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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 250   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle, 22oz. 2012 vintage. An almost clear one, at least it looks so. Hard to tell actually, it’s really dark brown in color. A small, dark beige head sits on top. The aroma is roasted and lightly coffeeish, with a sugary spiced touch, some booze, dark chocolate and toffee. It’s full-bodied and warming on the palate, perhaps a bit sweet, and with a nice carbonation level. Roasted malts, caramel sugary malts, some bourbon and wood, a spiced hint and some licorice. Lasting finish. Nice indeed, a sipper well worth a try. 140616

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle (2012), shared with BBGTC feat. Yngwie and Meilby. Jet black body, small off-white head. Nose is dark chocolate, burnt sugar, coffee, licorice, mild bourbon woody tones, mild gunpowder-like smokey tones and hints of leather and alcohol. Taste is bourbon, wood, smokey coffee tones, caramel, alcohol, sweet licorice and hints of leather and Christmas spices. Medium to full body and carbonation. Highly pleasant and complex BA imperial stout, yummy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (10311) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle 650ml vintage 2012 @ ClubGonzo
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol, oak, vanilla, some spices, vinous, licorice and hint of molasses. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, vinous, chocolate and licorice finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3759) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
Vintage 2013 (2/2013, cire noire). Une bière noire avec une mousse brune, rien de plus classique. Un nez boisé avec des notes de téquila (il me semble). Un peu de rôti. Une bouche passable aqueuse, sucrée, touche de chocolat et d’amertume en fin de bouche. Un peu chaude et agressante. Elle manque de finesse. (Merci SlovakSniper).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4313) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
Cire noire. Version 2013. Une petite tête brune flotte sur un liquide opaque qui m’apparaît visqueux. Une dentelle s’installe au fil des gorgées. Le nez est chargé par la barrique et par des malts qui avancent des notes de caramel foncé, de chocolat, de café, d’épices et de noix de coco grillée. Le goût est aiguisé par le bourbon tandis que son boisé tranche les malts qui veulent être riches. En bouche, le liquide est de très bonne densité. La texture est moelleuse. Le pétillement s’acquitte bien de sa tâche. La finale est longuement douce, relaxante et bien touchée par le bourbon, la mélasse et le chêne noirci. Cette bière qui est pour le moins agréable à boire ne sait pas comment faire pour me renverser. Bouteille partagée avec rodenbach99.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle shared by Jeffo at the CMLSG14 cellar tasting. Pours pitch black with a tiny light beige head. Nose is lots of boozy bourbon and a bit of vanilla. Lacks balance and depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle, vintages 2012 and 2013. Near black with tan head. 2013: Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, metal, rust and dried fruits. Taste is soft, boozy, vanilla, bourbon with a fairly sharp finish. 2012: Aroma is softer and more mature and has additional banana and solventy notes. Taste is way softer, adds some green apples, dark chocolate and more balanced. (score 6 4 6 4 14)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4514) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). Vintage 2012. Shared by Jeffo, thanks! Black with a small brown head and some lacing. Aroms is of bourbon, coffee, alcohol, moderate sweetness (not overwhelming), vanilla and chocolate notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, roasted notes, caramel, chocolate, chocolate and light bitterness. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky finish. Decent barrel-aged RIS. Some complexity. Well constructed, but nothing stand out. Balance isn’t bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (2459) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, 2012. Dark brown close to black with a small tan head. Bourbon, coconut, dark chocolate, honey, light warming alcohol. Medium body, medium sweet and bitter, soft carbonation, creamy texture. A bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3567) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Pours an opaque black with a small light beige head. Sweet and dry with lots of vanilla and some coco nut. Also aromas of candy, cocoa and caramel. Hints of sweet licorice. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry and sweet finish.

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