BBB63 (6444) - 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 (1281) - 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 (596) - 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 (8432) - Ursel, 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.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 This beer is very alcoholic and spicy. I taste, some malt, a peppery spices, mace?maybe some nutmeg, allspice. Complex and strong tasting. I got a feeling people love it or hate it. I thinks its interesting,but not delicous.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 I'm not a big fan of licorice...especially the black variety. Aroma was definitely of that, but I can appreciate how well done the segue to a taste of smoky/spicy randomness was. Tasted at the RAF, I wrote down crusty & musty...in a good way. Crazy-big, mucho impressivo. Update: 2003 was more sprucy than the cask verstion I had at the '02 RAF. Or maybe it was my palate at the time. A jumble of various unidentifiable herbs. The aged '02 was much deeper and richer in palate and body. The carbonation stayed on the bottom of the glass and resembled fish eggs. Noted licorice and lots of molasses
GearHead (32) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
They've got citrus, hops, spice, caramel, etc. Amazing!!! You've got to try this one. If heaven were to bless alcohol other than wine it would bless this beer. Who needs food when you got this beer. So much flavor it lives up to Bell's excellence.