mikem409 (1914) - 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 (5928) - 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 (37063) - 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.
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by TheAlum at Muckfest III...thanks Adam! - Pours cola with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is whiskey, vanilla, cinnamon, and light roast. Taste has some whiskey sweetness, toffee, and medium roasted malt. Buttery, malty finish with a thickness that coats the mouth. Decadent, but a little over-the-top for my tastes.
douglas88 (7604) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a large beige head. The aroma is a rich but mellow oak and bourbon, vanilla. The flavor is surprisingly smooth and very good: oak, bourbon, molasses, tobacco, light roast. Very good and almost delicate. Nice! A mellow palate.
Sledutah (6256) - Utah, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and nice lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak
Taste: Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla and woody with a dry finish
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Doug. Raisin, burnt sugar, in the aroma. The flavor is vanilla, chocolate, syrupy sweetness, toffee. A solid beer.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 22oz, yellow waxed bottle, #341. pours a deep, dark, cola-brown with glints of copper around the edges that is capped by a creamy, khaki head that leaves a thin sheen of lace. aroma is great, very heavy on the Buffalo Trace barrel, with notes of sharp bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, and dried fruits up front backed by cold coffee, chocolate cake, coconut, and roasted malts. flavor is simply outstanding (and a bit unexpected after the tame, bourbon heavy aroma) with huge notes of rich dark chocolate, fudge brownies, and butterscotch icing backed by roasted coffee, dark malts, and sweet raisins with mellow, toasted oak, vanilla, and bourbon balancing the initial sweetness and adding a touch of warmth to the finish. palate is a bit of an enigma, it looks thin in the glass, but feels rich, velvety, and full bodied in the mouth. overall, another outstanding Eclipse variation that has me scratching my head a bit as to why it’s the lowest rated of 2011.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Capone’s during PBW 2012
A - Pours black with a decent one finger tall off white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of chocolate fudge, warm bourbon, dark roasted malt, charred wood, dark fruits, vanilla, oak and possibly some coconut? A very nice nose.
T - Starts off with a big dose of fudgey chocolate and warm bourbon slowly giving way to hints of dark fruit, licorice, vanilla, oak and the ever present dark roasted malt. Finish is pretty sweet with a moderate amount of booze, lingering on the palate long after consumption. The charred wood / oak grow a little strong toward the end of the glass but it never gets in the way.
M - Big body and flavors with moderate carbonation. Not as much booze as I was expecting after having the base beer before this one but it still packs a punch.
O - This was my first time having one of the Eclipse’s on-tap and it didn’t disappoint. I have had most of the other Eclipse varieties and I would say this is just as good as those, although not my favorite.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roast, and wood. Tastes of vanilla, dark fruits, roast, bourbon and chocolate.