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 (8760) - 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 (10272) - 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. Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. This smells so nice. Bold coffee, whiskey, dark fruit. This tastesvas good. Big whiskey flavor. Coffee. Dark fruit. So smooth but so big.
IrishBoy (4200) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Draft at Firestone International Beer Fest. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruit. Black with a moderate cinnamon head. Flavor is vanilla, light sweetness, and chocolate. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2012
At FWIBF, black pour, tan head, Bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate on the nose, sweetness in the taste and Vanilla and bourbon. Better than the 12yr. Damn good. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
22oz bottle .. white wax .. . pours a deep brown .. light head, lacing is good .. . good pure bourbon, tar, dark wood, and burnt bread crust .. . solid mouth .. . quite a tasty brew .. . . You wear ’em until you learn, son. chrisv10 (17460) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan, Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, hops, medium sweet, and medium bitter. fonefan (49399) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2012
Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.
Clear dark black colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol - buzzy, dark chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, vanilla, dark malt, coconut, bourbon. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel islight to moderate alcoholic.