nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottle came to me thanks to largadeer and westcoastbeerlvr on BA, who transported it from the brewery to the possession of nickd717. So for this bottle I really have to thank nickd717. He is the man.
Pours pretty much jet black in color with a lasting one-finger tan head.
The aroma is amazing. Incredible whiskey aroma with -bals and chocolate and coffee on the background. Just heavenly shit.
The flavor is just a slight letdown i.e. phenomenal. Coffee, rich dark chocolate, roast, toffee, and an amazing -bal flavor of oak and vanilla.
Amazingly smooth on the mouthfeel with full body and soft carbonation. Just a tiny bit boozy.
Shit dogg, they did it again. Eclipse is ridiculous. Almost a perfect RIS, and probably will only get better with age. This one is also surprisingly good considering that it’s the least rare 2010 version, and rarer almost always means better.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is black with a nice viscosity to it and a fairly sizable tan head.
S: Starts off with a big vanilla aroma along with tons of milk chocolate. The bourbon is very apparent, but doesn’t bother me. Quite a bit of caramel, molasses, and a decent level of roasted malt character.
T: The bourbon is quite apparent here and provides some warming alcohol. Again, the chocolate and vanilla are the stars of the show, almost like chocolate milk at times. Decent caramel notes, too. Not really all that roasty, but still enough to keep it from being overbearingly sweet.
M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. Really silky on the tongue.
D: This one was a bit different bottle to bottle. Some had a bit more alcohol flavor, but most were absolutely fantastic. I’d drink this again any time.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 (Bottle #172) … Dime-n-Hetfield’s "All the Way to 1K" Throwdown… This beer rocks!… Hazy, dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The rich, sweet bouquet offers mocha, oak and sourmash intermingled with an abundance of roastiness. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet and boozy – praline, bourbon, oak and woody tannins. Finishes singed, caramely and moderately bitter… then dries out. Kudos to dimenhetfield for supplying this bottle of world class beer!
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BA billshmeinke, and bought privately. Multiple bottles. Pours with a near black body and a deep brown head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cola, dates, and light oxidation. Flavors of chocolate, light coffee, anise, roast, brown sugar, bourbon and vanillas. Cream mouthfeel with light carbonation. One of the better Eclipses.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
even williams 2010 version, black wax: would probably change the aroma to 9 and the taste to 8, but pretty much comparable imho. not quite the subtleties, but well worth it if you cant find the pwv.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Sean, poured into my HF glass... Light black head, looks good. The head is missing, only a light tan right for a second, poor lacing... Aroma is awesome if you’re looking for some bourbon, damn this has great spirit qualities; vanilla, oak, bourbon, hint of chocolate... The taste is the nose tons of bourbon, but very smooth and makes it totally drinkable. Good transitional beer for a liquor drinker; bourbon and oak mostly... The feel is disappointing and detracts too much; light and too warm, still needs more time. I thought this was hot in November, hasn’t improved enough.
Recommend a few months from now.
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at City Beer Store. 2010 Evan Williams. Pours a black that is brownish at the edges when held up to the light. A small tan-chocolaty color head sticks around for a while and leaves a ring around the edge and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is cocoa, vanilla, some roasted notes, as well as some light bourbon. The taste very much follows the nose. Initial taste is cocoa, going into the vanilla and bourbon as well as some roastiness. The finish is some darker chocolate with a medium bitterness. There is quite a bit of char on the finish that isn’t very pleasant. Light bodied for an imperial stout with relatively low carbonation. I found this to be the worst out of the 2010 Eclipses. I know there is supposed to be some variation so maybe I got lucky with the other bottles I opened.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from the stock shared my with girlfriend’s brother. Pours a thicker opaque blackish pour, a decent sized brownish head, not as deep and dark as I remember. Dark edges, thicker body, dies to a smaller ring and laces small. Aromas are a nice kick of barrel, vanilla, and wet oak. Roasted malts, toffee, and cocoa. Some light coffee. Sweet and sticky with a good blast of roast, toast, and oak. Initial is heavier bodied, a bit thinned by the barrel which is evident on the palate. Kicking up roast and earthy coffee, cocoa, and some caramel. A lightly heated ABV barrel kick from the spirit, lingering vanilla tannins and roast on the back of the palate. A bit thinner than I remember other vintages. Flavors are nice, perhaps a bit off kilter in balance. A really well done barrel aged stout. Perhaps other barrels gave some better results. I thought this was solid, but not as good as the Rye or PVW I’ve had previously.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, black waxed bottle, #1424 of the 2010 Evan Williams Single Barrel version from south bay. thanks, joey! pours a deep, dark, cola brown but a bit thin for a big imperial stout with a short, creamy, khaki head that leaves subtle rings of oily lace on the glass. aroma is outstanding with heavy notes of charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, and light roast backed by light soy, smoke, and vinous notes of plum and red grape with subtle hints of toffee, dark chocolate, and honey-roasted nuts. flavor is delicious as well but maybe a bit muted compared to the aroma with dark chocolate, roasted malts, and rich, woody bourbon up front backed by subtle spice notes, honey, and molasses with hints of caramel, earth, and dark fruits on the back end. palate is smooth and nicely carbonated but a bit thin, much like the appearance, with a lingering finish of dark fruit and woody bourbon. overall, a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout but lacks the body to compete on the world class level.
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just going to rate the beer not knowing which one I tried. I didn’t realize there were so many varieties (or that it was Imperial or it was aged, until trying it - did I mention how utterly shitty the service was? I can’t possibly stress it enough).
Anyways ... the beer. It was very malty chocolatey, maple syrupy, molassasy, sweet. A dark brown almost black beer with a dark brown with a touch of grey head.