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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 17 3 8 2009
12oz Bottle

The great trader known as hoppymeal sent me a couple of these last week, thanks again Derek! 2007 Eccentric Ale is another crazy concoction from Larry Bell. This beer fills my snifter the darkest of browns that almost reach black. A nice dense fingers worth of beige head formed on the pour and slowly faded to a skimming with a thick collar. While the head doesn't look like much the collar leaves handsome lacing on its way down.

The ingredients are a little more under control this year when compared to last, which I actually prefer. Fruit, spices, honey and maple syrup are all in the bottle. The fruit is right up front and very familiar but for some reason I can't put my finger on it. The initial smell is of a rum soaked Christmas fruitcake and as a matter off fact both the honey and maple syrup add to that. I won't break this down any further, since it's tough with all the crazy singular aromas, but it's just like a rum soaked fruitcake in a good way.

The flavor is much the same as the smell. Spicy alcohol flows through the back while Bing cherries, candied oranges, dates; this beer is loaded with complexity. The maple syrup is noticeable but the honey, not so much. There is a solid amount of underlying sweetness. This beer is like drinking candy with a boozy kick on the swallow. It's hard for me to give this one a score for flavor. It's so different and unique that I feel it deserves a 4.5, but each swig is different. This is interesting, delicious stuff, I'm convinced.

This beer couldn't have a better mouthfeel. The body is heavy and the carbonation mellow which lets this beer show some stick as it rolls over the tongue. The alcohol shows up in the throat with a warming booziness that extends to the cheeks and forehead.

The sheer complexity and crazy ingredients make this the definition of a sipping brew. Each drink makes you work to pull out all the craziness that is this beer. The work put into drinking this beer wears me out and makes me want to drink a no brainer afterwards.

Larry Bell and his Eccentric Ales intrigue me. I've never seen anything remotely close to the wild ingredients used in these brews. Last year was even more off the wall than this year but this one still walks the line. He does manage to pull some great flavors from the "kitchen sink" he throws into each bottle. Thanks for the generosity Derek!

Reviewed: 12/15/08

Served In: Snifter