3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 2004 version, sampled at the Larry Bell dinner at Brickskellar. Weird beer. One of the weirdest Iíve ever had. Looks like a porter, dark brown with some burgundy red light seeping through the bottom of the glass. Peppery ginger and mint nose, almost like a bad ginger cola or something. I was not drawn to the smell at all, and the more I drank the less I liked it. The spicy mint/ginger almost resembles horseradish and wasabi at times. Has the body of an imperial stout, quite thick, low carbonation, but that doesnít make up for the mess of flavors that this beer has (I know thatís the point, but it just doesnít taste good). Has some smoked meat notes as well, with some cloying molasses on the back end.
Blind rating. 2004 bottle, batch 6714. Thick, viscous body, dark brown cola colored body. Intense nose of cardamom bread and maple syrup scented bourbon. Seedy tree bark and green cardamom, thick maple throughout, viscous, full, spicy and sage-like, some tingly pepperiness, weird, overdone chewiness. Ginger, too. Not sure whatís going on in this one. I donít really like it, seems like juniper/gin. Oxidized and stale, some cardboard, some old ale-like wateriness and staleness. Boozy nose is too much to handle.
6/4/6/3/14 = 3.3
jdb288 (284) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 vintage. Pours muddy brown with no head. Aroma is sweet potatoes with maple syrup. Taste is the same. Heavy, sense earthy flavor from the squash and potato. Thick and syrupy. Really sweet and slight cinnamon, pumpkin pie taste. Not awful, not my favorite.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2008 vintage
Deep, dark brown with a wisp of tan head.
Fudge, dark baked bread aroma.
Vinous, dark fruit, chocolate flavor.
Slight alcohol bitter.
Very rich, molasses-like taste.
Incredibly well done.
shrubber85 (6803) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2008). Chocolate rock candy malt, juniper, birch and light honey aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet chocolate malt and mildly bitter juniper dominate initially but finishes with a nice honey and light birch beer flavor. Light licorice aftertaste. Aged very well - as complex as the best imperial stouts and more enjoyable.
writerljberg (468) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Todd. Thanks!
A: Pours dour black even though the pour looked lighter. Good cappuccino head with excellent retention.
N: Big nose: Coriander, molasses, cocoa, coffee, licorice, persimmon, orange, and clove.
T: Bitter and brackish. Not much sweetness. Like a fresh Black IPA.
M: On the thicker side. Sticky. Drinks like it wants to be an Expedition Stout.
O: Honestly, this is like an overwrought version of Expy. Itís got character, but Bellís has shown me that the kitchen sink approach is bad. Though this is better than Batches 9000 and 10K.
Clownoisseur (83) - 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.
DuffMan (6077) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of b3shine-- thanks! Hearty dark brown pour with a low dense creamy tan cap. Aroma is full of burnt sugar sweetness with hints of spices. Rich with sweet malts, with flavours of birch syrup, molasses, raisins, dried figs. Sweet but not cloying, complexity becomes more apparent as time passes. Intriguing and richly malty-- loved it.
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from friend from Michigan. Nice Xmas type all spice and coriander. Great malt aroma. Great carbonation for style not too over top. Great example. Love the brew.
koleminer20 (343) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Eccentric Café. 2011 vintage. The pour is a dark, dark brown, probably black with a thin head and nonexistent lacing. The aroma is very spicy with some malts and a defined caramel character. The flavor is very reminiscent of the aroma. It's a little sweeter on the finish, work a bitter aftertaste. The mouth feel is thick, rich, and the aftertaste lingers around; this is an incredible beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Criz (27) - - DEC 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2013 version on draft at the eccentric cafe. Deep amber color with no head. Nose similar to a holiday ale, spicy with coriander and nutmeg. Flavor is a little off, almost rusty. Semi dry on the palate,. Always enjoy trying this every year, but once will be enough on this years.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmm, only one entry for Bells Eccentric? I bought a bunch of bottles and they are simply all very unique. I donít get why this has one entry but other beers which are almost identical from year to year get separate entries. Oh well, Iíll just rate them as I drink them here. 2011 version with persimmons. Deep amber with an off-white crown. Aroma is odd with maple, toffee, odd fruit which Iím assuming is a persimmon and a spiced backer. Taste is interesting and solid with chocolate, maple, persimmon, toasted malt and a spicy finish.