BrockLandersLS (109) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
I enjoyed them with Funk and while I was expecting something a bit more we’re cellaring these beauties for about 4 years so we’ll get back to you then.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the brewery. 2008 vintage. Dark brown, no head. Smells like port, prunes, spices. The taste is very sweet. Think dessert wine. The alcohol is non existent. This would be a good after dinner sipper.
400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
draft at Bell’s Eccentic Cafe Dec. 2010. Slight soy, lots of alcohol, long roasted malts, thin to no head, flavor & aroma of raisin and dried dates.
craven5000 (91) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head at all. Cloudy/dirty brown color. Thick spice aroma. Very full in mouth and syrupy. Thoughts of cough syrup and V8 came up. Challenging to drink but very easy to sip. The taste was powerful with alcohol and reminded me of non-cherry cough syrup. Very long and strong after taste.
Clownoisseur (90) - 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.
DutchHillbilly (60) - Mattawan, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Eccentric Ale. Taste the spices and chocolate. Touch of honey. Lots of Malt. Reddish dark with minimal head. Oily yet light. Very strong. Tastes awesome.
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.
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really not that impressed. I had two, just to make sure i didn’t get an off glass, and sure enough, it just wasn’t fantastic. Far too sweet, and the alcohol kick was unexpected, and not particularly welcome.
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1995 Vintage at Eccentric Cafe. This was very interesting. Dark red/brown color with almost no carbonation or head. Aroma was extremely spicy, almost smelled like a ginger beer, but with some alcohol. Flavor was sweet malty barleywine as a backbone with lots of spice in the middle and finish, especially ginger. This had a very sharp and almost bitter finish due to the spicyness, I found this very intriguing. I tried this next to a 1999 vintage that my buddy was drinking which did not have nearly the same amount of spice. Overall this was an interesting beer to try once.
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.