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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Buffalo Trace Barrel) = Yellow Wax


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Draft at Capones. Pours dark brown, nearly black w thin mocha head that ringed the glass w lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and somewhat faint bourbon. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (7438) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Capones. Extremely dark pour with a small clingy tan head. Bourbon aroma. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and bakers chocolate flavor. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2012
2011 bottle, yellow wax. Pours a little darker than I remember the 2010 versions being with the same thick beige head that leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is heavy on the bourbon and oak. There are some heavily roasted malts, bakers chocolate. The nose has a bit of earthy charred character, which is almost like a Danish-style stout, and nothing Iíve gotten in other Eclipse versions. The taste is sweeter than I was expecting with more chocolate than in the nose, maybe even some vanilla. Roasted dark malts and a toasted caramel character as well. Finish is all about oak and bourbon with a hefty burn going down. Mouthfeel is smooth and fuller than I remember in previous iterations. The alcohol is very evident. This is a very good barrel-aged stout but probably not one of the absolute best from FiftyFifty. I think Iíll let a couple bottles mellow for a while because I think it would be even better when the bourbon becomes more subtle.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 21, 2012
650 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. 2011 Vintage. Yellow wax. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is cocoa, marshmallow, bourbon, some oak, a decent amount of vanilla, and a bit of alcohol. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness with marshmallow, oak, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and a light roastiness. The finish has more vanilla with a light bitterness and leaves some lingering oak and vanilla. Medium body. Low carbonation. Another solid Eclipse. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but one of the better Eclipses Iíve had from this year. Not sure if this one is a victim of bottle variation because Iíve only had the one bottle so far.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jamuligan (11) - Jamul, California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Nice and smooth. I tasted more whiskey than bourbon...tasty. Nice carmel head, lacy fingers, not too sweet on the aftertaste. Really enjoyable. Alcohol masked well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5363) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Poured a pitch black color with a off-white head. Aroma was boozy, bourbon barrel notes, touch of vanilla and chocolate. Roasted malts, with a bit of woody barrel. Very interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1197) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Out of the bottle at Gourmet Haus during a tasting of all 8 2011 Eclipse series. Sweet chocolate aroma. Deep and dark. Lots of cola flavor compared with the others.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Dark brown body, almost black. Thin off-white ring of foam. Leaves a few patches of lacing behind. The aroma consists of honey, light spice and a hint of licorice. Ethanol and chocolate notes as well. The flavor is similar to the nose. Chocolate, booze, earthy cocoa and a hint of dark fruit. The body could definitely use a few more bubbles and bit more weight. On the thinner side for the style. Overall, I thought both the Elijah Craig 20 and Grand Cru versions from this years release were noticeably better. This variant doesnít stand out much, even among other barrel aged stouts. Opening the brandy variant tonight.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2012
65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2011 (with yellow wax), Bottle Nį 574, new exclusive American brew, with honey, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7173) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
2011 bottle, sampled with the rest of the 2011 Eclipses. Yellow wax. Pours an opaque brown with amber highlights and a small film for a head. The aroma is warm, with a good deal of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coconut, and oak. The flavor is the same, but not as boozy as the nose. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. This was my third favorite of the 2011 Eclipse lineup.


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