phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Elijah Craig, 2009 Vintage: Pours a deep, inky opaque black with a small brown head. Notes of rich bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and molasses. Nose is a little hot, but the flavor and mouthfeel are damn near perfect; smooth and rich without being too bourbony. Full-bodied, with low carbonation. This is my favorite of the four here today. 8 5 9 5 17 - 4.4. Re-Rate, 2011 vintage, purple wax. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy but bright mahogany with a small tan film. Warm aroma, with molasses, oak, toffee, and vanilla. The flavor has tobacco, vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Not as good as the vintage I had at FOBAB. Was tied as my third favorite of the 2011 series. 8 4 8 4 16 - 4.0.
olio (9367) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
651 ml bottle @ ISKTR 2016. 2014 vintage, purple wax. Br. 01/2014.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Roasted malts on the aroma, bourbon, wooden notes, caramel, dark chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is vanilla and bourbon, dark chocolate, wooden tones, dryness, bitterness. Complex and rich, very nice.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl bouteille @ RBBWG III, thanks ThirstyBird.
Brune foncée, col fin beige doré au verre.
Arôme est malté, caramel, pointe de vanille avec un léger ajout de boisé et booze et bourbon.
Palais est malté très présent sur de belles note de grillé et chocolaté, note de caramel, pointe de barrique et vanille. Le bourbon se ressent et est légèrement réchauffant. Le tout en comparaison reste en dessous de la version 20ans.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, 2011 bottle, Darkness Day 2012. Thick black pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, nice vanilla, slight oak, bourbon, spice notes from the whiskey, slight toffee, caramel as well in there. Taste is roast, chocolate, sweet vanilla, caramel, bourbon, slight spice, yeast notes, slight oaky tones, hints of a slight dark fruit, finishing sweet, slightly bitter.
marcus (9216) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from a clandestine source. Pours dark brown with no head and a marvelous chocolate and treacle aroma There is an intense chocolate, treacle and anise flavor with a warming bourbon trail and an oaky finish. This is a perfectly aged version of Eclipse that is a great pleasure to drink.
Earlier Rating: 5/21/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a strong treacle aroma. There is a burnt chocolate and treacle flavor with some raisin and a dry bitter finish. There is a distinct bourbon flavor left on the palate, along with a warm trail. This is a very tasty brew that has improved in the barrel.
alexsdad06 (9107) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, roast, oak, vanilla and dark fruits. Flavors are the same. This was consumed side by side with the 18/20 yr. version. This was not quite as smooth and showed more woody qualities. Still good, but not as good as the 18/20 year.
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Black/brown beer with a low cream head. Bourbon aroma. Bourbon and light chocolate flavor with light vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and light chocolate lingers with light roastiness. Well put together.
douglas88 (8447) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage, purple wax, Elijah Craig (note: man these entries are confusing). Bottle number 880. Thanks to Eric for this beauty. Pours a totally viscous black with a small white head. The aroma is huge bourbon, rich, woody and intense. The flavor is awesome; vanilla, bourbon, huge kick of barrel here, some dark roasted flavor and fruit. This is all about a great barrel treatment. Wonderful.
77ships (8206) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to ThirstyBird. Lovely bottle. Black touch brown, almost no mocha head. Nose is mellow, roasted, mocha, dark fruits, faint barrel. Taste is sweet mocha mixed with some roast, caramel, toffee, some whiskey but not much, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, barrel is pretty light, touch dark bread, leaves. Substantial body but not the heaviest. Okay but definitely expected more here. The 20 Year version was way better in my memory.
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Waxed bomber, courtesy of kiefdog, pours deep dark brown with almost no head. The aroma is a bit mild with notes of caramel, molasses, fairly strong levels of bourbony booze, some oak, dark roastiness and some chocolate. The taste is rich thick smooth velvety YUM with sweetness running from molasses to caramel to malts. The barrel notes do a good job cover up most of the base beer goodnesss. I get firm assertive bourbon and a bit of oak from midway and into the finish. Less barrel time would have been nice.