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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Strong Ale - American
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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Ratings by Goblinmunkey7:
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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

Appearance: Dark rich brown with some copper and brick red when held to direct light. Minimal espresso cream colored head drops to a tiny collar with minimal lacing. No carbonation to speak of.

Smell: Super sweet. Bourbon, vanilla, some oak, toffee, alcohol, and deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Slightly roasted. All malt, no hops. A bit damp with some licorice and earth. Some musty wood and a soft earthy component. Deeply complex and layered with malt depth.

Taste: A very slight smokiness. Almost spruce-like thing going on. Nice roasted character coupled with a solid caramel malt sweetness. Some vanilla, nice backing oak, almost chocolatey. Woodsy and earthy with a slight smoky bitterness. Loses a little malt depth promised by the nose. Some spicy alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft with a medium body. Minimal carbonation. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: Power levels building...

A little less complex than 9000, but easier to drink. Odd smoky woody thing going on and it's novel.

Sep 14, 2013
More User Ratings:
4.39 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota on Jun 20, 2021
3.92 by prototypic from Ohio on May 14, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

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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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CEEALAN from Michigan

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
3.98 by midlifec from Michigan on Sep 06, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jul 15, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4
by cavedave from New York

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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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Dec 28, 2017
4.54 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Nov 20, 2017
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 01, 2017
3.83 by vfgccp from New York on May 30, 2017
4.13 by DanGeo from Michigan on Apr 17, 2017
3.95 by Jodio from Texas on Feb 11, 2017
4 by Gtg642 from Michigan on Jan 07, 2017
4.22 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 16, 2016
3.59 by BuckeyeBeers from Ohio on Apr 30, 2016
4.14 by kguard from Iowa on Apr 18, 2016
3.64 by rawfish from California on Mar 31, 2016
4 by DaPan from Canada (ON) on Mar 25, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bladehines from Kentucky

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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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
3.68 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania on Feb 13, 2016
3.75 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jan 22, 2016
4 by WesM63 from Ohio on Jan 03, 2016
4 by fredmugs from Indiana on Dec 27, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bluehende from Delaware

Had after aging for 5 years. Good but not as complex as I would have guessed.

Dec 18, 2015
3.97 by warnerry from Michigan on Oct 26, 2015
4.31 by BobZ from Massachusetts on Sep 29, 2015
4.25 by mikepcarney from Ohio on Sep 23, 2015
4.08 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Sep 15, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by emyers from Illinois

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
4.15 by TravisMason from Indiana on Aug 27, 2015
3.75 by M_chav from New Mexico on Aug 23, 2015
3.91 by Lare453 from Florida on Aug 14, 2015
2.84 by AndyEdgar from Illinois on Jul 30, 2015
3.07 by vik_luc from Michigan on Jul 24, 2015
Batch 10,000 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 800 ratings