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.yespr (44793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
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.
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.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2008
FoBAB 2008: Completely opaque with a small but solid creamy head and produced excellent lacing upon the tasting glass. The aroma has notes of burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, phenolic and boozy, with a some walnut and grassy esters too. The taste starts with a sharp biting hop profile which shocked me honestly before the richer malt kicked it in and rounded out the flavor profile. Chocolate and vanilla counterbalanced into a Malt Shop offering. Smoky and earthy towards the finish. The mouth feel is oily and slick, the one aspect I found a tad underwhelming. While a solid beer, i found myself a tad disappointed considering how GREAT the Imperial Eclipse was when he brewed it at Flossmoor. Still, you could a hell of lot worse than this beer. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 27, 2008
FoBAB 08. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some light bourbon. Good stuff, I enjoyed it. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
22oz bottle from ??? dark brown, almost black pour with reddish brown edges and an almost non-existent head. only thin light tan wisps...
bourbon, molasses, and vanilla made up the nose. sweet chocolate notes and overall topped many barrel aged stouts that i have recently had. slightly boozy as it warms...
flavors follow through with the aforementioned flavors with an emphasis on the sweet chocolate notes, vanilla/bourbon and a boozy/warm after-finish.
9/3/8/4/15 Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured black with a yellowy-tan head. The aroma picked up sweet toasty vanilla, semi-sweet chocolate, and bourbon with a touch of inexplicable cleanser. The flavor had tangy bourbon throughout with a deep chocolate base.. brighter toward the back with bourbon and oak.. strong finish, but it maintained its balance. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. spicy and well-balanced.. the mouthfeel was the best part of this solid drink. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Draft. Black beer with an off-white head. Chocolate and caramel aroma with bourbon. Bourbon flavor with chocolate and light roast. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon lingers with caramel and chocoalte. Nice balance.