callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Dark black brown body, medium sized khaki head. a few stray bits of lacing. bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, a bit sweet and lacking any true roasted character to balance things out and add complexity. the flavor profile is similar, with the addition of a significant amount of anise that distracts. mouthfeel is thin in parts and is a bit cloying. a bit disappointing considering past experiences with the eclipses. mar (5457) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle shared @ rbwg ’12. pitch black with a khaki head. nose is whiskey, wood, vanilla, and roasted malts. excellent thickness, chewy, bourbon, vanilla, wow bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, nuts, raisins, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, brown sugar, bourbon, and chocolate. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2012
From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
The beer itself has a dark brown hue with lighter, transparent brown edges. A small tan head forms on the initial pour but fades away without really leaving any lace.
The 18 year Elijah Craig comes through in the nose first, like my experience with the other barrel aged Eclipse beers. Molasses, vanilla, and oak are strong as well, with chocolate and coffee behind.
The Elijah Craig is a little bit more nuanced in the flavor. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee start a fairly strong imperial stout flavor. As soon as it starts turning sweet with vanilla and molasses notes, the bourbon and oak dry the flavor out and prevent it from moving too far in that direction. The bourbon really carries through to the finish. Interestingly, when I first tasted the Eclipse beers, I thought the flavor of the beer was quite strong, with the barrel flavor adding further depth. Now I notice the barrel flavor and feel the underlying stout might leave a little bit on the table.
For the style, the body feels to be in the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation is on the light side, trying to be creamy and smooth, but it could use some more carbonation.
This is another solid Eclipse that I am glad to have tried.
I am curious whether people who have given this beer such a great score have sampled it side by side with the Eclipse - Elijah Craig 12 year. There is not that big of a difference. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
dark sepia, ghost for a head.. Thin cream ring. Marshmallow nose, dirty nose is mud, like when I fell on the wet soccer field after getting nut-blasted in ’01. Anise too. Flavor is heavy burnt milk chocolate, earth, toasted marshmallow in the finish, equally as disappointing as limping off the field holding my junk being asked by coach "did it hit you in the balls or the shaft?"
Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Very dark brown, almost black, bright white edge head. Aroma of perfume, vanilla, whiskey. Taste is very smooth and rich coffee with dark cocoa in it and very subtle port and bourbon. Very nice. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Sugary sweet molasses nose. Taste is grossly sweet, lots if molasses and brown sugar, light chocolate. Astringent finish. Not good. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
651mL white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this. BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, nutty and roast malt, whiskey and oak with dark fruity esters and earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominant, whiskey barrel, dark fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation. sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is scotch, dark chocolate, roasted malt, woody notes, dark fruit, and some earthy notes. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with scotch undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.