Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. white waxed bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle # 4685.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass.
S: Very smooth bourbon, some nice roasted malts, toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate. Very balanced and the barrel is well integrated.
T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Really nice smooth and semi sweet bourbon. Some milk chocolate with a great barrel presence. Some light oak, but nice vanilla and caramel sweetness. There is a great roasted malt bitterness as well. The finish is nice and sweet.
M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.
O: The is definitely the best of Eclipse variants. Great barrel presence and everything is perfectly integrated. Very nice.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-07-2012
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 bomber # 3279 white wax. Thanks kegbear! Aroma is wonderful chocolate and malt with some hints of bourbon. Pours a beautiful brown with frothy cream head. The taste is vanilla chocolate with some creamy malt notes in it. Its like drinking the best coffee ever. Super balanced without any alcohol burn for 10%. Wow just incredible beer. Damn delicious would drink again and again.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The beer itself has a dark brown hue with lighter, transparent brown edges. A small tan head forms on the initial pour but fades away without really leaving any lace.
The 18 year Elijah Craig comes through in the nose first, like my experience with the other barrel aged Eclipse beers. Molasses, vanilla, and oak are strong as well, with chocolate and coffee behind.
The Elijah Craig is a little bit more nuanced in the flavor. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee start a fairly strong imperial stout flavor. As soon as it starts turning sweet with vanilla and molasses notes, the bourbon and oak dry the flavor out and prevent it from moving too far in that direction. The bourbon really carries through to the finish. Interestingly, when I first tasted the Eclipse beers, I thought the flavor of the beer was quite strong, with the barrel flavor adding further depth. Now I notice the barrel flavor and feel the underlying stout might leave a little bit on the table.
For the style, the body feels to be in the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation is on the light side, trying to be creamy and smooth, but it could use some more carbonation.
This is another solid Eclipse that I am glad to have tried.
I am curious whether people who have given this beer such a great score have sampled it side by side with the Eclipse - Elijah Craig 12 year. There is not that big of a difference.
Sarlacc83 (812) - Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased in 2012. Split a couple ways. Consumed 12-17, reviewed from notes.
A: Pitch black with a very thin mocha lacing. Legs stick.
N: Deep whiff of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Fudge is the backbone, and there is a pronounced brown sugar. The bourbon is the foreground, as it should be.
T: Dominate marshmallows and vanilla. Oak is playing second fiddle. There are traces of coffee and fudge. There is a slight sourness I find distracting, but itís not an infection.
M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; itís heavier and fluffier.
O: A marked improvement over the previous year, but for the price, it really lacks the stand out qualities that bring it to the next tier of BA RISes. Good stuff, but Iíd rather have Parabola for half the cost.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is fantastic, soy sauce and rare red meat. Pours black with a slight brown head. Caramel and maple syrup, subtle bourbon, excellent.
Bottle, GBBF 2013, thanks to HarrisonNI (THE KING OF THE PALE ALES) for the forwarding to CGarvieUK
Rando7 (741) - Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black with thick bubbly brown head. Aroma mainly bourbon and oak with a little roast. Taste malt sweetness with bourbon, vanilla, slight roast, chocolate and lots of oak. Finish mild oak and slight roast with malty fullness. Palate rich and creamy. Alcohol apparent.
I liked it a lot although the oak dominated more than I would like.
48FanInCali (730) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with basically no head to speak of and little carbonation. Nose is coconut, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and bourbon. Taste follows but is heavier on the vanilla and coconut. Nice warming bourbon. Will certainly improve with age but is still an absolute top beer without the age. Fabulous.
MotherBrother (728) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour pitch black, with small tan head.
Aroma is really packed with vanilla and barrel. Really some delicious shit... Also some slight leathery, caramel, bourbon, coffee, dark fruity - and woody notes. But really barrel forward. And Iím a fan.
The taste is quite sweet, with some faint bitter notes. Well balanced? - hell yes. Medium-full bodied, with a semi-flat carbonation. Delicious like a SOB. A Big thanks to Ryan for sending me this shit.
Phillies08Champs (700) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle from my cellar. Pours black with beautiful ruby hightlights. nose is molasses, leather, brandy and dried cherries. First sip is sweet with roasted flavors like fresh espresso, followed lovely bourbon notes with deep dark chocolate followed by slightly smokey boozy brownie finish.
MattH (649) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Black pour. No head. Strong aroma of bourbon. Taste is pleasantly sweet, a little like port. I also got flavors of dark cherry, vanilla, oak, and dark malts. The body is heavy. This beer is definitely a sipper.