50belair (3718) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by Colin. Smooth and mellow. Not quite as good as the 20, but still one of my favorite treatments. I really dig those those caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and dark roasted malts. Good body and mouthfeel. A very nice imperial stout... TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2011. Dark brown with spotty bubbles and lacy rings. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, peppery oak and molasses. Body is substantial and hot but not pushing it in either case. Delicate prickly carb lightens and lingers. Taste like the nose with the mellow bourbon set off beautifully against the rich chocolate and molasses. Hints of coconut and raisin. Delish. SlackerMads (3646) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, 2013. Dark brown close to black with a small tan head. Light tropical fruit, flowery, bourbon, dark chocolate, warming alcohol, wooden, cocoa, light marshmallow (hvid delfin). Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Pretty good balance and drinkability. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
I drank this originally from a tasting glass at NotB then re-reviewed and scored off a bottle from Nate on 3/20/2011... The beer pours a super dark black, hardly any head though. Poor lacing... The aroma is great, chocolate brownies, vanilla, bourbon finish. Not decadent or overstated, very restrained. Outstanding... The taste is superbly balanced, tastes great, and easily crushable. Fudge brownies, vanilla, light bourbon, a nice warm alcohol sensation in the middle, and the finish has some nice roasted coffee notes. The full spectrum is displayed and perfectly integrated. I had the PVW last weekend I think I almost prefer this, would love to do a side-by-side comparison.
I originally rated this a 4.6, this time its deservedly higher. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle at Mane Liquor Eclipse tasting. 2012 version. Pours dark brown with a sticky tan head. Nose is quite booze driven with plenty of dry and dark cocoe - almost powdery, with earth, dirt, and sweet molasses. Taste is very dark and bitter chocolate - high cocoa content stuff, with earth and dirt and mild ash which adds some harshness which is working a treat. The burnt tones and ashiness give it an extra complexity which isn’t in a lot of the others. Loads of boozy warmth on the finish. Love it
umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 22 oz bottle. BR 1, 2012 bottle. Opened in honor of the Breaking Bad finale. Pours pitch black with a small frothy head that fades to a ring. Great aroma of musty oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, tobacco, and molasses. Taste is moderately sweet and boozy. Lots of bourbon barrel flavor but it’s not harsh at all. Chocolate and caramel come through nicely, especially in the finish. Medium to thick body. This is a really good, smooth, boozy sipper. Nice balance in flavors. AWISLguy (3495) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2015
2014 version, thx H! Shared by all on the Wedding Weekend during the wedding night tasting. Very dark brown pour. Big whiskey and caramel nose. Some roast added in the taste, but the whiskey is much more assertive and flavorful than the Four Roses version, which truly is the key. 15.8 Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2013
This is a surprisingly fantastic beer. Really rich and heavy in cocoa, vanilla, oak, coffee, and just enough sweetness. Quite sweet in a good way and really great. baraciisch (3471) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tasted side-by-side with a 2013 buffalo trace... Flavor is more roasty and hotter than the aged eclipse... Less complex ... However, by itself, aroma of anise, dark chocolate, bourbon... Flavor is dark chocolate, anise, roasted malts... Finish is dark bitter chocolate... Amazing
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
Pours black with low beige head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, sugar. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, sugar. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Very nice chocolate. Good brew.