dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aroma- some coffee, chocolate, cherries, plums, funk
Appearance- mostly black with a thin khaki head
Taste- roasted notes, some coffee, weird medicinal taste in the middle, slight cherry juice
Palate- decent body and appropriate mouthfeel
Overall- Not digging this one. The cough syrup hints in the mid-palate really turned me off. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and a hint of brandy but otherwise noticeable alcohol aroma. Taste is candy sweet up front with caramel, chocolate, and raisin flavors followed by subtle brandy and coffee flavors and ending almost chalky with some alcoholic burn. Thick chewy palate. crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
A bit sweeter than the EC18 which is the only other variant I have tried. Bigger barrel noted but ultimately not as enjoyable. drfabulous (8467) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2012
22 ounce. Bottle 1069. Some brandy. Raisin. Dried fruit. That almost subtle molasses taste to the stout. Slightly sticky. Very nice. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle @ Armin’s bachelor party. Thanks Armin and Caleb! Pours a deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Deep chocolate, oak, light caramel, toffee, plums, fig aroma. Rich chocolate, caramel, a touch boozy, light woody flavor. Nice brew but one of my least favorite of the bunch.
madmitch76 (25286) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
23rd October 2012Leighton (22021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Bottle 1548/2011. Hazy dark brown beer, big pale tan head. Light smooth palate. Airy. Dark fruits. Lactose malt. The bourbon is fairly mellow but sharper on the trailing edge. A little spice. The weakest of these beers - but it’s not a big gap by any means.
Bottle at THE Eclipse Tasting, London. Bottle #1548, purple wax. Cheers to Kenny for supplying. Pours clear, dark brown iwht a frothy, bubbly beige cream head. Big dark bread nose, some dark chocolate, subtle ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor with rich, dark chocolate, some dark berries, good roasted malts. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with some bitter cocoa, decent roast, burnt earth. Lots of milky chocolate, too. This is one of the sweeter Eclipse beers we’ve had tonight, and with more chocolate and roast as well. Really, really good stuff. jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Eclipse Tasting. Purple waxed bottle #1548. Cheers to Ken! The pour’s deep brown with a medium white head. The nose is toasted brown bread, hints of boozy wood and chocolate. Soft roasted espresso bean. The taste is sweet caramel eclair, some chocolate cake. This gives over to more earthy, roasted coffee flavors. Mild wood and bourbon. The body’s fat and oily. Overall, a pretty excellent imperial stout. The sweet flavors aren’t overstated. Nice. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a small white head. The aroma has some chocolate and some of the oaky brandy notes. The taste is mostly chocolate with some brandy barrel woodiness on the finish. Solid brew. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2011 vintage, bottle # 3138. Burgundy wax. 22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip.
A: Pours a dark black body with dark brown edges. A one finger height of tan head forms on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin cap. Sticky sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Sweet brandy on the nose with nice unsweetened chocolate. Toasted grains. Raw oak and some subtle dark fruits.
T: The taste is much more oaky than nose. The brandy is there, but seems a little disjointed from the base beer. The finish is sweeter with some chocolate and roasted malts, but it seems like the beer is in two parts.
M: Medium bodied with a slight chew. The alcohol is slightly overbearing, even at 9.5%. Not really well hidden. The finish is a little astringent.
O: The taste was a little disjointed and the alcohol was a little too prevalent. Not the best of the Eclipse series. Would pass over this in the future.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-08-2012