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 (968) - 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 (9713) - 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.
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 @ Capone’s. 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 (3875) - 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 Matt’s. 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 Capone’s: 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 (1670) - 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 (7884) - Plymouth, 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 I’ve 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 I’ll 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 I’ve had from this year. Not sure if this one is a victim of bottle variation because I’ve only had the one bottle so far.