GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle with white wax.
Pour is consistent with all the 09 and 10ís Iíve had, which is to say itís a little lighter than most impy stouts, dark chocolate brown with a small beige head that sticks to the sides on the way down.
Aroma is sublime, big on the bourbon, possibly the most whiskey-forward of any of the versions Iíve smelled before. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the barrels with the underlying chocolate malts taking a bit of a back seat.
The taste is a little different but almost as good. The bourbon is there but doesnít have quite the same vanilla and coconut character. Itís more oak and booze with a heavier dose of roast than the aroma.
Mouthfeel is trademark Eclipse, crazy smooth but not overly thick.
Todd consistently makes some of the most drinkable and well-integrated barrel-aged stouts and this is no exception. This particular iteration is a little heavier on the bourbon than I would prefer (HH09 is damn near ecstasy) but is still excellent. Canít wait to try the other 2011 versions.
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, 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.
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by Matt at Dadtoberfest! deep, dark and tasty. ton of bourbon and chocolate malts, oaky goodness and some campfire notes. Brown sugar sweetness and finishes with some boozey warmth.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #4016. White wax so I have the correct listing.
This is my third version of this year (EC 12 and BT blend) and fourth overall (í10 EW).
4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a big ring of lacing is left. Like the others, this one looks good.
4.0 S: This is as smooth as the EC 12 was, but itís much more lively. First, the bourbon brings out the chocolate in the stout much like the BT blend did. The bourbon itself is leathery, mildly fruity, and earthy. Booze is in check and there are no signs of astringency or off-flavors. The barrel gives a soft vanilla that complements well. Soft roastiness from the stout. I very much like the aroma, but I still want more from the stout.
4.5 T: I must say Iím impressed with the taste. I expected all of the variants to be let downs due to the simplicity of the base beer, but this is too tasty not to love. The EC works magic in this. The strongest flavor is creme brulee with leather, melon, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Slightly boozy, but itís actually a nice addition and super smooth. Soft roast and moderate chocolate from the base stout.
4.0 M: Hell, even the mouthfeel is better. Itís the same medium body, but thereís a noticeable increase in the creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth.
4.5 D: Iím very glad to have had this and so far this is the only variant Iíve had that is worth what I paid. Very tasty beer. If the base stout was better, this would be a favorite of mine for sure.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-24-2012 01:28:08
Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown beer.small head. Nice brew. The bourbon comes through just faintly and gives this beer the extra dimension. Good brew for sure.
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 release, bottle # 5619 thanks to Dakine. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma was mellow bourbon, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Taste was just awesome. Roasted malt and bourbon meld together to form a beer that you just want to sip forever. This is another "why did I share this with my brother" beer. Wonderful aftertaste, creamy mouth feel, a plethora of goodness. A first rate drinking experience.
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Beautiful black. Sweet alcohol with lots of complex chocolate. This was one of my two favorite out of the flight of all 8 from 2011. Glad I have a bottle at home as well.
Bule (1836) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle of 2011. Second tasting of my very first eclipse, 4 years on. Smith maltiness. Bourbon is smooth and rich. Sticky sweetness.
ineedbeer (1818) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2015 2011 Vintage bottle. Aroma is moderately chocolate forward with some light roast notes. Hints of leather and dark fruit. Moderate bourbon notes with light oak and hints of almond and vanilla. Light alcohol spice. Pours black with a a medium small, medium thick, mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers along with a thin film in the center. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is decadent chocolate with some medium light sweetness. Light roast and dark fruit notes with faint leather. Medium bourbon notes with some light oak. Medium light vanilla and almond with hints of coconut. Light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and silky with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice beer. Good chocolate notes with balanced sweetness. The roast and dark fruit add complexity without being too strong. Good bourbon notes add great barrel complexity.
2012 bottle has a little more dark fruit and leather notes. Flavor has a bit less vanilla too. Nice chocolate notes though. I think I like the 2011 more.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ap. Pours a dark brown with a tan creamy cap.
Aro. Bourbon oak chocolate coconut.
Taste. Bourbon, salted caramel, wood, dark chocolate, pepper, walnuts.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy sticky.
Overall: Beautiful, very bourbon forward.