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

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 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 (5533) - 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 (10986) - 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 (6282) - 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 (10445) - 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 (21501) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18005) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle at THE Eclipse Tasting, London. Bottle #1548, purple wax. Cheers to Kenny for supplying. Pours clear, dark brown iwht a frothy, bubbly beige cream head. Big dark bread nose, some dark chocolate, subtle ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor with rich, dark chocolate, some dark berries, good roasted malts. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with some bitter cocoa, decent roast, burnt earth. Lots of milky chocolate, too. This is one of the sweeter Eclipse beers weíve had tonight, and with more chocolate and roast as well. Really, really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Eclipse Tasting. Purple waxed bottle #1548. Cheers to Ken! The pourís deep brown with a medium white head. The nose is toasted brown bread, hints of boozy wood and chocolate. Soft roasted espresso bean. The taste is sweet caramel eclair, some chocolate cake. This gives over to more earthy, roasted coffee flavors. Mild wood and bourbon. The bodyís fat and oily. Overall, a pretty excellent imperial stout. The sweet flavors arenít overstated. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a small white head. The aroma has some chocolate and some of the oaky brandy notes. The taste is mostly chocolate with some brandy barrel woodiness on the finish. Solid brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2011 vintage, bottle # 3138. Burgundy wax. 22 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker tulip. A: Pours a dark black body with dark brown edges. A one finger height of tan head forms on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin cap. Sticky sheets of lace down the glass. S: Sweet brandy on the nose with nice unsweetened chocolate. Toasted grains. Raw oak and some subtle dark fruits. T: The taste is much more oaky than nose. The brandy is there, but seems a little disjointed from the base beer. The finish is sweeter with some chocolate and roasted malts, but it seems like the beer is in two parts. M: Medium bodied with a slight chew. The alcohol is slightly overbearing, even at 9.5%. Not really well hidden. The finish is a little astringent. O: The taste was a little disjointed and the alcohol was a little too prevalent. Not the best of the Eclipse series. Would pass over this in the future. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-08-2012

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