joeneugs (3816) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a dark cola brown with a tan/orangy head. The aroma is an intense bourbon blast with alcohol, vanilla, caramel, raisins, plums and chocolate. Not as much roasted malt and more fruit forward. The flavor was a tiny bit of a letdown compared to the awesome aroma. It had delicious notes of bourbon, vanilla and some sweet caramel with hints of dark fruitness but it was a bit overly sweet lacking a second level of depth. Lots of sugary cola. There is a bit of roasted malt in the finish but not enough for my liking. The body is not as big as some stouts but very oily on the palate. Overall, this was a great beer. I loved the massive bourbon flavors, but the beer itself lacked the complexity of a world class imperial stout.
PhillyCraft (3697) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle with Sean and Pat on NYE. Poured a dark silky black color with small to medium beige head. Head faded rather fast but left an awesome trail of sticky lacing. Aromas of bourbon, coconut, figs, honey, dark fruits including berries, plum, and cherry. Other rich notes of malt and roasted chocolate. Taste was filled with smooth bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, blackberry, molasses, oak, and a touch of coconut. Great aged stout to usher in the new year.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to largadeer for sharing a pour from his bottle. Very dark brown in color, but letting a tiny bit of light through. Not black. A small tan head sits on top and fades to a bubbly ring. The aroma is a nostril assault of awesomeness. Big rich dark and milk chocolate, mild roast, premium quality bourbon, oak, vanilla, and black cherry. The flavor has an insane complexity to it, and then on the finish it just gets better. All the amazing flavors that almost any past Eclipse has had - sweet chocolate, roast, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon - incredibly balanced and tasty. Intensifies as it sits in your mouth. Medium-full bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate with soft carbonation. Unbe-mother-effing-lievable beer. Dude.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark sepia, ghost for a head.. Thin cream ring. Marshmallow nose, dirty nose is mud, like when I fell on the wet soccer field after getting nut-blasted in ’01. Anise too. Flavor is heavy burnt milk chocolate, earth, toasted marshmallow in the finish, equally as disappointing as limping off the field holding my junk being asked by coach "did it hit you in the balls or the shaft?"
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, almost black colour, beige head. Aroma of molasses, candy sugar, vanilla, bourbon, light wood. Quite sweet flavour, mlats, caramel, roasted malts, cacao, whiskey, light astringent. Finish caramel, light bitter, bourbon vanilla and lingering astringency.
Good brew, nice bourbon barrel notes.
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. White wax, 2011 vintage. Courtesy of tderoeck. Thank you for sharing, Tim!!)
reggiedunlop (3402) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has mild booze and whiskey...toasted coconut and faint vanilla. Flavor has toasted coconut followed by bold roasty coffee, burnt caramel, and vanilla notes...tasty. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is brown sugar/whiskey/coffee...warming.
maneliquor (3391) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mane Liquor Eclipse tasting. 2012 version. Pours dark brown with a sticky tan head. This is definitely one of the best Eclipse’s of the night if not the best. A bouquet of banana, milk chocoalte, oak, vanilla, honey treacle, coconut and woody spice. Great lengthy spice on the finish. An absolute stunner
callmemickey (3385) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Dark black brown body, medium sized khaki head. a few stray bits of lacing. bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, a bit sweet and lacking any true roasted character to balance things out and add complexity. the flavor profile is similar, with the addition of a significant amount of anise that distracts. mouthfeel is thin in parts and is a bit cloying. a bit disappointing considering past experiences with the eclipses.
sunevdj (3353) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Ooooopaque black with no head. Very sweet with burnt malt bitterness. Aromas of vanilla and waffles. Also aromas of sweet port an raisins. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry and sweet finish.
AdamJackson (3319) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the 2011 Bottling. Interesting 2011 is an 18/20 blend and the 2012 is full 20 years. Should have done these side by side but oh well.
A - Pours pitch black. Not thick but certainly very dark in the glass. a tiny nitro looking head forms and fades fast.
S - Lots of raisin, fig, and chocolate notes. Sadly a bit of soy sauce as well.
T - Taste is nice. Still yes, lots of soy sauce but there’s a nice hot chocolate with marshmallow taste, dark fruits, nice vanilla presence and a whole ton of oak just oaky from start to finish. I get a minor coconut as well.
M - Oily and thin.
O - Not a bad beer. Probably should have opened this up a year ago. Still very good.