reebtogi (5731) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger light tan head that leaves some nice lacing rings on the glass. Aroma is dominated by bourbon with hints of chocolate and licorice. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain and coffee bitterness finishing with the bourbon and a healthy alcohol burn. Medium bodied with some mild carbonation. Much more complex and tasty than I can put into words. Very nicely done brew that suits the style very well and is highly recommended.
dmac (5628) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by a BA at the Rapture release. Poured a pitch black body under a brown long lasting head. Aroma of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, charcoal and chocolate cake. Fuller syrupy body with a touch of obvious heat. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tobacco, tar. Good good stuff.
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to a trade Fantastic bottle, brownie doughy flavors, vanilla, love it this is great.
Pyrmir (5598) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle vintages 2012 and 2013. Near black with tan head. Aroma is boozy, soft, liquorice and bourbon. Taste is balanced, lots of bourbon, barrel, alcohol and dried fruits with a boozy finish.
2013: Aroma has some additional solventy notes. Taste is boozier and has solventy notes. (score 7 4 6 4 14)
jfb (5560) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) pours black in colour with a creamy beige head. aroma of heavy brown sugar, toasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon and dark chocolate, with a hint of alcohol and earth. flavour is mostly brown sugar and fudge, with lots of vanilla, chewy pale malts, light coffee and some alcohol in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thin head. NIce sweet milk chocolate and bourbon aroma and taste with a smooth palate. Quite Good.
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Very good.
JStax (5463) - 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.
JohnnyJ (5417) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Black pour, thin dark tan head. Chocolate, bourbon, molasses, raisin, sugary, and some vanilla. Not as smooth and less vanilla than the 18 year.
tom10101 (5338) - 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!