sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2012markextrae (4410) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Batch # 2 unwaxed from 2008. Pours a thick dark, dark brown. Smell is lots of bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste is much more subtle and subdued with bourbon. Sweet, mildly roasty and low carbonation. Finishes smooth and chocolaty.
bottle shared by a friend. poured a deep black colour with a slight tanned head on top. nose of sweet toffee, marshmallows, sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, and light charred coconut. slight porto notes from the age, dark molasses, sweet typical pappy finish. ineedbeer (2147) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured from a pink wax, batch 3 2008 bottle.
Aroma is sweet with caramel, honey and dark chocolate. Dark fruit notes with raisin, berry notes. Light roast with a hint of a pepper character.
Pours black with a small, dark mocha head. Light lacing and medium legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with quite a bit of chocolate. Some light roast notes. Light honey and caramel. Medium light dark fruit notes with some raisin and cherry. Medium low bitterness. Light oxidation.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, better than I was expecting with a lot less oxidation. Some nice dark fruit and sweet malt notes. Pliny_SR (42) - California, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle @ CBS on 4/14/15. Pours black with minimal tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Taste of bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate with some hints of oak and vanilla. Definitely one of the best Eclipses. Tough to tell if it’s declined a little with age, as others have suggested. slowrunner77 (11911) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"based on how amazing this year’s grand cru and elijah craig 18 are, and how much i like pappy, i think this has faded over the last three years. that said, still pretty damn good. aroma heavy on chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. flavor has a bit of dark fruit and vanilla in there as well. juuuust a bid muddled, comparatively, to the best of the 2011 batch. wish i’d have had this is 2009, but whadya gonna do?" djd07 (14355) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Unwaxed 2008 bottle thanks to Minh. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is strong oxidization, chocolate. roast. Thick mouthfeel with strong roast, dark chocolate, toffee,caramel, bourbon, with light booze finish. Held up well, very good.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, molasses, ashy cocoa, bourbon. The taste is sweet bourbon, molasses, roast, vanilla and cocoa. Medium mouthfeel. Very good. burg326 (5479) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Poured dark black with aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, some earth, light chocolate and some oak. Flavors are the same light oxidation and burning alcohol sensation in the aftertaste. marcus (10138) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle generously shared by barkeeps at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a transient tan head and a lovely treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a very tasty Pappy finish. So far my favorite version of Eclipse. Thanks Aaron! oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared by Aaron at capitol beer and taproom. Pours black with off white head. Taste is smooth with some chocolate. Lots of oak, vanilla. Great beer DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Shared bomner at Craft from the Queen of Beers. Pours jet black, oily, thick,, with minimal head to speak of. Nose is oaky bourbon, vanilla, cacao, molasses. Tastes oaky bourbony, with a pronounced cacao, vanilla, raisin, and a hefty complex mouthfeel.