yespr (28617) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and dark chocolate. Light vanilla. Dark roasted malty and caramelish. Light wooden.
KyotoLefty (5541) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Wood Shop 7 thanks to Ken. Brownish black, nice orange around the edge, nice legs. Big caramel, vanilla, nuts and honey nose. Very sweet, rich and tasty. Very good.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL pink sparkle wax thanks to kmweaver. A mega whale thanks to Ken. Pours clear brune with little to no head. Nose is fumey alcohol, hot vapor, savory spices decanting to truffle, mushroom, steak fat. Taste is rich chocolate mousse, malted milk balls, hazelnut dark chocolate. Similar to Ferrero Rocher hazelnut ball. Sweet lemon iced tea in the finish. Again like Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday, these Fifty Fifty Eclipses really should be in the American Strong Ale category since they have much more in common with Firestone Walker10-15 than they do with Bells Expedition.
sarro (119) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch # 2 unwaxed from 2008. Pours a thick dark, dark brown. Smell is lots of bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is much more subtle and subdued with bourbon. Sweet, mildly roasty and low carbonation. Finishes smooth and chocolaty.
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer. Really sweet and smooth for a stout, and balanced well by the bourbon barrel aging. Pours jet black with a brown head. Goes down way too easy...chocolate and vanilla and the honey coming through as well. Finish is moderate, lingers, but not forever and leaves you very satisfied.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown, like motor oil, with no head.
Aroma: Huge dark chocolate coconut egg. Spiced rum.
Taste: Dark chocolate wood bourbon, coconut.
Mouthfeel: Thin compared to a recent vintage, modest bubbles.
Overall: Probably one of my favorite samples of Eclipse to date.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: This was originally rated under the PVW version. Then all versions were merged. Then they were unmerged and this rating was moved to Elijah Craig version. Now I’m moving back to where it belongs. The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, and just a hint of coffee. It pours a dark brown with a tan head with very good lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate and and caramel. The finish has moderate maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of coffee. Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.
dcschiller (2153) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice Pappy version-courtesy of dionysus at RBWG 2011-Phoenix. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma has beautiful bourbon aroma which is understated, if that’s possible. Sweet malt and bourbon flavors with a little heat. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is all bourbon. This is a good beer, but other concurred that GI Rare was a bit better. AP: 4/5 Ar: 9/10 T: 8/10 P:3/5 O:17/20
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours dark brown with a brief, khaki head. The nose presents tons of earthy oak and ethanol, subtle chocolate, a splash of Pappy Van Winkle and a hint of acetaldehyde. Full-bodied and oily with modest carbonation. The flavor is cranked with dark chocolate and ethanol with a rumor of acetaldehyde. Finishes chocolaty and warming. I have no idea how there can be acetaldehyde in a three-year-old bottle of beer, but I smell and taste what I smell and taste and unfortunately, it dashed some of my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent beer. Bottle courtesy of 50belair. Thanks, Matt!
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at Chris’ house. Black pour with a fleeting brown head. Good lacing. Wonderful chocolate, caramel, and smooth bourbon aromas. Dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and mellow bourbon notes. Superbly balanced.