steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
brown and thick. delicious spiced apple pie and cider. smells like homemade cooking. just a nice community of flavor working. reminded me of batch 6000, but alot better and no heavy annoying soy. soft, syrupy yet not cloying. wonderful.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2003:Wow this is different.I've been looking for this one for a couple years,finally landed it. Thanks Clark!
Very murky,swampy, red/brown with a small ring of head. Very exotic aroma. Aroma is extremely malty and spicy. Lots of chewy malt,coriander,tobacco,chocolate,and a strange roasty presence. Mouthfeel is viscious,but smooth at the same time.Texture is thick.Malty,spicy,juicy-hop flavors.Lots of graham/breadiness.All sorts of things I don't uderstand in this beer.Finish has some pepper,hops,and malt/roastiness.Been sipping on it,for a hour,and it tastes the best now.WOW!Crazy,I love this beer.I imagine this beer would be a standout to age.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 2003 draught. Well this weekend certainly made me rethink my ratings. A bells beer to beat batch 6000?? Come on. But it did. Put it to shame. This was awesome. Pure dark brown, with some deep orange tones. Lacing, and a small head that lingered. Smells of vinegar, rich malt, alcohol, raspberries?? definitely some piney hops and some oak. Begins with a big bittersweet malt flavor with the malt and hops being wedded together well. Huge amount of hops comes through in the middle, gets quite grapefruity. The finish was my favorite. Got extremely complex. Red fruits, caramel malt, alcohol soaked in oak, maple, brown sugar, cinnamon and finally a little dose of carbonation. Very full bodied. It’s all there. This one raises the ante on batch 6000. 2003 bottle aged 6 months. Wow, this is definitely as good as I remember. Huge extra full body still. Beer has not calmed down much, huge hops bitterness, stingingly large malt flavor. Needs a long nap still. Oh and the aroma is wonderfully complex with notes of maple, dark fruits, cinnamon, chocolate, alcohol and hops resin, but not quite as full as I would like.2003 bottle aged almost 18 months The vegetables or mint or whatever the leafy, green, herbal-like stuff they brew this with is really starting to show. Still an awesome pour, slight oxidation beginning to show. I think it could be cumin seeds. About 1,000 different things going on in this beer. Full body, very low carbonation, but not syrupy or unbalanced.
1997 bottle consumed 3/19/05 The spice really drives this beer now, with the body being quite oxidized and some thinning as a result. Still, the wonderful malting on this can be felt, even at this age. With much of the sediment out of solution, you can really see the dark raspberry/brown color to the body. Small, beige fizzy head. No alcohol apparency, some sugariness on the finish and plenty of complexity still exists. I find eccentric ale to be one of the most difficult beers to describe. Score reflects sort of a culmination/combination of how I feel about this beer as a whole, taking in to account the different experiences I have had with it.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 on Eccentric Day: Very muddy "bottom of the Paw Paw River" brown with small off-white head and some lace. The aroma is huge and complex with hints of sweet spice, cashews, pine, grapefruit, earthy yeast, wood, and alcohol, which combined with the spice almost burns the nose. The taste had all the characteristics detected on the nose. The pine, spice, and tart fruit stand out with a surprising smoky finish. The alcohol is very forward in this brew. While the ABV wasn't listed, I'm guessing it at least the 11% listed here, if not more. Very warming on the cold day. The full-bodied brew is slightly sticky and chewy, lush mouthfeel. This is a big in your face beer, not for the faint of heart. It's like the Third Coast Old Ale on steroids, now you know. This will age very well, perhaps up to 5-7 years.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2002, as sent to me by our esteemed professor of psychology, Michael, by the way, congrats on your recent engagement. Consumed today in honor of this year's Eccentric day. Hoppy barleywineish aroma (reminiscent of 3COA) but with sage as well. (Just like my homebrewed sage barleywine) Low carbonation. Definite alcohol, with a spicy (undiscernable besides sage) malt backbone. Some sweet caramel as well. Hats off to the Eccentric ones at Bell's!
thehoff (581) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 #300 for me. Yes! I am first to rate the newest installment of the Eccentric Ale. I had it today on tap at the brewery, everyone was dressed up as usual. The beer looked quite like apple cider. It was served in small 12 ounce snifters and they wouldn't serve it in anything larger because of the alcohol content. The smell wasn't the greatest and I cannot place it. The taste however was a smorgasbord of flavors. Bitter hops, smokey and sweet, caramel, toffee,. The beer was quite thick and oily. Very complex. Nice to have the chance to taste it. Quite nice. I actually held off on drinking beer this week so that the Eccentric would be my 300th. Cheers.
JorisPPattyn (7679) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours extremely viscous, nearly "lijmend" (Sacch. viscosus?); disparate foam, yellowish; opaque dark orange-brown. Very vinous nose, rich & complex; woody, blue grapes, slightly coriander, also parsley. Luscious fruit, bitterish taste, spicey and bitter chocolate. Everything which can be good in a beer. Very hoppy-bitterish palate covering malty richness. Fruity as dark plums, preserved oranges, etc. Warming up, the coriander gives some soupy connotations. Viscosity also in the mouthfeel, very thick & syrupy. Long bitterish, spicey aftertaste (black chocolate with nutmeg and coriander). No barley wine could do better than this. love it. Many thanks to J. Mallett from the brewery for bringing this to Belgium!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed once a year. I had the 2000 vintage. Very complex. There are many flavors swirling about, malt, hops, lemon, and spices? No flavor dominates, probably due to the age of this vintage. Overall very good. Much like a nice aged barleywine.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000 vintage - Cloudy amber-brown color. Not much head. Floral/perfumey/spicy aroma (like nothing I've ever had before). Lemon drop in the aroma, too. Very spicy ginger and lemon flavor with a caramel finish. Strange. "Exotic." Odd. I respect it, and I rate it pretty well, but I'm not sure I like it that much. It's so different from anything I've had before. I'll have to have this again.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first beer of RAF 2003. Reminds me of 3rd Coast Old Ale. A big beer with the characteristic bells malt. Hoppier than 3rdCOA and hints of spice and peppar. Pretty Smooth.