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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3915) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1372) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1544) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
Serving: Draft. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2770) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Draft from Sexual Chocolate release day. Yummm.... breakfast! I love Total Eclipse stout, in part because of the way it rides the line between stout and imperial. Fuller flavored and bigger than most stouts, but not enough to knock you out like the imperials. That said, it’s not exactly a hearty enough beer to hold up to the Pappy Van Winkle barrels, so the whiskey is definitely dominant. Good thing I dig whiskey, and the PVW is among the best. Bourbon heavy, but fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2010
On draft at Sexy Choc day. Thick and oily looking, with a medium creamy head. Aroma just a bit too boozy, slightly obscuring the full roasted scent that I enjoy so much in the regular version. Slick mouthfeel, a bit thin, and mild bitterness on the palate. Enjoyable and warming but not quite complex enough for me.

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