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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (734) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1420) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (988) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2219) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2696) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 2011 (Christian Brothers) version. Dark black-brown body, medium khaki head, quickly receded to a nice frothy skim. Stray lacing. Nose is full of roasty malts, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, nice brandy character, slight coffee and chocolate presence. Flavor is more strongly brandy in complexion (oak, dark fruits, alcohol) and less roasted than in the nose. Medium-full bodied. Appropriately carbonated. Quite pleasant if not a little mellow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle enjoyed along side nearly the entire line up with the STL crew, thanks everyone! Pour, like most, is black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor contain notes of sweet roasted malt (sweeter than the others), light vanilla, faint dark fruits, light alcohol, faint toffee, and light coffee. This one has a touch of alcohol but it is well balanced by the sweetness that lingers for a bit. Not everyone was a fan of this, but I really liked it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2011 Vintage #2258 - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Light lacing. The aroma is filled with oaky, boozy, brandy. Sweet fruits and earthy leather. Really nice nose on this one. The taste consists of earthy cocoa and dark fruit brandy barrel. Vanilla oakiness, well roasted malts and a touch of char. Definitely improves as the beer warms. The body is smooth and almost creamy with light booze throughout. Light, prickly, carbonation. Could use a little more weight. One of my main gripes with this series. Overall, this is another solid variant in the Eclipse series. My second favorite of the 2011 series so far. Still think the EC 20 is drinking the best. However, I get the feeling this one could improve in the next 6-12 months. Would be nice if the booze dropped out just a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5415) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2011 (with burgundy wax), Bottle N° 1529, new exclusive American brew, with honey, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly fruity/woody, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, good head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
22oz, burgandy waxed bottle, #875 from the 2011 vintage. pours a hazy, deep, dark brown that sits almost black in the glass topped by a rich, creamy, dark khaki head with great retention that leaves smooth sheets of lace on the edges of my snifter. aroma is great, maybe a bit muted, but great nonetheless with rich, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and toasted oak up front with notes of dark fruits, ash, vanilla, and subtle brandy as it warms. flavor is delicious as well, again not overstated in any way, but very well integrated with rich, dark, roasted malts, coffee grinds, cacao chocolate, and rich figs up front backed by very smooth, subtle notes of oak, vanilla, toffee, and dry brandy with lovely notes of black cherry emerging on the finish. palate is smooth, rich, and more full bodied than previous editions of eclipse with light carbonation and a dry, fruity, slightly roasted finish. overall, a great eclipse variation with a nicely balanced, unique profile.


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