Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle number 5348. Shared with Amyliz4 and served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours near-black with a pretty good light mocha head and a surprisingly-large amount of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap recedes a bit quickly and makes way to a thin collar, which holds throughout. The nose brings bourbon first and foremost, but then has a good dosing of coconut and vanilla. Light oak character. Chocolate there as well.
Flavor has good oak, coconut, and vanilla in addition to the bourbon. Subtle roast and chocolate in the background. Most everything seems to be coming from the barrel and I won’t complain one bit. Full body and chewy with just a bit of booze. Low-medium carbonation. Great complexity. Absolutely exceptional. Boom.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage. Bottle # 5422.): Aroma of malt, Bourbon, light coconut, light vanilla, oak, barrel, char, roasting, and light chocolate. Poured pitch black in color with a medium to large-sized, cream, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, light Bourbon, light oak, barrel, light tar, roasting, char, light chocolate, light dark ripe fruit, vanilla, slight coconut, and a hint of cherry. Medium to full body. Smooth, slick, creamy, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, oak, Bourbon, roasting, slight tar, vanilla finish. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Douberd (4824) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% printed on the bottle. White wax, marked BR1/2012
Black coloured body, small and a bit thin dark beige head on top, with average retention.
Aroma has heavy bourbon, liquorice, soy sauce, alcohol.
The taste has lots of bourbon too, wood, liquorice, plenty of alcohol, roasted malts on the finish, soy suace again, quite sweet all in all.
Thick body, soft carbonation, very sticky on the palate.
AdamChandler (4517) - 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.
_angst_ (4499) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! 2011 vintage. Pours black with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark honey, bourbon, toffee, vanilla fudge, caramel, dark roast coffee, banana bread, roasted coconut, charred wood, moist soil and hints of tingling alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark honey, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon, roasted coconut, charred wood, warming alcohol and hints of moist soil and minerals. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, oily, silky, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, toffee, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, dark honey, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, charred wood, bourbon, hay, roasted nuts and moist soil. Big, very sweet and vulgar bourbon barrel aged bomb that manages to balance every thing out in some way. A great beer!
Re-rate! Bumping this up ever so slightly. Fantastic barrel aged IS.
Martinus (4495) - 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!!)
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with Lotta. Pours jet black with a small bubbly tanned head leaving some laces. Aroma is sweet raisins vinous roasted malty molasses, full bodied, some notes of coffee and chocolate mixed with alcohol. Flavor is similar to aroma, Velvety smooth, vanilla lightly bitter in front increasing towards the end. Surprisingly drinkable, not as heavy as I had expected.
MrChopin (4303) - 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?"
callmemickey (4252) - 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.
Garrold (4234) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Dark brown. Tan head. Rich chocolate. Chocolate cherry. Smooth, rich and boozy. Big hitter this one, and one of my favourites on the day.