daknole (11047) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Woodshop! Black pour. Chocolate, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla and toffee nose. Flavor is much the same. I love how this brewery melds the barrel with a wondeful beer. Delicious! KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso and bourbon. Sweet flavour with burned malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, bourbon and wood. Finished sweet with warming alcohol. Full bodied. Nice one. DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Purple wax bomber (No. 991, 2009) shared at Hamilton’s Tavern: Blackest black and topped with larger frothy bubbles on the pour, but the head dissipates nearly immediately. An intriguing, sweet aroma filled with oak, campfire smoke, roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, raw dough balls toasted on the outside, red fruity esters, vanilla, and plum. Flavors include sweet malts- entirely balanced by bitter chocolate, pulpy fruit, smoked thick oak, vinous tannin qualities, vanilla and somewhat of a lactic finish and aftertaste. Full-boded, softly carbonated, and exceptionally smooth feel throughout, which is reinforced by a fair amount of accompanying, alcoholic heat. Drinkability: Pure and unexpected characteristics makes this brew a first-rate knockout. Pairing: Roasted lapin over asparagus. Rebuy: Yes. #450 on 16052010, DG. phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Elijah Craig, 2009 Vintage: Pours a deep, inky opaque black with a small brown head. Notes of rich bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and molasses. Nose is a little hot, but the flavor and mouthfeel are damn near perfect; smooth and rich without being too bourbony. Full-bodied, with low carbonation. This is my favorite of the four here today. 8 5 9 5 17 - 4.4. Re-Rate, 2011 vintage, purple wax. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy but bright mahogany with a small tan film. Warm aroma, with molasses, oak, toffee, and vanilla. The flavor has tobacco, vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Not as good as the vintage I had at FOBAB. Was tied as my third favorite of the 2011 series. 8 4 8 4 16 - 4.0. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 (Pour from dak!) Elijah version. Pours near black with minimal head. Aroma is bourbony goodness. Chocolate. Taste is sweet-almost candylike inspite of the bourbon. Full bodied with creamy/slick texture. Really nice
Pappy version-courtesy of dionysus at RBWG 2011-Phoenix. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma has beautiful bourbon aroma which is understated, if that’s possible. Sweet malt and bourbon flavors with a little heat. Full bodied and creamy texture. Finish is all bourbon. This is a good beer, but other concurred that GI Rare was a bit better.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Aroma is pure luscious scraped vanilla bean, rum cake, raisins and wet wood. Lots of charred wood and dry aged beefiness in the flavor with a bitnof ash and a dry, raw roastiness. The body is medium but elegant, it comes and goes with grace. Nice expression of the style that I appreciated much more upon a second tasting. Thanks Fifty Fifty. 2011 22 oz. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Pour from bottle at Zwanze Day 2012 at the Barrel Cellar. Big thanks for the pour Bill!! Appearance is dark brown with a slight red tint and a small brown head. Dark fruit, prunes, wood/oak, raisins, slightly roasty aroma. Taste is toffee, caramel, plums, black licorice, anise, with a really smooth middle and roasted, dark chocolate finish that seems to linger on your tongue. Slick mouthfeel with really no carbonation. Really good barrel aged beer. Nice! Dodgrblu (750) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
From bottle at Pangea Two Brews. This is the first bourbon beer I’ve had where I felt the bourbon was working with the beer. Aroma is chocolate and marshmallow. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, it’s quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt.
Of the five, this and two others were in my second tier. Quite good, mind you, but very bourbony in flavor. If you enjoy a bourbon-infused stout, you can’t go wrong with this. The Elijah had a late punch, lingering in bourbon flavor after the initial stout taste. wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2012 bottle, poured into a tulip. Black with medium sized head. Aroma is roast, malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood. Flavor has a sweetness that is different than other Eclipses I have tried, and more like Black Tuesday. Complex flavor and medium to full mouthfeel. The best Eclipse I’ve tried so far.