marcus (6772) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from a clandestine source. Pours dark brown with no head and a marvelous chocolate and treacle aroma There is an intense chocolate, treacle and anise flavor with a warming bourbon trail and an oaky finish. This is a perfectly aged version of Eclipse that is a great pleasure to drink.
Earlier Rating: 5/21/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a strong treacle aroma. There is a burnt chocolate and treacle flavor with some raisin and a dry bitter finish. There is a distinct bourbon flavor left on the palate, along with a warm trail. This is a very tasty brew that has improved in the barrel.
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via pantanap. Black pour with a small fizzy brown head that fell to a thin ring and a wispy partial covering. The nose is rather boozy and bourbon dominated, but there’s still a lot of good stuff in there as well. Vanilla, light wood, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, a little candied dark fruits. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the barrel and the beer though. There’s plenty of bourbon, but it’s as much focused on the vanilla, roast, oak, and dark roast coffee as the bourbon. Some light alcohol flavor, but it works pretty well with the slight sweetness and the vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a nice lingering vanilla and roast finish. Soft fizzy carbonation helps cut the body well. Pretty nice bourbon barrel stout. Any more booziness and it might have been too much, but I think this worked as it is.
deyholla (6966) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Kan or Adam (thanks!) at the 2010 RBSG Grand Tasting. Poured near black with a yellow brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had dark grains some coffee, caramel, licorice and definite bourbon. Flavor had more coffee with growing bourbon with caramel and licorice backing.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz purple wax bomber #99/2009 thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted grain, dark fruit and light black licorice. Flavor is very much the same but twice as strong and a touch of honey. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation and a creamy body. Overall, damned good stuff!
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber with purple wax #478 courtesy of FickSD over on BA shared at the Toronado. Poured a deep, clear brown with no head. Nose was rich with figs, raisins, oak, some light spicy alcohol, molasses, maple. Taste is very sweet, dark fruit forward, spicy alcohol, dry oak. Sticky sweet palate.
neepsntatties (1240) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some kind soul brought this to, "hannont" ’s for a tasting. Colour... very dark brown with no head. Nose... Boozeland, USA! Palate... SUH-WEET!! And boozy, with loads of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, dried orchard fruits, golden sirop, burnt brown sugar and a fabulously sweet looooooong finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle with purple wax. Pours a very deep caramel brown with a nice tan head, light lacing. Great nose of light bourbon notes along with vanilla, toffee and caramel. Nice and drinkable, not overbearing.
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, Pours a dark brown with tan foam, aromas of creamy vanilla, whiskey and chocolate, flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, whiskey, coffee and some heat on the finish
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! Bottle #338 of 2009; dense black pour with trace tan head; huge bourbon nose with creamy coffee, nuts and roast; super boozy right now; spicy hotness with sticky bourbon; some caramel and cookies, but this is way heavy on the barrel to me and not nearly as impressive as when I had on draft at the brewery in August ’09 (hat was the winter ’08 batch); that batch I’d rate near a 4.2, but this one is more like a 3.5, so let’s split the difference :)
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle with purple wax, #99/2009, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vinous, plum, some bourbon, toasted coconut, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, bourbon, and coffee.