mrmartin (626) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with thin tan head. Nose is whiskey, roasted malts,
Full bodied. Notes of whisky, tobacco, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruit, oak adds a little peppery undertone. A little muddled, Whiskey is definitely the dominant flavor. Slightly sticky finish.
Very nice barreled stout.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend for his birthday. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Big whiskey nose with chocolate and roast notes. Malty and chocolatey flavor with whiskey, caramel and roast character before a boozy finish.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2012 vintage bottle during his 50th birthday bash. Brown-black pour with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of oak and caramel malt. Full-bodied with a sweet boozy character and flavors of roast malt, chocolate and vanilla. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and chocolate aftertaste. Good overall.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Bronze wax, 2012 blend, but I have no idea what the blend is.
4.0 A: Black color. A little over one finger of creamy tan head. Retention is pretty good and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Smells good enough, but there isnít much of a main focus. Among the aromas you will find leathery bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. A bit of tannic astringency, good amount of oak, and some vanilla. Reasonably complex, but not a lot of depth. Light booziness.
3.0 T: About the same as the nose, but leaves me unfulfilled. Leather, caramel, coffee, chocolate. Oak, vanilla, and mild roastiness. Not a lot of maltiness or body. Again, pretty complex, but not much depth.
3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking body and creaminess.
3.0 D: I liked last yearís Grand Cru a lot better. This one lacks power big time. Itís still not too bad.
Serving type: bottle
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dark Lord Day (Munster, IN). Pours a rich deep blackish hue, dark and ominous, with richer tannish head, good layer, lacing is ok. Aromas are oak, vanilla, gentle apple. Touches of roast, and fudge, vanilla and oak, touches of toffee, vanilla, and fruit. Mellow fudge, rich nose. Initial is fuller bodied with richc oak, spirit, toffee and toasty. Fudge and gentle brandy, wet oak, some vanilla. Middle is toasty, some fudge, and cocoa. Vanilla, rich tannic oak, toffee, and some touches of Brandy. Some bourbon, vanilla. Richer thick caramel, some fruity Brandy. Finish is some good oak, toffee, mellow sticky malts. Oak, vanilla, and toffee. Some good flavors. A bit fudgy and some butterscotch. Ok. The beer is a touch thinner (Which is really just reflective of the base), but offers some good flavors and a pretty cohesive blend. Nice.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Pours hazy and dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is a seamless, luxuriant collection of bourbon, coconut, caramel, fudge and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with lazy carbonation. The flavor presents fruity whiskey, loads of roasted malt, caramel malt and fudge, and and is medium sweet. Slightly boozy, chocolate and caramel finish. Big-time thanks to 50belair for the Big-time share of this world class beer!
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Smooth with loads of caramel. Not quite as good as last yearís version. Big caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and dark roasted malts. Good body and mouthfeel. A very nice imperial stout...
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Chance for sharing.
The beer looks just like every other Eclipse beer for crying out loud. Aromas of roast, light chocolate, a touch of marshmallow. Beautiful flavor. Light to medium in body with moderately low carbonation. The beers in this series either seem to run together or stand out among the crowd. This was a standout for me. A lovely beer.
crossovert (5644) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As solid as htis stout is gonna be really, a blend of the barrels means a blend of the base beer that the brewmaster carefully chooses.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku produces a two finger thick, light brown head. The beer is an opaque, black color that showed a clear, rich brown color as a stream going into my glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, vanilla, bitter roasted whole grain, and lots of Barrel character; the latter seems mostly contributed by Bourbon / Whiskey like notes. The barrel notes remain restrained enough that the other, base beer notes are able to come through cleanly, which is usually a requirement for me to enjoy a barrel aged brew. As my nose gets used to it and the beer warms up more spicy oak and warm alcohol notes become noticeable, and even some Bourbon-like fruit character starts to come out.
Lightly sweet, and fairly light bodied for a modern Imperial Stout, the beer has only a light carbonation to it and comes off as being somewhat creamy textured. The beer has a really rich dark chocolate / cocoa note to it and the finish has a rich, roasted character to it that lingers for some time on the palate; flavors of roasted, slightly chalky textured espresso accentuates the cocoa notes. The roast notes add some smooth, burnt bitterness, this is noticeable from beginning to end. Burnt brown sugar notes, touches of molasses perhaps, and holiday spice black bread / cake flavors. At first the barrel character contributes flavors of vanillin and toasted coconut, as my palate adjusts more Bourbon / Whiskey like notes start to come out with touches of melon / Bourbon fruit, a smooth woody oak character, and some suggestions of warming alcohol, though this last is pretty well restrained.
I got one of these just to see what the hype was; never had anything from this brewery and had always wanted to. I really like that the barrel character is so restrained here, I was quite worried it would be overwhelming, but instead it is just another component of this beer and it is done quite well; I really like that the base beer and malt flavors come through so well. I am curious to try the base beer now, I wonder if I would enjoy it more than this. While the light body is fairly nice, I do feel like a richer body on this beer would play better with the rich flavors; this is a fairly minor complaint, but I was hoping for something a bit more rich and satiating this cold winterís night. In the end this is quite a pleasant and enjoyable beer, better integrated and balanced than I was expecting.