Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Had the 2012 version with pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash, spices, honey and maple syrup. Aroma was a splurge of smells, but the taste had too much going on for me....really sweet, but had a unsatisfying finish due to the malt.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2003 New Rating 2003
As you can see from the rating below, the 2003 batch of Eccentric really improved over my previous tasting. A complete departure from the 2001. TheHoff hits the appearance best by likening it to apple cider ... real British apple cider (think Old Scrumpys) not the candy sold in the U.S. The sweetness would be over the top if not for the truckloads of citrusy hops. Devestatingly well put together, warming, and warm greeting to the holiday season, this is one damn nice brew.
Previous Rating 2001
Ar: 9 Ap: 5 F: 8 P: 3 O: 14
The bottle I tried was from the 2001 release of Eccentric. Bell's changes the recipe every year, so I wouldn't expect to see a whole lot of uniformity of reviews. This batch contained virtually no carbonation. Definitely oily thick and a multitude of flavors combatting for attention throughout the first sip; some of the winners include: licorice and soy (I know it sounds strange, but I could taste soy!) There are really few words to describe this beer and it invents a style of its own. This is a beer to drink outside during a snow storm ... not quite sure why, but that's where it would taste best.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle: Brown, no head at all. Orange and crystal clear. Huge malt aroma. Stunning. Big malt flavor. Nice bitterness although a failed attempt to balance this malty sweet behemoth. This is a wild barleywine. Big alcohol aroma and flavor, although in this big of a beer it's not out of place. I don't get the snuff, but I'm sure it's in there. Slightly minty. Wonderfully complex. Beyond decadent. Very tasty.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
03 bottle at the otown throwdown. Only had the last little bit of this. Incredibly sweet like brown sugar. Definily reminds me sweet potato pie and honey. Hope to have this again. From my favorite brewer.
Clownoisseur (341) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage. Pours a murky brown, minimal head, quickly diminishes, minimal lacing. Aroma...wow. Well, lots going on here. Sweet molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, ginger, corriander and onion. Taste is as weird....er, eccentric, as the smell. Very spicy beer. Ginger balanced with a thick molasses...some raisin/fig/maple syrup flavors swirl...then some real earthy undertones. Tastes like vegetable soup! Minimal carbonation makes this one feel like a liquor at times...syrupy, sticky. Long lingering finish. Very interesting beer, but not something I would want to drink with any regularity.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07 Eccentric day. FINALLY got to try this great beer.
Nice dark pour and fulfilling aroma. Just about everything imaginable in taste to end another great Bell’s year. Spicy, fruits and more. At 11% you can barely notice it in the least. A pleasure to finally enjoy.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very murky brown body with no head.
Fruit, marmalade-like, cooked vegetable and a deep, malty backbone for the aromas. Some port notes in the aroma too.
Great malt backbone. Raisin/plum flavors dominate. Sweet hop-bite that counters the alcohol well. Spicy with a pronounced alcohol flavor.
One of the fullest mouthfeels of a beer I think I've ever had! Quad-decoctions... Beer that aged well. Long finish.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 Batch at GTMW. This is a beer I’ve always wanted and was really let down. The main thing that turned me off about this was the overwhelming alcohol presence. From the aroma to the taste to the burn down the back of your throat, this was just all about alcohol, and I’m guessing a lot of it. The good parts about it was the body and mouthfeel, other than that I wouldn’t go out of my way to try this beer again.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown with a slight head. Smells of funk, raspberry, toffee and a good bit of spice. I taste raisins, brown sugar, and anise. This beer is very interesting and has alot going on with it. Mouthfeel is medium thick and the finish is sweet but yet tart and has a little booziness to it.
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Eccentric ale is a perfect name. There is ALOT going on in this beer
This is one of the most complex beers I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. Dark ruby appearance, with lots of flavors and aromas: figs, cherries, rum, toffee, licorice and raisins. Every vintage is a bit different as is every taste!
This is a fun, fun beer.