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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4 versions of Eclipse this year. The lions share will go to Evan Williams Single Barrel. Barrels were 10-13 years old. These barrels were kept in an ambient temp storage situation. Approx 180 days in the wood. Should be somewhat bourbon forward with notable barrel character behind the spirit. Beer may have thinned due to storage temp and mild vinous notes based on oxygen pickup during aging. Estimated bottle count...3500. Subject to change...

Vintages:
2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Walker Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Walker Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Walker Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6018) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a treacle and alcohol aroma. There is a hearty chocolate flavor with some dark molasses and a smooth bourbon finish. A nice sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10355) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours black with a very slight dark tan head. Aroma is very bourbon/vanilla. Full bodied. there’s a bit of heat, but it’s not bothersome. Flavor is bourbon/v over oak and smooth burnt malt. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Nose is chocolate, light bourbon and vanilla, and a hint of molasses. Black with a few tan bubbles. Flavor is big vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Big thanks to largadeer for sharing a bottle of this at the post RS tasting. 2010 bottle pored into a taster glass. A - Pours pitch black with a small off white head leaving light lacing down the glass. S - Oak, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, and some alcohol heat dominate this one. A bit of caramel sweetness mixes well with the dark roasted malt core. T - Quite similar to the nose but much more balanced. Plenty of oak and bourbon from the barrel mix well with the chocolate, caramel, alcohol, and dark roasted malt from the base beer. Very nice stuff. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. A bit hot but still a pretty good feel none the less. Finish is a bit hot with some lingering dark roast. D - Pretty high. I really enjoyed this one. I have been pretty impressed with all the barrel aged stouts I have tried form fifty fifty to date. I hope I get to try the other ones in the future.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2012
22oz. bottle. Pour is brown/black with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt and expresso. Taste is silky smooth bourbon, chocolate and expresso coffee. Finish is bourbony smooth, with a little bitter chocolate. A damn fine ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on June 2nd, 2012 brought by nickd717.

Appearance: Pours a opaue, faint red head.
Aroma: Bourdon-y, roasty..
Taste: Roasty, sweet, bourbony..
Palate:Medium body, slick.

Summary: First off, thanks Nick! I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, was really tasty. Too bad it’s so hard to get.

PS - Rating 700!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1493) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Dark brown pour, almost black with a tan head. Bourbon, chocolate aromas with Chocolate, toffee and roasted malts on the taste. I thoroughly enjoyed the beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (876) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Out of the bottle at Gourmet Haus during a tasting of all 8 2011 Eclipse series. Dark aroma and deep black color. Flavors are well rounded with chocolate and bourbon highlighting the profile.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (1853) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 Bottle. Coco puff nose. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Silky with lots of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Good, not great, body, well balanced. My least favorite of all the treatments...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 9/26/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. The pour is nearly black with some soft brown bubbles that never truly form into a head. Very quickly I am looking at a viscous black liquid with no cap. The smell is of the dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt that the other variants have, as well as a full and fairly rough bourbon aroma. Strong Evan Williams flavor really dominates the flavor and the sweetness I have noticed in the other Eclipse treatments. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, some light dark fruits and a bit of espresso all blend together nicely, with a touch of woody oak at the end. The body is on the full side of medium, with smooth, creamy carbonation and a bourbon stickiness. Another good treatment of Eclipse, although the Evan Williams might be a bit harsh for my palate. My sense is that as this ages, it will develop nicely.


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