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

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RATINGS: 140   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.

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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (115) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Surprisingly this has a somewhat frothy, beige head. Very little barrel coming through here, when compared to other b.a. stouts. Rather some fruitier notes like blackberry. Even some licorice toffee to be found. Itís very nice. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Starts sodaish but gets mellow quite fast. It stays this way throughout - creamy, oily and coating. The finish is sugary and malty with a little extra omph from the alc. Would like to try more..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (775) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Pour black, with a very thin brownish hue, and a huge light off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, drak fruits, caramel, slight vanilla, some wood, slight boozy sweet notes. Plenty of goodness in this one. Taste is pretty sweet upfront, with some faint roasty notes towards the end. Semi-full body, with a perfect amount of flat carb. Big thanks to The Ryan for sending me this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of brandy, cocoa, carmel, oak, light roastiness and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of brandy, dark chocolate, oak, roastiness, carmel, light fruittiness and light licorice with a smooth lingering chocolate brandy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2011 Vintage Huge black pour with a monstorous brown head w/ great lacing. Big aroma sweet, boozy, dry malty, a fair amount of oak. huge well coated palate rich and creamy. Delicious big sweet malty flavor hints of oak and vanilla a touch of booze, not sure I would call it brandy other than the sweet finish. Complex and rich. Very delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aroma- some coffee, chocolate, cherries, plums, funk Appearance- mostly black with a thin khaki head Taste- roasted notes, some coffee, weird medicinal taste in the middle, slight cherry juice Palate- decent body and appropriate mouthfeel Overall- Not digging this one. The cough syrup hints in the mid-palate really turned me off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and a hint of brandy but otherwise noticeable alcohol aroma. Taste is candy sweet up front with caramel, chocolate, and raisin flavors followed by subtle brandy and coffee flavors and ending almost chalky with some alcoholic burn. Thick chewy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (8497) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
A bit sweeter than the EC18 which is the only other variant I have tried. Bigger barrel noted but ultimately not as enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4416) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2012
22 ounce. Bottle 1069. Some brandy. Raisin. Dried fruit. That almost subtle molasses taste to the stout. Slightly sticky. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9659) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle @ Arminís bachelor party. Thanks Armin and Caleb! Pours a deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Deep chocolate, oak, light caramel, toffee, plums, fig aroma. Rich chocolate, caramel, a touch boozy, light woody flavor. Nice brew but one of my least favorite of the bunch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
23rd October 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Bottle 1548/2011. Hazy dark brown beer, big pale tan head. Light smooth palate. Airy. Dark fruits. Lactose malt. The bourbon is fairly mellow but sharper on the trailing edge. A little spice. The weakest of these beers - but itís not a big gap by any means.

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