Batch 10,000
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
American Strong Ale
3.84 | pDev: 13.02%
Jun 20, 2021
Nov 29, 2010
Very Good
Batch 10,000Batch 10,000
Notes: "Strong Brown Ale"
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Rated: 4.39 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by prototypic from Ohio

May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle courtesy of acurtis. ~10yrs old.
Look: very dark brown/ruby, minimal tan head.
Smell: chocolate, musty.
Taste: Raisins, fig, oxidization slightly, honey, malt, caramel. Hint of soy. Minimal fizzy booziness. Flavors all pretty muted.
Mouthfeel: fairly medium - light bodied.
Overall: I never experienced fresh version. This has aged pretty well as u would expect from any strong ale or barleywine.
Jul 16, 2020
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Reviewed by CEEALAN from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This was my longest aging experiment, 9 years, and I decided to finally open the final bottle today. I'm really surprised by the result. The bottle opened with a typical pop and poured with a typical head. Still tastes fresh does not have a number of the aging characteristics I see in Belgian ales. I actually think most of my friends would think this is a 2019 bottle if I serve it to them (though my girlfriend thinks I'm going to need to go to the emergency room after finishing the bottle).

There is a surprisingly light feel with hints of molasses and a bit of cinnamon. There are some clear bitter notes at the finish which result in a longer than expected aftertaste, but not at all a bad one.

This is not as complex as I "remember" it to be eight years ago, but the beer world has changed a lot since then and likely so have my perceptions. This is, while not exceptional, still a very good, surprisingly enjoyable and easy drinker, and has made me open to further aging experiments.
Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by midlifec from Michigan

Sep 06, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jul 15, 2019
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Reviewed by cavedave from New York

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4
Properly cellared since release almost 9 years ago. served just above cellar temp.

That brown ale look, with a long lasting head of dark tan that relaxes finally to a cap and some fine lace on glass.

Raisins, figs, dates, caramel, toffee, honey bread all are revealed in multiple, heavenly sniffs. It is medium strength aroma, quite tempting. A wee hint of alcohol spice comes into it as it warms.

A surprise hit of alcohol warmth and spice accompanies some herbal bitter to balance well all the sweet components of the aroma. A touch of sherry in this, unsurprisingly, that adds an interesting flavor A bit more alcohol than optimal, even after all these years, but a well blended and very delicious mix of age softened goodness.

Thick and coating, still has good carb., maybe a touch of build on the finish as the only ding to a mouthfeel that works well.

Quite a delicious beer I am enjoying immensely.
Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A lurker from the doomsday beer closet. This strong ale pours a
murky dark brown with cola highlights and a decent head of off white
foam that settles to a thin ring, subtle light pool, and displays some decent lacing.
Nose of subtle dark malts, rum raisin notes, toffee, and plum notes. Flavors
slightly exceed the nose with rum like note awash in golden raisin, dark
plum and fig notes, toffee, subtle anise, and moderate hop bitterness.
Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium mouth feel, light
carbonation, and a malt accentuated lightly roasted finish.

Overall, a decent little strong/old ale that gives me an impression
of Hair of the Dog's Adam ale with a touch of less complexity....
another brew I wish I could sample again....sigh.

Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jul 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. ABV is 9.2%. Dark brown colour, moderate beige head. Aroma of molasses and oak. The flavour is better than batch 6000, less sweet (but still sweet enough) with a more distinct hop profile, notes of oak and tobacco.
Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Nov 01, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by vfgccp from New York

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by DanGeo from Michigan

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 3.95 by Jodio from Texas

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by Gtg642 from Michigan

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 16, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by BuckeyeBeers from Ohio

Apr 30, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by kguard from Iowa

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by rawfish from California

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 4 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 25, 2016
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Reviewed by bladehines from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Cellar stored by myself for the last 6 years. Pour was smooth, color dark mocha with moderate sediment settled in the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, clean pour, little head left, slight creme colored around edge of glass

Smell: peaky, toasted coffee, heavy raisin essense, plum notes, leather

Taste: coffee notes, front slightly bitter, then raisin and dark fruits, leather and tobacco notes

Mouthfeel: very smooth, little alcohol residue left, very little carbonation

Overall: very good! Can't remember what it tastes like fresh. But def good here! Possibly could age more.
Mar 06, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Strong brown ale huh? Well ok, but that doesn't explain why there is no head on the beer? Doesn't look sexy. At most a light brown head tries to form.

This is one thick and sticky brown ale. Lots of brown sugar, a little bit of sweetened dark fruit that isn't too bitter. Somewhat complex, you get the burnt sugar end, you get the nutty, toffee and caramel presence. This one is such a plethora of styles mixed together. Some quad aspects, stout viscosity, barleywine, brown ale.

Interesting batch.
Feb 22, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Feb 13, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 4 by WesM63 from Ohio

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4 by fredmugs from Indiana

Dec 27, 2015
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Rated by bluehende from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had after aging for 5 years. Good but not as complex as I would have guessed.
Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by warnerry from Michigan

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by BobZ from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by mikepcarney from Ohio

Sep 23, 2015
Rated: 4.08 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Sep 15, 2015
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Quite a bit going on here. Molasses, leather, raisin, hints of cocoa powder and roasted malt. Very rich. I had this fresh and it was all over the place - it's come together quite well over time. Not much if any alcohol heat.

Taste: Substantially more mellow than the aroma, which was extremely rich. A good amount of roasted barley and chocolate along with leather and some dark fruit, toffee, and toasted nuts. Certainly one of the more unique flavor profiles I've experienced, although I suppose that can be expected when there are 100 types of malt and 60 types of hops in 1 beer... I have to say that, like the smell, it's a lot more composed aged than it was fresh (I remember it being a bit of a mess), but the flavor profile is still too busy overall.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety. Low carbonation.

Overall: Looked back at my notes on when I drank this fresh - I basically said it was very interesting but there was too much going on to make it great. I have to say that although age has improved it from what I remember, the same basic problem still exists - the beer lacks an identity. They packed so much into one bottle that I don't really know what I'm drinking. Still, overall it is enjoyable and definitely unique enough that I'm glad I grabbed a couple bottles.
Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by TravisMason from Indiana

Aug 27, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by M_chav from New Mexico

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by Lare453 from Florida

Aug 14, 2015
Rated: 2.84 by AndyEdgar from Illinois

Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 3.07 by vik_luc from Michigan

Jul 24, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by Prager62 from Colorado

Jul 17, 2015
Batch 10,000 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 800 ratings