MrChopin (3575) - 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.
Martinus (3524) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black brown colour, white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, mocha, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts. Finish vanilla, bourbon, bitter coffee. Nice!
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, ThirstyBird!!)
jrallen34 (3488) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3474) - 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.
rodenbach99 (3467) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille partagée par Pat. Merci. vintage 2/2013. Liquide brun foncé, mousse beige. Le nez est un bel amalgame de chocolat, café, tabac et de bourbon (mais pas trop). La bouche est superbe, vanille, du bourbon mais pas trop, du chocolat, du café, peu d’alcool et c’est tant mieux.
JStax (3452) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle shared by a generous soul. Dark brown to black with a khaki head. Big bourbon, vanilla notes and roast. Some licorice as well. Sweet and boozy.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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)
callmemickey (3422) - 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.
reggiedunlop (3405) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle...Pours deep brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has nice mild vanilla and roast with light bourbon...slightly boozy. Flavor follows suit but not boozy and adds layers of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and toasted coconut. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish has dark chocolate/brown sugar/and bourbon...very warming.
maneliquor (3393) - 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