Batch 9,000
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
American Strong Ale
4.03 | pDev: 13.15%
Sep 07, 2021
Jan 29, 2010
Batch 9,000Batch 9,000
Notes: "Black, dense, and rich, this is a great ale for the cellar."
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Trying for the first time 11 years after bottling. Still a nice hiss when the cap is popped. Pours motor oil black with little head. Looks perfect! I immediately think of sherry/port when I first sniff this one. Lots of figs and dates. Black licorice is definitely raising its hand. Blackstrap molasses, a bit of honey, a whiff of pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, and a hint of french roast coffee beans. Of all the notes, the molasses screams the loudest. The taste is super intense, balanced, and smooth. Follows the nose really nicely, with intense notes of molasses, dark chocolate, sherry, red wine, prunes, walnuts, pecans, blackberries, and an oak bitterness on the back end. However, there is also a sherry sweetness mixed in at the end as well. This is beyond outstanding, and has aged beautifully. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Coats and the mouth and sticks around for a LONG time. What a lovely beer to both smell and sip on.
Sep 07, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Oct 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a snifter
9 1/2 year old bottle

A- pours dark brown with a one-finger thick and creamy dark tan head that has great retention long after the pour

S- an array of dark fruit, raisin, plumb, fig, black cherry. Molasses, brown sugar, black licorice, caramel, Christmas cake

T- dark fruit initially, with a big hit of prune, followed by raisin and cherries. Mid-palate brings out sweet molasses, caramel & toffee, rum soaked cherries, fruit cake. The finish continues with the cherry notes, and lingers of plumb, caramel and port

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky warming finish

O- I didn’t have this fresh, but at nearly 10 years old, this is fantastic
Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by YonderBrew from Ohio

4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This had been in my fridge seven or eight years.

Poured into a snifter. Minimal head retention. Dark brown, almost black.

Rich and complex. Boozy, but not harsh. Outstanding mouth feel.

Bell's needs to bring this one back.
May 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by c-rum from Missouri

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like leather, chocolate, caramel, oxidation, smoke, molasses and dark fruits.

This is quite the blast from the past. It's aged exceptionally well- there's only a slight touch of oxidation, and it's not the cardboard type of oxidation. It's just the slightly stale sherry wine type of oxidation, which works pleasantly here. There's some very light smoke, and tons of caramel/toffee/molasses malt goodness. There's a nice vanilla creaminess too.

This is medium bodied, and very drinkable, despite the age. The booziness is basically completely subsided. It's quite creamy.

I never thought I'd be able to try this beer. I'm pleased to report that it's aged quite well.
Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Sep 26, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. 8 year old beer... here goes.

L: Cloudy dark, dark mahogany pour... nearly black. Thin brownish head. Falls fast... thin rim of lacing.

S: BIG! Rich and sugary... sweet... caramel, molasses, plum, and burned raisin.

T/F: Sweet caramel and molasses. Brown sugar, dark fruits (plum, fig, raisin), complex.... a bit of spice... licorice in the background. Rich and full... super sticky and coats the tongue. The finish is dark fruit and spice. Hides the ABV dangerously. Low carbonation.

O: Just awesome. I didn't have this when it came out, but after 8 years in the cellar this beer is 100% delicious. Love this... and glad I have a few more. A perfect cold winter/dessert sipper.
Apr 17, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by atone315 from Wisconsin

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by vfgccp from New York

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 10, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by cd34 from Illinois

Mar 20, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Jodio from Texas

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by Gtg642 from Michigan

Jan 07, 2017
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Reviewed by onemoorebeer from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Aging great. Poured smooth with good carbonation with a lingering head retention. Dark fruit aroma. Taste has high fig with slight licorice notes. Low to no alichol bite. Moderate bitterness on finish. Overall very please with how this is aging.
Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 15, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Nov 08, 2016
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at Churchkey in 2016.

Opaque black that has ruby notes around it. Not much thickness and looks fairly oily and slick.

Smell is divine. Fairly complex. Sjarp Alcohol smell mixed with a light bitterness and dark fruit maltiness. Also a good raisin and date note that mixes well with the very light vanilla running through.

Taste is really and complex. Mainly date and raisin notes from the malts and a very light roast as well. A slight alcohol note but barely noticeable.

Slight burn. Heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A little sticky.

Very good and delicious. Glad for the opportunity to try this.
Sep 27, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by rawfish from California

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Irishize75 from California

Feb 21, 2016
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Reviewed by bladehines from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Cellar kept since purchase by me.

L: Very dark, black slight red tint, slight brown around edges.
S: Heavy cherry and dark chocolate upfront, molasses, Carmel, flirty notes
T: Instant taste of tart cherry and chocolate notes followed by coffee and finished with more tartness, slight bitter on the end.
M: Mouth feel heavy no alcohol notes, silky, very coating of the mouth.
O: Held up super well aging this long!!!! Fresh the beer was over powering, glad I aged it!!! One of the best beers I've had in a long time! Wish I had more!

Note: 2010 vintage

Serving type: bells tulip glass
Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by mattboyer182 from Indiana

Feb 14, 2016
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Reviewed by KensWorld from Florida

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From bottle cellared since 2010 I believe. Not much head left in it. Has sediment at bottom of bottle. Smells like dark fruit, soy sauce and molasses with roasted malt, nutty and woodsy aftertaste. Very complex beer that has a dominate tangy fruit taste. Overall it looks to have held up well but I'm sure it's much different tasting then when fresh. Very much enjoyable after it warms to room temp. Worth the wait
Feb 02, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
i might be a loner one this, but i didnt love it the way others do below, and instead offer the idea that it is now past its prime. i have no clue what it tasted like fresh, but its safe to say its faded out quite a lot. still a darn fine ale, but i would not rank it among the better american strongs on the scene right now, thats for sure. it looks almost all the way black, with reddish brown edges in the right light, minimal head. smells nice too, a tad oxidized, but not beyond what one would reasonable expect in a beer this old. it has notes of root beer and stale coffee, as well as alcohol, which is pretty pronounced even with all the cellar time. cool woodiness too, almost like a birch syrup or something, sweet and wet, but not really bourbon as i know it. is this even aged on wood? i would guess no, but it has that mellowness from its maturity. flavors of molasses, toasted barley, burning wheat toast, sarsaparilla root, and black tea are all there, but the beer is still pretty sweet, and its very alcoholic. distractingly so, especially with temperature. tasty beer, but i think it likely peaked a year or two ago. my advice is to drink now.
Jan 18, 2016
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is jet black in color—only faint traces of dark brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of black licorice are present in the smell along with notes of molasses.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has additional notes of dark fruits. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer held up quite well with the aging except that the amount of carbonation has dissipated a bit. The beer does a very good job at hiding its alcohol from the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

Serving type: bottle
Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by bonez05404 from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2016
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Reviewed by bluehende from Delaware

4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I had this beer after being aged 5 years. One of the best I have ever had. Licorice has faded with huge tastes of molasses. This was one outstanding beer at 5 yrs old.
Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

Dec 13, 2015
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle share from Jake. Another well aged stout. Dancing on the border of sweetness, it comes off as a welcoming and warming, slightly syrupy brew. hits the spot for sure
Nov 15, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by maz from Illinois

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by pagriley from Illinois

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2015
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours near black with a half inch light brown head dissipating after a few minutes into a thin lacing. Minimal lacing down the glass.

Smell: Rich, dark chocolate truffles, molasses, caramel. Excellent. I'm not really getting much in the way of brewers' licorice, but frankly that's probably a good thing as I don't think it would benefit the overall aroma. There is tons of depth to the nose.

Taste: Intense. Heavy brown sugar and burnt caramel flavors up front, molasses, a touch of dark fruit. Flavors of brandy and dark chocolate round it out. Finish is fairly sweet although the lingering slightly burnt flavor (which I mean in a positive way) keeps it in check. Just a touch of alcohol heat is detectable underneath the myriad layers of malt. Extraordinarily rich and decadent.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied but velvety smooth texture which is enhanced by minimal carbonation.

Overall: Truly exceptional beer. That being said, I probably wouldn't want to try and knock down more than one in a sitting as it can overwhelm the palate pretty quickly. But this is hard to beat for a slow sipper after a long day. I don't know how this drank fresh (this being my only bottle), but it's hard to believe it was better than this.
Aug 31, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Zuidman from Illinois

Aug 22, 2015
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