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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (5338) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
650 ml bottle @ PBF2013.
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a beigeish head. Aroma of honey, dark chocolate, wood and licorice. Flavour of roasted malts, honey, boozy "cheap" bourbon, grassy bitterness and mild spruce notes. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and a burning alcohol finish with strong bourbon sweetness. Barrel runs over the interesting and complex flavours here. Destroys the base beer in a way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5269) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
65 cl bottle @ PBF 2013. 2012 vintage with black wax.
Pours very deep dark red, almost black color with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and hops. Flavor of licorice, roasted malts, syrup. some tar and honey. Feels a bit harsh and the balance is a bit off. Somewhat disappointing.
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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3069) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
650ml bottle @ PBF 2013 from a trade with Hugonaut13. Thanks!

Bottle BR/1 2012 - Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of strong bourbon notes, vanilla, wood, oak, roastiness, honey, hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet, sticky, bourbony and wooden with notes of oak, honey and vanilla. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee as well. Sweet and sticky finish with some roastiness and loads of bourbon. A bit too sweet for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, some ripe fruits and mild raisins. Flavour is raisins, plum, some alcohol as well as mild vanilla.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (4944) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
65 cl bottle (9,5%) @ PBF VIII, bottle BR1/2012
Aroma has bourbon notes, vanilla, oaky notes and cocoa. Bourbon is quite strong on flavour side too. There’s lots of woody notes, dark chocolate, some vanilla, hints of soy sauce and salty licorice. Sticky and rich stuff. A bit too woody though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5928) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (945) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4528) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7243) - 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.


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