dnstone (1984) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh and chocolatey aroma. Deep brown with a tan head. Excellent deep chocolatey, a great stout.
craftbeerdesign (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at GABF on 9/20/11. black pour with a sm tan head. sweet chocolate nose with coffee and roasted malts. medium body with more chocolate and coffee layers. sweet and roasted finish with lingering chocolate. excellent Imp. Stout.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GABF. The base beer for Imperial Eclipse. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is great, very chocolate forward and roasty. Milk chocolate, faint hops and a hint of dark fruit. On taste, the roast keeps this very balanced. Good level of bitterness and lots more of that great chocolate going on. Big and rich, full bodied with a medium dry finish. Fantastic Imperial Stout for sure.
adnielsen (6177) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF. Black appearance with a small brown head. Roasty, chocolate, raisin aroma. Roasty,.oaty, chocolate, raisin flavor.
BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a black body and a minimal tan head. Aromas of vanilla, raisins, chocolate, tobacco and a hint of sourness (?). Maple. Flavors are roasty, tobacco, raisiny, light coffee and chocolate. Medium bubbles. Creamy. Interesting.
womencantsail (6867) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours almost black with a very small tan head to go with it.
S: First thing I pick up on is a distinct sourness. Acrid, roasted malts and coffee follow, as well as a mild char. There is a light chocolate aroma with a slight molasses and toffee sweetness.
T: A very sight sweetness to start, but the sourness and acridity of the roast follow shortly behind. There is a mild cocoa note as well as some coffee. A touch of molasses and licorice.
M: The body is sort of light and watery for an imperial stout. Medium carbonation, however.
O: Really disappointing as I was looking forward to trying this, given my enjoyment of the barrel aged versions.
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, vinous, and a boozy nostril burn. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, caramel, and raisins with a dry, bitter finish.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Tap] Pours an opaque black color with a light brown head. Chocolate, espresso, chalky hazelnut and some alcohol in the nose. Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits and lots of dark chocolate in the flavor. Complex and rich in flavor. Quite drinkable despite the ABV in this. I actually enjoyed this about as much as the Eclipse.
sailracer (301) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours a dark brown with little head. Tastes like a pretty traditional imperial stout initially but then has a lingering mocha chocolate aftertaste that is very good. Very smooth. Good overall.
AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown with an attractive dark tan head. Full roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruits in the nose and flavor. Medium full mouthfeel. Smokey and roasty goodness.