maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Charleston Brewvival on 02/27/2010. Dark black body with a large rocky brown head. Big bourbon and roast aroma. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, fruit and roast flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
brokensail (13673) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color, nearly black, with a finger’s worth of tan head.
S: Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. The bourbon provides a nice booze note and some oak, too.
T: The roasted character is quite intense on the palate, giving off an almost charred flavor. Underneath there is a good chocolate flavor, some hints of caramel and vanilla, and bourbon.
M: The body is a little on the thin side from an imperial stouts. A moderate carbonation to go with it.
D: A pretty nice imperial stout, though I would have actually preferred a bit more bourbon character (surprisingly).
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to womencantsail. Pours with a black body and a small tan head. Aroma is chalky, dry, estery with some alcohol. Taste is barrel, some alcohol, vanilla and chocolate. A bit of wood tannins. Lively bubbles, medium bodied. Good.
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Sampled on draft at Brewvival. Pours a near black with large foam brown head. Looks gorgeous. And the aroma was okay, big and oaky and roasty, but not great. Flavor was a bit more dissappointing as it had almost no discernable regular eclipse characteristics. Just a LOT of bourbon, and whisky burning notes. The barrels definitely contributed more than they should have, and seemingly overtook the base beer. It was interesting to taste such a boozy brew, but I wouldn’t want to drink this again. EDIT: sampled again on draft at Trio. Much better this time. Still bourbon heavy, but more like vanilla and cocoa. No burning. But still not an amazing beer or anything.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Courtesy of Mothman. Pours a nice dark brown black color with a slight tan head. Subtel yet strong aroma of bourbon in the nose. Mouthfeel seems a little on the light side. Good bourbon taste along with hints of coffee and vanilla. Smooth. Drinkable but again, for me, I wish the mouthfeel was just a tinge heavier to really make this a knockout.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some roast, and some earthy hops. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, toast, earthy, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and a light chocolate finish.
zizzybalubba (1626) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at WBF in Raleigh. Black pour. Strong oak and whiskey aroma upfront that dominates the other aromas. Whiskey, wood, and espresso are the most noted flavors. The whiskey barrel flavor really takes over a bit more than I would like but still this is a well-done beer. The Sexual Chocolate seems to be able to handle the oak aging better than the Total Eclipse.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours almost black, just like the regular stout. The head is foamy and brown. The nose has a good bit of bourbon in it with chocolate, oak, vanilla, and coffee notes playing second fiddle. The bourbon comes across as slightly subdued in the taste, letting the other partners shine as well. Dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate are all there. A medium to rich body leads to a slgihtly boozy, bitter finish. Not a bad job, just not quite great though. Still, it’s worth trying should you get the opportunity.
jrob21 (2935) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brickstore HMOG. I was greeted at the door with a glass of this ridiculousness and it kept getting better from here. That’s how good this event was. Loads of vanilla and oak aromas. A bit heavy on the whiskey side of the equation in the flavor but that was cut a bit further down the palate with a nice chocolate malt and bittersweet tang.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft a Brewvival. had the regular total eclipse the night before so it was nice to have the comparison. pours black with a thick, frothy brown head and sticky lace. aroma is very nice with big, woody bourbon, chocolate, dark malts, and vanilla with a touch of earth. flavor is tasty as well bourbon dominating but allowing chocolate malts, caramel, oak, and very sublte dark fruits to peak through. palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a woody, bourbon finish. overal, a decent brew but i think the base beer isn’t quite big enough to stand up to the barrels.