Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Denver Rare Beer 2010. 2004 vintage. Dark amber with off-white head. Nose is deep and rich, but hard to pick any one thing out...very layered, and there is nice smoke notes. Super smooth and sticky.
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big thanks to Shogokawada for this one. This beer wasnt even on my radar, I didnt really know about it actually.
On the pour it is evident that this beer is a deep, nutty red but it collects in the glass very near to black. The edges display the beer’s actual color and lack of turbidity. Not much in terms of head, but this beast is 12.1%.
Woof! The first whiff would have staggered a lesser man. The paint on the walls is beginning to peel and all the house plants have wilted. All of its sweetness reminds me of different kinds of strange, old man candies. Rum-raisin, licorice, molasses, black salt water taffy and various other depression era sweets. The alcohol is obviously pretty potent as well. Its responsible for an aerosol propellant aroma, luckily its pretty buried. There is a syrupy aroma as well. What ever Hawberries are, they are giving this beer a boysenberry/mixed berry syrup aroma. Maple becomes stronger as it warms, which really knocks this up a few notches. The latter aromas give me a craving for waffles.
I think the flavors are way too all over the place, however. A rough hoppiness teams up with abrasive alcohol and a chemically flavor. The middle sweetens up with lots of molasses, maple and berries. The end is full of licorice, bitterness, roastiness, and hoppiness with a medicinal finish.
Understandably this is a hot beer meant for sipping slowly. While I was working on reviewing the flavor I found myself sipping too quickly, now my mouth and palate are fatigued, feeling numbed. In all though, this beer finishes pretty smooth and clean, for what it is. Carbonation seems about right, especially after copious swirling and plenty of time to breath.
One cant help but to make associations between this and Batch 10,000. In some respects this is similar. They both have a lot going on at once. I prefer this over BTK though.
brokensail (10808) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2009 bottle. Dark rich looking beer did not fill up my pint glass for some odd reason. I got very rich dark fruits. Very drinkable was suprised to see 11% when I went to rate this one.
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle vintage 2008 shared by waltonc - thanks, Chris! Pours black in color with a small tannish head sitting on top. Some lacing present. Big spicy rich aroma of roast, cardamom, anise, tobacco, soy sauce, and molasses. Very interesting. A little salty even. The flavor is crazy - or eccentric I guess - with roasted malt, cardamom, anise, raisin, soy sauce, blackstrap molasses, and a salty black olive note. Overspiced maybe, but still tasty and well-done. Smooth yet paradoxically tingly on the mouthfeel, with fairly full body. This is one of the more unique beers I’ve had recently, and for that I must give it credit.
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. 2004 vintage poured by Laura Bell. Shiny, deep-dark amber color with a clear body and an off-white/light-brown head. Aroma is really, really awesome, showcasing wood, possibly smoked, definitely aged and alcoholic. Flavor is smooth… very smooth. Alcohol is present, but not so much that it chokes you. Sticky/syrupy with a bit of alcohol in the finish.
matt7215 (2169) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle from northernbrews. pours deep brown with almost no head but modestly carbonated. for a bottle from 2007 it looks pretty good. aroma of anise, coffee, aged hops, aged dark malt. very well integrated and complex. very good offering from bells. id love to try other vintages.
jtclockwork (8254) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle thanks to MSante79. Pours cola brown. Nose of soy sauce, fig, plum and dates. Taste of wasabi ginger, fig, plum, dates and soy sauce. Nice mouthfeel. Unique and interesting.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 vintage sample from a 12oz bottle @ the Denver Rare Beer Tasting II on 9/17/10. Deep red pour with a 1/4" off white head. Sweet potato nose with carrots and spices. Medium to full body with more veggies and aged malts. Sweet pumpkin finish... 4 me, the veggies were too much... not my thing.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. (2004 Vintage). Brown to black with beige head. Aroma is spiced caramel, berry fruits, molasses, and wood. Flavor is dark boozed dried berry fruits, caramel, molasses, sweet at times, with dried oranges. Wild palate. Really nice.