socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Has a very nice, balanced flavor that is incredibly drinkable. Alcohol is listed as 9.5% on the label not 10%. The whiskey notes come through very nicely. I tasted this is a "horizontal" with all the versions released this year and it is amazing to see how each barrel imparts its flavors on the base beer. 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. drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Deep black pour with a small brown head. Wonderful bourbon character - wood, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, and more - on top of more chocolate and coffee. Delicious flavors of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, coffee, chocolate, a bit of booze, and more. Nice! phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle, white wax. Sampled along with all the other 2011 releases. Pours a deep, dark amber-brown with a small filmy head. Aroma of coconut, toasted malts, oak, toffee, and molasses. The flavor brings the same toastiness, coconut, brown sugar, and roasted malts along with some dark fruits. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet finish and medium carbonation. This and the Grand Cru were my favorites of the 2011 series. ryanfolty (2553) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Yeah same table as the 12 year but this was much better. Smooth and deliciousness in a bottle.
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! hopscotch (11103) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a lush swirl of fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is sweet and singed - dark chocolate, tobacco and charcoal accompanied by traces of vanilla and alcohol. Finishes moderately sweet and warming. World class beer. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz! Benzai (15611) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. Opaque black color, small light brown head. Aroma and flavor are similar: malts, bourbon whiskey, vanilla, some liquorice, nice bitter liquorice malt bitter finish. Full body, suitable carbonation. Very nice full bodied imperial stout. Lovely! _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma and taste of malts, roastyness, lightly hops, some liquorice and too much sweetness. [Original rating:7-3-6-3-12=3.1]
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! 2011 vintage. Pours black with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark honey, bourbon, toffee, vanilla fudge, caramel, dark roast coffee, banana bread, roasted coconut, charred wood, moist soil and hints of tingling alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark honey, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon, roasted coconut, charred wood, warming alcohol and hints of moist soil and minerals. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, oily, silky, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, toffee, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, dark honey, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, charred wood, bourbon, hay, roasted nuts and moist soil. Big, very sweet and vulgar bourbon barrel aged bomb that manages to balance every thing out in some way. A great beer!cgarvieuk (24515) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Re-rate! Bumping this up ever so slightly. Fantastic barrel aged IS.
Bottle at home .. we think this is RIGHT its came GBBF 2013 ... Thanks to The King of Pale Ales Ian ... Deep black ... rich malts .. big swet roast ... massive chew ... rich roast ... deep malts ... soft toffee roast ... dark roast ... massive chew .. light whisky ... wonderfull balance ... this is a delight .. bourbon is subtle and sonft ... EVERYONE is saying this is Wonderfull ... even the Raters are drooling and my SISTERS insist i get more... even though i try to tell them ARGGGGG