douglas88 (9890) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Pours a viscous black with a light off-white head. A big nose of fruit and coffee. A massive beer with bitter chocolates, some dark fruit, very smooth palate. The base for the eclipse beers and it shows why they are so good! Goodgrief (2088) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Kicked the keg at Falling Rock in Denver. Man it is silky smooth. Okay, first things first. Dark pour with all kinds of head and lacing. It didn’t smell great, honestly...but I’d hate to see the rating suffer, so I’m giving it a 7 anyway. Dark chocolate, coffee and some sour milk, which strangely did not detract. Hoppy as well...pretty high bitterness. Pretty darned good. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Growler shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours nearly black with a small light tan head. Toasty milk chocolate aroma, somewhat boozy. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso beans, roastiness. KyotoLefty (11020) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2012
bottled. Woody, phenolic nose with tires and berries. Woody, roasty flavor, cola. Sweet and phenolic. Nice, but the burnt rubber is too much for me. Much better as Eclipse! Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft at Fiftyfifty. Pours opaque black thin pale tan head, above average lacing. Nose is HUGE chocolate cake, very fudgey, with almonds, hazelnut, light sooty notes, very pretty... Flavours of chocolate cake, fudge, mixed nuts. Reasonably dry, and surprisingly decadent... Really enjoyed this, not as much as the California Pale, but more than the BART. Great Imperial Stout.
orangesol (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Served on-tap at Capone’s during PBW 2012. Finally get to try the base beer for all these Eclipse beers.
A - Pours black as night with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of lots of chocolatey sweetness, dark roasted malt, molasses, licorice, dark fruits and a fair amount of booze.
T - Starts off with plenty of chocolatey sweetness slowly giving way to hints of dark fruits, molasses, licorice, day old coffee and the ever present dark malt. Finish is pretty sweet with quite a bit of booze, lingering on the palate long after consumption.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. This one is big and boozy, I could feel all 10% of this one throughout the glass.
O - I have wanted to try this one ever since I tried my first Eclipse beer. It is always nice to see where all the flavors are coming from in those BA beers. Overall this is a good stout, but I prefer it once it has seen a barrel. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate, and roasting. Poured black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, light roasting, light mocha, and light espresso. Medium body. Thin, oily, then lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, chocolate, light roast, light mocha, finish. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, and slight malt. Pours black with a very light head. Tasted of roast coffee, dark chocolate and sweet vanilla. Very good and very drinkable. Very roasty mouthfeel throughout without tasting like smoke. BVery (11541) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at Capones. Let’s call it jet black. Small head. Milk chocolate, ash, anise, smooth palate - terrific. adrian910ss (2610) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 3, 2012
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black cola with a small tan head. Aroma of bitter milk chocolate, mocha, espresso and roasted malts. Taste of roasted malt, bitter milk chocolate, mocha and espresso. Nice imperial stout.