orangesol (918) - 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 Caponeís 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 Eclipseís on-tap and it didnít 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 (9167) - 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 Caponeís. 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.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Caponeís. Poured a dark brown/black with a thin tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma incudes bourbon, vanilla, licorice, and hints of roasted malts. Taste is enjoyable sweetness of dark fruit, vanilla oak, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Big sticky mouthfeel and nice warming on the finish.
PhillyCraft (3437) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Mattís. Pours an opaque black color with thin beige head, bubbly. Awesome lacing rings. Aromas of dark chocolate, heavy bourbon. Taste is a nice boozey sweetness with cocoa, licorice, figs, light coffee roastiness. Sticky mouth with ultra warming in belly. Great but I think the 18yr Elijah and Rittenhouse Rye are superior.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Caponeís: Aroma of malt, Bourbon, vanilla, cardboard, alcohol, and oak. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, loose, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, vanilla, Bourbon, oak, chocolate, and some brown sugar. Medium to full body. Average texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, chocolate, vanilla, Bourbon, oak finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Capones. Pours dark brown, nearly black w thin mocha head that ringed the glass w lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and somewhat faint bourbon. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.
BVery (6965) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Capones. Extremely dark pour with a small clingy tan head. Bourbon aroma. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and bakers chocolate flavor. Delicious!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle, yellow wax.
Pours a little darker than I remember the 2010 versions being with the same thick beige head that leaves some spotty lacing.
Aroma is heavy on the bourbon and oak. There are some heavily roasted malts, bakers chocolate. The nose has a bit of earthy charred character, which is almost like a Danish-style stout, and nothing Iíve gotten in other Eclipse versions.
The taste is sweeter than I was expecting with more chocolate than in the nose, maybe even some vanilla. Roasted dark malts and a toasted caramel character as well. Finish is all about oak and bourbon with a hefty burn going down.
Mouthfeel is smooth and fuller than I remember in previous iterations. The alcohol is very evident.
This is a very good barrel-aged stout but probably not one of the absolute best from FiftyFifty. I think Iíll let a couple bottles mellow for a while because I think it would be even better when the bourbon becomes more subtle.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. 2011 Vintage. Yellow wax. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is cocoa, marshmallow, bourbon, some oak, a decent amount of vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness with marshmallow, oak, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and a light roastiness. The finish has more vanilla with a light bitterness and leaves some lingering oak and vanilla. Medium body. Low carbonation. Another solid Eclipse. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but one of the better Eclipses Iíve had from this year. Not sure if this one is a victim of bottle variation because Iíve only had the one bottle so far.
Jamuligan (11) - Jamul, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice and smooth. I tasted more whiskey than bourbon...tasty. Nice carmel head, lacy fingers, not too sweet on the aftertaste. Really enjoyable. Alcohol masked well.
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