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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 217   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 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)


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4868) - 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 (10884) - 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 (2668) - 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 (6787) - 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 (11532) - 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 (3888) - 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 (918) - 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 (1592) - 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!!


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