adnielsen (10024) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Bottle with Steve and the Foco BA crew (and again at Armin’s bachelor party). Deep brown appearance with a small, bubbly tan head. Slightly sharp whiskey, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate malty aroma. Fairly big whiskey, somewhat boozy, very rich caramel and toffee flavor with lots of chocolate, but quite smooth. One of my favorites of the series.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #659… This beer rocks!… Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The aroma offers dark chocolate intermingled with a fruity, bourbon and brandy blend. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. The flavor furnishes sweet, vinous port, mocha and deeply roasted malts. A touch boozy. Finishes bittersweet, roasty and very warming. Thanks so much to richiesd for providing this world class bottle of beer!
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, copper waxed bottle. 2011 Vintage, bottle # 90. Poured a dark brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of wood/oak, chocolate, and whiskey. Tastes of whiskey (more than aromas), chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruits, and smoke.
Sammy (9313) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Stone’s Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Bartender’s recommendation for choice. Complex, some coffee,roasty aroma, above-average mouthfeel. Boozy. Very dark brown. Coconut and wood from barrel ageing. Bitter overall. Decent for style but overated.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL copper wax. Thanks to MrLo. Pours deeper black with a 360 tan lacing head. Huge ass lace. Uber sweet brandy nose with big sugar and rich maple syrup. Taste is sweeter, sugary, boozy, quite rich with alcohol heavy booziness. Palate is boozy and sugary. Quite nice.
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2011 vintage bottle during his 50th birthday bash. The beer is a brownish-black color with a medium thin foamy tan head that recedes gradually. Short strings of lacing. The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of chocolate, black cherry and bourbon. The finish is roasty with a dark chocolate and bourbon aftertaste. Enjoyable beer overall.
Meilby (8886) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 750ml @ fonefan
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak and caramel. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long sweet, chocolate, vanilla and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
arminjewell (8457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, Darkness Day 2012. Like all others, oily thick black pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought a change of pace. Nice dark chocolate, sweet caramelized sugars, candied dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon mixing into more of a roasty, coffee, and spicy character, almost like the best of the brandy and buffalo trace. Taste is similar, starting out ncie and sweet with vanilla, dark chocolate, caramelized sugars and dark fruits, bourbon mixing into oak, spice, and roasted coffee beans, finishing slightly sweet, dry and bitter. Excellent.
Scopey (8452) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#976, 2011), thanks to Ken at THE Eclipse tasting, 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a thin bubbly beige film. The nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, smoke, charcoal, toast, salt and caramel. The taste is roasted malt, toasted, charred wood, tar, toffee, toasted coconut, some astringency, salted caramel, liquorice, lactose, subtle dark fruit, and milk chocolate cake, with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, fine-moderate carbonation and chewy mouth-feel. Bold, yet well balanced. One of the better Eclipses of the evening.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line :
At once bold and refined, this Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout’s long chocolate malt flavors develop a multifaceted personality in tandem with vanilla-like bourbon and burnt toffee depths.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slice of foam floats atop the dark brown-edged blackness.
-Barrel-aging features are obvious but perfectly aligned with the malt bill and its residual sugars.
-Black bean hints seem to thrive within the complex cereal signature.
-That chocolatey finish isn’t made up of only sugars. Malts are beautifully expressive throughout.
-Alcohol heat is a tad too present for my liking, but it is still masterfully integrated to the rest of the flavor profile.
-This is one serious sipper of an Imperial Stout! Complex, very flavorful AND impeccably cohesive.
Bottle. Thx for sharing, Eric!