JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour, slightly red, with a small light tan head. Molasses, brandy, oak, prune, dark candy sugar, and notes of chocolate. Meh, ok. Many other imperial stouts I like better for cheaper and more available. jredmond (8333) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle shared at Dallas & Ann’s Housewarming with Pat, Bobby, Zahra and Ahmil. Pours a pitch ink black body with light lacing. Aroma is wood, light roast, chocolate, and alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of chocolate, booze, oak, sweet brandy, a touch cloying. KyotoLefty (10311) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2012
Bottle at Bevolution party at Craft Beer Base. Woody, smoky nose, molasses, vanilla, light fruit and spice. Dark brown with lace. Sweet flavor of molasses, vanilla, honey, wood, spice, dried fruit, brandy. Refined and elegant, and much nicer than many a over-the-top bourbon barrel stout. DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of James. Split with Pat, James, and Bobby. Pitch inky black pour with no head. Aroma is heavy booze. Taste is just like the nose. The body/mouthfeel is a little thin and the booze can become a bit overpowering rather than complimentary. Would love to try the other barrels. fletchfighters (1538) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
A-- Dark cola and settled black. Just touches of ruby at the base and at the collar. Original head was two fingers of a slightly orange mocha colored head. Fell to just above film through drinking. Good head retention and lots of lines and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Soft at first and quickly sped up. Brandy, green apple, cherry, oak, vanilla, molasses and plumb. More fruit driven at first and then changed to more of the darker fruits and barrel characters as got more air.
T-- Mirrors the smell a lot. A lot of brandy through each sip but more and more a lot of molasses, oak, coffee and brandy. Early on were cherry and apple notes. Slight amounts of hoppiness to this early on but after a few sips and air the barrel notes took over.
M-- Thin body and dominated by the barrel. Lots of molasses and plumb. Slightly slick and oily but finishes pretty clean and a big brandy finish with molasses, cherry, oak, chocolate and vanilla. Medium carbonation and lighter body for the ABV.
O-- ABV is well hidden through drinking until the end and it creeps up on you in a big way. For a rather thin body the barrel does a lot for the beer. Lots of flavors in this and pretty easy to drink. Solid, solid beer and worth seeking out. Just give it time to breathe.
mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2012
bottle 2011 vintage. pours dark brown small tan head. aroma of cherry and barrel. the barrel was minimal on the taste in this one more roast malt and chocolate Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was whiskey, chocolate, dark roast, and oak. flavor was pretty much the same plus a little vanilla. body was full with medium carbonation. italianjohn (3163) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle 2524 from 2011 ... .Black pour thin off white/beige head light sticky lacing .... aroma of brandy (dark fruits), oak, licorice, roasted and chocolate .... taste is of licorice, chocolate and roasted malts, oak, light tobacco and spicy brandy (dark fruits) ... little bitter bite on the tongue ..... dry roasted spicy finish ... smooth and well put together abv hidden well alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Huge thanks to Dschiller for sending me a BIG want, thanks Dave!
Smell is super rich, big chocolate and sweet sugar. It almost smells like root beer, just awesome! really smooth taste, light barrel, definitely some vanilla notes in there. No alcohol burn at all, but I can taste the barrel. I had a parabola prior to this beer and man, does this kick Parabolas ass. Hands down one of my favorite variants of the Eclipse beer. fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s
Pitch black color, with small brownish head. Aroma of cardboard, roasted malts, some leather. Sweetish roasted malt and chocolate flavor, some leather, light liquorice and tar, with a mild late alcohol feeling, and strong bitterness; the barrels only add some boozyness. Good.