willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
06.19.04 Thanks, Eyedrinkale, for sharing this one at Brewtopia! Black and greasy looking. Aromas are black and greasy, too. Tons of Pruney malt on nose. Flavors are like a sticky, gooey candied fruit pastry from someplace in Little Italy. Rich and unctuous. Nice, big, a real treat if only an ounce or so.
SpringsLicker (2942) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another amazing brew from the seemingly bottomless bag that Eyedrinkale shared with everyone at Brewtopia í04! Thanks Mike!
This pours like black syrup from the bottle. The aroma is sweet as if an espresso were poured into a box of chocolates releasing aromas of vanilla, coffee, and caramels and chocolate. No hop aroma or flavor detected and very little roast malt as well. The complex flavor profile saves this from being a cloyingly sweet, syrupy disaster and turns it into a real sipping treat.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Eclipse black color, No real head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, wood, smoke, alcohol, molasses and a whole lot more. A full-bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are insanely chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, caramel, and smoke. Slightly spicy hops. Leaves a thick viscous sheeting on the glass. Thick and syrupy. Very smooth taste. There is a quite noticeable alcohol oiliness to this beer, but there is very little alcohol presence. Needless to say this is one frelling complex beer. This bottle was a world class Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 This is a pretty damn unique beer. It was more fruity than I expected and it wasnít as dark as I expected. But for sure a very unique beer with interesting complex flavors. For sure you should try at least once. Needs more carmelization and burnt coffeneess to it.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Thick black sludge with lots of sweetness. Not as thick as others had led me to believe. There was no sediment in my bottle whatsoever (granted, it had not been left standing for any period of time). Alcohol very well hidden with a light burn. The malt was not as thick as I expected, but it was plenty thick. No taste of alcohol whatsoever!
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Thanks Eyedrinkale. Deep dark brown in color with a tan head. Sweet. Malty. Maple syrup. Thick and chewy. Tasted like hoppy malt extract. Not what I was expecting. Update. Bottle. Thanks Eyedrinkale. Deep dark brown in color like oil. Wow. Chocolatety aroma. Caramel and roasty notes. Wow. Thick. Smooth tasting. Creamy. Nice.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Update: 2 separate samples of the í05.
Roasty aroma with a young alcohol presence. Big roasty flavors on the tongue, with an alcohol presence. Flavors and alcohol are obviously young, but this will develop into a fantastic brew when aged, much like Speedway. Give it a year.
Bottle sample from Eyedrinkale at Brewtopia. Deep Dark brown, tan head. Awesome aroma of sweet malt, fresh wort, and hops, and maybe some maple syrup. Flavor reminds me of hopped malt extract. Not what I was expecting at all. Doesnít even seem like a finished beer. Massive sweet hops. This brew takes me back to my first homebrewing days, and taking a taste of dark hopped malt extract from the Home Brewery. Thick chewey and sweet. Tastes good, but I am not as impressed by it as others are.
igneous1 (1476) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
color is opaque, head is deep brown, thin, somewhat lasting. aroma is moderate alcohol, lots of roastiness, lots of chalkiness and chocolatiness and a hair of fig. flavor is immediately the dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, loads of concentrated sugars. immediately tongue-numbing. very sticky sweet on the tongue with a bit of alcohol burn. overall, the alcohol is fairly well masked by the malty sweetness, hops are very very subdued, relatively speaking. chocolatiness and dark fruits dominate this beer....damn good though. thanks to Mike (aka BBB63) for this!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was sampled and shared with Beerguy101, thanks again mitch! This is the first beer I can proudly say IS perfect! This was like dessert in a bottle. It pours a liquid sludge, a total midnight eclipse in a glass. Sloshing the beer around in your snifter only left syrupy sticky malt all over the sides of your glass. There was absolutely no head to speak of, and sloshing the beer around your glass did nothing but create orange bubbles which quickly burst. Now for the aroma. The aroma yielding anything and everything. Aromaís of wood, alcohol, rubbing alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses, cotton candy, oranges, caramel and some hops. I mean literally...MALT everywhere..you might as well throw the kitchen sink into the aroma as well. You could take a sip and discover something new in the aroma for nearly an hour if you tried. The taste contained heavy caramel malts with candy sugar, vanilla, cotton candy, some orange in the finish, a slight mid-taste hint of hops, and a big snickers bar type mouthfeel. Chunky, thick, sweet and syrupy mouthfeel...ALL MALT. What is astounding is the absolute non-presence of alcohol in this beer. How in the HELL did they hide 13% ABV? This has one of the longest lasting mouthfeels of any beer Iíve ever tried. Some nutty molasses qualities toward the end of the bottle. OH man were there some serious yeasty chunks at the bottom of that bottle. Wonderfully chunky coffee and dessert beer. Sweet, voluptuous and full bodied. By far and large the best beer in the world at the moment.
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2006 <P>Rerate 2/25/05: Is this the same beer I had a year ago? My original rating was a 3.7 and I felt I was being a little generous. I had a bottle at a blind tasting at kpís and this got a good score for a good beer. Big, grapey aroma. Coffee is there, but under the fruit. Lingering hop bitterness. A lot of EVERYTHING.
<P>This is thick. It pours thick, it feels thick and it sticks to your ribs like a stack of pancakes. Pitch black with a thin brown head. The aroma is chocolate, a little vanilla and soy sauce. The flavor continues with the chocolate and soy sauce with a little bit of molasses. Iím really surprised to not notice much if any roast malt in the mix. Iíll have to try to make it up north when itís on tap and try this again, but this definitely did not live up to expectations.