sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown body, almost black. Thin off-white ring of foam. Leaves a few patches of lacing behind. The aroma consists of honey, light spice and a hint of licorice. Ethanol and chocolate notes as well. The flavor is similar to the nose. Chocolate, booze, earthy cocoa and a hint of dark fruit. The body could definitely use a few more bubbles and bit more weight. On the thinner side for the style. Overall, I thought both the Elijah Craig 20 and Grand Cru versions from this years release were noticeably better. This variant doesnít stand out much, even among other barrel aged stouts. Opening the brandy variant tonight.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2011 (with yellow wax), Bottle Nį 574, new exclusive American brew, with honey, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!
phaleslu (7226) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle, sampled with the rest of the 2011 Eclipses. Yellow wax. Pours an opaque brown with amber highlights and a small film for a head. The aroma is warm, with a good deal of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coconut, and oak. The flavor is the same, but not as boozy as the nose. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. This was my third favorite of the 2011 Eclipse lineup.
brokensail (12468) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black in color with low carbonation and a small tan head. A really harsh booziness on the aroma. Astringent roasted malt and overdone in terms of the charred oak qualities with only minimal vanilla and chocolate character. The flavor is hot and heavy on the charred wood and roasted malt. Only mild chocolate with some hints of coffee. Just way too much booze to really be enjoyable.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very big melded bourbon notes and toffee in the nose. I was expecting a big bourbon beer but the taste did not add up with the beer. Very subtle and lacking in the flavor department (IMO) I did like it just felt a little led on. Flavor was nice chocolate with just a hint of bourbon. Runner up in the series.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ap. pours a dark brown with a micro stripe.
Aro. Chocolaty roast. Very faint.
Taste. Smooth bourbon chocolate. Graham cracker, ash, alcohol
Mouth. Silky, medium bodied. Modest carbonation.
Overall: More or less yummy as the rest of em.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #643. Served in a snifter. Thanks to FedEx for zipping this bad boy to me at record speed. Assist to yourefragile.
Pours near-black with a sizable medium-tan head. Good retention and really nice lacing for an imperial stout. Good collar and a half-cap throughout. The nose carries loads of chocolate with a good dosing of bourbon. Light vanilla and oak in the background. Quite smooth. The flavor has a bit of booze and more of the barrel, but still quite nice. Medium-full body with good carbonation. Slight roasty bitterness to the finish along with just a bit too much booze. My first of the 2011 Eclipses. Very impressive so far.
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had about a month back and also at the JK party .. . Pours a deep brown black .. good pure bourbon, light wood, tar, and charcoal .. . silky stuff, a year or two wouldnít hurt .. . The reception is terrible in here. I canít tell if Gilligan got off the island or the Pistons are about to score.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle] shared by Nate. Thanks! Pours black with a small, soapy tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet, chocolate, strong oak, light bourbon. Flavor is rich and full, chocolate, light oak, well balanced. Very enjoyable.
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #919. Yellow wax so I got the right listing.
4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is a touch above average and a good bit of lacing is left behind.
4.0 S: Like the only other Eclipse Iíve had (last yearís EW), the barrel aging seems to be done flawlessly. No off-flavors, no tannic astringency. However, the stout doesnít have the stones to compete with the barrels. Aside from a soft roastiness and a touch of chocolate, the stout isnít doing much. The bourbon and barrel give a lot of melon, some oak, a good bit of vanilla, and some raisin as well. Booze is well in check. Good smell despite the stoutís inadequacies.
3.5 T: Well, well, well. I need to stop counting chickens because this tastes a lot better than it smells. The base stout has a lot more flavor than it did last year. Moderate roastiness, plenty of bittersweet chocolate, some anise, a light plum and raspberry fruitiness, and some caramel. It still isnít a great base stout, but itís definitely an improvement. Surprisingly, the barrel has a lot less influence in the taste. Thereís still plenty of melon and vanilla, but less oak, raisin, and earthiness. Booze is apparent at 9.5%.
3.0 M: This is the worst part of the beer. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess. They really need to kick up the body in this. If they did, it would improve the taste and smell as well.
3.5 D: Decent offering, but not worth the hefty price. This doesnít hold a candle up to BCS, even though I can get twice as much BCS for the same price. Still, Iím glad I got to try it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-19-2012 22:54:08