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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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...

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and bitter coffee. Pours black with no head. Taste is black cherry, bitter coffee, and chocolate. Not my fav but solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (491) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
A nice small head with a foam lacing in my glass. The sweet bourbon scent stands out. I can smell bourbon, robust malts, a hint of vanilla, and chocolate. I taste bourbon, wood, and chocolate malts. There is a slight vanilla taste. Overall it is a solid brew. My palate was affected and it left a pleasant aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 23, 2013
From 2012 bottle, fresh. Appearance is not among my favorite stouts. Pours deep black with a thick, dark tan head. Aroma is top notch. Lots of vanilla from the bourbon and chocolate from the malt. Amazing how the bourbon notes come off as separate and not just as a singular "bourbon". Taste and mouthfeel are both spectacular. Overall, I have to knock off an additional point for value, as I feel like this beer is a bit overpriced in general. I would still put it in my top 5 stouts, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle @ Steve’s Foco. Thanks! Pours a deep brown appearance with a small brown head. A bit boozy whiskey, lightly herbal, chocolate, mild caramel aroma. Quite burnt chocolate, caramel, chewy toffee, kind of boozy whiskey flavor with a bit of an herbal, vegetal note that I don’t like. The first one of the series I didn’t love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours dark with a a small tan head. The aroma is almost nonexistent until it warms. It tuns to chocolate, roasted grain, and some booze. The taste is very nice. Nice and chewy with chocolate, coffee, and bourbon up front, followed by anise and soy sauce on the finish. This is very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Thanks Dakine! Deep black pour with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak and roasted malt. Taste is very smooth: roasted malt, oak, sweetness, bourbon. It had a chalky aftertaste, a little chewy. A damn good beer. Nice lacing. Alc noticeable at the end, The beer clings to the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (664) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Fourth of five in a flight at Pangea; palate is less dry; taste is sweet marshmallow, less chocolate than the Evan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle pours black tan khaki head. Smells tastes oak wood bourbon heavy very fresh. Dark sugars fruits. Hint vinillia. Wow booze flavor heavy. Nice thick texture. But sticky not bad. Small fizz on tongue. Over all a awesome beer I’d prob let it age a bit bourbon stings throat. Good shit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle shared with a pal after midnight on New Year’s Day with an Oliva Series V Robusto. The pour was thick jet black with minimal head. Nose was bourbon and oak-forward, with dark malt, anise, and blackberry hints. Tasted really thick and rich, with the oaky bourbon spirits hammering the palate, and keeping pace with my intense full-bodied 92 rated Cigar Aficionado cigar. Possibly my favorite 50/50 Eclipse beer thus far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9588) - 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.

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