johnnnniee (2189) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage from secret Santa Alex M, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a nice sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top with a moderate amount of lace on the sides. Smells of roast and chocolate with a heavy hit of molasses and dark fruits. Cherries, plums, raisins and a touch of alcohol round out the nose nicely. The flavor is lots of milk chocolate and coffee with a hint of smoke. Subtle supporting flavors of vanilla, dark fruits, tangerines, and a hint of wood. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet silky mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this eclipse version. The Brandy gives it a much softer barrel treatment than the bourbon barrel I last had.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2011 #2921. Black beer with a brown head. Big brandy aroma with rich malt and light chocolate. Rich malt and toffee flavor with light chooclate and brandy. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and caramel linger with light chocolate and brandy.
Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bomber. Poured near black with a short, smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa with sweet vinous accents.. some warmth to it, and great overall balance. The flavor found cocoa, dark chocolates, and cherry-kissed vanilla at the core, with black pepper and spicy oak on the edges.. finished with warm vinous notes and chocolatey boozage.. loved it! Heavy-bodied and silky through the palate with great balance.. wish I had more of this.
Huhzubendah (2415) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split a bottle of this with Paul yesterday.
The beer is dark brown, nearing black. Half inch of dense beige head. Looks like all of the other Eclipse stouts.
The aroma brings oak, booze, chocolate, roast. Smells nice.
The flavor is a small step up from the aroma. I would probably award aroma and taste each a 4.25 if possible. Nice balance of flavors, with a gentle sweetness imparted by the brandy barrel. Subtle notes of vanilla.
Medium bodied and easy drinking. A touch of heat in the finish. Well done.
Overall, another solid stout from FiftyFifty. I have enjoyed all of the beers in this series so far.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-29-2012
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly this has a somewhat frothy, beige head. Very little barrel coming through here, when compared to other b.a. stouts. Rather some fruitier notes like blackberry. Even some licorice toffee to be found. It’s very nice. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Starts sodaish but gets mellow quite fast. It stays this way throughout - creamy, oily and coating. The finish is sugary and malty with a little extra omph from the alc. Would like to try more..
MotherBrother (688) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour black, with a very thin brownish hue, and a huge light off-white head.
Aroma of roasted malts, drak fruits, caramel, slight vanilla, some wood, slight boozy sweet notes. Plenty of goodness in this one. Taste is pretty sweet upfront, with some faint roasty notes towards the end.
Semi-full body, with a perfect amount of flat carb. Big thanks to The Ryan for sending me this.
Ratman197 (9522) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of brandy, cocoa, carmel, oak, light roastiness and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of brandy, dark chocolate, oak, roastiness, carmel, light fruittiness and light licorice with a smooth lingering chocolate brandy finish.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Vintage Huge black pour with a monstorous brown head w/ great lacing. Big aroma sweet, boozy, dry malty, a fair amount of oak. huge well coated palate rich and creamy. Delicious big sweet malty flavor hints of oak and vanilla a touch of booze, not sure I would call it brandy other than the sweet finish. Complex and rich. Very delicious.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma- some coffee, chocolate, cherries, plums, funk
Appearance- mostly black with a thin khaki head
Taste- roasted notes, some coffee, weird medicinal taste in the middle, slight cherry juice
Palate- decent body and appropriate mouthfeel
Overall- Not digging this one. The cough syrup hints in the mid-palate really turned me off.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and a hint of brandy but otherwise noticeable alcohol aroma. Taste is candy sweet up front with caramel, chocolate, and raisin flavors followed by subtle brandy and coffee flavors and ending almost chalky with some alcoholic burn. Thick chewy palate.