orangesol (968) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Deuane for opening his newly purchased bottle for us to try. I was really looking forward to trying this one.
A - Pours black as night with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass. A little light on the carbonation it seems...
S - Smells fairly similar to the 12yr. with a bit more barrel to it. Still has plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee but the bourbon and oak have really taken this bottle over.
T - Starts off with a big dose of bourbon heat slowly giving way to a mix of sweet vanilla and chocolate and day old coffee grounds. Finish is pretty dry with plenty of oak tannins. Like the 12yr., I can only imagine how good this beer will be with some time on it.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Fairly similar to the 12yr. in that has a smooth body, maybe a bit more booze and tannins in this version.
O - This one was pretty good, although not as good as the 12yr. I still have one of these in the cellar and I look forward to revisiting this one in the future.
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Release, Bottle 3788. Pours a dark brown with thin light brown head, settles quickly with no lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oaky. Flavor is mod bourbon, strong vanilla, with a chocolate mild roasted finish and a sweet, oaky, vanilla, bourbon aftertaste. Sweet, mild roast, more so as it warms. Some nice balance. Soft carbonation, medium body to full body. Smooth, slightly sticky texture and a warm finish. Lacks some of the body and fullness that Uncle Jacob’s has. A solid bourbon barrel imperial stout, though it hardly merits the price. Could just as well have bought two UJS.
Staffan47 (890) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Champinjon....underbar...bourbon...underbar...helt underbar. Värdsklass. Choklad. Oerhört balanserad. Lite molass. Tankarna far iväg till gamla goose Island bourbon county 2010 och tidigare. Dags att sluta analysera och bara njuta. Absolut värdsklass!!
---- BR1/2012 vit vax. Oerhört len och fin. Värmande och härliga chokladnyanser. Flytande choklad med lite vanilj och lite lagom komplexitet. Fett! Avslutar blytung Eclipseprovning med 15 st flarror + en Totality.
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 (870) - 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.
48FanInCali (808) - 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 (800) - 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 I’m 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.
Lonick (790) - 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 (776) - 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.