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RATINGS: 201   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
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle share by Brian/Ryan, dark reddish brown/tea colored. Has a noticeable boozy aroma, nice chocolate and some oak. Taste is dark fruit, chocolate, nice barrel notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1846) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
April 25, 2013 - bottle via trade. Very dark brown pour with head that left a thin film. Nice bourbon in the aroma and taste. Another great beer in the series.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber - thanks Ryan! Deep cola / dark brown pour. Smaller frothy head. Nice whiskey/bourbon nose with roasty malts. Smooth palate. Chocolate and roast coffee taste. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2263) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
Had on draft at the brewery. Raisin, alcohol, minty, hot alcohol, barrel thinned this out, bitter chocolate, warming, woody, spicy. A solid beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal. S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze. T - Sweet dark chocolate and caramel malts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, touch of dark fruit, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish. D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is a very smooth and works very well with the base beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 11, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Black wax ]. Clear dark dark black brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, alcohol - whisky - bourbon. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, alcohol, roasted, chocolate, whisky, rye ! Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130315]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6489) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt and berries. The flavor has intense bourbon notes with a great roasted balance. Chocolate, raisins and sweet ripe fruit. Great balance. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
22 oz bottle, 2012, poured into a tulip. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, wood. Taste is a great balance of chocolate, espresso, bourbon, fudge, wood. Great coating mouthfeel. I’ve tried several Eclipses and this was the best so far.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (957) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
I’ll start by saying that Evan Williams is my favorite bourbon. So, buying a duplicate bottle of the Eclipse Evan Williams by "mistake" (as far as my wife knows) turned out to be a blessing because it afforded me the opportunity to try this guy and cellar the other one. It pours an opaque, very dark brown with glints of cola brown around the bottome edge of the glass when held to the light. A 1/2 inch burnt caramel colored head forms and sits atop the nearly black liquid, making the appearance very appealing. The aromas aren’t obtrusive like one would expect with a BA imperial stout. But the oaky vanilla comes through first, followed by some roasted malt, and some faint bourbon last. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect for this beer. Not just the style, but the way this particular beer manifests itself. Despite it being a BA imperial stout, the flavors aren’t huge, so the smooth, creamy, a bit chewy, but not viscous mouthfeel is the perfect combination with the aromas and flavors. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and dark, ripe fruit all come through pretty distinctively. The bourbon alcohol remains on the back of the tongue after the beer has been swallowed. I am really enjoying this one, but not quite as much as the Elijah Craig 12 year old.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11131) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle @ Papsoe tasting. Black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, vinous, bourbon, vanilla and notes of alcohol.


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