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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Poured a black color with brown edges and a smaller size off white head. Aromas of roast, wood, earthy, chocolate, and some bourbon. Tastes of chocolate, bourbon, woody, lighter vanilla, and some dark fruits. More bourbon in the tastes. Alcohol overall well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1115) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, black wax, bottle #121, received in trade. Thanks Michael! Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, some light bourbon. Medium to heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smooth bourbon, some light oak, with a light bourbon finish. Very easy drinking. Wish it were more accessible. And cheaper. But very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at DBS on a taster. Palate that doesn't hit as hard as the Rittenhouse Rye, but has a wide, bright and bitter edge to it, yet finishes nicely. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle 1866. 2010 Vintage. Very black, no head. Distinct bourbon aroma. Full bodied with well rounded mouthfeel. Warming and pleasant with milk chocolate, licorice and bourbon. The bourbon marries this imperial stout exceptionally well. Damn good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2549) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle number 1866, 2010 vintage. Black pour, short tan head. Lasting spotty lace. Nose has big bourbon, some roast. Taste has big roasted malt with coffee. Some wood/barrel at the end, nice dryness. Aftertaste of roast, coffee, bourbon. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon are quite strong with some coffee notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some coffee notes with black chocolate and some nice vanilla notes with smooth bourbon notes on top of it. Body is full with good creamy texture and medium carbonation with no alcohol notes perceptible. Very nice beer and definitely makes me want to discover more beers from this brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Name: Imperial Eclipse Stout, Evan Williams
Date: June 03, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, scant head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon aroma, roasted malts, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, caramel and vanilla
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2413) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottles shared by Lunch and Thorpe429. Thanks Paul and Mike! The beer appears very dark brown, nearly black. The head is 1/4", and generates a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings bourbon and a general boozy quality, as well as roasted malt. Unsurprisingly, it smells like a barrel-aged stout. I actually thought the beer tasted better than the aroma would have led me to believe. The beer is slightly sweet throughout, making this a good bottle for sharing a few ways, as one snifter was just right. Bourbon and roast are up front, with more subtle flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and coffee playing a secondary role. The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol presence throughout, though not necessarily in a negative or distracting way. Overall, a tasty brew, and one I would happily enjoy again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-01-2011

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours thick and black with a minimal tan head. Nose is strong vanilla, molasses, grass, oak and chocolate. Taste is sweet up front, good bitter precense as well to turn out a well balanced aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy and lively. Body is heavy and has a long finish. Refined and decadent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6338) - 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.


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