Zymurgeist2 (951) - 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 (2166) - 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 (2520) - 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 (1285) - 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.
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Vintage #2258 - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Light lacing. The aroma is filled with oaky, boozy, brandy. Sweet fruits and earthy leather. Really nice nose on this one. The taste consists of earthy cocoa and dark fruit brandy barrel. Vanilla oakiness, well roasted malts and a touch of char. Definitely improves as the beer warms. The body is smooth and almost creamy with light booze throughout. Light, prickly, carbonation. Could use a little more weight. One of my main gripes with this series. Overall, this is another solid variant in the Eclipse series. My second favorite of the 2011 series so far. Still think the EC 20 is drinking the best. However, I get the feeling this one could improve in the next 6-12 months. Would be nice if the booze dropped out just a bit.
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2011 (with burgundy wax), Bottle N° 1529, new exclusive American brew, with honey, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly fruity/woody, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, burgandy waxed bottle, #875 from the 2011 vintage. pours a hazy, deep, dark brown that sits almost black in the glass topped by a rich, creamy, dark khaki head with great retention that leaves smooth sheets of lace on the edges of my snifter. aroma is great, maybe a bit muted, but great nonetheless with rich, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and toasted oak up front with notes of dark fruits, ash, vanilla, and subtle brandy as it warms. flavor is delicious as well, again not overstated in any way, but very well integrated with rich, dark, roasted malts, coffee grinds, cacao chocolate, and rich figs up front backed by very smooth, subtle notes of oak, vanilla, toffee, and dry brandy with lovely notes of black cherry emerging on the finish. palate is smooth, rich, and more full bodied than previous editions of eclipse with light carbonation and a dry, fruity, slightly roasted finish. overall, a great eclipse variation with a nicely balanced, unique profile.
phaleslu (6278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Sampled with the full 2011 lineup. Maroon wax. Pours an opaque brown-amber color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, tea, oak, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is surprisingly mild, with earthy notes, tea, sweet and caramel malts. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, woody mouthfeel. My least favorite of the 2011 series, which means it’s still solid.
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another in the series of one of my favorite barrel-aged bunches. What better way to clear out the Town Hall goodness than one of the pyramids of BA madness? Bottle #2978, split with the wife. Heh. Pours typical big black bad; more head than most Christians, uh, what? Nose on this is spot-on as advertised, brandy, dark maltish, chocolate. Niiiiice. Brandy Barrel Blend is just lovely. Long chocolate milk with a shot of brandy, just like Santa ordered. Tingly sweet malts. Roast, vanilla, heavy dose of oak in the back-fill. Really easy to drink, this is a barrel-aged session beer. One more winner in the series, this is a huge improvement over the 2010 version, in my exalted opinion. Excellent beer.