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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4284) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle @ rlgk. Pours jet black with a nice lacing tanned head. Aroma is sweet malty caramel a bit fruity. Flavor is as aroma drinkable vanilla bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2658) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
Pours black with quite a large frothy mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, honey, muscoado sugar, vanilla, oak. Taste ischocolate, vanilla, bourbon, honey, muscovado sugar, roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9208) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"though the price keeps going up (enough to price me out, but a friend bought this one) the quality of the last two isn;t up to par with the Elijah Craig or heaven Hill from 09). nice bourbon vanilla roasted chocolate aroma, and it was still very very smooth, but thin. and though the flavor was quite nice, similar to the aroma, it came across as juuust a bit weaker and one dimensional. still a VERY nice beer, but at this price, it needed to be elite...and is not."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2483) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
2012 bottle from Capones. Pours a dark black with a generous dark mocha head that eventually fades to just a ring around the glass. Cannot get over the aroma on this one...amazing combination of coffee, tobacco, dark chocolate, roasted and slightly burnt malt, thick/syrupy vanilla (almost distilled like), nice oak presence with a bit of bite, some tannin notes, alcohol is present but does not overwhelm and creates an additional level of complexity. Full body and mild+ carbonation, becomes quite dry with some tannin and bourbon notes on the finish, dry and by far the best version I’ve had. Highly recommend drinking your 2012 bottle now if you have one...delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle at Mane Liquor Eclipse tasting. 2012 version. Pours dark brown with a sticky tan head. Nose is full of dark fruits and fudge - very sultana and raisin forward with loads of sweet dates. Some coconut shines nicely. Taste is very coconut driven with loads of dark fruits with heaps of vanilla and oak. A damn well integrated barreled beer. I like it

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClutchMasterson (64) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pours a pitch black with slight mocha brown head. Aroma is of coffee, mocha and slight hint of raisin. That bourbon smell comes out as well. Off the bat a strong espresso and bourbon oakey flavor hit you and then chocolate and with a slight bitterness on the end. So good though and I wish I could taste some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
dark black, sticky head, not oily in appearance. Smells like chocolate sunday with quite a bit of whiskey and fudge brownies. well this is pretty old. vanilla and cocoanut are present with anise, herbal peppery and fudge and cookies. oily. still has some booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5767) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle thanks to Adam Jackson. 2012 vintage. Pitch black color with no head at this point. Aroma is light oak, chocolate, mild bourbon.

Flavor is good however it does show a touch of oxidation in the finish. Still pretty good, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, molasses and of course bourbon. Should have been consumed about 7 - 8 months ago. The body is still thicker and full and that’s what I want in an Impy stout. Still damn tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (19881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, thanks! Black color, fluffy brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of creamy vanilla, coffee. Taste is smooth chocolate, vanilla, brandy. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15323) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle @ Odense Get Together Short Notice, August-14. Pours black with a creamy head. Nose is roast and oak. Some licorice and charcoal. Bourbon and vanilla. Smooth and slick. Waauuuw. Tasty! Thanks to SFHOdense for sharing.

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