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RATINGS: 100   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. yellow wax.

[ #610 - 2011 ]. [ Trade by deathcharms ]. ABV: 9.5%. Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, alcohol - bourbon, vanilla notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light buzzy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121109]

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle #940, 2011 Buffalo Trace edition. Pours a deep chocolate-brown color with a touch of oiliness and viscosity; modestly sized fine-bubbled tan head with solid lacing. Aroma shows fruity ethanol, some assertive roast and bitter chocolate, and just a touch of the caramel-y goodness lurking in the glass. Iíll say without reservation that this version was the one I went back to time and again at the 2011 release party: seemingly lighter CO2 and a rounder feel in the mouth made it stand out alongside the slightly more bubbly, more bitter-chocolate-and-roast-forward renditions; after a year in the cellar, a slight hint of oxidation opens this up even further: caramel, milk chocolate, a soft-sweet bourbon character, cola, light char, and some potent vanilla; maybe this is the softest of the group, but I found it the most inviting: its layered flavors offered up like a buffet, more than ready to savor, like the precise opposite of a wine that calls for a decanter. Some beautiful stuff here. Layers of caramel and milk chocolate in the finish, along with a bready toastiness appearing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4677) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
66cl Bottle at Sloshfest, 6 of the 2011 bottlings side-by-side. Black colour, beige-brown head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, hard roasted malts, chocolate, sugar. Flavour is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, hard roasted malts, coffee, molasses, a little more hard roasted malts than the others Iíve sampled, chocolate, bitter roasted finish. Fullbodied.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of big whisky notes, oak, vanilla, raisin, cocoa, nutty notes. The taste is sweet malts, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, booze and a mild hop finis. Full bodied, Big, huge bourbon stout, and quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter. The beer is dark brown, nearing blacks porting a small, beige head that leaves a bit of lacing in its wake. The aroma offers booze, vanilla, chocolate roast. The beer is slightly sweet, with prominent barrel characteristics throughout. Nice notes of vanilla and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with a boozy finish. This variant is middle of the pack as far as Eclipse stouts. Overall, a tasty beer. I would have this again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, 22oz. A dark brown beer, quite clear, and topped by a dense, dark beige head. The aroma isnít very intense, quite mellow and weak actually, but pleasant. Some bourbon and vanilla, chocolate dominating. Quite sweet on the palate, with chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla, and a touch of coffee. Good bitterness in the end. A really pleasant one, but nothing extraordinary. 121109

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (7609) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, oak and caramel. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long sweet, chocolate, vanilla and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear very dark reddish brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish. 091112

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11121) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle, 2011 @ FOneFan. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, medium sweet with notes of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14044) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich bourbon, vanilla, roast malt, chocolate, fruits and hops.


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