italianjohn (2207) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Vintage Bottle #2817 ... Black pour light tan head thinned out light lacing ..... aroma is oaky, vanilla and bourbon, caramel malts and coconut ...... taste is of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel malts and a little syrupy with some chocolate as well and slight coconut ... mouthfeel is thick and oily ..... nice and oaky mellow and smooth .. finishes dry and oaky ... this is good stuff loved every sip
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 (Pour from dak!) Elijah version. Pours near black with minimal head. Aroma is bourbony goodness. Chocolate. Taste is sweet-almost candylike inspite of the bourbon. Full bodied with creamy/slick texture. Really nice
Pappy version-courtesy of dionysus at RBWG 2011-Phoenix. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma has beautiful bourbon aroma which is understated, if that’s possible. Sweet malt and bourbon flavors with a little heat. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is all bourbon. This is a good beer, but other concurred that GI Rare was a bit better.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this beer is worth the price... simply amazing. pours nice and black with a firm tan head - that lasts throughout. layered vanilla, bourbon, light coffee and chocolate nose - they all blend so well together - nothing dominating - very well blended aromas. full body with smooth chocolate malts, silky vanilla and bourbon notes with a lingering bitterness. roasted finish with more bourbon and vanilla peaking in flavor. a lot of bourbon barrel aged stouts are way too boozy and heavy - this beer is so inviting and soothing - nothing forced - simple perfection.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Elijah Craig version shared by Daknole at the Black Friday tasting. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is oaky vanilla, milk chocolate and bourbon. The taste is ahy cocoa, sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee and some alcohol in the finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Thanks Dak!
Gription79 (2130) - 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.
Steve_0 (2106) - 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!
tom10101 (2092) - 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!
callmemickey (2081) - 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.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MrHangover (2070) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared @ tasting. Thnx to timfoolery for sending me this! Pours a pitch black beer with a brownish hue around the rims, Small beige head on top. Aroma has nice bourbon characters, smooth caramel and vanilla. Some syrupy things going on. Even some ripe red fruits going on in the background. Flavor is very sweet, well balanced with some touches of vanilla going on again. Cloying mouthfeel. Amazingly well balanced beer.