italianjohn (2371) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2524 from 2011 ... .Black pour thin off white/beige head light sticky lacing .... aroma of brandy (dark fruits), oak, licorice, roasted and chocolate .... taste is of licorice, chocolate and roasted malts, oak, light tobacco and spicy brandy (dark fruits) ... little bitter bite on the tongue ..... dry roasted spicy finish ... smooth and well put together abv hidden well
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Dschiller for sending me a BIG want, thanks Dave!
Smell is super rich, big chocolate and sweet sugar. It almost smells like root beer, just awesome! really smooth taste, light barrel, definitely some vanilla notes in there. No alcohol burn at all, but I can taste the barrel. I had a parabola prior to this beer and man, does this kick Parabolas ass. Hands down one of my favorite variants of the Eclipse beer.
fiulijn (15217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Papsø’s
Pitch black color, with small brownish head. Aroma of cardboard, roasted malts, some leather. Sweetish roasted malt and chocolate flavor, some leather, light liquorice and tar, with a mild late alcohol feeling, and strong bitterness; the barrels only add some boozyness. Good.
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours black with hints of purple and ruby. Aroma mainly roast malts with a touch of smoke. Complex flavor of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with definite oak and sweet brandy. Palate is a bit lacking, I thought a little thin for a big imperial stout. Finish oak and roast with some persistent sweetness as well.
Improves as it warms. I paid $30 for a bottle at Binny’s - was it worth it? Probably not although this is very good.
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share, thanks guys. Pour is brownish amber with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of heavy dark fruits, tea leaves, oak chips, smoke, and chocolate. Touch of booze as well. Flavor is more mild that I would have thought with earth and wood notes. Caramel and chocolate notes as well. Medium bodied, not very well carbonated.
Zymurgeist2 (1103) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Deep brown with a khaki head. The brandy barrel does not leave as smooth a taste as its bourbon sister. A little disjointed, but still a nice beer.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #1727. Burgundy wax so I have the right listing.
4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of creamy/frothy light brown head. Retention is good at first and gets great for the last half finger. Tons of lacing is left behind.
3.5 S: The brandy brings out the chocolate in the base beer quite well. Otherwise, earth and lightly vinous brandy persists. Not much else going on though aside from a light roastiness.
3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Big chocolate. Vinous, fruity brandy. Light roastiness.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Boozy finish and aftertaste.
3.5 D: This is a pretty good brandy barrel stout, but I’d prefer a more sturdy stout that this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-29-2012 02:08:43
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a small off white head. This is my least favorite version to date. There is a kind of off note that mixes with the brandy and sort of mask the wonderful chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors of this beer. The roasted malts are still present. The body, carbonation, and balance are similar to the other variations.
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 2011 (Christian Brothers) version. Dark black-brown body, medium khaki head, quickly receded to a nice frothy skim. Stray lacing. Nose is full of roasty malts, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, nice brandy character, slight coffee and chocolate presence. Flavor is more strongly brandy in complexion (oak, dark fruits, alcohol) and less roasted than in the nose. Medium-full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Quite pleasant if not a little mellow.
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle enjoyed along side nearly the entire line up with the STL crew, thanks everyone! Pour, like most, is black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor contain notes of sweet roasted malt (sweeter than the others), light vanilla, faint dark fruits, light alcohol, faint toffee, and light coffee. This one has a touch of alcohol but it is well balanced by the sweetness that lingers for a bit. Not everyone was a fan of this, but I really liked it.