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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend

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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Stout aged 225 days in 12 year old Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels. Single Barrel versions AND the bottled blended version (From multiple Buffalo Trace barrels of varying ages) all go here.

Vintages:
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend) = Yellow Wax
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Burralo Trace Barrel) = Yellow Wax


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2014
July 1st Sunday. I have had several versions and this is better than the average (I think). Super smooth roast and chocolate, medium bourbon and vanilla notes. Just good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2480) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
2013 vintage at First Sunday. Ah yes, picking out a lot of what I remember of the base beer from the one other treatment I have had of this. Nice smooth roasty malt and milk chocolate flavors. Barrel adds a bit of tang and whiskey sweetness. Mellow on the barrel notes which lets the base beer come through pretty well. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10764) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 3, 2014
2012 bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Yellow wax. I know 2012 isn’t in the vintage list, but my bottle is 1/2012 in little gold numbers just like the picture. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma of dark treacle, chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol tickles my nose. Med + body or better. Flavor is very treacle, very bourbon/vanilla, and chocolate. Finishes drier than expected. Alcohol burns in my throat a bit. Not a problem in the mouth. Very tasty ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1479) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Vintage 2013 - Thanks Trady! Pours a nice extra dark brown with a solid sheet of dark tans. Smells of cocoa, minerals, oak, vanilla, nougat. Flavor is nice with silky fudge, more nougat, some coconut and oak with a vanilla stream. Really nice flavor. Full bodied with limited carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer. Interested to see how this compares to the Elijah Williams in the fridge.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1808) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle shared with Epic. Aroma of chocolate, honey, and malt. Pours black with a medium brown head. Taste is roast coffee, chocolate, honey, nougat, and heavy malt with a dull oak finish. Not as much sweetness from the barrel but certainly a delicious stout. Not my favorite of the Eclipses.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2169) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle 2013 vintage. Dark brown pour with kaki head. Dark roasted malt aromas. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and smooth bourbon notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber, 2011 vintage. Poured deep brown with a short smoked tan head. The aroma was fairly heavy on the barrel, with sweet bourbon, vanilla, and coconut leading.. lightly-smoked black malts, milk chocolate, and a touch of honey supported.. warm on the back of the nose. The flavor found a great balance between the malts and the barrel.. vanilla, honey, and sweeter chocolates laced throughout, with dry, peppery oak on the edges.. finished with decadent malts and just the right level of alcohol oomph. Heavier-bodied with a creamy feel on the palate.. balance was spot-on.. this was excellent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3335) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is roast, chocolate, oak, booze. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, and sweet finish. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leveejr (89) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2013 bottle. Very thin appearance. Strong bourbon aroma. Might have had an inproperly stored bottle. Taste was thin. Overall an enjoyable beer but now worth the money ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Sweet. Bourbon dominated with a high alcohol presence. Could be worse, like the Makers Mark version. Could also be remotely worth 35 bucks or so.


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