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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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...

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2888) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1669) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1335) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3111) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4181) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ vertical eclipse tasting, thanks Mr. Hangover! Aroma is big Bourbon, vanilla, wood, toffee, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, light alcohol and more. Flavour is smooth chocolate, vanilla, oak, more vanilla, molasses, roast, caramel, some alcohol, imho a little bit more smooth then the old Fitzgerald, but also slightly more alcoholic somehow. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1165) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle cracked at mrhangover’s place at his epic Eclipse tasting. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is heavy chocolate, some coffee, lots of bourbon, smooth and a buttload of vanilla. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Very smooth edition. Full bodied with thick texture and a chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1659) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2013 bomber, Bottle run 1 from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. Black wax. Pours black with a creamy khaki brown head into my Teku. Aroma has lots of whiskey barrel notes, subdued vanilla, dark fruits, roast molasses, honey, and a bit of chocolate. Very nice. Flavor is lots of molasses and bourbon with notes of dark raisins and chocolate, and hints of vanilla. There seems to be some wine-like notes with sharpness from the booze and barrel. It finishes with vanilla and leaves a dry oakiness on the palate. Feuit comes out more as it warms. The body is definitely on the thin side for a hefty stout, with low carbonation. While there could be more thickness to this, there is still plenty of flavor and I can see how having this on the thinner side could play well with tasting the different barrels. Overall a nice experience. Looking forward to my other 2 variants in the fridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle @ home.. Thx Daniel L :) … vintage ´10 bottle no 777… It pours very dark brown almost black … roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, licorice, brown sugar, chocolate, warming alcohol… this is very nice! :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olr1984 (1265) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2012 bottle pours of Oily black with a tan head. Bourbon and chocolate aroma. Taste is the same. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3800) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle, pours black with tiny brown head. Notes are banana pie, chocolate, whiskey, fruit and chalky milk. Medium to fuller body. Warming in the chest. Nice version of the eclipse Yo.

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