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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Monster of a beer, shrouded in mystery, brewed once a year. This beer is hopped quadruple-strength, and exoticly spiced.

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2002
i had several vintages of this beer this weekend. i think that the 2001 was better than 2002. i haven't cracked the 1999 yet. the beer had very little head and was a dark brown with the wonderful unfiltered cloudiness. the super hoppiness was great yet it had a suprising woody taste that followed. there was also something that added a little kick like pepper or nutmeg or something. i would definitely drink it cold though. pretty damn good


4.1
Bill Becker (1809) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Jan 2008 I got this as an extra in a great trade with hoppymeal. Thanks Derek! This pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with about a 1/2 head of tannish foam. Still enough foam to put some nice lacing on my glass. The smell..well, I got a good whiff as soon as I popped the cap. Caramel malt and dark fruit hit my nose buds in abundance. The nose reminds me of a good English BWSA. The taste has a huge caramel malt profile and is delish! That caramel is followed by some very nice dark fruit character in the way of raisin and plum and fig. Wow. This is one tasty brew. It has a medium to medium thick mouthfeel and it finishes with that caramel malt/dark fruit goodness. Hell of a sipper in my book and the alcohol just shows up as some warming after the swallow. It's most welcome for this rather cold snowy day here in Casper. Btw, there *is* some bitterness here that I notice mostly when I swish the beer in my mouth and it's a dark chocolate bitterness. Very nice and a good balancing factor to the caramel malt sweetness. I think Bell's did themselves proud with this brew and I wouldn't hesitate to drinking this one again! Thanks again, Derek! My taste buds are very happy right now.

3.5
jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2017
12oz bottles (both 2003 and 2005 vintages side by side since I thought they were different ticks) in tekus. 2003 lighter brown, 2005 darker brown, little to no head on both since they’re like 12+ years old. Aroma of sweet malts with caramel (2005 a little fuller and more dark fruit/chocolate notes), some spices, floral/bitter hops, faint EtOH, and some dark fruits. Flavor the same. Smoother texture. Interesting beers for sure, but not really my style.

3.7
bnokk (545) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Rated in 2016. APPEARANCE- burgundy red color. No apparent carbonation remaining. NOSE- sweet! Cherries. FLAVOR- very sweet, deep & flavorful.

3.6
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
15th January 2016
That’ll be me 20K then @ ChrisO’s. Hazy deep amber beer, good pale tan head, short lived. Smooth palate. Sweetish malts, caramel and toffee. Sweet cinnamon. Mild tangy fruits. Large pinch of spice. Light semi dry finish. Comes together well.

3
fonefan (51144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2016

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ madmitch76 - 20K Tasting ] - chriso & Boudicca House, London.

[ As Bells Eccentric Ale ].
[ Vintage 2008 ]. Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, chocolate, caramel - maple syrup, spicy, cinnamon, light vegetables. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, spicy. caramel, sweet malt, sweet spices, caramel - maple syrup, light chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160115]

3.5
Leighton (22329) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle shared at Kenny’s 20k tasting - London. Cheers to Ken himself for this! Vintage 2008. Pours rich brown with a light, tan cream head. The nose has light damp carpet, hints of cinnamon, mint and wood. Heavy sweet flavor with dark sugars, more cinnamon, toffee. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with strong sugary syrup character, some vague fruits, gooey toffee. Heavy stuff. Not bad.

3.4
mR_fr0g (13523) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Huge thanks to Kenny for this one, 2008. Dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a small tan head. Aroma is black pepper, brown malts, cinnamon and Worcester sauce. Flavour is sweet, cinammon, spicy little black pepper, brown bread, some jammy fruits in the finish. Palate is thick and sticky, sugar, moderate to low carbonation. Decent.

3.8
teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 22, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to Ken. It pours a dark brown color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy with notes of chocolate coffee bourbon vanilla and cinnamon. Taste is also mostly sweet with notes of oregano chocolate bourbon vanilla and coconut. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, tasty number

3.5
Theydon_Bois (20655) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2016
Bottle split at Madmitch76 20K tasting, thanks to Kenny, 15/01/16. Dark mahogany brown with little in the way of a head. Nose is chocolate, spice, Cinabon loaf, light wood and herbals. Taste comprises light spice, sprucey wood, chocolate cinnamon brownie, light soy, root ginger, chocolate orange. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent for style and this 2008 vintage has aged well.

3.3
Scopey (15753) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to Ken, shared at his very own 20K tasting. This particular bottle dates back to 2008. It pours near black with a small off-white head. The nose is umami, meaty, cinnamon, twig, wood, grassy, Worcestershire sauce crisps, earth and some oxidised notes. The taste is bitter - sweet, liquorice, oily, pretty spicy, cinnamon, slick alcohol, molasses and tangy dark fruits. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting for a taster, but not sure how much of this I would/could drink.


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