brokensail (12277) - 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 (6506) - .....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 (1487) - 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
beernbourbon (1366) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Bottle shared at STL bbbb. Pour is dark brown with a thin ring on beige foam. aroma is light bourbon and faint roasted malt with a hint of spicy vanilla. Flavor is Solid with notes of bourbon, alcohol, roasted malt, and faint vanilla. Also had the Four Roses but the differences were not detectable to me. Re-rate- Also notes of light pine/ mint with faint smoke and brown sugar sweetness. Liked it better the second time around. very smooth. 3.7/4.0
Strykzone (5331) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black. Coffee and nuts are smelled. Soy, too. Coffee flavor with soy and ash. Good!
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, big thanks to flexabull for acting as a CA transit point for my massive shipment of Eclipse. Whoever said CA traders were anything but surpassingly generous hasnít deal with the same guys I have!
Yellow-waxed, 22 oz. bottle #350, slipped into a pair of Darkness glasses, standard dark Eclipse in color: black. Smells of rich dark chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla; not strong. Subtle or weak, depending on your inclination.
Buffalo Trace FiftyFifty carries a lot of barrel. Enough wood/oak to build a small cabin roars out of the gate & sucks the moisture from my mouth. Epic chocoloate that I donít associate with barrels slides in next; lots of cocoa. Roast is the other character bringing a fair amount to the palate: raisin, vanilla, whiskey appear in varying traces. Easy & silky on the throat. The whiskey really shows only in the initial blast of oak & as a slow, shimmering aftereffect in the throat. My half-bomber is disappearing with alarming rapidity.
If this is the least of the new treatments, bloody hell, Iím ready to have them all. Tonight. Great depth, startlingly easy to drink, tasty as all get out. All around excellent.