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RATINGS: 101   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.

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4965) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Black. Coffee and nuts are smelled. Soy, too. Coffee flavor with soy and ash. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2012
First off, big thanks to flexabull for acting as a CA transit point for my massive shipment of Eclipse. Whoever said CA traders were anything but surpassingly generous hasnít deal with the same guys I have! Yellow-waxed, 22 oz. bottle #350, slipped into a pair of Darkness glasses, standard dark Eclipse in color: black. Smells of rich dark chocolate, sweet malt, vanilla; not strong. Subtle or weak, depending on your inclination. Buffalo Trace FiftyFifty carries a lot of barrel. Enough wood/oak to build a small cabin roars out of the gate & sucks the moisture from my mouth. Epic chocoloate that I donít associate with barrels slides in next; lots of cocoa. Roast is the other character bringing a fair amount to the palate: raisin, vanilla, whiskey appear in varying traces. Easy & silky on the throat. The whiskey really shows only in the initial blast of oak & as a slow, shimmering aftereffect in the throat. My half-bomber is disappearing with alarming rapidity. If this is the least of the new treatments, bloody hell, Iím ready to have them all. Tonight. Great depth, startlingly easy to drink, tasty as all get out. All around excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2012
bottle... at first I wasnít a huge fan of this and I thought the grand cru was better despite the hotness, the BT is really sweet but it grew on me quickly... this is really good and worth getting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol, chocolate. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Full bodied with sticky texture. The barreling doesnít overpower the beer. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bottle from dcschiller. Bottle 736. Nearly black,beige head. Bourbon,coconut, vanilla. Flavor is oaky, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (879) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 yellow waxed 22oz to my head. good beer, not the best variation ever, but its up there! carb level is med-low but acceptable. has just a wonderful aftertaste and mouthfeel, the mid, finishing and after taste are delicious! i am getting a ton of buttered rum and popcorn and whatnot, which i love, but it may not hold up as well aging.drink this one now!!! rarest and freshest! i do appreciate the variation of the barrels they have tried, but i do sort think they should focus on a few barreels that really show off the beer better. whiule this is still a delicous buttery stout., i think some of the other versions have been better overasll, but this one is just really good right now so nice and boozy. one of my faves, but overall probably not one of the best of the series. among the top 3 this year though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bomber from FiftyFifty with the yeller wax. Pours a very dark brown color with a small but well-formed tan head. The aroma is great, with great dark fruit notes, maybe some blueberry, oak and bourbon, as well as some dark chocolate. Good flavor, not up to par with the best Eclipses, but thatís one heíll of a high standard. Roast and dark chocolate, with medium sweetness, and a strong oak and bourbon note, vanilla, and overripe candied fruits. Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation level. Very good but not the best Iíve had in this series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7863) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2011 Bottle #363 thanks to billshmeinke (accompanied by a glass of single barrel selected Buffalo Trace). Pours with a black body and a somewhat large, lasting tan head that is slow to fade. Aromas are a bit more restrained than the EC18. Aromas of brown sugar, vanillin, light smoke, a bit of cola/clove. Some earthy qualities. Flavors are cola, brown sugar, molasses. A bit unrefined in its sweet qualities. Light roast and very light (dark) fruit notes. A touch of smoke. Smooth, full bodied. Cola. Feels a bit thinner than the EC18. Light carbonation. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
FoBAB 11. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some light bourbon. Good stuff, I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Fobab 9. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and some coconut. Flavors of the barrel with roast malts, chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla, and some booze. Had this right after Black Note, and while this was a real nice beer the mouthfeel seemed a little thin and did not finish as nice.

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