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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)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2014
BR1/2012 dras parallellt med 2/2013 svart vax (rate gäller 2012) 12: rund och len men samtidigt ganska tung spritighet som går fint in i smakbilden. 13: lite mer mörkare nyans av brunt skum. Initialt lite jobbig doft. Grönt äpple, rost och metall. Dock endast nyanser av dessa otrevligheten. I grunden riktigt bra.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Very dark. Great bourbon smell. Some sweet aromas. Very tasty. Great woody bourbon flavors. The malt flavors are great. This beer is excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Getbetter (884) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
From a tap at the brewery.I can faintly smell the whiskey and has well balance with not being an overwhelming flavor.A nice thick motor oil texture with a sweet taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3240) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
2010 bottle #2071 from a trade or possibly DLD 2012. My second shot at an Eclipse. Big beer that is done well. Obviously lots of bourbon but also lots of coffee, especially in the finish. The coffee lends some bitterness too. Much less sweeter than the cognac version. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAR 12, 2014
Bad ass blusey, boozy bourbon kissed Imperial Stout. Sweetish with the vanilla, but never cloying. Molasses, roast and good ol southern charm. Top notch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6938) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2014
22oz bottle, shared by dudeabide. Bottle has black wax, labeled 2012 vintage, "BR 1". Was room temperature when I sampled it but that didn’t bother me at all. Very dark brown, near black color. Little khaki, light brown head. Couple dots of lace. Bigger body. Chewy texture. Light, smooth carbonation. Great woody barrel aroma. Cocoa nibs, some coffee, some dark fruit. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, light alcohol warmth. Solid stuff, whichever variant this is [took my notes on paper last night, only figured out the variant today from a photo]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2334) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2014
2012 vintage, bottle from Sugaya, shared at a dark beer tasting. Dark brown pour almost black, almost no head. The nose is BIG barrel character, oaky, whiskey, boozy nose. Smooth silky mouthfeel, sweet, roasty, barrel oaky. The nose makes you expect booziness but when you taste it you get some warming it isn’r at all boozy. The star of the tasting, the barrel aging was prominent in the nose but subtle in the taste which I really loved.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2012 bottle split with some friends. Pours black with mocha head. Nose of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit. Creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body. Slightly boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1250) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
A- pours an opaque black with a medium tan head that does not linger. Mild lacing. S- bourbon, wood, molasses, vanilla, coffee, rye, dark chocolate, chalk, roasted malts, cereal grains, tobacco, leather, and raisins. M- medium oily body with a medium to heavy sweet and grainy palate. T- oil, tobacco, chocolate, and chalk up front. Cereal grains, molasses, hazelnuts, maple syrup, and malts in the middle. Ending is a little salty, with rye and some hop notes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2726) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ tasting. Thnx to bytemesis for sending me this. Pours a pitch black beer with a small beige head on top. Aroma has bourbon characters, slightly more booze and some spicy notes going on. Flavor has a bit more balanced sweetness going on, slight peppery notes and a spicy notes. Aftertaste is a bit hot, boozy. A bit more balanced than the previous one. Very nice brew still.


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