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RATINGS: 143   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of James. Split with Pat, James, and Bobby. Pitch inky black pour with no head. Aroma is heavy booze. Taste is just like the nose. The body/mouthfeel is a little thin and the booze can become a bit overpowering rather than complimentary. Would love to try the other barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1221) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
A-- Dark cola and settled black. Just touches of ruby at the base and at the collar. Original head was two fingers of a slightly orange mocha colored head. Fell to just above film through drinking. Good head retention and lots of lines and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. S-- Soft at first and quickly sped up. Brandy, green apple, cherry, oak, vanilla, molasses and plumb. More fruit driven at first and then changed to more of the darker fruits and barrel characters as got more air. T-- Mirrors the smell a lot. A lot of brandy through each sip but more and more a lot of molasses, oak, coffee and brandy. Early on were cherry and apple notes. Slight amounts of hoppiness to this early on but after a few sips and air the barrel notes took over. M-- Thin body and dominated by the barrel. Lots of molasses and plumb. Slightly slick and oily but finishes pretty clean and a big brandy finish with molasses, cherry, oak, chocolate and vanilla. Medium carbonation and lighter body for the ABV. O-- ABV is well hidden through drinking until the end and it creeps up on you in a big way. For a rather thin body the barrel does a lot for the beer. Lots of flavors in this and pretty easy to drink. Solid, solid beer and worth seeking out. Just give it time to breathe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1782) - 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 (2448) - 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 (16187) - 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 (774) - 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 (1716) - 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 (1246) - 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.

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