Frank (2761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like a glass of bourbon and coffee. Really sweet and candy-like. Tastes good but a bit hard to drink and not enough beer character.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DBS on a taster. Aroma and flavor has a bit brighter bourbon, chocolate, and medium roast. I'm a bigger fan of Old Fitz, but this one's very good. Nice and smooth, light alcohol burn, but a great beer.
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toxichop (329) - South Gate, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap 2011 Vintage P: Black with a thin tan head. S: Milck chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, and hints of alcohol. T: Some roasted malts hit you before the bourbon starts, followed by a sweet transition to milk chocolate, hints of vanilla and roasted coconut, more bourbon comes into play with some alcohol sting sneakin. and finally finishes warm. M: Thin with medium to light carbonation. O: Nice stuff, but the 6oz that I got more then enough not a big of the eclipse stuff I always find that there is to much of alchol present.
Steve_0 (2538) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from bottle at Zwanze Day 2012 at the Barrel Cellar. Big thanks for the pour Bill!! Appearance is dark brown with a slight red tint and a small brown head. Dark fruit, prunes, wood/oak, raisins, slightly roasty aroma. Taste is toffee, caramel, plums, black licorice, anise, with a really smooth middle and roasted, dark chocolate finish that seems to linger on your tongue. Slick mouthfeel with really no carbonation. Really good barrel aged beer. Nice!
wchesser (1114) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with thin watery edge. Full rich nose of bourbon, vanilla wood notes, and maybe some molasses. Taste is full on rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roast coffee. Just a full-on decadent bourbon bomb with very will integrated alcohol. Delicious, but interestingly not as complex as it’s base beer.
Huhzubendah (2415) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.
Finally getting around to trying this beer. I’ve been excited about this one for some time. Shared with the group during a FiftyFifty themed tasting.
The beer appears near black with a thin beige head. The aroma is vanilla, perhaps some toasted coconut, roast, chocolate, oak. Lovely. The taste follows suit. Simply delicious. A standout among the FiftyFifty Eclipse series.
It was interesting sipping this side by side with the Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse. I think both are fabulous beers, each offering a myriad of flavors. Highly recommended.
SirADNielsen (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Armin’s bachelor party. Thanks Armin and Caleb! Pours a deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Really a smooth yet rich whiskey, caramel, huge chocolate, toffee, vanilla aroma. Big chocolate, caramel, mild dark fruity, date, toffee, smooth whiskey flavor. Maybe just a touch behind the 18 year Elijah Craig version due to a touch less in complexity, but this was very nice.
Scopey (6284) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#182, 2011) thanks to Bruce at THE Eclipse tasting, 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a small light tan head, which quickly dissipates. The nose is upfront bourbon, vanilla, medicinal aspect, tar, treacle and toffee. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, tar, wood, mellow bourbon, burnt earth, dark fruit, toffee, medicinal, toast and toffee, with a dry, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and thankfully not too cloying. Well balanced, mellow and flavoursome... good stuff!
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
23rd October 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Clear dark brown beer, little tan head. Smooth palate, softish. Mild fine carbonation. Mellow dark malts - chocolate and mild vanilla wood. Mellow bourbon. Smooth finish with a trace of dark fruits. Pretty easy going and very drinkable.
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at THE Eclipse Tasting, London. Bottle #182, purple wax. Thanks to Bruce for sharing! Pours dark brown, clear, with a frothy beige head. Dark, burnt wood nose, some dark cherries, boozy cocoa. Big sweet flavor with dark bread, some molasses, brown sugar, moderate roast, light bitter earth. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly chewy. Warm finish with plenty of oily cocoa, a bit of alcohol, and modest dry wood notes. Very good.