MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HH from Ken aka kmweaver. Thanks again!
Damn good, can I stop there? Very smooth and no burn or lingering flavors. Flavors are not overpowering and work together very well. Top beer of the night.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - So I told Andy I was going to open up the least rare of the Heaven Hill/Elijah Craig bottles that he had in my cellar. Whoops. Pours black with a small bubbly off-white head. Ridiculously smooth on the nose, with some smooth, sweet bourbon that morphs into vanilla, caramel and a nice roast base. Really, really balanced. Chocolate, light whiskey, nutty and bitter roast, caramel, and a warm finish. A bit watery mouthfeel, but not watery taste. Smooth and silky. Fantastic beer, and I’m glad I got a chance to try it.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this was quite the beer. 50 50’s best to date, and that included the worthy EC version of this stout. what puts this one over the top are the aroma and dryer finish. aroma very complex- vanilla, wood, whiskey. the hops still come through a little in the aroma and flavor. sweet tasting but not overly so. less hot and a touch smoother than the EC version. Nice, dry finish adds a level of complexity. This is a local beer that can hang with some of the big boys."
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2010 Sampled at FOBAB ’10. Listed as Rittenhouse Whiskey Barrels. Black color beige head. Whiskey alcohol oak and caramel. Sweet alcohol whiskey and chocolate. Heavy on that whiskey but not bad. Creamy body finishes with whiskey. Solid. 8/4/8/4/15
Thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum for this sample at the RBSG. Sampled next to the EC. Black with a beige head. light nose Creamy body more intense flavors sweet bourbony too sweet and boozy. 8/4/7/3/14
I prefer the Elijah Craig but a blend of the two would be best.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Big thanks to James for getting this one to me. Dark green wax bottle shared with the Brick Store crew.
The pour is dark, dark brown, not quite completely black, with a small mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.
The aroma is excellent - rye whiskey makes its presence felt but don’t overwhelm the underlying beer. Those aromas are dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of dark fruit. Throw in some vanilla, coconut and tobacco.
The taste is just sublime, with all kinds of flavors coming together perfectly. There’s chocolate, coffee and dark malts with the rye whiskey complementing. The interesting characteristics in the taste are the tobacco and leather that come through a bit in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and not nearly as charred or super-sweet as some other impy stouts.
The drinkability is off-the-charts for an impy stout. The barrel character is completely integrated into the well-balanced underlying beer. This is right up there with the Pappy from last year as one of the best BA beers I’ve ever tasted. Gorgeous.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
green waxed 1976/2009 on 6/27/2010.
visually thin pour ... dark brown with orange at the edges and a spotty foam producing off white head.
pill-like barrel aroma at first is followed by roast, numbing spice (hops or booze?), honey, florals, chocolate and some coffee.
the flavor is a super fudgey mix of the aroma with a lot of alcohol heat.
the body is thin and prickly enough to put this bomber away myself. 7/3/7/4/15/3.6
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eclipse Elijha Craig vs heaven hill. 22oz bottles. Adam supplied the EC and i brought out the HH .. Both look uniform with dark cola
brown with q very thin light beige head... Choco fudge with lighter
bourbon notes. Not too assertive on the barrel notes. Both very
similar in from an aroma perspective... Flavorwise heaven hill is
sweeter and more of a disticnt flavor with fudge and an assertive
barrel note. Both are different but heaven hills flavor is a bit more
pronounced yet a bit more heated.
7/4/8/4/15 - EC
7/4/8/4/17 - HH
deyholla (5381) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled thanks to Kan or Adam (thanks whoever it was) at the 2010 RBSG Grand Tasting. Poured black with a yellow brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was complex with dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, the rye of the Heaven Hill and a bit of underlying caramel. Flavor was similar with a bit more coffee to start a bit bitter. The Heaven Hill helps mellow the coffee and brings out a bit more of dark chocolate.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice nice blackish brown pour, thicker, small offwhite tannish head laces small. Aromas are cocoa and caramel, toasty malts, bourbon. Vanilla tannins, boozy alcohol, rich roasty and sweet malts with a touch of chocolate chip cookie. Initial is smooth and mellow, cocoa moves into vanilla tannins, coffee, caramel, roasty malts and a decent boozy. Similar nose to EC but a decent amount stronger and more flavorful barrel character. Tasty, complexy, cocoa and vanilla tannins, roasty malts, coffee is lighter. A strong beer, yet some silky elements are there. Very nice
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is like all of the Imperial Eclipse iterations: thick and black as night with a finger’s worth of tan head.
S: The whiskey notes are noticeable right away. Good kick of barrel, vanilla, rye, coconut?, chocolate, and a bit of sugar. Not quite as smooth as the PVW or the EC, but still very nice.
T: The few missteps of the nose are atoned for in the flavor. Great chocolate, roast, and slight dark fruit and coffee flavors from the beer itself. The barrel really lends quite a bit of complexity, including vanilla, some oak, and whiskey flavor.
M: The body is velvety and smooth on the tongue, and the carbonation is quite restrained.
D: These beers are all fantastic, and the fact that I’m giving such a high score to my "least favorite" of the bunch is telling. I wish I had more than one of each.