jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Pitch black pour with thin creamy head, quickly receding, fine sudsy lacing. Nose dominated by rich caramel vanilla bourbon, more traditional flavors of milk chocolate, roast coffee come out as the beer warms. Taste again has strong vanilla toffee, overarching bourbon characteristics, chocolate, mild roast in the finish with some heat. Could do with slightly less sweetness to help everything meld together. Silky smooth palate, almost creamy. Pretty nice, manages to avoid overdoing it with booziness which has turned me off with past bottles of this series.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smooth. Pours a black color. Medium aroma. Quite viscous. Not quite as spicy as the Four Roses but a touch better than the Rittenhouse. Well balanced. Not hot at all.
cpetrone84 (1369) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 09 vintage. Pour is dark black liquid with a dark tan head. The nose has hints of bourbon, a bit of wood, lightly smoked with dry chocolate and some malt sweetness. The flavor is bourbon up front, lots of wood, notes of dry chocolate with a fair bit of rich cake and some additional fruity malt sweetness in back. Fully bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry. One of the best in the tasting of the eclipse beers, rich and balanced with good integration.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Eclipse may be THE nectar of the Gods. I’ve had all of the 2011 varieties at this point, and all of them are equally amazing. This one might be my favorite. Lots of very woody, caramely whiskey notes and of course the typical stout chocolate and vanilla creamy wallop. I love this beer so much it hurts. Every Eclipse gets a 5.0. They’re all perfect in their own way. And, in my opinion, they are the best stouts on earth.
BoBoChamp (5382) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2009 (with purple wax), Bottle N° 1080, exclusive American brew, with honey, thx to Wimenels!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!
peteinSD (1362) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old rating from Oakquinox notes. Poured still black in the glass with a slight ebb of bubbles and a small amount of tan foam hugging the edge of the glass. Aroma was somewhat subdued bourbon, coconut, and vanilla, and some underlying chocolate. Taste matched the aroma but came across a bit thin in the mouth. Nice beer.
dmac (3988) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by a BA at the Rapture release. Poured a pitch black body under a brown long lasting head. Aroma of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, charcoal and chocolate cake. Fuller syrupy body with a touch of obvious heat. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tobacco, tar. Good good stuff.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to whoever shared this at the Rapture release. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is very nice and of bourbon, sweet vanilla, oak, roast and light chocolate. Taste is complex, with a nice mouthfeel. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate earth and light alcohol on the finish. Really solid brew.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
jet black, thin large-bubbled head is coaxed with a vigorous pour but remains. Nose at first shows a dusty, oxidized malt, some unsweet bourbon, and a light soy. Reminds of aged 7000 without as much of the robust malt. Flavor is hotter up front, a thin but delicate body reminds of a nice rum-candy with warmth on the mid-palate, with some wood and cocoa through the lengthy finish, dry finish. Body and malt profile are a bit washed out but also chewy and overly sweet, some unfermented sugars remaining amidst near-balance. Still, I personally find the light body and lack of strong malt to be a trend growing too common from stout experimenters like CCB, Bruery, and now 50-50. And yet there is a ton of bourbon in this, which I’ve hardly mentioned, and I think this is because the bourbon blends so well with the base beer flavors.
EC still very sweet but enough base beer qualities to merge with the barrel, again alcohol-laden candy aspects between the bourbon, vanilla, and ashy chocolate.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Dak...AMAZING!!! So excited to try this one and it literally made my eyes roll back into my skull. What an incredible beer!!! Aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Extremely fragrant and intoxicating nose that pulls your lips toward the rim of the glass. Rich fudge, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla blast the palate with the bourbon very present but not at all distracting. The "hot" qualities of the alcohol have subsided and all that is left is the incredible flavor of the barrel. Incredibly balanced, the flavors married well and each seems to enhance the other. Creamy palate on this nearly black brew...this one lives up to its accolades!!!