Brouwerij (947) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Release, Bottle 3788. Pours a dark brown with thin light brown head, settles quickly with no lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oaky. Flavor is mod bourbon, strong vanilla, with a chocolate mild roasted finish and a sweet, oaky, vanilla, bourbon aftertaste. Sweet, mild roast, more so as it warms. Some nice balance. Soft carbonation, medium body to full body. Smooth, slightly sticky texture and a warm finish. Lacks some of the body and fullness that Uncle Jacob’s has. A solid bourbon barrel imperial stout, though it hardly merits the price. Could just as well have bought two UJS.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011. bottle #3444, white wax. pours just a touch denser than the other Eclipse variants (so we’re off to a great start) with a thick, creamy dark beige head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is simply excellent with big notes toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and dark roast backed by chocolate cake, muted coffee, molasses, and dark fruits with a hint of brown sugar. flavor is truly wonderful as well as the dark notes of chocolate, molasses, anise, and heavy roast come to the forefront with charred oak barrel, bourbon, honey, vanilla, and dark fruit notes of black cherry and plum bringing up the rear. palate is definitely richer than most of the other Eclipse variants with smooth carbonation and a dry, warming finish. this one just feels more integrated and complex than the other Eclipse’s. my favorite of the bunch. well done.
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Champinjon....underbar...bourbon...underbar...helt underbar. Värdsklass. Choklad. Oerhört balanserad. Lite molass. Tankarna far iväg till gamla goose Island bourbon county 2010 och tidigare. Dags att sluta analysera och bara njuta. Absolut värdsklass!!
---- BR1/2012 vit vax. Oerhört len och fin. Värmande och härliga chokladnyanser. Flytande choklad med lite vanilj och lite lagom komplexitet. Fett! Avslutar blytung Eclipseprovning med 15 st flarror + en Totality.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ GBBF ’13. Pitchblack with a brown head, that sticks to the glass. Aroma of bourbon, lots of vanilla, rich milk chocolate, sweet coffee, sweet alcohol and more. Sweet roasted taste, with mocca and milk chocolate. Soft roasted bitterness. Very well balanced and "rounded". Great beer !
yespr (33187) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dense malty and liquorice. Smooth bourbon, thick chocolate and malty. Bitter, dark chocolate and malty. Warming alcohol finish. Smooth bourbon chocolate malty into the finish.
caesar (5464) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled @ gbbf, br1 2012, white wax, large sample. Dark color, short brown head. Amazing aroma of choc, bourbon, roast. Taste is soft bourbon, choc, medium sweet and bitterness. Balance is so good, great complexity. Wow. This is how i want my impy and bourbon. Great great stuff.
rlgk (11836) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at GBBF 2013. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, whiskey, vanilla, hay, creamy, cocoa, prunes, raisins, mint notes, woody, licorice notes, some caramel. Roasted flavor, lots of vanilla, mint, licorice, prunes, dades, warming alcohol, milk chocolate, woody notes, bourbon, caramel, cream. Full bodied. Lovely vanilla finish with bourbon, caramel, licorice, milk chocolate and some prunes. Almost perfection!
reggiedunlop (3336) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has mild booze and whiskey...toasted coconut and faint vanilla. Flavor has toasted coconut followed by bold roasty coffee, burnt caramel, and vanilla notes...tasty. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is brown sugar/whiskey/coffee...warming.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with dark brown edges - looks a bit thin, small mocha head which settles quickly. Smells almost identical to Bourbon County which is a good thing and amazing for a ~10% beer - dark chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, hint of coconut. Taste is great as well - a perfect balance of dark chocolate and bourbon, oak, booze noticeable but provides pleasant warmth - I must say this is the most flavor I’ve experienced in an under 12% beer. Hate to compare it to bourbon county again but this is very similar and almost more drinkable without all the booze and thick body. Great stuff
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.
S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, oak, Bourbon, vanilla, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze.
T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet.
D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon and oak are very present, but very smooth and balanced.