Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first beer of RAF 2003. Reminds me of 3rd Coast Old Ale. A big beer with the characteristic bells malt. Hoppier than 3rdCOA and hints of spice and peppar. Pretty Smooth.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eccentric about sums it up. Itís just a mess of flavors, you name it, its in there. I thought it was waaay overboard. In all reality, I think that is their goal with this. Quite pungent. Had the 98 version, which may be quite different than now. Many of Bells beers have changed since theyíve lost their microbrew status.
Clownoisseur (441) - 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.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 Poured by Larry Bell at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 2005. 1996 vintage. My wife and I were among the last to sample this one from the 9 year old bottle, and as a result, our sample was fairly loaded with sediment and yeast. I must say, Eccentric is the proper descriptive. Notes of clove, cinnamon, allspice, juniper, apple, sour cherry come out on the nose and on the palate. I get more darker flavors on the palate as well: molasses and carmalized sugar. The bottle was likely past its prime, unfortunately. RERATE: Larry poured a 2004 version at the 2008 Great Taste. I liked this considerably better, and it seems to age rather impressively. True it’s a bit too spiced for my liking (I’m never been a big fan of Christmas ales -- essentially anything I can taste nutmeg, clove, and ginger), but this was solid. Cheers to Larry, and sorry for the initial low rating!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose was complex w/ coriander (spice) and dark fermented fruit, citrus and a slight vinious note. The pour was a rich, full brown color w/ golden highlights. There was no head and no lacing. The flavor had a brown sugar sweetness, dark fruit and vinious notes w/ a slight sourness. The mouthfeel was creamy, well rounded, w/ a medium body.
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, 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.
Criz (358) - - 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.
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.