jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2017 3fourths (9357) - 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 I’ve 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 doesn’t make up for the mess of flavors that this beer has (I know that’s the point, but it just doesn’t 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 what’s going on in this one. I don’t 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
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. bnokk (539) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Rated in 2016. APPEARANCE-
burgundy red color. No apparent carbonation remaining.
FLAVOR- very sweet, deep & flavorful. madmitch76 (25321) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2016
15th January 2016fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 28, 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.
Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 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. 
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.
mR_fr0g (13158) - 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. teorn88 (7687) - 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 Theydon_Bois (20450) - 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. Scopey (15431) - 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. The_Osprey (8682) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle share at Ken’s 20K. Thanks! As ’Bells Eccentric Ale’. Black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma is treacle, cinnamon, spice, worcester sauce. Body is medium, soft carbonation, smooth. Taste is sweet, treacle, cinnamon and mixed spice, tangy and dry. It’s OK - not really my sort of thing.