JPDurden24 (1117) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, almost black with a tan head. Bourbon, chocolate aromas with Chocolate, toffee and roasted malts on the taste. I thoroughly enjoyed the beer.
Zymurgeist2 (633) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle at Gourmet Haus during a tasting of all 8 2011 Eclipse series. Dark aroma and deep black color. Flavors are well rounded with chocolate and bourbon highlighting the profile.
50belair (1384) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 Bottle. Coco puff nose. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Silky with lots of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Good, not great, body, well balanced. My least favorite of all the treatments...
KickInChalice (851) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/26/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.
The pour is nearly black with some soft brown bubbles that never truly form into a head. Very quickly I am looking at a viscous black liquid with no cap.
The smell is of the dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt that the other variants have, as well as a full and fairly rough bourbon aroma.
Strong Evan Williams flavor really dominates the flavor and the sweetness I have noticed in the other Eclipse treatments. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, some light dark fruits and a bit of espresso all blend together nicely, with a touch of woody oak at the end.
The body is on the full side of medium, with smooth, creamy carbonation and a bourbon stickiness.
Another good treatment of Eclipse, although the Evan Williams might be a bit harsh for my palate. My sense is that as this ages, it will develop nicely.
beernbourbon (1161) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by STL crew at tasting, thanks boys! Pour is black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor are loaded with roasted malt, faint coffee, light vanilla, a touch of sweetness and some alcohol burn. I found this one to be the hottest of the bunch. Seems like a year should have mellowed it out a bit but still hot to me. Still a good beer, but i liked some of the more recent ones better.
phaleslu (4528) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by birchstick- thanks again, Jon! Black wax, "2010". Pours a deep, opaque brown (darker than all the 2011 ones), with a small tan head. Sweet aroma, with molasses, chocolate, vanilla, caramel malts, and oak. The flavor is equally sweet, toasty, oaky, and sugary, with some balancing roastiness. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Very nice.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with a finger of milk chocolate head, good lacing. smell is chocolate, bourbon, some dark fruit, light oak, with a hint of vanilla. taste is more of the nose, good bourbon character, molasses, oak, dark fruits, and a light roasted finish. a little thin, but good carbonation and very easy to drink. in my opinion this was much better than the HH version.
mikem409 (1215) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks wiseguy. only thing that sets this back is no head but oh well! aroma is spot on bourbon and vanilla, taste is huge bourbon with vanilla wood and burnt sugar.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of bourbon flavor, chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of wood. Really well done beer.
deyholla (4856) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a deep tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of dark grains, roasted malts, vanilla and a good amount of bourbon. Flavor has bourbon up front with dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee in the finish.