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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Hiram Walker / Christian Bros. Brandy Barrel

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yozora (38) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bomber from Mikkeller webshop. Vintage 2011, bottle #2494. Pours a deep black with a 2 finger tan head that disappates quite fast. Aroma of burnt rubber, licorice, brandy, honey, oak, booze, hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste is licorice, cacao, smoke, oak, tar, toned down notes of brandy, dark chocolate, vanilla, boozy with a medium bitter finish. Thick, velvety mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite different from the last Eclipse (Bernheim wheat) I had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near black with a thin beige head. The nose is cocoa, brandy, vanilla. The taste follows the nose with plenty of boozy barrel in the flavor. Body is creamy. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (4719) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
21.05.2014, 0,65l bottle (2011 vintage, bottle #2158) @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very mild, dark malts, licorice, alcohol, oak, grass, sour coffee, hay, broth, minerals. Taste is slightly sweet grassy, dark sugar, oak, dark malts, alcohol, grass, sour coffee, licorice, hay, minerals. Medium to longlasting bitterness, very smooth - still slightly harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1368) - - MAY 21, 2014
Black pour, good sized head. whisky, smoke, cocoa, vanilla in the aroma. Taste is similar - barrel is fairly promiment even after a bit of age. Whisky, smote, cocoa, coffee, vanillan, anise... I found this one smokier than the other I had the same day, with a more prominent leather note. Beautiful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours an onyx black body with a large light beige head. Nose is a strange mix of umami meaty tones, algae, licorice, mild chocolate, hints of wheat and grains. Taste is chocolate, cocoa, sweet grains, caramel, hints of wood and mild licorice. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Nice and smooth imperial stout with a layer of originality, which is always a good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1254) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle no 2158. 9,5% Pour is dark dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Has an inch of dense, creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, roast, oak, dried meat and smoke. Faint vanilla. Taste is roast, wood, smoke, sweet malts, vanilla, brandy and hints of leather and tar. Full body, creamy on the palate and just above soft co2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
The best 50-50 I have had, hands down, thanks, tom. Moderate IS tha leads to a grapey finish. Good drinkability, above average mouthfeel, big bubbly head despite 3 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5608) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle as Brandy Barrel Blend, vintage 2011. Near black with tan head. Aroma of both darker and milk chocolate, vanilla, light fruit and wood. Taste is soft, apples, vanilla, wood, roasted notes with a slight astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Yet another opaque black. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of burned caramel. Also hints of dark chocolate. Full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, 2011. Sugar, light wood, licorice all sorts, light earthy, light chocolate, caramel. Medium/full body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation, medium sweet and light/medium bitter. A bit dull and sticky.

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