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

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Batch 10,000Batch 10,000
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
790 Ratings
Batch 10,000Batch 10,000
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Strong Brown Ale"

Added by Spica66 on 11-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
403
Ratings:
790
pDev:
13.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
348
Trade:
18
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 790 |  Reviews: 403
Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeBeers
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kguard
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bladehines
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bluehende
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BobZ
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emyers
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TravisMason
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Batch 10,000 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 790 ratings