wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tim (deftim13) just gave me a 2005 bottle of this. Huge thanks! A spice/herb/vegetable beer doesn’t sound good huh. It is great though. Wow. Aging superbly. Malty sweet. The best kind of oxidation. Thick, syrupy. Alcohol noticable, but doesn’t detract from the beer. Excellent.
OldMrCrow (2078) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle courtesy of Mr.Bendo sampled 9/08. Thanks! I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long time.
Pours dark and cloudy, gorgeous barleywine nose, leathery and sweet, aged hops and caramel. Absolutely kick-ass flavor, rich and complex with lots of dark sugars, plenty of hop punch even after four years, smoke and dried plums, vast complexity. Lovely mouthfeel, not hot in the least, but thick and rich and full. Beautiful beer at this age. I can see that it might have needed a good fraction of these four years to come into its own, but right here....wow. A knockout that I’d place alongside the top US barleywines at four years.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Blackish brown pour with a small, short-lived, tan head. The aroma is immediately dense dark fruit and molasses with fragrant notes berries, maple, wood, tobacco, and juniper. The flavor is sweet with lots of molasses and sugary dark fruit. Notes of campfire, spices, berries, and spicy hops break up the sweetness. The maple syrup really comes through on the finish. There’s a hint of lingering licorice too. The body is oily and full with plentiful carbonation and well hidden alcohol.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks bvc! Batch 8877. Juniper nose, highland peat, milk chocolate. Creamy chocolate with more juniper berry, sticky sweet and oaky in the finish. Flavors all mushed together, works great for me, killer beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed in March 2010.
Pours a light, red-hued amber color with a pretty good head considering the alcohol volume. Nose is really nice, bringing a good deal of sweetness along with pine, black licorice, gin-type flavors, and some floral aspects. Taste really brings out the juniper and black licorice with a touch of sweetness in the background. All the spices and herbs come together to create a nice, dry feel. Drinks quite well and is one of the few super-spiced beers that I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-13-2010
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 2005 Bottle courtesy of Silphium: Pours a hazy mahogany color with just a wisp of a head. Aroma, peaty, slightly smoky, woody, some raisins and other fruits, slight spicing. Flavor, caramel and molasses up front, followed by some fruits, woody and earthy notes, some spice. Very faint alcohol in this one. This held up very well. Really nice beer. Gonna have to go to eccentric day now. 4.2
On tap @ Brew’s Cafe: 2007 Vintage: Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma, black licorice, molassas, lots of spices. Flavor, licorice, some earthiness, spices, minty. This just came off a lot stronger than I remembered. Probably due to this being much younger that the bottle I had. 3.3
shigadeyo (3124) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Vintage ~ Batch 7199 ~ Rating #1000
9/04/2007: Bell’s Eccentric Ale 2005 pours out in a smooth stream that is reddish/pecan (liquid bronze!) in color. The beer is transparent in appearance with no head and little to no carbonation. The aroma is syrupy and candy-like and reminds me of brandy-soaked fruitcake. It also contains notes of ginger, lemongrass, and licorice. The flavor is sweet, but no cloying and is very good overall. It is complex, rich and fruity with traces of roots (ginger), various spices, candy sugar/syrup, caramel, and candied fruit. This beer is strong and warming, but there isn’t any alcohol poking out. At this point nearly all of the hoppiness and bitterness that might have been included has faded. There is a hint of tobacco in the finish when the beer reaches warmer temperatures. It also has full body with a thick and syrupy texture that is sticky on the rim of the glass and on the lips. Overall Bell’s Eccentric Ale is quite good and a very approachable. It is very much like a barleywine ale with some added complexity from the spice/herb/vegetables that went into brewing this eccentric delicacy. This is quite the sipping beer and quite enjoyable from the initial serving temperature of about 51°F all the way through the final sip taken at 77°F...
12 fl. oz. bottle from Silphium via trade back in Dec 2006. Thanks Brad. I really appreciate it! Rating #171 for this beer... Sorry Sean (illinismitty); looks like I beat you to #1000 even though I joined 8 months after you!
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.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tbd975. The 2005 vintage brew poured deep clear amber with tan head. The aroma is sweetness with a mild level of ripe cherries then a descent load of caramel, some mint leaves, earthiness, herbal, a bit of pine, berries, ginger and rosemary. Wow. The aromatics are all smooth and blended creating an inviting-enticing nose. The taste starts sweet turning caramel candy and seems to turn berry-cherry sweet. Some of the herbal spice notes noticed in the nose are there too but more subdued. I get pine mixing with ginger, mint and a hint of rosemary. The taste is as smooth and blended and delicious as the nose led onto. Very nice.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle @ Woodshop. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small off white ring. A lot going on in the nose, hints of maple, resin, black fruits and maybe some black licorice and tobacco?? Flavor was similar and also quite complex. A touch of booze rounded out the finish.