BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2011 bottle 4156 thank to billshmeinke alongside a glass of the EC18 Bourbon and a bottle of the 2008 Pappy Van Winkle Eclipse and the 2011 Buffalo Trace Eclipse. Also sampled on tap. Pours with a pitch black body and a lasting tan head with good lace. Aromas are rich, cola, almond, nutty, vanilla, dark fruits, vanilla and fudge. Very rich and decadent. Medium vanillin and oak with rich brown sugar notes. Very refined. Flavors are of vanilla, cola, dates, tannin to balance, fudgy, light smoke, currants. Full bodied and creamy with lasting raisinated flavors. Really, really good! Better than the 2008 Pappy Eclipse at this point. A lot better!
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Bomber. Split with Sean and Vinnie. Pours deep beige coffee brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cherries, chocolate, oak, caramel, toffee, and cream. Full, soft body with a boozy, yet velvety, soft mouthfeel. Flavor is heavy chocolate with some bourbon and cherry notes in the finish. Fantastic stout, but only in small doses. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle number 5348. Shared with Amyliz4 and served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours near-black with a pretty good light mocha head and a surprisingly-large amount of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap recedes a bit quickly and makes way to a thin collar, which holds throughout. The nose brings bourbon first and foremost, but then has a good dosing of coconut and vanilla. Light oak character. Chocolate there as well.
Flavor has good oak, coconut, and vanilla in addition to the bourbon. Subtle roast and chocolate in the background. Most everything seems to be coming from the barrel and I won’t complain one bit. Full body and chewy with just a bit of booze. Low-medium carbonation. Great complexity. Absolutely exceptional. Boom.
Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Beautiful black. Sweet alcohol with lots of complex chocolate. This was one of my two favorite out of the flight of all 8 from 2011. Glad I have a bottle at home as well. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Thick pitch black pour, small brown head. Milk chocolate, raisin, strong vanilla character, note of coconut, candy bar, and bourbon warmth. Fairly smooth, and really melded together well. I think this has been their best effort.
mikem409 (2027) - 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. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
22 oz. white waxed bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle # 4685.
A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass.
S: Very smooth bourbon, some nice roasted malts, toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate. Very balanced and the barrel is well integrated.
T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Really nice smooth and semi sweet bourbon. Some milk chocolate with a great barrel presence. Some light oak, but nice vanilla and caramel sweetness. There is a great roasted malt bitterness as well. The finish is nice and sweet.
M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.
O: The is definitely the best of Eclipse variants. Great barrel presence and everything is perfectly integrated. Very nice.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-07-2012 Leighton (21258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle at THE Eclipse Tasting, London. Bottle #1511, white wax. Many, many thanks to Bruce for providing this fella. Pours black-brown with a frothy, bubbly tan head. Boozy brownie nose with notes of molasses and brown sugar. Rich, sweet flavor with heavy dark chocolate, dirt, some alcohol, brown sugar, chocolate cake. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Moderately warming on the finish with more brownies, booze-soaked raisins, some baking cocoa, mellow roast, brown sugar and other dark fruits. Excellent. One of the best Eclipse beers on the evening. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Shared this with Thorpe and Thorpette after they brought over a steak dinner recently (they’re total ballers). Amy was holding and ogling my newborn son, so she drank hers with a crazy straw. Anywho...
The beer is dark brown with a nice beige head. Noticeably more carbonation than the Brewmaster’s Grand Cru I opened recently.
Nice aroma - bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak. A lot of wood character.
The best of the series to this point, though I still have many to work through. Surprisingly pleasant notes of toasted marshmallow, coconut, vanilla. Really digging the subtle complexities at work here. This was served at 60 degrees, so many of the more delicate characteristics jumped out right away. Of course, bourbon, chocolate and oak are front and center, but the nuances steal the show in this beer.
Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Still a bit on the low side. Silky and smooth on the palate.
A winner. I definitely recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-22-2012 MotherBrother (945) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
Pour pitch black, with small tan head.
Aroma is really packed with vanilla and barrel. Really some delicious shit... Also some slight leathery, caramel, bourbon, coffee, dark fruity - and woody notes. But really barrel forward. And I’m a fan.
The taste is quite sweet, with some faint bitter notes. Well balanced? - hell yes. Medium-full bodied, with a semi-flat carbonation. Delicious like a SOB. A Big thanks to Ryan for sending me this shit.