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RATINGS: 193   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)


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1334) - 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 (2274) - 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 (1966) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1785) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Appearance: Pours dark brown with tan edges. Looks like some silky puddin.

Aroma: Bourbon, roast,vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste. Dark chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Graham cracker was found as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: A truly well done beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
bottled # 571. Black with a small tan head. Bourbon and cocoa powder aroma, with some cola and vanilla. Bourbon forward flavor with lots of dark chocolate. Mostly barrel with some chocolate stout flavors. The body is on the light side for a stout this big and I feel like it doesn’t balance as well with the bourbon flavors, even if the bourbon flavors themselves aren’t very hot or over the top. Solid but for some reason none of the subsequent bottles that I have had have been as enjoyable as the 2008 on tap and in bottle. Maybe that one was magic. Maybe it’s just me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours thick black with creamy tan head, aroma has notes of toffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, hints of roast and espresso notes. Taste is a nice mix of sweet chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, going into some bitter espresso, roast, some hints of smoke in there as well, finishing nice, dry and bitter. Classic example of an extremely well done BA stout.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
sample at Dr Bill’s GABF Tasting at Falling Rock on 10/1/11. pitch black pour with a small tan head. bourbon nose with chocolate. medium body - smooth - bourbon - oak - dark fruits - light sherry. perfect level of bourbon. warming finish - smooth with bourbon, oak and vanilla. awesome beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
22oz bottle, purchased in 2010 from their futures release. Pours a dark-dark oily chocolate-brown color with a mahogany hue; thin, fine-bubbled medium-brown head with solid lacing. Assertive but rounded charred bourbon notes in the nose, along with dried dark fruits and chocolate notes with a perfectly restrained sweetness; flawlessly orchestrated. Full body; light carbonation; very minimal overt alcohol coming through here, as everything’s basically vinous notes at this point, with a core warmth that gradually builds; at this point, this beer is hugely mellowed, with a rich, chewy and caramelized bourbon core sweetness, along with lots of dried fruits and dark chocolate and mild (and quite welcome) oxidative quality; again, the fact that this is just so damn smooth and restrained in its sweetness; goddamn. Lengthy finish: dark chocolate and roasted nuts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle pours black with a beige head. Aroma shows light smoke, roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with definate caramel qualities as well as some dark fruit. Not quite as in your face as some of the other variants, but still very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4/2011 - EW and 4R ’10 very similar. By comparison, EW is more chocolate and attenuation, sweetness from bourbon similar to marshmallow, and larger mouthfeel. 4R is a bit hotter, more sugar, thinner, also with plum.


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