rxeight (1607) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bourbon and stout. Aroma and taste are pretty gentile. Had this up against a few other ba stouts. Not as much bite as some of the others. Not worth the price but at least its available.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! Bottle #338 of 2009; dense black pour with trace tan head; huge bourbon nose with creamy coffee, nuts and roast; super boozy right now; spicy hotness with sticky bourbon; some caramel and cookies, but this is way heavy on the barrel to me and not nearly as impressive as when I had on draft at the brewery in August ’09 (hat was the winter ’08 batch); that batch I’d rate near a 4.2, but this one is more like a 3.5, so let’s split the difference :)
cpetrone84 (1569) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 09 vintage. Pour is dark black liquid with a dark tan head. The nose has hints of bourbon, a bit of wood, lightly smoked with dry chocolate and some malt sweetness. The flavor is bourbon up front, lots of wood, notes of dry chocolate with a fair bit of rich cake and some additional fruity malt sweetness in back. Fully bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry. One of the best in the tasting of the eclipse beers, rich and balanced with good integration.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.
S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze.
T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet.
D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is very present, but very smooth and balanced.
harrymel (1525) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Run 2, 2013
Pours black with some light oat etching. Smells of cola, pepper, some flour, some toasted malts, leather a bit of vanilla and that’s it. Flavor is smoke, oak, alcohol, dates, leather, maduro tobacco. Medium on full bodied with moderately low carb and a semi dry finish. Well, good to try, nothing to loose sleep over.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Fobab 2010, Elijah Craig: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet vanilla and cocoa, still plenty of bourbon and oaky notes, but less than the heaven hill version. Much sweet all around flavor and in aroma. Lots of milk chocolate and dark chocolate with the vanilla notes and some nuttiness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Very good stuff.
GothGargoyle (1512) - 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.
rejtable (1501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bourbon with lots of vanilla, also almost a cigar hint in there. Pours dark with a ruby edge and light head. Taste big sweet and medium bitter. Big alcohol burn. Wow!
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind.
3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. There’s less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but it’s lacking any sort of intensity or complexity.
3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isn’t much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isn’t strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score.
3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it’s within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess.
3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what I’ll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants I’ve had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-21-2012 00:54:35
McNeillR (1476) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2014 Darkest brown and border of ruby highlight. Big fading tan swirlable head. Sweet marshmallow vanilla bourbon. Neat initial gleam of booze but an exhaust fumed wood and naturally creamy rise. Soft and almost cooling milky. Finish is a sweet soy and light bourbon burn. It hides a colourful barrel incredibly well, not busy or escalator layered. Just tremendous. Thanks Paul for the bottle, via a bloody beer club. ’Merica.