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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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...

2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Williams Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Williams Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Williams Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle sampled at churchkey august 2013 Pours pitch black with a very soapy tan head. Nose is wack evan williams bareel vanilla and lots of tannens. Flavors are all barrel but not hot. Flavors are huge barrel age. Not much else going on really. Big body and lots of viscus palate not much carbonation. Good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7486) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2013
22. Thanks j! Pours black with a loose dark tan head. Huge roasty nose with apricot and oak. Thick creamy body with soft carb. Big roasty mid palate with apricots and oak on the mid palate. Long roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1241) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Backlog review, 2010 bottle tasted 06/15/2011. Pours pitch black, little head, but visible carbonation and tan hazy swirls on the surface. Aroma is sweet chocolate, roast malts, toffee, coconut and vanilla, tempered by bourbon booze that grows in character with warmth. In the taste, chocolate is not as pronounced, but instead sweet, light cherry with roast bitterness, the bourbon really comes out. Medium body, yet creamy and smooth, typical for this series. Well put together, could use a bit more integration with the barrel to be really great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
2012 bottle shared by a friend for his birthday. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty and chocolatey nose with whiskey, vanilla and some roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with big booze before a dry, roasty and boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11179) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing 2012 and 2010 vintage bottles during his 50th birthday bash. Brownish-black pour with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes steadily to a film. Shorts strings of lacing. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Full-bodied with a boozy character and flavors of coconut, chocolate malt and vanilla. The finish is oaky with a mocha aftertaste. Very enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
In short: A roasted, oaky and boozy big BA impy stout like so many others.
How: Bottle 22oz, 2010 vintage, thick black wax, consumed when over two years of age. Bottle sent to me by Grownfool, thanks a lot Brian.
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head.
In long: Nose is medium-intensity barrels, roast, bakery chocolate and light coconut sensation. Taste is charred cereals, burnt black cake, chocolate chips cookies, lots of wood, a light vinous sensation. A bit too much alcohol presence considering 10% really isnít that much for a beer like this. Sweetness sensation is medium at most which is nice. Astringent woody finish. Its chocolaty character was nice but the booze and woody astringency makes it a little less easy to drink than other entries in this series, took me a while to drink my bomber. Just another big Barrel Aged sipper, nothing new here, lots in a sea of similar beers. And to all beer store owners, this racial profiling has got to stop, just because Iím an adult Caucasian male you assume Iím ok with paying $30 for a bottle of beer, you might be right but it is still racial profiling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ataraxia (481) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Subdued aroma of milk chocolate, molasses, honey, roasted malt, hints of vanilla, and bourbon. Initial sweetness gives way to black coffee bitterness. Viscous and full-bodied, but very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is well masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle shared at the RateBeer Gallery event in SF. Pours blackish brown with a tan head. Tastes like all the other barrel-aged Eclipses, i.e. awesome, super sweet, full of chocolate and caramel. This one was a little heavy on the coconut notes though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8024) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2013
It pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up modest notes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, earthy chocolate malts and mild bourbon barrel notes. The taste has a pleasing richness to be sure with dark roasted malts, some sweet molasses, chocolate brownie and then a slightly tart bourbon barrel essence. This is rich and smooth and yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2843) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
BR 1 of 2012 .... Black pour, thin off white cream head and light lacing .... aroma of coconut, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon and light chocolate .... taste is of coconut, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, oaky, light bourbon and some bitter hop ...... mouthfeel is oily, slick, and soft .... bitter dry hoppy finish with a lingering roastedness ... excellent, abv hidden well and very drinkable

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