neuromatt (1097) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. 22 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside Elijah Craig 12 year. Pours black with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves lots of fine lace. The nose has big molasses and caramel malts along with chocolate, oak, bourbon and a touch of licorice. The flavour is roasty-malty with herbal hops and a touch of pine. The finish is long, roasty and slightly hoppy. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout; the bourbon is quite subtle but it adds a nice degree of complexity. 2013-11-22
GothGargoyle (1095) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wood. Velvety mouthfeel, full bodied, boozy finish. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, molasses, dark fruits. Tasty.
wchesser (1092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with thin watery edge. Full rich nose of bourbon, vanilla wood notes, and maybe some molasses. Taste is full on rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roast coffee. Just a full-on decadent bourbon bomb with very will integrated alcohol. Delicious, but interestingly not as complex as it’s base beer.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle from Elijah Craig barrels, brought by Tom to the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of bourbon, of course. Taste is of bourbon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and tongue-coating with alcohol noticeable. Good stuff, but not fantastic.
mikedR (1069) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, it’s quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt.
Of the five, this and two others were in my second tier. Quite good, mind you, but very bourbony in flavor. If you enjoy a bourbon-infused stout, you can’t go wrong with this. The Elijah had a late punch, lingering in bourbon flavor after the initial stout taste.
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 22oz bottle pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Chocolate molasses and bourbon aroma. Taste is the same.
fletchfighters (1028) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark cola color.
Good nose of chocolate, roast, coconut, marshmallow, oak and bourbon
Taste and feel give more alcohol but carmel also makes appearances as well as more of the barrel notes.
Not as thick as other BA beers but very easy to drink. Splendid drink and more like a fine brandy in a lot of ways
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, purple waxed bottle #2694, 2011 edition. pours a deep, dark brown, almost opaque and sits black in the glass capped by a thin, mocha head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is excellent, a bit sweeter that other Eclipse versions, with notes of vanilla, toasted coconut, almonds, and spearmint backed by roasted malts, cocoa, light espresso, and subtle notes of toasted barrel. flavor is where this one really shines with notes of german chocolate cake with extra coconut icing, ashy malts, espresso, and subtle smoke backed by pralines, chocolate oranges, vanilla, and smooth, woody barrel notes. palate appears thin to the eye but actually ramps up in the mouthfeel with light carbonation a warming finish. overall, another excellent Eclipse variation.
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Pitch black pour with thin creamy head, quickly receding, fine sudsy lacing. Nose dominated by rich caramel vanilla bourbon, more traditional flavors of milk chocolate, roast coffee come out as the beer warms. Taste again has strong vanilla toffee, overarching bourbon characteristics, chocolate, mild roast in the finish with some heat. Could do with slightly less sweetness to help everything meld together. Silky smooth palate, almost creamy. Pretty nice, manages to avoid overdoing it with booziness which has turned me off with past bottles of this series.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ FWIBF. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coconut, oak, bourbon, tobacco and vanilla. The flavor is of roasted malt, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, tobacco, coffee, dark fruits and dark chocolate. The body is full with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a pretty tasty Imperial Stout.