brokensail (9806) - 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.
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.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. A very small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was hazy and uncarbonated with a brown hue. The nose was malty and the flavor was bitter and a bit sour with a lingering aftertaste. This was a medium bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing.
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.
Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is murky medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (molasses), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of alcohol, sherry, oregano/sage, and lemon peel. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly astringent, lightly alcoholic. Spicy, but dull in overall effect. Did nothing for me, but then again I'm not as big a fan of Bells as most.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from hoppymeal.2006 vintage))did the label say something about popcorn???ok anyway,appearance was dark brown with some crimson highlights.not much head at all.the aroma is a mix of cinnamon,cantaloupe,black liquorice,and buttered popcorn.the flavor is a strange mix of...well lets just say if you took everything on the label,stuck it in a blender,and added some alcohol.BAM!you got bells eccentric ale.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005 bottle provided by Chris, poured into a perfect pint glass...Medium mahogany with very light lacing..The aroma and taste are similar, super spicy and herbal with a lot of alcohol. Not an enjoyable experience or drink. Dark fruit notes are not enough.
Don’t bother with this one.
jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 2004 -- so much better than the other two vinatages of this that I’ve had. Much darker and hoppier. It’s difficult to put numbers on this beer because it is so different each year.
2003 -- murky, lifeless brew. Almost still. Nose of plums, alcohol and grass. Once it warms, the cinoman spicey flavors come out. I also taste cherry, apple, burnt toffee, dust, wood and lots of alcohol. The finish is an odd, syrupy orange rind/orange liquer. Eccentric is one word for it. I tried this back to back with a bottle from 1996. The ’96 was better, as all the flavors had rounded into one ball of burnt sugar, dark fruit and alcohol. Lots of sherry and oak in the old one. Thanks to BBB63 for these interesting bottles, but I just wasn’t able to appreciate what Larry was going for.
FoolishMortal (986) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Filthy mud color, no head. Chocolate, cinnamon, clove, and mint in the aroma. Syrupy malt, mint, sweet chocolate, and a multitude of other spices. Sickly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at the source, listed as 12%. Murky black, scant edge head. Aroma of salty chocolate, squid ink. Taste has licorice, sweet potatos and various tuberous vegetables. Unusual to say the least.