Bule (2160) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2016
22oz bottle of 2011. Second tasting of my very first eclipse, 4 years on. Smith maltiness. Bourbon is smooth and rich. Sticky sweetness.
ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2015 2011 Vintage bottle. Aroma is moderately chocolate forward with some light roast notes. Hints of leather and dark fruit. Moderate bourbon notes with light oak and hints of almond and vanilla. Light alcohol spice. Pours black with a a medium small, medium thick, mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers along with a thin film in the center. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is decadent chocolate with some medium light sweetness. Light roast and dark fruit notes with faint leather. Medium bourbon notes with some light oak. Medium light vanilla and almond with hints of coconut. Light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and silky with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice beer. Good chocolate notes with balanced sweetness. The roast and dark fruit add complexity without being too strong. Good bourbon notes add great barrel complexity.
2012 bottle has a little more dark fruit and leather notes. Flavor has a bit less vanilla too. Nice chocolate notes though. I think I like the 2011 more. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Black pour with a sudsy tan head. Earthen dirt and caramel lead to vanilla bourbon and raisin. A bit cloying and lacking complexity. Medium body with abrasive carbonation. Not the best balance. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
HMOG 2015. One of two variants sampled on the day. While I love the series, I found this one to be a bit sweeter than some that I have had. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, barrel, chocolate. Sweet and still yummy. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle white wax #1489 2011 bottling. Pour has a dark brown color bordering on black with a covering of light brown head. Aroma has big juicy bourbon, medium sweetness, heavy rich malt, mild roast,oak, and mellow oxidation. Mouthful is a medium and there is low side carbonation. Flavor comes off with plenty of malt, some roast, medium sweetness, sweet juicy bourbon, raisins, oak, vanilla, mild oxidation, and a lingering finish with some mild heat. Extremely smooth and has taken to the barrel treatment very well.
KingCecil (2084) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle @ home bottle no#5059 vintage 2011... trade from hallinghansen, thanks my friend! It pours jet black with a small tan head.... The aroma is hard roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits.... The flavor is very nice roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins and chocolate..... very nice! mikem409 (2025) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
bottle part of line up of all 2011. POW this was the big winner for me out of all 8. pours thick black with tan head. aroma of coconut lotion and bourbon soaked roasted malt. the flavor was great nice and thick chocolate bourbon. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Aroma of maple syrup, cherry, sweet chocolate and vanilla. Pours black and viscus with no head or film. Taste is sweet with candied cherry, chocolate, vanilla bean, and molasses. This is everything I love about a bourbon aged stout. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
22oz bottle with white wax.
Pour is consistent with all the 09 and 10’s I’ve had, which is to say it’s a little lighter than most impy stouts, dark chocolate brown with a small beige head that sticks to the sides on the way down.
Aroma is sublime, big on the bourbon, possibly the most whiskey-forward of any of the versions I’ve smelled before. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the barrels with the underlying chocolate malts taking a bit of a back seat.
The taste is a little different but almost as good. The bourbon is there but doesn’t have quite the same vanilla and coconut character. It’s more oak and booze with a heavier dose of roast than the aroma.
Mouthfeel is trademark Eclipse, crazy smooth but not overly thick.
Todd consistently makes some of the most drinkable and well-integrated barrel-aged stouts and this is no exception. This particular iteration is a little heavier on the bourbon than I would prefer (HH09 is damn near ecstasy) but is still excellent. Can’t wait to try the other 2011 versions. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
bottle shared by Matt at Dadtoberfest! deep, dark and tasty. ton of bourbon and chocolate malts, oaky goodness and some campfire notes. Brown sugar sweetness and finishes with some boozey warmth.