Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009) | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009)
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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009)Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009)

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by danielharper on 12-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Mistofminn:
Photo of Mistofminn
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Janis_Hoplin
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of beergorrilla
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of replacementpart
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 hoppymcgee
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of alcstradamus
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 pperez38
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of cwxc818
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rpstevens
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of waltonc
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired this in trade with Kzoobrew, thanks Kevin. Pours dark brown with a centimeter of head that eventually winds down to nothing. Smells really spicy. I can definitely smell the juniper berries and birch syrup (I only recognize the birch syrup because of Life and Limb). Smell is also floral, so I assume that's the elderflower? Taste is quite sweet, again, with the birch syrup, honey, and juniper berries. Body is quite thick and syrupy, notwithstanding the carbonation, which is low, but still adequately present. Upon my first sip, I thought I'd get through this pretty quick because of how much I like it. But about 1/3 of the way through, I'm now realizing this will most definitely be a sipping beer. Overall, very interesting stuff. Definitely glad to have a few of these. Reminds me a bit of both the Stone/Nogne/Jolly Pumpkin brew, as well as Life and Limb.

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Bell's Eccentric Ale 2008 (Released 2009) from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 65 ratings