Advocate_Ames (384) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice small head with a foam lacing in my glass. The sweet bourbon scent stands out. I can smell bourbon, robust malts, a hint of vanilla, and chocolate. I taste bourbon, wood, and chocolate malts. There is a slight vanilla taste. Overall it is a solid brew. My palate was affected and it left a pleasant aftertaste.
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 23, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 2012 bottle, fresh. Appearance is not among my favorite stouts. Pours deep black with a thick, dark tan head. Aroma is top notch. Lots of vanilla from the bourbon and chocolate from the malt. Amazing how the bourbon notes come off as separate and not just as a singular "bourbon". Taste and mouthfeel are both spectacular. Overall, I have to knock off an additional point for value, as I feel like this beer is a bit overpriced in general. I would still put it in my top 5 stouts, though.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Steveís Foco. Thanks! Pours a deep brown appearance with a small brown head. A bit boozy whiskey, lightly herbal, chocolate, mild caramel aroma. Quite burnt chocolate, caramel, chewy toffee, kind of boozy whiskey flavor with a bit of an herbal, vegetal note that I donít like. The first one of the series I didnít love.
budznsudz (464) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with a a small tan head. The aroma is almost nonexistent until it warms. It tuns to chocolate, roasted grain, and some booze. The taste is very nice. Nice and chewy with chocolate, coffee, and bourbon up front, followed by anise and soy sauce on the finish. This is very tasty.
GranvilleTim (1425) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Dakine! Deep black pour with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak and roasted malt. Taste is very smooth: roasted malt, oak, sweetness, bourbon. It had a chalky aftertaste, a little chewy. A damn good beer. Nice lacing. Alc noticeable at the end, The beer clings to the glass.
Dodgrblu (562) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fourth of five in a flight at Pangea; palate is less dry; taste is sweet marshmallow, less chocolate than the Evan.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours black tan khaki head. Smells tastes oak wood bourbon heavy very fresh. Dark sugars fruits. Hint vinillia. Wow booze flavor heavy. Nice thick texture. But sticky not bad. Small fizz on tongue. Over all a awesome beer Iíd prob let it age a bit bourbon stings throat. Good shit.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with a pal after midnight on New Yearís Day with an Oliva Series V Robusto. The pour was thick jet black with minimal head. Nose was bourbon and oak-forward, with dark malt, anise, and blackberry hints. Tasted really thick and rich, with the oaky bourbon spirits hammering the palate, and keeping pace with my intense full-bodied 92 rated Cigar Aficionado cigar. Possibly my favorite 50/50 Eclipse beer thus far.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Poured a black color with brown edges and a smaller size off white head. Aromas of roast, wood, earthy, chocolate, and some bourbon. Tastes of chocolate, bourbon, woody, lighter vanilla, and some dark fruits. More bourbon in the tastes. Alcohol overall well hidden.
sherm1016 (1055) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, black wax, bottle #121, received in trade. Thanks Michael! Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, some light bourbon. Medium to heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smooth bourbon, some light oak, with a light bourbon finish. Very easy drinking. Wish it were more accessible. And cheaper. But very tasty.