Scopey (11368) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#552, 2011) thanks to Jack, at THE Eclipse tasting, 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a small-medium tan head. The nose is liquorice, aniseed, roasted malt, smoke, charcoal, toasted coconut and vanilla. The taste is liquorice, roasted malt, charred wood, bitterness, medicinal, alcohol seems more present than the other versions, treacle, bourbon, cola, soft dark fruit, raisin and cherry, with a dry, fairly alcoholic finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. Decent.
madmitch76 (20818) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
23rd October 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Smooth palate, light and a little dry. The dark malt is lighter here and with a touch of aniseed. Sweet but subtle vanilla oak. Again a touch of dark fruits. Finishes semi dry. The alcohol a little more obvious in this one and the palate lighter. Good though!
Leighton (17227) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at THE Eclipse Tasting, London. Bottle #552, yellow wax. Thanks to Jack! Pours dark brown with a creamy, brown cap. Nose holds vanilla, honey, light nostril-stinging booze. Big sweet flavor with rich brown bread, mellow chocolate, light vanilla, light alcohol. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately warming on the finish with light roast, dark sugars, raisins, licorice, some honey and light brownies. Nice beer with a well-rounded character. Rich, but not too sweet.
jackl (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Eclipse Tasting. Yellow waxed bottle #552. The pour’s deep brown with a medium tan head. The nose is toasted wood, hints of booze, plenty of chocolate syrup and spicy Christmas cake. Hints of raisin. The taste is sharper and boozier than other Eclipses I’ve tried. There’s notes of roasted chocolate malt, some wood and plenty of boozy barrel. Sweet butterscotch and licorice candy on the finish. The body’s big and viscous, oily. Not bad, but a bit blunt and flabby. Pretty good.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage, bottle #637. Pours a dark chesnut brown color that’s completely opaque with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey aroma with a strong barrel character that’s nicely integrated into the sweet and roasted malt notes of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the other barrel notes really stand out in the nose. Lots of earthy oak, vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut complimenting hints of coffee bean, toffee, toast and dark chocolate. Smells pretty nice but could use more of a bourbon presence.
Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a stronger bourbon presence than the aroma suggests. Still, the barrel character is well integrated into the flavor of the beer without completely dominating the other notes. Some dry, toasted oak, almond and faint vanilla along with spicy, sweet bourbon lingering over the malt backbone into a dry finish. The smokiness from the nose I’d barely noticeable and it’s a bit sweeter than expected with hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee and burnt toast. Good bourbon flavor with little to no heat. ABV excellently masked making it deceptively drinkable. Not very complex and the spirit presence isn’t as strong as in some of the other treatments but it’s still very enjoyable.
anders37 (21693) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate woody aroma with hints of bourbon. Roasted malty woody bourbon chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and bourbon finish.
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Pours dark brown. Aroma is pretty heavy on the booze, with some roast, dark chocolate and vanilla coming through. Flavor is brown sugar, deep dark chocolates and sweet bourbon with a dry finish.
mikem409 (1961) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2011 vintage. pours black with minimal tan head. aroma of barrel and chocolate. this was my secon favorite behind ec 20 year
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty and chocolatey nose with strong bourbon and green apple notes. Malty and chocolatey flavor with plenty of bourbon character and a chocolatey finish.
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and crisp caramelish. Smooth malty, light whiskey. Smooth roasted malty and caramelish. Smooth and lingering dark malty finish.