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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, 2011 bottle from Capones. Dark brown with pretty much no head. Quite sweet, lots of chocolate, sticky, brandy, hints of molasses, bit of soy. Full body, mild carbonation, smooth and easy to drink with a nice alcohol burn.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1433) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
2011 version. Pours brown with limited head and some lacing. Big bourbon nose. Lots of vanilla and espresso. Big sweet taste with some light bitterness to back it up. Full body with medium carbonation. Awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
2011. A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet pungent chocolate malt with coffee drips, soya sauce, resins, nice. In mouth, a nice lightly peated chocolate malt with soy sauce, alcohol warmth, tobacco, very nice. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6603) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours jet black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is oak, ripe fruit, sweet light roasted malts, light booze and cognac/brandy. The flavor is sweet roasted, sweet caramel, ripe fruit, dark berries, light chocolate, oak, brandy and some warming alcohol in the finish along with the firm spices you find in cognac. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - 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 (1523) - 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 (446) - 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 (4545) - 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 (5011) - 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 (8680) - 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.


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