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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7005) - 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 (2915) - 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 (53) - 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 (1230) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1005) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with brown head. Taste is bourbon and roasted malts. Great beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses flavor with a silky mouthfeel and a warm alcohol trail.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1148) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
2013 single barrel version, bottle run 1, yellow wax. Came from Dawson's while home in Maryland. Pours black with nearly a finger of brown head in my Teku. Aroma of chocolate milk, some hot whiskey, vanilla, graham cracker. Flavor has big chocolate up front with a beautiful char and smoke finish from the barrel. Loooove the finish here. Whiskey is there but not too hot despite seeming so in the aroma. There is a fruity flavor and floral flavor here maybe from the honey. A really nice and complex blend of flavors that is noticeably different from the Evan Williams I had last night. Lives up to thinner body reputation that takes slightly away from it but still plenty of big flavors to love. Higher carbonation for the style. Really neat beer here.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bomber 2011 vintage poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and light caramel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, dark chocolate, oak and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Just love these beers but the $30/bottle price tag is so prohibitive. 2013 vintage. Dark mocha colored pour with a dark latte head. Brownie batter, fudge, tobacco, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, and oak. Lots of depth and complexity. Alcohol was well integrated. Delicious! These guys just know how to do barrel treatments!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
2013 vintage. 22 oz bottle from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago, served in a snifter. Pours black with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge notes of bourbon and oak, along with dark chocolate, tobacco and roasted malt. The flavour is medium sweet with prominent bourbon and oak, along with chocolate, tobacco and roasted malts. The finish is long and oaky with bourbon, tobacco and chocolate. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. It is complex and subtle with beautiful oaky bourbon notes. 2014-01-31


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