AirForceHops (3526) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Adam Jackson’s crazy vertical at my pad, in yet another 650 ml bottle. Aroma shows wood barrel and char malt with some leather and tobacco hints. Nice aroma’s.
Taste is a chocolate richness, mild roasted grain and finishing with bourbon and oak. Medium bodied with some low, creamy carbonation. Nice level of complex bourbon and awesome stout base. Really super smooth… I have never have had the 20 year but this is damn fine.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I drank this originally from a tasting glass at NotB then re-reviewed and scored off a bottle from Nate on 3/20/2011... The beer pours a super dark black, hardly any head though. Poor lacing... The aroma is great, chocolate brownies, vanilla, bourbon finish. Not decadent or overstated, very restrained. Outstanding... The taste is superbly balanced, tastes great, and easily crushable. Fudge brownies, vanilla, light bourbon, a nice warm alcohol sensation in the middle, and the finish has some nice roasted coffee notes. The full spectrum is displayed and perfectly integrated. I had the PVW last weekend I think I almost prefer this, would love to do a side-by-side comparison.
I originally rated this a 4.6, this time its deservedly higher.
MrChopin (3474) - 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.
PhillyCraft (3447) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with some heads at Bills’. Pours a deep black with beige head. Not much lace or carbonation. Notes were very boozey, with molasses, licorice, cocoa, bourbon, wood, spice, and marshmallow. Overall it had a little too much heat. I prefered the Rittenhouse Rye version that night. Full flavored dry finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at FoBAB 8. This is the Elijah Craig version. Same appearance. Nose is much nicer. Perfumey bourbon, vanilla and toast. Chocolate and anise peak through. On taste, well integrated bourbon notes prevent it from being a bourbon bomb. Nice spicy oak notes as well. Probably my second favorite of the lot. 9-5-8-4-16 (4.2)
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2011. Dark brown with spotty bubbles and lacy rings. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, peppery oak and molasses. Body is substantial and hot but not pushing it in either case. Delicate prickly carb lightens and lingers. Taste like the nose with the mellow bourbon set off beautifully against the rich chocolate and molasses. Hints of coconut and raisin. Delish.
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2013. Belle coiffe sur cette robe presque noire. Dentelle pour agrémenter le regard. Beau nez de café, de mélasse, de chocolat, de noisettes et de bourbon élégamment discret. Saveurs riches de mélasse, de réglisse, de chocolat, de café caramélisé, de bois et de malts rôtis. Belle complexité. Bouche sensuelle avec sa texture soyeuse et ses bulles tranquilles. Arrière-goût de café et de malts noirs et amers. Un monstre si facile à boire. Savoureux stout impérial.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shane brought to the tasting last night, good call dude, glad to finally get to try this after going to the brewery twice at the wrong time of year. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet with a big rich bourbon bite. Taste is sweet and rich, and full of flavor. Quite good.
maneliquor (3283) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mane Liquor Eclipse tasting. 2012 version. Pours dark brown with a sticky tan head. Nose is quite booze driven with plenty of dry and dark cocoe - almost powdery, with earth, dirt, and sweet molasses. Taste is very dark and bitter chocolate - high cocoa content stuff, with earth and dirt and mild ash which adds some harshness which is working a treat. The burnt tones and ashiness give it an extra complexity which isn’t in a lot of the others. Loads of boozy warmth on the finish. Love it
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Again opaque black with a tiny beige head. Quite sweet with aromas of roasted malts and some dates. Also notes of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet and slightly dry Bourbon finish.