TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors (Chicago, IL). Thanks, Kristina. Shared with friends. Pours a rich blackish inky pour, a firm tannish head layer dies toa thicker ring, laces ok overall. Rich opaque and black. Aromas are a healthy barrel spirit, bourbon and oak, roast and toast. Mellow toffee, caramel, biscuits. Touches of coconut, vanilla, and fudge. Some healthy dry hops. Initial is fuller bodied offering healthy flavors, fudge and barrel. Caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Toast, gentle roast moves in with some firm warming spirit. Toffee, coconut, gentle Bourbon spirit grows up front and mellows out into the back. Firm dry hopping, barrel presence is rich and inviting, rich vanilla, coconut, and bourbon presence. Wow, tasty. Fudge, caramel, and biscuits. Toffee, cocoa, and dry richness. Barrel spirit. Finish is medium bodied, as these beers don’t get overly thick. Wow. Flavors are on here, complex, rich, with a lot going on without getting too rich and thick and overdone. Well done, Todd. With PVW, this is my favorite Imperial Eclipse to date.
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2014 65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2012 (with white wax), new exclusive American brew, with honey, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/alcoholic/sweet and slightly woody/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!
jredmond (5738) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Anthony. Hands down, beer of the night. Pours a deep black body with thick brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, light milk chocolate, soft oak, light molasses and syrup. Mouthfeel is creamy and divine with notes of sweet vanilla, oak, butter, bourbon, marshmallows, chocolate, and a touch of maple syrup. This was one of the creamiest, most indulgent stouts I can remember having in a very long time.
ekstedt (5659) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle at Haket, Göteborg, Sweden. Black with beige head. Intense chocolate and coffe aroma with molasses, vanilla and liquor. Full bodied, low carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness,slightly acidic..
thirdeye11 (5647) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber during RBWG) clear dark brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose fo vanilla, whiskey, milk chocolate, decadent. Taste of graham cracker, vanilla, rich chocolate, so decadent, maybe a bit too sweet, even for a malthead.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Nice bourbon forward, chocolate, caramel, and oak aroma. Smooth silky but oily palate. Tastes of smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted coconut and oak. Finishing with a pronounced roasted grain and coffee flavor. Quite good with nice complexity.
caesar (5411) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled @ gbbf, br1 2012, white wax, large sample. Dark color, short brown head. Amazing aroma of choc, bourbon, roast. Taste is soft bourbon, choc, medium sweet and bitterness. Balance is so good, great complexity. Wow. This is how i want my impy and bourbon. Great great stuff.
tderoeck (5303) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 19/I/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Healthy Spirits (SF, CA) @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-79) Thanks to Thieu for bringing me the bottle from the States!
Clear dark brown to black beer, beige to brown head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, pretty sweet, bit dusty, cocoa powder. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, pretty sweet, sugary, more chocolate. Aftertaste: vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, sugary, hoppy touch, cocoa powder.
Pailhead (5210) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and the slightest hint of roast. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and small beige head that leaves behind lots of webbing. The flavor starts with some sugary sweet milk chocolate and a touch of molasses . The finish has light-moderate vanilla and light vanilla. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, it’s more sugary sweetness than bourbon barrel aged.
Strykzone (5159) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. This smells so nice. Bold coffee, whiskey, dark fruit. This tastesvas good. Big whiskey flavor. Coffee. Dark fruit. So smooth but so big.