GT2 (5658) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL sky blue wax, signed thanks to BMan1113VR at Woodshop 7. Mega whale thanks to Andrew my main man. Murky deep
brune pour, weak head, thin ring of bubbles along the glass. Nose is wet dog, dark cherries, saltwater, soy sauce. Decants to heavy brown liquor and barrel. Taste is salty and rich with spicy Mexican dark chocolate. Actually dry and bitter through the finish instead of sugary and oily. Black cherries abound. Not too rich...I was expecting this to be an alcohol and sugar bomb. This really didnít gain much alcohol from eisbocking.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired from Tashbrew. Thanks, Todd. Pours a richly dark and depp colored blackish hue. Some brownish glowing edges and bottom with frothy tannish head. Laces lightly and sticks around. Aromas are gentle dry hops, a touch bitter with mellow spirit and smooth vanilla. Creamy sweet malts with toffee, cocoa, and coffee. Touches of spirit and hops meld into the fold. Initial is medium bodied, a touch heavier with good cocoa and roast, toffee and gentle spirit. Some vanilla, more coffee, firm dry floral and earthy hop bitterness. Grows and bitter into the backend and finish. Middle shows firm cocoa and roast, toffee and mellow. Gentle spirit, oak is more flavorful, vanilla and smoothed out with a richer dry cocoa and hop play. Heat is well hidden. Dry and a touch barrel given. Some gentle heat, firm hops. Tasty beer. Probably one of the better Imperial Eclipse variants. Fair hopping. Great.
sarro (111) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Smell is complex with notes of roasted malt, raisins, dates, lots of brown sugar, oak and some whiskey. Taste is woody vanilla, tiny bit of roast, and lots of caramel. Finishes nicely without too much booze (in comparison to smell either). Best Eclipse Iíve had to date by a fair margin.
mikem409 (1136) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks dan!! did as part of the 2011 horizontal. pours very dark brown minimal head. not much barrel on the aroma found this one middle of the road and a little sweeter then others
BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #61 thanks to billshmeinke. Pours with a tan head that lasts decently well over a black hued body that is glass coating. Aromas are huge: brandy soaked dark fruits, tannin, pine, burnt brown sugar, maple, wood, vanillin, light smoke and molasses. Flavors of pine, tannin and bitterness. Intense flavors, smoke and dark chocolate. Tastes "rare" more than anything. Mocha and bitterness. Medium carbonation, very tannic with a fuller body. Tannins dry the mouth out quite a bit.
Interesting and good overall, but no where near the best of the Eclipse Series.
50belair (1330) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Maltzilla at the pre-Huny tasting. Dark brown pour with no head. Coco puff nose. All kinds of caramel, dark roasted malts, rich chocolate, and mellow bourbon. Thick and juicy with good balance. Nice lacing.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Diego, you are the effin man my friend! Black pour, tan head. Aroma of fudge, light bourbon, roast, some ash and good chocolate notes. Flavor is sweet and rich with the bourbon notes taking a background to the roast, cocoa, light coffee. Alcohol not even noticeable at all to speak of.
crosamich (430) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet, thick and viscous with all sorts of dark notes-Chocolate, roasted. The caramelised notes almost take on a fruity character if I had to call it something. Didnít really get any Single barrel treatment coming through as I think they were overpowered by all the rest that was going on in this beer. Thanks for busting this one out Diego
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of our friends at 50/50. Popped at Sour Sunday. Pours an oily, dark chocolate-brown color; thin, light-tan head. Bitter chocolate and softly charred barrel in the aroma; restrained alcohol; nothing rough here. Layers of oily, dense and lightly charred dark chocolate; an oily maltiness permeates; slick, viscous imperial stout with a core, delicious roasted maltiness. Clean, tempered alcoholic warmth (this seemed more reserved, particularly barrel-wise, than many of the other versions Iíve sampled; more of a bitter chocolate and stern core warmth than layers of vanilla and bourbon, etc.). Really nicely handled overall, with soft edges. Review written with my elbows tucked in, so excuse the mess. Long finish, showing charred nuttiness and bitter chocolate.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber, huge thanks to beddachedda for this amazing tick. Next year, me arse will be at Eclipse Day, mark my words. Phenomenal aroma of all kinds of iced and -bald amazingness. Huge chocolate, coffee, roast, sweet toffee, amazing whiskey, dark fruit, and oak. The flavor is great too. Very sweet, but stops just short of being too much so. Smooth balanced malt base of caramel, toffee, candied dates, chocolate, oak, and Elijah. Damn this is good. Fairly full-bodied and very slick on the mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Crazy, crazy good beer. One of the best Eclipses - and beers - Iíve ever ticked.