FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2001
I finaly got some, HELL YHEA! Waited all year and it was worth it. I had one while opening presents. Has a sharp almost vinager smell to it. This beer came up and punches you right in the taste buds. Had citrus notes and you can really taste the alcohol. I have three left and me brother and i plan to age them for a long time. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2002
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. DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2002
2002 batch:Wow. This is killer stuff. Because they only sell this one day of the year at the brewery only, I had make a little journey. This was a whopping 25 dollars a six pack. The guy at Bells said it had 1000 dollars of corriander seeds in the batch. The taste of this brew is very strange and complex. So is its aroma. The only thing my taste buds can discern is the hops. All the other crazy flavors are a mystery to me. All I know is that its good. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 2001 Bottle RAF: Aroma is dense, complex and sweet with floral hop accents. Very complex body with a good balance between the sweet caramel butterscotch flavor and bitter hoppiness. Has pleasant aged characteristics and a dry woody finish. This hides its alcohol remarkably well.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
2005 bottle sampled on 5/24/08: Viscous dark copper amber with little carbonation. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and honey with some light oxidation. Mild spices throughout with a finish that has some warmth to it. A nice beer that has aged well.
brown and thick. delicious spiced apple pie and cider. smells like homemade cooking. just a nice community of flavor working. reminded me of batch 6000, but alot better and no heavy annoying soy. soft, syrupy yet not cloying. wonderful.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2006 2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Off-white creamy head, amber/brown and cloudy body. Very spicy aroma that jumps right out at you. Quite like the LF Holiday Spice with some chocolate and corriander. The flavor adds a noticable hop component that is quite good, and closes with an orange sourness. Slightly creamy and soft mouthfeel. 8 / 4 / 7 / 3 / 14
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Rerate from 2004 bottle, 1/17/2006
Nice sour spice aroma. Chocolate. Sour piney corriander. Green spices (rosemary or thyme?). Some unidentifiable spicy cologne. Great. Flavor is big too... chocolate hops. More spice. White pepper. Very smooth, coating mouthfeel, great complexity. I love this.
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 On tap (2005): Aroma of caramel, toffee, banana bread, and huge citrus hops. Muddy brown with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass. Very quick sweetness up front of caramel, fruit, banana bread, and sugar. The sweetness quickly gets dominated by a huge grapefruit hop finish that lingers for some time in the aftertaste. Tasting it fresh the flavor profiles similar to a strongly hopped IIPA.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle (2004): Same flavors as above, but with the extra year they blend much better. Hops arenít nearly as strong and are more balanced with the malty flavors which play a much larger role in the í04. Spice is there in the finish, but itís so light that I canít pinpoint what it is. 2004 is more like a barley wine.
My score is based on the 2004. 2005 would be: 8/4/8/4/17.
Bottle. Thanks to SPRINKLE for the connections. Pours a dark pink color with a great thick head. Very sweet flavors here. Chocolate and alcohol notes on the tongue. Full chewy mouthfeel. Wanting this one for a long time. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2006
12oz bottle 2004 vintage via trade with styles! - Thanks - Pours dark brown with the usual bells floaties and a creamy tan head that stays well and laces the sides of the glass. Looks quite delicious I must say. Aromas of caramel, molasses, a little pine there, and some spice. Flavor is a good blend of caramel, clove, molasses, some cinnamon there too and brown sugar, ginger and nutmeg, and a little pine hop taste at the end. Quite spicey on the finish especially. Amazingly creamy and soft palate... Easy to drink with that zippy finish.. This one is very good... This is quite delicious stuff and amazingly complex. Alcohol was completely covered.. Wow what a brew this is... Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
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