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RATINGS: 199   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 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)


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1738) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Ale Alpharetta December Meeting. My first experience of the Eclipse 50/50 series. Had side by side with the Rebel Yell version and this was .1 lower. Still awesome, but the cheaper (debatable) whiskey was a bit smoother in the finish. Black pour. Lots of chocolate, some coffee, great level of bourbon taste. Oaky, vanilla, awesome. Slick/full mouth. Great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4155) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
650ml bottle listed at 11.9%ABV pours black in color with a 2 finger light tan head that retains well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by bourbon with some dark fruits. Taste is dominated by bourbon some roasted grain bitterness and a malty sweetness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Unfortunately, the bourbon overpowers this brew and takes a few points off the score. Still, this brew is worth trying, but not at the $35 that I paid for this bottle. Even more unfortunate is that I have 5 more bottles to purchase at this price.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared by BeerandBlues2. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, prunes, dates, raisins, and dates with vanilla, whiskey, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark malt, dark fruits, light hops and medium bitterness, molasses, vanilla, light whiskey and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2093) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
From a bottle. Pours brown with almost no head. Tastes very strongly of raisins, malt, and grains. Light body and low carbon at I on. Smells like raisins, caramel, and toffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3510) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared by beerandblues2, thanks! Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, alcohol spice, oak, plums, fig, light floral notes, and light raisins. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruit esters, light spicy hops, and some booze; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3092) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. 2012 vintage. Pours an inky black with a tan head. Heavy bourbon nose with a little roast and vanilla in the back. Thick and smooth on the palate. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, and cocoa. Absolutely delicious. Absolutely expensive too.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2974) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours a thick black with a khaki colored head of foam. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla bean, and bourbon. Thick mouthfeel. Some alcohol burn.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 750ml PBFVIII
Dark brown ruby color, small brown head. Vanilla-bourbon aroma. Full-bodied. Bourbon flavor, sweet sticky, vanilla. Nice sipping beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (4598) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2013
11/X/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: na - BR1 2012 vintage (2013-940) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, some big bubbles, but no real head. Aroma: ripe banana when opening the bottle, caramel, sugary, hint of vanilla, bit dusty, alcohol, more dried fruits, some chocolate. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: bit sourish start, alcohol, unripe banana, dried cranberries, of course the obvious caramel, some vanilla, sweet but not sticky, almost lemony sourness. Aftertaste: sourish touch, making it very balanced, caramel, milk chocolate, soft bitterness, dry and sourish ending, very good stuff, oh my!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2013
2010 vintage, thanks Oregonskibum! Pours black with a light brown head which rests down to a ring around the edge of the glass and a oily ring on the surface. Nose has bourbon, wood, slight alcohol and a lot of raisin. Taste has bourbon, dry dark chocolate, raisins, slight alcohol and a peppery/spicy note. Full body, low carbonation, Mouth feel is smooth at first, then dry. After taste is really long, dry/woody and bitter.
Very nice example of a well balanced barrel aged stout.


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