Pours opaque. Nary a head to speak of. What little is there is a nice foam color but that is just a ring. Sporadic and spotty lacing.
Aroma is enticing. Sweet molasses couples with vanilla. Bourbon and oak take a back seat but support. Dark cherries.
Taste is fantastic. Vanilla, molasses, and oak create a delectable trio. Bourbon, chocolate, and sweetness add complexity and interest. The oak is late, lingering; pleasant.
Big body with almost no carbonation. Slightly dry.
This is my first Eclipse beer, my expectations were exceeded. This is a fantastic beer. The price point doesn't make it attainable for all but if you can scrounge up the loose change, well worth it. Enjoy!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers