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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4 versions of Eclipse this year. Four Roses Single Barrel- 10 year old barrels. Barrels kept in cooler at around 36 degrees F. Approx 250 days aging. Should be a real treat. Estimated bottle count...1150. Subject to change...

Vintages:
2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2010")
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2011")
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2013")
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2014")


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (740) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2016
Black with beige head. Bourbon, coffee, bitter roasted finish. Vanilla, wood, tannines. Sweet aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9085) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2016
Comparative tasting of 9 different Eclipse Stout variants. All beers small to rather good yellow-beige rim over jet-black beer Spicy nose, a little young oak, perfumey, hair tonic. Little Bourbon - where’s the vanilla, where’s the young oak? Sweet-flowery, nectar, roasted retronasal. Medium to well-bodied, high alcohol(heat). Incense warming up. Not convincing, compared to the others. Ditch the Four Roses, there’s better around.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2016
2013 Vintage. 11.9% abv printed on bottle. Inky black, with a creamy chocolate colored head, good retention, thick lace.
Aroma is charred oak, smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, prune, vanilla, bourbon.
Flavor is sweet, rich bourbon, vanilla, spice, creamy chocolate, oak, char, caramel candy.
Mouthfeel is full, round, and creamy. Nitro stout like smoothness. There is a touch of boozy heat, but still enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5884) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage 2013: Served in a taster: Black body with light brown head/lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roast, earthy, light soap, liquorice, Flavour is roast, fudge, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, light liquorice, light chocolate, fudge... Aftertaste is roasty, whiskey, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, fudge... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (996) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016
From a 22 oz bomber, red wax, dated 2013. Bottle run is hard to read...handwritten looks like 307 for date 2013. Other side has handwritten "Rin" or something similar with 2013 date. I see no specific barrel mentioned, but it’s 11.9%, so I’m not sure if this belongs in an existing listing. There were a few 11.9% Eclipse ratings but none mentioned honey and 2013. Ah...the beer...poured in a Des Rocs chalice looks black with light brown head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, molassas, perhaps some sweet vermouth, bitter nuts and herbs, funky tropical fruit rind. Overall big, bold, complex, after a few years still a bit hot but stimulating and tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2016
May 29, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2014.
Black with a very small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, caramel, vanilla, baked apples, dark fruits, oak, chocolate and some dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet, soft roasted bitterness. Finish is sweet malty, soft roasted bitterness, caramel, baked apples, raisins, vanilla, and some warming bourbon alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
Nice!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fashawn (570) - ITALY - JAN 14, 2016
Aroma di frutti rossi, caffè, tanta vaniglia e bourbon che è, erge, anche suggestione di miele. Nera impenetrabile con una leggera schiuma beige, parte dolce con la vaniglia smorzato dalla secchezza del bourbon. C’è un buon intervallo dato dal caffè che cominciano smorzare la dolcezza iniziale, emerge una certa secchezza del bourbon, toni legnosi, e poi frutti disidratato ed un tono liquoroso. Molto complessa, ha un corpo leggero, quasi snello, alcool impercettibile, bevuta estremamente facile. Chiude secca, con un leggero calore ed il miele che riemerge. Birra quasi poetica, molto buona.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (7136) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2016
Smooth malty chocolate beginning. Rich but the wood and the Bourbon are quite rough, not too intense. The picture is not as round as with other Bourbon-verieties. Probably because Four Roses ist quite a cheap Bourbon... Smooth and fresh, hints of wood, hints of chocolate, Very rich but not too smooth. Sad.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (96) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
22 oz bottle from Vail fine wines. 2014 edition drank on 1/1/2016. Overall taste was outstanding. Excellent balance, smooth, and easy to drink. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (2083) - Garching, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle shared with Koelschtrinker and Beerhunter111. Black-brown color with tan ring. Aroma is spicy and fruity, but still lots of chocolate. Much rounder than the other Eclipses I’ve had this evening. Awesome!


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