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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1817) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2015 Poured from a 2010 bottle. Aroma has a moderate dark chocolate note with a light roast and leather presence. Moderate dried fruit notes with raisin and prune being most prevalent. A moderate sherry note as well. Light bourbon notes. Pours black with a small, thick, mocha head that recedes quickly to a faint film that lingers. Light lacing and medium legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some nice dark chocolate notes as well as hints of dark caramel and toffee. Light roast, tobacco and leather notes. Flavor has lighter dark fruit and sherry notes than the aroma. Faint oak with light bourbon notes in the finish. Some nice raisin and grape notes. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but it seems like the Eclipse series really found their stride after 2010. Oxidation is definitely starting to creep in, but it’s still fairly light in the flavor. 2010 - 3.6 2012 bottle is thicker with less dark fruit, especially in the aroma and more chocolate and bourbon. A light ashy note is present though. 2013 bottle has brighter bourbon and a nicer mouthfeel. Less dark fruit and lacking the ashy note of 2012. Score is based on the best bottle, 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12728) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle - Dark chocolate, molasses and boozy bourbon notes. Deep jet black with a light brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, bourbon notes and a nice light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6726) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle, 2012. Pours dark clear black, medium tan head, dissipates fairly slowly, decent lacing. Aroma is rich chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses and anise. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, rich and cocoa like, lots of bourbon, some oak tannin, anise again, molasses and a bit of roast. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Dark black pour with beige head... Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts... Flavor is oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol is well balanced... Really nice stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4208) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle from the rotter. 2012 black wax. Nose is fudge and brownies. Some dark chocolate. Decadent. Black pour with dark brown highlights. Minimal head. Tate is a sugary sweet brownie with mid palate warming and a finish that leaves me tingling. Lots of rich chocolate and sugar but well short of cloying or diabetes. Pretty dang good for a big boozy stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Waxed bomber 2012 vintage poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, light oak and light roastiness with a smooth lingering chocolate bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Alexey’s place. 2013 bottle. Black with a light brown head. Great aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, dark fruits, wood, and an alcohol touch. Rather full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (2713) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
Pours dark low to no head Aromas of figs, dades, coffee, soy, peated malts Taste has caramel, figs, dades, chocolate, hints of coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (4051) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of wood, dark chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet and boozy with mellow bourbon finish. Rich, creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
From notes. Finally found the long-lost notebook from the 4 Elf Party at Dark Horse on December 13! So, that’s where this was found. Shared by someone as I was wandering around the line making friends. Vintage 2013. The pour is a lighter black than I was expecting to see, but it does have a nice dense, layer of dark tan head and some decent lace. The aroma is heavy malt, with a great roast, though light, and a nice bourbon heat to it. There is definitely some barrel and a nice vanilla undertone. Light cocoa comes through on the back end. The flavor is a little less complex. There is the vanilla and bourbon, but the malts kind of dominate the show here. There is a nice heat on the back end. The mouth feel is a little light. The carbonation I think could be helped here, but it’s not bad at all. Coats the mouth decently, and hangs a couple of seconds. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty, with a hint of bitter chocolate

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