XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share by Paul, nice oak barrel scents with lots of dark fruit. Flavor is very bourbon forward, with great chocolate flavors and the dark fruit blended with chocolate, just an outstanding finish and beer.
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DialSquare (2038) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Josh at Hunahpu day ’13. Sparse notes: jet black. roasty vanilla and dark chocolate aroma. creamy bourbon, caramel taste. smooth and understated.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Elijah Craig version, sampled side by side with the Heaven Hill Rye version, both thanks to Dak! Dark brown pour with a creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is much the same. Roasty and delicious!
Steve_0 (1912) - 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!
KingCecil (1906) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ home ... vintage 2011 ... It pours piano clear black with a medium creamy steady light brown head.... The aroma is sooo nice! vanilla, bourbon, coffee and chocolate....very balanced..The flavor is silky soft! very nice mouthfell ....chocolate, bourbon, warming flavors, vanilla and dark fruits... very well made brew!
Gription79 (1897) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Doug. Lots going on here. The aroma has hot alcohol notes, toffee, bourbon. The flavor is burnt sugar, honey, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Am amazing RIS, one of my favorites. Nice dry finish.
Reynolds314 (1877) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a surprisingly fantastic beer. Really rich and heavy in cocoa, vanilla, oak, coffee, and just enough sweetness. Quite sweet in a good way and really great.
callmemickey (1835) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 As part of a Eclipse Vertical (PPW, 09 HH, 10 HH, EC, FR, CB, & EV) [pre-2011 releases]. Review for the 2009 Version:
A: Deep black brown body with just a thin khaki head.
S: Assertive, but refined bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and booze.
T: Like the nose this had assertive, but balance and refined bourbon. As a result you really could explore the bourbon notes that augmented the solid malty base of caramel, roast, and a little chocolate.
M: Nice carbonation provides a little tingle on the tongue when combined with just a smidgen of bourbon heat.
O: A very nice bourbon barrel stout that hangs with all the big boys. It was a toss up for me between this and PPW for best of show. The other tasters put this a clear consensus #2.
johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottling Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma coming out of my glass is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey with a touch of ethanol burn lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout, the bourbon adds a nice sweetness that really compliments this version.
tom10101 (1797) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by hoppypocket, thanks Sir! Black with a medium diminishing brown head and little lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, boozy notes, oak and very light fruity notes. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying, especially considering it’s from the Eclipse series) with caramel, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol, oak and light bitter finish (from the coffee?). Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel; the beer isn’t extra thick though. Good balance. Quite complex. Another decadent Eclipse!