hopscotch (8529) - 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 #659Ö This beer rocks!Ö 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 (8521) - 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.
NielsenRatings (8273) - 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 Arminís 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.
Sammy (8094) - 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 Stoneís Brewery Bistro and Gardens. Bartenderís 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 (7870) - Carlsbad, 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.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle number 509. Copper Wax. Pours with a thick, nearly pitch black hued body with a medium sized, yet retentive brown head. Decent lace. Aromas are awesome! Thick, rich, a bit smokey, raisin, cola, lots of vanilla and oak. Chestnuts, brown sugar, very rich smelling with notes of tar and tobacco. Candied figs. Flavors are rich, fudge, nougat, figs, dark chocolate, vanilla, cola, caramel. A bit hotter than some of the other versions of Eclipse. A good balance of tannin in the finish. Medium to medium low carbonation, rich and warming. Full bodied and excellent. One of my favorite Eclipses behind the EC18 and probably the Pappy (although not at this moment in time).
MartinT (7523) - 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 Stoutís 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 isnít 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!
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 copper waxed bomber, #2346, from Frank Smithís. Pours thick dark black with little head. Nose is huge oaky bourbon, vanilla, plum and blackberry and port. Tastes rich, thick oily, with big notes of molasses, cacao, some coffee, roasty malt, black licorice, and a complex finish. This one is outstanding.
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-03-09. Black oily body is near headless. 3+ Strong aroma, barrel melange, boozy, modest wood, bourbon. 7+ Flavour is rich, sweet dark malt, vanilla, bourbon, light wood. Fairly sweet overall, lingering vanilla in the finish. 7+ Thick medium to full bodied palate is nearly still. Rich, tasty, enjoyable in a small glass but a bit overwhelming. Bottle 2483 shared by HogTownHarry
Dogbrick (7243) - 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.