appears very dark deep brown with small tan head that goes to a ring. Smells pretty sweet and malty with spices, molasses actually more complex than that but I can't pick out the other nuances. The taste is Roasty malt with a slight tang to it. Like the smell it have much complexity to it - Spice, honey. The brew ends with a big licorice aftertaste.
Full body with mild carbonation. Smooth and slick.
Overall interesting sipper though pretty darn sweet - if only I could mix this beer half and half with my girlfriend!

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Photo of Spica66
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used to attend Eccentric Day each year at the brewery until it became such a madhouse event that the fire marshall got involved. Now I just let the younger guys fight their way in and bring me back a case of EA. 2008 was one of the better years for this beer. For a change, the ginger and clove does not punch you in the nose when you open it. Very deep red color. Not a lot of head. I thought it was spiced just right and it has aged very nicely since last year.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brandoman63 for surprising me with this one!

I've had a couple of these in my day, and they can seemingly age forever. Someone brought a vintage one from the 90's to a tasting, and it was fantastic.

Slight ruby glint when poured, dark in the glass with little to no light getting through. A whiff of oxidation and molasses hits the nose, sweet and rich.

Molasses, maple, butter toffee, sweet confections... a hint of jerky smoke. Some pine or dry bittering herb in there too. Rich and dense feel, with trace carbonation. Certainly a sipper of the highest order. It almost seems like a precursor or cousin to Batch 9000.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for busting this out.

Pours a deep brown copper color with a small to medium sized head, looks very good.

Smell is of dark licorice with light hops, dark fruits come through too.

Tastes big and thick, big licorice and hops, different spices as well. Very interesting beer, quite sweet but very original.

Smooth with a medium level of carbonation, good mouthfeel.

Good drinkability, definitely an original brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours 1/4 finger of tan head that fades fast away. No lace left. Color is a dark hazed brown.

Aroma: juniper berries, honey, syrup, light maple. More malts here than hops. Very interesting aroma.

Taste: Honey, spices, juniper berries, maybe . Decent amount of spice with some big malts. Very syrupy sweet.

Mouthfeel: Spiced, crisp, and smooth. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends sweet, spiced, and dry.

Overall, a huge spiced beer. Tons of flavor. It is a slow drinker. Not something I would want a lot of, but good.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for this bottle.

A: Pours a pretty flat, but a nice translucent mahogany color, with only a ring of tightly packed bubbles and wispy swirls in the beer.

S: Smells sweet, the honey definitely comes through. I also get a little lavender, mint, and the birch syrup that was used to brew the beer.

T: Not surprising that this beer is on the sweeter side. I get maple syrup, mixed berries, booze, and some spiciness which leads nicely into a bitter finish.

M: Good amount of carbonation which leads me to believe this one would age well. A little syrupy, a little slick, and sticky. Has a dry wine-like finish.

D: For the amount of stuff that's in this beer, I think it's on par for the ABV. It's not over-the-top sweet or boozy and not too thick.

Overall, I think this was cool to try and a nice changeup from the typical monostylistic beers out there.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer opened at a recent tasting. This one opened up by kbutler1 towards the end of the night.

Pours brown with light visable when looking through. About half a finger of tan head sits on top, with good retention but lacing is lacking.

The nose is intense, I get nuts and chocolate, spices and malts. Specifically, it's easier to pick out licorice, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey and a nice fruitiness, must be from the Juniper berries. There is a lot going on here and I'm just not sure it all comes together as the brewer intended.

Again, the taste is incredibly spiced, this time nearly covering up the other characters. Sweet malts, honey and cinnamon, and a nice fruitiness. It's definitely unigue and tastes good, but there is just too much spices going on for me in this one. It's clearly one-sided.

Mouthfeel is about medium, with a soft carbonation that promotes a creamy texture. Drinkability is ok, but this one had to be sipped because of the extreme flavors.

Overall, not what I was expecting at all. But then again it's called "Eccentric" ale so why wouldn't it be just a little bit out there. I would like to see what some time does to this.

Note: At the time of the tasting, be it because of the mutliple beers had before hand or the skill of the brewer, but the 10% never showed itself. I was shocked to find out this weighed in at 10% ABV.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black shade of brown with a half finger of tan head.

The smell is a wonderful mix of molasses sweetness, licorice, flowers, chocolate, vanilla, peanuts, and the faintest hint of roast. Really enticing and caught me off guard since I really didn't know what to expect with this one.

The taste is also quite good, although perhaps not as much as the aroma (debatable). A cola flavor hits at first which is a tad off putting, but underneath is a complex mash of flavors that blend very nicely. There is a dominating maple and licorice sweetness, then the floral aspect of this brew comes in mid palate and then a nice chocolate finish rounds it out. I can see why this is listed as an American Strong is quite unique and doesn't really fit any molds. I suppose its closest style would be a Baltic Porter.

The body is between medium and full and the carbonation is nice and soft which helps create a nice creaminess.

Overall, I am pretty damn pleased with this beer. I came in with no preconceived notions regarding it, and I left with a smile on my face.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is brown and there is almost no head. Surprisingly, there is a lot of lacing go figure.

Aroma was sweet and had a spiciness to it, overall lots of alcohol.

Flavor of this beer is odd, there is some juniper flavors in there but mostly just general sweetness and booze. There is a slight spice to this beer but my overall enjoyment decreases with every sip. This is not a repeat for me and I'm not really interested in this beer at all.

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Eccentric Ale 2008 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 65 ratings