StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Very surprising and very good beer. Pours a thick black. Aroma is exceptional, wood, vanilla, chocolate. Lots of roast and just a touch of bourbon. Flavor is much the same, lots of big and bold imperial goodness. What I liked about this one was that the bourbon was light enough to add to the complexity and flavor, and didn’t overpower anything. The chocolate and roast were specifically nice in this one. Slightly oily mouthfeel, which I like. I wouldn’t mind having this one again at all. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Black with a thin dark tan head. Spicy alcohol, oak, roast beneath, vanilla, whiskey, toffee. Great aroma. Balanced taste, the barrel isn’t too overbearing, very nice. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2010 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Poured very black, roasted malts, bourbon, dark chocolate, wood. A little young, need some time in a dark room. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Earlier Rating: 11/21/2008 Total Score: 4.4
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Dark brown/black, Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, molasses, darkfruits, vanilla, little bourbon, slight hop.
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 2008 Pink wax (Pappy Van Winkle). Bottle number 22 with many thanks to Billschmeinke. Pours with a minimal brown head over a deep black body. Aromas of cola, brown sugar, tobacco, earthy, sweet, estery, fudge, coconut, light alcohol caramel and vanilla. Light oak presence. Flavors are nutty, nougat, fudge, vanilla, cola, and coconut. Rich barrel, and aged bourbon flavors. Oily. Smooth and rich. Minimal tannins, medium carbonation. Creamy, lightly warming. The best of the Eclipse variants that I have had. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Another bottle. Starting to thin a bit. Flavors getting a bit more mellow. I’d say drink up at this point (at least move to the fridge). Still good, but not what it was.
Shared by a generous soul at Zwanze Day WLV. Pretty cool beer to try, for sure. Pours a deep oily black with a tan head. A bit of iodine at the edges. The nose shows that it was a great beer at one time. Shows some light oxidative notes at this point. Chocolate and perhaps some vinous components as well. Strong coconut & vanilla notes along with a the robust roast show well. On tasting, the palate has thinned a touch, still quite big and oily. Light cardboard note in the background behind the sweet bourbon vanilla. Starting to turn a corner for sure but a really nice beer overall.
yespr (48100) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and dark chocolate. Light vanilla. Dark roasted malty and caramelish. Light wooden. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
650 ml bottle generously shared by cpferris. Big thanks to Chad. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with coffee, a bit of alcohol, some vanilla, light coconut, and light chocolate. The taste has some sweetness with vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and a decent roastiness. The finish has some oak and a light bitterness. Light body. Low carbonation. This was a good, but not great beer. I’m sure it was once great, but it seems like a lot of the barrel characteristics have faded. I would prefer most of the newer eclipse variations fresh to this.