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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1202) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1368) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2015 Poured from a 2010 bottle. Aroma has moderate chocolate notes with some lighter roast character. Some light tobacco and leather. Light oak notes with a some medium light sherry notes. Some faint umami, soy sauce notes. Medium dark fruit notes with grapes, plums, prunes and dates. Light brandy notes. Pours black with some dark brown hues on the edges with almost no head at all, just some thin, sparse, oily, dark brown bubbles. No lacing and moderate legs. Flavor has a medium light sweetness with a moderate amount of chocolate. Light roast, tobacco and leather. Medium light sherry notes wiht light cardboard and umami notes of oxidation. Moderate dark fruit notes of berry, plum, prune and date. Some light brandy notes and faint oak. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with almost no carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a flat and oxidized eclipse. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate, but only a little brandy and oak. Oxidation doesn?t work great with the brandy notes. This might be my least favorite eclipse to date. 2011 bottle has nice carb and way less oxidation. Nice brandy notes, good chocolate and roast with light dark fruit. Way better mouthfeel. 2010 bottle gets a 3.5, but 2011 gets a 3.9.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle # 1446, 2011 vintage. Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Roasted, smoked malt aroma with a decent barrel presence that seems to be nicely integrated into the base beer. There’s some toasted oak, vanilla and coconut but the spirit/brandy is much tamer here than in the other treatments. Some boozy brandy sweetness but there’s room for the strong malt presence to shine. Pretty robust smelling with smokey charcoal along with roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, toast and dark chocolate. Decently balanced but the brandy presence could be a touch stronger for me. Full bodied with a stronger barrel presence than I anticipated. Sweet brandy and vinous dark fruit notes along with dry, toasted oak and vanilla. Still, it’s nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer and doesn’t overpower the roasted dark malt flavors. The oak compliments the robust malt and the brandy sweetness counters hints of burnt toast, espresso, oatmeal and chocolate cake. Really well balanced and the ABV is excellently masked, with little to no heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2015
Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, brandy, muscovado sugar. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, muscovado sugar and brandy. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2025) - Hässelby, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
Pours dark low off white head Aromas of orange chocolate, coffee, green fruits Taste nice creamy of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2961) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, chocolate, brandy barrels. Taste is sweet, dark fruit and port, light boozy lingering finish. Rich, creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
2011 bottle at Apex. Aroma is chocolate, brandy, dates, hint of oak. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, hint of booze on the finish. Taste is date, caramel, brandy, oak, booze. Surprisingly hot after 4 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (733) - - APR 16, 2015
Bottle, 2011 vintage, opened 2014. Purple-black in color, not overly muddy. One finger of tan froth. Sweet and fruity nose. Prunes, mostly, though milk chocolate and vanilla beans appear as well. Smooth flavor. Chocolate and dark fruits blend, with moderate bitterness finishing things up. Age has helped the blend but has muted the flavors a bit. Very low CO2 in an oily medium-full body. Overall: good not great. A smooth, easy drink for how big it is, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kazin (324) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2015
Bottle shared during a tasting with friends. Great deal of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some brandy barrel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours thicker coffee black with a small creamy beige head. Aroma is light vanilla and big sweet barrel without complex roasted malts. Flavor is so my better bringing big chocolatey and sweet coffee malts so smooth on the palate! The chocolate settles so nicely on the tongue with vanilla and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
2011 bottle. Black, small tan head. Big and sweet, barrel adds very little. Some harsh alcohol in the finish.

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