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RATINGS: 180   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)


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2012
bottle thanks wiseguy. only thing that sets this back is no head but oh well! aroma is spot on bourbon and vanilla, taste is huge bourbon with vanilla wood and burnt sugar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nice amount of bourbon flavor, chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of wood. Really well done beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a deep tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a nice combination of dark grains, roasted malts, vanilla and a good amount of bourbon. Flavor has bourbon up front with dark chocolate, roasted malts and coffee in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4oz sampler -

Stopped by one the way up to Reno and they had this one on tap. I asked the server which barrels they used and he confirmed it was Evan Williams. Aroma has a nice balance of bourbon, vanilla, wood, light chocolate and a touch toasted malts. Flavors really focus on the bouron and wood and the rich malts kind of take a back seat. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Seems to be overly unbalanced with the bourbon, but still a really nice sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Black with no head. Chocolate bourbon vanilla and light oak aroma and taste with honey notes on the back end and the bourbon coming across fairly smooth with a velvety palate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle shares at ahabs house. One of the best bourbon treatments. Amazing vanilla flavors, the background stout is slightly overwhelmed. Oh well, grand slam.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle, 2010 vintage, bottle #2235. Pours black with an offwhite head. Smells simply gorgeous, with heavy bourbon. Tastes of a mild bitter, and a medium sweetness; very alcoholic, but extremely tasty. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Finishes sticking sweet. An excellent beer!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 10 vintage. Pour is jet black and thin tan head. Nose is woody, bourbon, and some light chocolate. Sweet malts, sugary, and some dark fruits in the flavor. Dark chocolate underneath with bourbon and wood coming through strong. Full bodied feel, dry finish and low carbonation. Overly sweet with loads of wood and heat. Less complexity than the 4 roses and just as unintegrated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2152) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2011
22oz bomber at the QC tasting, pours black with a thin tan head, there was a huge sweet aroma with a good amount of vanilla and wood, the flavor had a nice front end of chocolate with a good amount of oak and booze coming through, a slight chocolate finish, really well done.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle sample thanks to BA Iowahawk! Dark black pour, minimal carbonation and a nice whiskey, vanilla and wood aroma. Flavor is rich dark malt, slick chocolate, oaky booze and a warming boozy aftertaste. Probably my favorite beer of the night, thanks for bringing this one out!


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