Douberd (4860) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell Whiskey Barrel) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% printed on the bottle, red wax, BR 1/2012 marked on the bottle.
Black coloured body with a finger of a bit thin, dark beige head on top, with good retention. Great aroma, lots of chocolate and moccha, bourbon, chocolate, coffee creme liquer, alcohol.
Nice taste too, again lots of chocolate and alcohol, moccha, chocolate cake, light roasted malts, chocolate ice cream, bourbon.
Medium thick body with soft carbonation, mildly sticky palate.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aged bottle. Love this wax color. Deep black, thick pour. Nose was oaky bourbon, dark malt, cacao, vanilla. Dense on the tongue, some bourbon heat, oak, dark malt, cacao, and complex finish.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2016 22oz bottle with metallic red wax, shared by alexsdad06. Marked BR 1 2012. Dark brown, kind of red color. Ring of khaki, bubbly head. Really interesting, big whiskey barrel in the nose, mixed with some dark chocolate. Some sweet marzipan type nuttiness in the flavor, nice barrel heat. I think the barrel is my favorite part of this, great in the aroma. But like the coffee 2015 eclipse I had earlier, it’s just a bit sugary sweet for me in the flavor. Kind of bigger body. Mild slick texture. Light slick. Light carbonation. Tasty overall. 8/3/7/4/16
Update, 3/4/16: Same bottle. There was a lot left in it after our tasting, and I thought it was great but there was a lot of beer on my table, so I put a wine cork in it and left it in my fridge for revisitation the next day. I forgot about it until today. Holy cow, it’s drinking great, Even better now, that I have a fresh palate, I think. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, it has aged beautifully, even after being exposed to oxygen for 2 days. Mild carbonation retains, even, doesn’t seem 100% flat yet. This is definitely one of the better 3-4 yr old imperial stouts I’ve ever had. Whiskey character is fantastic, and the imperial stout base holds up to it very well. Taste is moderate to bigger sweet, light to moderate bitter, with a nice bit of mild alcohol warmth. Nothing wrong with this here. Nice rich caramel, light dark chocolate, bigger oak, and a pleasant dose of whiskey. Like a rich booze-soaked chocolate coffee cake, overall. Restrained but pleasant amount of roast malt character. One of the better Eclipse variants I’ve tried. Great to enjoy the rest of this with my sandwich for a late lunch, before I head in for an evening shift at the bottle shop. In my early days of bottle sharing, I’d dump the leftovers at the end of the njight, thinking there was nothing else I could do with them. I’m glad I got into the habit of saving the highlights for sampling the next day. A real treat.
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06 - thanks again, Brad! 2012 vintage, red wax. Aroma of vanilla, oak, tobacco, chocolate, mild roast, raisins, figs, and spiced cake. Flavor of tobacco, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cream, dark dried fruits, and bourbon. Light-medium bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Gets better as it opens. Showing slight age with the thinner body and carbonation level. Subtle warming to it.
Erzengel (7759) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and fresh beginning. Soft and smooth. Very fresh and smooth with a nice complex body. Wood with lots of smooth and fresh Bourbon. Great and easy to drink. Nice smooth woody aroma. The Bourbon and the wood harmonise and fit in great. The chocolate and the Whisky are a great combination with hints of wood! Great! Fascinating brew!
Beerhunter111 (17040) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fast schwarz, ordentliche bräunliche Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Bourbon, Kaffee, Holz, Alkohol. Geschmack ist süß röstmalzig, Kaffee, viel Vanille, Bourbon, alkoholisch, gut!
SinH4 (3104) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with tan ring. Aroma is vanilla, black chocolate, and co. Taste is the same. A bit spicy, not so alcoholic. Excellent Imperial Stout, but they start to blend in.
Koelschtrinker (17349) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Weich malzig alkoholischer Antrunk. Vollmundig, sehr intensiv bleibend, leicht vanillig, steigend holzig. Runder Nachhall. 10/11/11/12/11/11
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured deep dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of vanilla sweetness, dark fruit, loads of booze. Full body, flavour of sweet berries,
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"As the prices continue to climb on these already expensive brews, they may just be reaching the limit of my personal cost-benefit analyses. The best of last years (Grand Cru, Iced, Elijah Craig 20) were worth it, hands down. The rest are very good, but not world beaters. This one was $25 at the brewery! Anywho...never had Rebel Yell. I’m told it’s not the best bourbon. While this isn’t my favorite Eclipse, the barreling is pretty nice. Loads of chocolate and coffee and roasted malt. Warmth, not heat, from the barrels with an additional sweetness. Not as complex as some, but very very tasty."