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

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1756) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2012
bottle 2011 vintage. pours dark brown small tan head. aroma of cherry and barrel. the barrel was minimal on the taste in this one more roast malt and chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was whiskey, chocolate, dark roast, and oak. flavor was pretty much the same plus a little vanilla. body was full with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2420) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle 2524 from 2011 ... .Black pour thin off white/beige head light sticky lacing .... aroma of brandy (dark fruits), oak, licorice, roasted and chocolate .... taste is of licorice, chocolate and roasted malts, oak, light tobacco and spicy brandy (dark fruits) ... little bitter bite on the tongue ..... dry roasted spicy finish ... smooth and well put together abv hidden well

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Huge thanks to Dschiller for sending me a BIG want, thanks Dave! Smell is super rich, big chocolate and sweet sugar. It almost smells like root beer, just awesome! really smooth taste, light barrel, definitely some vanilla notes in there. No alcohol burn at all, but I can taste the barrel. I had a parabola prior to this beer and man, does this kick Parabolas ass. Hands down one of my favorite variants of the Eclipse beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s
Pitch black color, with small brownish head. Aroma of cardboard, roasted malts, some leather. Sweetish roasted malt and chocolate flavor, some leather, light liquorice and tar, with a mild late alcohol feeling, and strong bitterness; the barrels only add some boozyness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (766) - Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Bottle pours black with hints of purple and ruby. Aroma mainly roast malts with a touch of smoke. Complex flavor of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with definite oak and sweet brandy. Palate is a bit lacking, I thought a little thin for a big imperial stout. Finish oak and roast with some persistent sweetness as well.

Improves as it warms. I paid $30 for a bottle at Binny’s - was it worth it? Probably not although this is very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle share, thanks guys. Pour is brownish amber with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is of heavy dark fruits, tea leaves, oak chips, smoke, and chocolate. Touch of booze as well. Flavor is more mild that I would have thought with earth and wood notes. Caramel and chocolate notes as well. Medium bodied, not very well carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1179) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Deep brown with a khaki head. The brandy barrel does not leave as smooth a taste as its bourbon sister. A little disjointed, but still a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #1727. Burgundy wax so I have the right listing. 4.5 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of creamy/frothy light brown head. Retention is good at first and gets great for the last half finger. Tons of lacing is left behind. 3.5 S: The brandy brings out the chocolate in the base beer quite well. Otherwise, earth and lightly vinous brandy persists. Not much else going on though aside from a light roastiness. 3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Big chocolate. Vinous, fruity brandy. Light roastiness. 3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Boozy finish and aftertaste. 3.5 D: This is a pretty good brandy barrel stout, but I’d prefer a more sturdy stout that this. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-29-2012 02:08:43

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a small off white head. This is my least favorite version to date. There is a kind of off note that mixes with the brandy and sort of mask the wonderful chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors of this beer. The roasted malts are still present. The body, carbonation, and balance are similar to the other variations.

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