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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Brandy Barrels.

Original Release Info: 2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Hiram Walker>Christian Bros Brandy barrels (3 turns). This is one of four versions for 2010. Fairly oak neutral with some brandy notes. Added French oak spiral to each barrel. Estimated bottle count 350-400. Subject to change.

Vintages:
2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout Hiram Walker/Christian Bros. - (PURPLE OR BROWN WAX w/ 2010)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout Brandy Barrel Blend Christian Bros - (BURGUNDY WAX w/ 2011)


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Deep brown body. Beige head. Sweet. Doesn’t cover up the ABV. Well done still, big, thick, sugary. New school high class US Stout. OK.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1042) - Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Sample at fauxbab - extremely dark malts, almost expedition like, very smooth subtitle bourbon. One of the smoothest bba beers ive had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (384) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2013
2011 Pours dark with a red hue and a khaki foam head that falls off to stick to my glass. In the aroma I noticed mild sweet booze, cocoa, sweet carmel malts, oak, and vanilla. The flavor is of warming brandy, cocoa, carmel malts, mild oak character, and a dab of vanilla. The aroma mimics the flavor. What makes this unique is the pleasant brandy taste. Overall a good stout and it has a nice finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4279) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle from a trade. Pours a deep stout brown with a tan head. Nose is honey, chocolate, chocolate syrup, big sweetness, big booze, and some light oak with hints of vanilla. Flavor is similar with honey, sweetness, booze, chocolate, chocolate syrup, and big sweetness. Medium to light in body for the style. Interesting, but really boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
2011 bottle shared by a friend for his birthday. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Sweet boozy nose with notes of chocolate and whiskey. Malty and slightly boozy flavor with a dry chocolate finish. Was really looking forward to this one and it wasn’t bad by any means, but brandy just doesn’t do as much for this beer as the whiskeys do.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2011 (as Brandy Barrel Blend) and 2010 (as Christian Brothers) vintage bottles during his 50th birthday bash. Brownish-black pour with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Brandy, chocolate and toasted malt in the nose. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet chocolate, molasses and brandy. The finish is somewhat syrupy with a chocolate and brandy aftertaste. Good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium beige head. Aroma of light ash, roasted malt, brandy, caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Flavor of roasted malt, brandy, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with some thinness to it and a fast-dying light brown head - not too dense. Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, oak, vanilla, anise, licorice, a hint of coffee, honey and a bit of peat. Medium-bodied; Dense oaky flavour at first with a thinnish feel right afterwards and a definite honey flavour with some whiskey, oak, bourbon, pit fruit and a little dry finish. Aftertaste complex of course, but a bit light and more like a baltic porter or a barley wine than an imperial stout - all the same flavours come through though. Overall, a very very overhyped beer that was beyond expensive. This was a decent imperial stout at best and not worth saving or spending the ridiculous amount of money on this. I sampled this 65 cL bottle (burgundy wax top) purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, California on 05-March-2012 for US$26.99 (yes, twenty-six us dollars) sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2013. Beer #7 of my 4000rating extravaganza (of 9 total). Bottle #970 of 2011.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3281) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
I think this was bought by Jason. #454 2011 vintage. The beer pours to a really dark brown body with a dark tan head. The aroma is whiskey and chocolate syrup. The flavor is smooth chocolate, oats, and whiskey. Complex and yet balanced. The palate is a complex silken, velvety, richness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2013
22oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a thick black with some tan head that faded quickly. Nose has coffee, toast, malt, molasses, some light grape jelly, a little caramelized apple. I though the flavor actually had some nice brandy character to it. Obviously the flavors are dominated by milk chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, but there was a little bit of berry too, honey, touches of a sweeter liquor. Full, sticky finish. Haven’t had too many in the series yet, but I thought this had some distinct brandy character. I think this would have ultimately stood out as being a little different than all the rest.


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