daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amtran87 with the hookup! Dark brown pour, tan head. Coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, light roast, awesome shit!!
Sammy (7718) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7694) - 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).
adnielsen (7581) - 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.
MartinT (7307) - 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 (7201) - 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 (7182) - 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
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, 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.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, 2011 #1806. Poured deep brown with a lovely, rich, deeper, swirly, yellowy-beige head.. settled down a little too quickly. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon and vanilla overtones, with well-roasted black malts and blackstrap molasses supporting.. a little aquavit and juniper accented.. very interesting and complex. The flavor found tangy bourbon and oak on the tip of the tongue, with warm, well-roasted cocoa and molasses following.. more of the bourbon and just a touch of gin character over sweet, tasty, toasty malts on the warm finish.. loved it! Medium-plus bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. buttery-smooth across the middle, with welcome acidity on the front and back.. excellent blend, and excellent beer!
Dogbrick (6824) - 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.