xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage served at ~55F into a tulip.
A - Pours a slightly thin dark brown with a finger of milk chocolate head, leaves good lacing.
S - The nose is disappointing. Itís dominated by rye wiskey, a little char, and maybe a glimpse of some dark fruit.
T- Very similar to the nose, but more balance. The dark fruits and slight spice of the rye is very nice, but there is a lingering alcohol presence that is reminiscent of taking a shot without the heat. strange, but Iím becoming used to it and it seems to be going away the warmer the beer gets and the more I drink.
M/D - carbonation is spot on, giving it an oily yet creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability suffers significantly when this beer drops below 55F.
Iím pretty pleased with the first 50/50 Eclipse that Iíve tried and quite excited to get to the other 2 now!
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Heaven Hill Rye. I was worried about saving this as it tasted perfect fresh, but took a gamble. Glad I did. It pours thick, viscous black with a big brown head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, nuts, dark fruit and wood. Taste is perfect balance of bitter and sweet. Creamy, silky mouthfeel with a very long lasting aftertaste. This beer is, as the bourbon barrel name implies, Heavenly.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Version. Like a ton of others stouts out there, this one pours pretty much pitch black. Looks like oil coming out of the bottle. A one finger khaki color head pours and sits there for a while.
As you pour this stuff out of the bottle you can just smell the roasted malts and chocolate. As I put my nose closer to the glass it just got bigger and bigger. Also as I got closer I picked up something as I can only describe as charred wood or oak. That might sound like it might ruin the beer or something but it doesnít. Just adds to it. I also picked up hints of licorice, caramel, and of course the spiciness of the rye whiskey. Lovely smell.
For the taste once again the charred oak comes mixed in with the roasted malt and dark chocolate. The spiciness from the rye whiskey sits on the palette. Not huge but itís there. There is a good amount of alcohol here but it mixes in well with the other ingredients. Taste is rounded out with some vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is a little rough and gritty but at the same time itís smooth and goes down easy. Hard to explain. Medium bodied but sits more on the lighter side of medium.
DocLock (9705) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011, bottle #21, location secret so as to be able to find more down the road. Pours onyx with a finger or so of well retained brown head. Nose is chocolate and patent malts, oaky rye whisky, molasses, plum, prune, blackberry, port, cognac. Complex nose. Tastes very smooth, velvety (black velvet if you please), with heavy choc and patent malts, cacao, mollases, plum, prune, blackberry, and a complex finish. Gets a bit hot late, but stays very smooth and silky throughout. This one is very good, and the rye works well with this style.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. 2011 Vintage, bottle # 91. Poured a brown color with a thin sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, wood, coconut, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey, wood, and molasses. Some alcohol burn in the finish.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage. Bottle # 35.): Aroma of malt, roasting, chocolate, slight vanilla, slight Whiskey, a hint of barrel, and rye. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, beige/brown/tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roast, light chocolate, light vanilla, slight oak, slight Whiskey, and a hint of soy sauce. Medium to full body. Slick, then lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate, roast, vanilla finish is lightly dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rittenhouse Rye Version. (GREEEN WAX w/ "2011")
Ap. Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Pin stripe of tan.
Aro. Faint chocolate and bourbon.
Taste. Dark roast, dark chocolate, warm spicy whiskey, soy/terriyaki. Finishes bitter and burnt.
Mouth. Medium bodied active bubbles.
Overall: Noticeably different than the bourbon, and had a soy element that popped out at me. One of the tastiest of the 2011 variants.
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured jet black with little to no head that faded quickly. Thick, viscous mouthfeel that really coasted the palate. Wonderful whiskey and oak spiced characters that messed wit decadent dark chocolate and toasted, charred, roasted malts. A little bit of sweetness too.
MrDick (363) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle #960 on NYE. The rye barrel definitely adds a spicy flavor thatís lacking in their other barrel aged beers. Flavor has chocolate, molasses, vanilla and the rye bourbon. Very tasty.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle number 967 of the 2010 vintage. Really excellent. Sampled it with a group of stout lovers and they were all in awe of this brew. The rye is a gentle touch, but overall on its own this brew is really rich and thick. Great brew, looking forward to my other bottles.