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RATINGS: 139   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.

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)


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   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 (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2011 (with burgundy wax), Bottle Nį 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!

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   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Sampled with the full 2011 lineup. Maroon wax. Pours an opaque brown-amber color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, tea, oak, caramel, tobacco, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is surprisingly mild, with earthy notes, tea, sweet and caramel malts. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, woody mouthfeel. My least favorite of the 2011 series, which means itís still solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Another in the series of one of my favorite barrel-aged bunches. What better way to clear out the Town Hall goodness than one of the pyramids of BA madness? Bottle #2978, split with the wife. Heh. Pours typical big black bad; more head than most Christians, uh, what? Nose on this is spot-on as advertised, brandy, dark maltish, chocolate. Niiiiice. Brandy Barrel Blend is just lovely. Long chocolate milk with a shot of brandy, just like Santa ordered. Tingly sweet malts. Roast, vanilla, heavy dose of oak in the back-fill. Really easy to drink, this is a barrel-aged session beer. One more winner in the series, this is a huge improvement over the 2010 version, in my exalted opinion. Excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2010 22oz bomber, bottle #204, courtesy hopscotch. This one pours a very dark mahogany colored body with virtually no head or lace to speak of. It looks very viscous and oily in the glass with a smooth glassy surface. The aroma is nice and shows a good amount of dark chocolate roast up front to go with some toasted caramel sweetness and soft vanilla laden oak. Notes from the brandy barrel in the back suggest boozy dark fruits like figs and dates.The flavor follows and shows a nice balance between the dark chocolate roast, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and oaky vanilla. There is a nice drying yeast the keeps the profile from getting overly sweet. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth with a nice drying character to keep the sugars at bay and hide the alcohol perfectly. The finish is long and roasty with the chocolate and fruits in the background. There is no trace of heat at all from the alcohol or the barrel influence. The barrel use was mild, but added plenty of depth to the flavor profile. Really solid barrel aged imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage. #2391.): Aroma of malt, chocolate, roasting, whiskey, and wood. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, slight whiskey, oak, chocolate, slight tar, and slight alcohol. Medium to full body. Slick, smooth, then slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, oak, roast, chocolate, finish is lightly dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
22 oz bottle from Binnys (Bloomingdale, IL). My big ass box of futures havenít arrived yet, so I decided to buy a couple of the ones I havenít had before. 2011 Version. Pours a rich black hue, opaque and dark, with just a touch of a ruby bottom and edge. A bigger frothy light brown head that provides a thick creamy ring, laces pretty well overall. Aromas are a healthy dose of brandy, offering apples and spirit, green apples, warmth and oak, vanilla, roast, sweet caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Some coffee roastiness and tempered by sweet a touches of tart apple brandy. Mellow warmth, pleasant yet potent Brandy presence on the nose. Initial is fuller bodied, offering sweetness up front. Cocoa, roast, and caramel. A good dose of Apple Brandy flavor, oak, coffee, and vanilla. Gets much more roasty and rich into the middle, still a full firm body despite the aging (Likely from the blend). Full, with sweet caramel, carmelization, toast. More cocoa, roast, vanilla. Finish brings the barrel, linger apple brandy, wet oak, vanilla and gentle heat as it dries out more, roast, and some fluffy marshmellow and vanilla. Pretty solid beer, coherent blend that works well, offering balance and synergy. The nose lets on a stronger Brandy presence than the actual beer gives on the palate, but itís still nice. Pretty nice different take on Eclipse. Will be interesting to try side by side with the í10 sometime over the next year. Lots of barrel, but the nose is definitely more brandy slanted, the beer itself more oaky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
22oz bottle. Numbered 2007 out of how ever many... Pours a deeper shade of stouty black with some dark reddish undertones... Sweet brandy flavors with deeper chocolate underneath. Not too impressive overall... Flavors are a step up with sweet brandy forwardness to mingle alongside a nice chocolate with a decent touch of roast. Not too bigger bodied just along the medium length profile with a lighter shade of carbonation. Good flavor that surpasses that of the aroma.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
2011 bottle, #1258. Pours onyx with 2-finger brown head. Looks great. Nose is roasty malt, cacao, hops, I get some piney sprucey Tanqueray ginny notes in this, spice and hops, oaky brandy, dark fruit. Tastes not quite as rich and thick as the other versions, with a rich malt flavor, cacao, sprucey ginny, dark fruit including plum and blackperry, hops. Very complex, with more oak, fruit, sprucey hops in the finish.


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