juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 22oz bomber, bottle #204, courtesy hopscotch. This one pours a very dark mahogany colored body with virtually no head or lace to speak of. It looks very viscous and oily in the glass with a smooth glassy surface. The aroma is nice and shows a good amount of dark chocolate roast up front to go with some toasted caramel sweetness and soft vanilla laden oak. Notes from the brandy barrel in the back suggest boozy dark fruits like figs and dates.The flavor follows and shows a nice balance between the dark chocolate roast, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and oaky vanilla. There is a nice drying yeast the keeps the profile from getting overly sweet. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth with a nice drying character to keep the sugars at bay and hide the alcohol perfectly. The finish is long and roasty with the chocolate and fruits in the background. There is no trace of heat at all from the alcohol or the barrel influence. The barrel use was mild, but added plenty of depth to the flavor profile. Really solid barrel aged imperial stout.
markextrae (957) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared 2011 bomber bottle. poured a deep black colour with a nice bigger tanned mocha head. chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, oak, sweet apples, red fruits. lot of the brandy barrel in the taste. nice fruity and vanilla finish. nice full bodied mouthfeel
Yozora (38) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Mikkeller webshop. Vintage 2011, bottle #2494.
Pours a deep black with a 2 finger tan head that disappates quite fast.
Aroma of burnt rubber, licorice, brandy, honey, oak, booze, hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
Taste is licorice, cacao, smoke, oak, tar, toned down notes of brandy, dark chocolate, vanilla, boozy with a medium bitter finish.
Thick, velvety mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
Quite different from the last Eclipse (Bernheim wheat) I had.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near black with a thin beige head. The nose is cocoa, brandy, vanilla. The taste follows the nose with plenty of boozy barrel in the flavor. Body is creamy. Tasty.
Inbreak (2125) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
21.05.2014, 0,65l bottle (2011 vintage, bottle #2158) @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very mild, dark malts, licorice, alcohol, oak, grass, sour coffee, hay, broth, minerals. Taste is slightly sweet grassy, dark sugar, oak, dark malts, alcohol, grass, sour coffee, licorice, hay, minerals. Medium to longlasting bitterness, very smooth - still slightly harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.
Johnsense (799) - - MAY 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, good sized head. whisky, smoke, cocoa, vanilla in the aroma. Taste is similar - barrel is fairly promiment even after a bit of age. Whisky, smote, cocoa, coffee, vanillan, anise... I found this one smokier than the other I had the same day, with a more prominent leather note. Beautiful mouthfeel.
ClubGonzo (4021) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours an onyx black body with a large light beige head. Nose is a strange mix of umami meaty tones, algae, licorice, mild chocolate, hints of wheat and grains. Taste is chocolate, cocoa, sweet grains, caramel, hints of wood and mild licorice. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Nice and smooth imperial stout with a layer of originality, which is always a good thing.
ej (703) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle no 2158. 9,5% Pour is dark dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Has an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, roast, oak, dried meat and smoke. Faint vanilla. Taste is roast, wood, smoke, sweet malts, vanilla, brandy and hints of leather and tar. Full body, creamy on the palate and just above soft co2.
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best 50-50 I have had, hands down, thanks, tom. Moderate IS tha leads to a grapey finish. Good drinkability, above average mouthfeel, big bubbly head despite 3 years.
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle as Brandy Barrel Blend, vintage 2011. Near black with tan head. Aroma of both darker and milk chocolate, vanilla, light fruit and wood. Taste is soft, apples, vanilla, wood, roasted notes with a slight astringent finish.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Yet another opaque black. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of burned caramel. Also hints of dark chocolate. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish.