hallinghansen (2295) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Ulfborg. Cloudy brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is whisky, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. This is great.
illidurit (2230) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. I don’t have a lot of notes, but this one really stood out as tasting like a ridiculous melange of See’s candy flavors. Heaps of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and iced coffee. Very sweet and delicious.
pushkinwow (2216) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, 2011 bottle via Capones. Side by side with the 12yr EC - similar dark colour, not quite smooth as the 12 but nice amount of burnt malt, oak, vanilla and oak; found this one a little too buttery for my liking along with a little too sweet. Moderate+ body, mild carbonation, smooth, more chocolate and bourbon on the finish.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours near black with dark rich tan head. Aromas of vanilla, light coconut, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor is dominated by bourbon barrel, which is a good thing in this case, vanilla, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Body is nice and full. Damn nice beer where barrel really shines. Hefty price tag that actually lived up to hype.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(On draught at fiftyfifty!). Pours near black with khaki head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coconut. Taste is sweet with lots of barrel characteristics. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Superb!
Niall73 (2177) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at GBBF 2013, 2012 version. Pours a very dark brown to black. Aroma is soy, teriyaki, meat, treacle, marmite, not much sweetness. Full body, mild carbonation. Treacle, marmite, mild bitter choc, coffee, soy sauce, some toffee sweetness, a bit of booze. Certainly has plenty going on, but not entirely convinced about the balanced. It’s good, no question but no more.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a sudsy tan head. Earthen dirt and caramel lead to vanilla bourbon and raisin. A bit cloying and lacking complexity. Medium body with abrasive carbonation. Not the best balance.
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle white wax #1489 2011 bottling. Pour has a dark brown color bordering on black with a covering of light brown head. Aroma has big juicy bourbon, medium sweetness, heavy rich malt, mild roast,oak, and mellow oxidation. Mouthful is a medium and there is low side carbonation. Flavor comes off with plenty of malt, some roast, medium sweetness, sweet juicy bourbon, raisins, oak, vanilla, mild oxidation, and a lingering finish with some mild heat. Extremely smooth and has taken to the barrel treatment very well.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home bottle no#5059 vintage 2011... trade from hallinghansen, thanks my friend! It pours jet black with a small tan head.... The aroma is hard roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits.... The flavor is very nice roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins and chocolate..... very nice!
UDBeernut (2056) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle pours just like all the other eclipses I've had: dark, khaki head. Bourbon is muted in nose but displays some chocolate. Mouth adds nut and vanilla. More cocoa. Big creamy body.