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

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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)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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 (4848) - 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 (3341) - 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 (5196) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (2087) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of oak, brandy and vanilla. Taste is brandy, oak and chocolate. Very tasty, middle of the road mouthfeel. Solid.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (2849) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2013
2011 bottle (#1955) - Pours ruby with a ring of tan head. Nose is boozy and sharp with lots of brandy, sugary sweetness, and dark breadiness. Taste is chocolate, boozy brandy, a little coffee and big dark malt. Not much roast. Thin and slick with a touch of carbonation. I think I just don’t like the Eclipse series too much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours clear and black with a thin brown head. The nose is molasses, vanilla, caramel, booze and chocolate. The taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with bitter coming through on the end. The texture is smooth and creamy with some alcohol warming in the back of the throat, the body is heavy and the finish is very long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal. S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, Brandy, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze. T - Sweet chocolate and caramel malts, Brandy, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin, figs, dates and other dark fruits, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet finish. D - Great barrel aged stout. The brandy barrel is a nice touch and the dark fruits come through a bit more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1266) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2013
Taken from notes - 660 ml bottle shared by Jeffo and Erik at Sloshfest 2012 - 6 in a row... This one is a tad fruitier and more on the vanilla side than all others. 2nd favourite

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5067) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
Sampled at Dice’s going away party. As smooth a pour as I have seen and it feels just as nice. No head. This beer is a "wow". Vanilla, bourbon, and some truly delicious biig stout flavors take this to some amazing places.


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