Eccentric Ale 2009 | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Eccentric Ale 2009Eccentric Ale 2009

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released 2010

Added by ShogoKawada on 12-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by russwbeck:
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4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours out of the bottle semi-clear and brown in color, but rests in the glass a deep brown with a few fingers of creamy light brown head. The retention is great, and the head leaves a thick coating of lacing behind.

S: Roasted malts, rich maple syrup, molasses. Deep, sweet, and roasty.

T: The taste is mellowed and blended nicely. I was really expecting too much maple syrup, or too much sweetness. This beer is full of syrup and is sweet and thick. Roast comes from the malts. The spices aren't really noted all that much for me, but the alcohol content is nonexistent. The other big flavors have curbed it nicely.

MF: Thick and heavy with a lower than average carbonation. The body matches what I expected out of an aged Strong Ale. It is very drinkable with the alcohol so well hidden, leaving only a slight burn on the palate well after the beer has gone.

O: This was a really nice, above average American Strong Ale, but it wasn't anything too special. Hawberry Syrup is not something I'm familiar with, I'll have to try it!

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Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for the weirdness. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Dark sienna body with faint auburn highlights; otherwise opaque. A finger of creamy, pale, rosy, cinereous foam recedes as it becomes denser. Decent retention. Pasty slow moving lacing, rimmed by delicate legs.

Pleasant melanoidins from malt, with hints of cocoa, lavender, and vague floral notes in the nose. A lasting berry-like fruitiness is detectable as well.

Almost acrid bitterness from roast in the palate entry, leading into a slow-developing cedar/brick flavor. Hints of coffee, hops and haw-flakes emerge mid-palate. The finish is dark and extremely dry. The maple is hard to locate, and it seems to have been used more for attenuation than flavor. Loam, paper (not cardboard), and river stones in the aftertaste.

Full-bodied, creamy, substantial mouthfeel, with modest but persistent carbonation. ABV is actually well integrated.

An oddity for sure, but the flavor is surprisingly one-dimensional. Worth trying, but doubt I would seek it out again.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for sharing this one as soon as I got to his house from the airport in New Orleans! Served from bottle into a Unibroue Ephemere tulip. Poured red-brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, maple syrup, dark fruit, honey, plum, sweet alcohol, caramel, and pepper. The flavor was of sweet malt, sweet alcohol, fruit, dark fruit, honey, caramel, and pepper. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. There was just something off on this one if I am honest. I really went into this one expecting it to be quite good based on the aroma I first got off of it. However, there just seemed to be quite a bit of booziness lingering after these few years that really hurt the balance of this brew by completely dominating any subtle flavors going on. While there was a lot going on it really just felt that a lot of it was clashing rather than working in unison. Glad I got to try this one, but doubt I would go out of my way to do so again in the future.

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Photo of gregshead
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 3/9/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a thin dark brown/black with a small amount of head

S: Whoa (blossom style whoa here). Lots of sweet dark fruity esters. Plums and figs come to mind. Very quad like in smell.

T: Lots of dark fruity taste in the the beginning and middle but the end is just harsh. A pretty strong boozy taste in the finish.

M: good carb and light on the feel.

O: This one is really strong and not in the way I want strong to drink.

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Derek for sending me this one.

A: The pour is a dark chestnut sort of color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: A very surprising amount of oxidation to this beer. Lots of stale brown sugar notes and stale hop character. Some mild cardboard to go with it. There's still some decent sweetness from some toffee and molasses and a fair amount of roast.

T: There's a surprising level of bitterness to this beer, with a bit of an earthy hop character. Mostly molasses, in terms of the sugars, with a fair amount of licorice. There's quite a bit of alcohol to it, especially as it warms up.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and alcohol heat on the finish.

D: My first beer of the Eccentric series, but this wasn't really for me.

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Photo of dfillius
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pulled this one out of the cellar on 8.6.12.

A - Pours a medium brown-amber with a one inch foamy light brown head.

S - Sweet, over ripie dark fruit, slightly oxidized.

T - Sweet dark fruity, metal-wet cardboard. Oxidized :(

D - Ok carbonation, medium body.

O - I guess I missed this one, or atleast this bottle. Way past it's prime.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Earth and sweetness has its place in the culinary arts, so its place in craft beer isn't such a stretch. But as these tastes culminate- the entire mouth is challenged by its grace, its power, its complexity...

Its deep chestnut pour carries the weight of nearly opaque garnet with all its haze and darkness. Its initial blanket of foam is sprite enough to recede to a broken sheet to skirt the glass and only regenerates with broken coffee-like creme with a quick swirl. Light trickling of intermittent lace trails behind, even while the beer sheds brandy-like legging as well.

Surprising tartness greets the nose first as its vinous wood and wine notes swirl about the olfactories with brandy, sherry and port. Still a brandy-type spice persist as malt underpinnings support the drunken fruit and spice with its own chocolate, nutty, molasses and brown sugar foundation.

And to taste, those sweetness saturate the mouth with the same malty-rich taste of black-strap molasses, over-cooked toffee, brown sugars and bittersweet chocolate. What follows is a fruitiness that trends boozy late- dates, figs, apples, prunes and raisins, grilled berries and currants all seem to be soaked in brandy as the ale fades into a spicy, boozy, but savory-salty blend that unlocks a complex set of flavors that fuse together harmoniously. Somewhat of a sherry-dipped walnut brownie is what the ale gives back in aftertaste.

Drinking nearly as much like sherry as of ale, the beer's sweeter feel and fuller creaminess shies away from thickness or chewy texture and favors a lighter creamy body that allows the vinous acidity, boozy warmth and tannic bitter-astringent confussion to lift its body late. Its spicy fruitiness makes me think of brandy as echoes of chocolate confuse the palate further- but in the most marvelous of ways.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Fireslayer
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

huge thanks to waltonc for hitting this want! enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - popped the cap and filled my glass, the brew poured a murky brown that settled as a deep purple black with a generous frothy lattechino type of creamy head. as the head pfted into nothingness, large foamy chunks clung to the glass.

s - very eccentric. spicey malts with some syrup. spoiled caramel. there is a vanilla presence but it is off...kind of like wet cardboard.

t - WHOA. that's eccentric. it is a medley of flavors. syrup...kind of barleywine like. finishes with some bitterness, alcohol is massively hot (and i tend to prefer boozy beers). complex fruit medley of hodgepodge mix of fruits that don't necessarily play nice with each other. grapes and apples and sour grapefruit with some pineapple and...kind of like when you were little and you would mix up concoction of whatever was available to you.

m - boozy and thick with a bitter finish. definitely different.

o - i always say that bell's doesn't make a bad beer and although my scores to reflect that of an excellent beer, this beer is truth in advertising. it *is* eccentric. i wonder what this was like fresh. the flavors seem to wash over each other leaving a bit of confusion on my taste buds. the booze is hot. i love bell's, but when talking american strong ales, nothing holds a candle to batch 9k (that i've tried thus far). this beer is definitely worth a taste as you'll likely not find much of anything like it anywhere. at first i felt that i wouldn't get through the bottle, but with any and all 12%+ beers, as i sipped it i found myself digging it more and more.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed about a week ago, from notes. Sent from FourKicks in a trade. From the label, brewed with spices, maple syrup, and hawberry syrup.

Pours just about black, no light getting through. Tan head retains nicely as a good cap leaving some lacing.

Smells much like many stouts and old ales. Stale caramel, some nutty and roasted malt, dark fruit. Maybe a hint of maple with warmth.

Taste is the same, mostly reminds me of an old ale. Big sweet caramel and dark fruit, though the sweetness isn't cloying. A general mocha feel. None of the listed ingredients are noticeable except the still-present hint of maple. Perhaps just faded with age.

Big syrupy mouthfeel with surprisingly ample carbonation. A bit hot but not bad for the ABV.

Was hoping for more from the advertised ingredient list, but this was better than expected. Good all around.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of homebrew311
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Eccentric Cafe during recent Michigan trip.

A: dark amber/brown with ruby undertones and a thick appearance. Zero head and zero lacing.

S: very interesting aroma, starts out with a nice grain profile similar to grape nuts. This is followed by some maple and licorice. Lots going on here. Some Sprucey chararcter on the end.

T: in your face sweetness up front, some nice bold earthy notes with lots of licorice and molasses. It seems like there is something other than hops providing bitterness here. Nearly too sweet.

MF: thick body, syrupy

D: this is a lot to take in and is a definite sipper. Lots of interesting things going on. Worth a try.

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, of course, to Derek for this one.

Pours really really dark chocolate brown, not far from stout territory, with a thick beige head that sticks around as a thin cap and leaves some sticky legs on the sides.

The aroma is like a slightly spiced English barleywine or old ale. It's got some thick syrup, caramel and toffee sweetness which is mixed with the interesting spiciness and dark fruits. Strong aroma on this one.

The taste is more of the same - really big and boozy. It's got the sweet syrup and caramel malt backbone with a spiced fruit flavor as well as a healthy earthy hop bitterness. It's slightly medicinal to be honest with a lot of heat in the finish.

The mouthfeel is bitter and sticky with syrup and hops on the palate.

This is one of those 'kitchen sink' beers where there is just a ton of different flavors and ingredients that don't exactly come together perfectly. That said, I enjoyed it, but it's a sipper to be sure.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with no head. Not much carbonation. Can't even see through it. Smells sweet syrupy and strong. Lots going on on the nose. Tastes like booze and sweetness with lots of different flavors. An amazingly complex beer. S so much going on. Very strong but a good thick mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable for such a high percentage

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Photo of Sean9689
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, vintage 2009. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown color, off-white colored head, thin collar.

S - Sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, and light roast. The 12% is detectable on the nose, but not overpowering, which is nice.

T - Similar to the nose. Malts, brown sugar, roast, caramel. The alcohol is hidden more on the palate compared to the nose, which is nice. There's a light burn up front, the but sweetness overtakes it pretty quickly. Finish is sweet burnt sugars with light roast.

M - Medium, soft carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not too bad. The alcohol has cooled off a bit with the age, and the sweetness compliments the alcohol burn pretty well. I would definitely drink this one again but wouldn't actively search out more of this. Decent.

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Eccentric Ale 2009 from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 41 ratings