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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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)

kimjongill's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 23, 2013
From 2012 bottle, fresh. Appearance is not among my favorite stouts. Pours deep black with a thick, dark tan head. Aroma is top notch. Lots of vanilla from the bourbon and chocolate from the malt. Amazing how the bourbon notes come off as separate and not just as a singular "bourbon". Taste and mouthfeel are both spectacular. Overall, I have to knock off an additional point for value, as I feel like this beer is a bit overpriced in general. I would still put it in my top 5 stouts, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4940) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle, 2012. Pours dark clear black, medium tan head, dissipates fairly slowly, decent lacing. Aroma is rich chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses and anise. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, rich and cocoa like, lots of bourbon, some oak tannin, anise again, molasses and a bit of roast. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Solid effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2393) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Dark black pour with beige head... Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts... Flavor is oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol is well balanced... Really nice stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2894) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle from the rotter. 2012 black wax. Nose is fudge and brownies. Some dark chocolate. Decadent. Black pour with dark brown highlights. Minimal head. Tate is a sugary sweet brownie with mid palate warming and a finish that leaves me tingling. Lots of rich chocolate and sugar but well short of cloying or diabetes. Pretty dang good for a big boozy stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (11508) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Waxed bomber 2012 vintage poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, light oak and light roastiness with a smooth lingering chocolate bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Alexey’s place. 2013 bottle. Black with a light brown head. Great aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some licorice, dark fruits, wood, and an alcohol touch. Rather full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1973) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
Pours dark low to no head Aromas of figs, dades, coffee, soy, peated malts Taste has caramel, figs, dades, chocolate, hints of coffee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2879) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of wood, dark chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet and boozy with mellow bourbon finish. Rich, creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (1254) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
From notes. Finally found the long-lost notebook from the 4 Elf Party at Dark Horse on December 13! So, that’s where this was found. Shared by someone as I was wandering around the line making friends. Vintage 2013. The pour is a lighter black than I was expecting to see, but it does have a nice dense, layer of dark tan head and some decent lace. The aroma is heavy malt, with a great roast, though light, and a nice bourbon heat to it. There is definitely some barrel and a nice vanilla undertone. Light cocoa comes through on the back end. The flavor is a little less complex. There is the vanilla and bourbon, but the malts kind of dominate the show here. There is a nice heat on the back end. The mouth feel is a little light. The carbonation I think could be helped here, but it’s not bad at all. Coats the mouth decently, and hangs a couple of seconds. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty, with a hint of bitter chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4228) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 16, 2015
tons of sweet bourbon roasted malt, dark chocolate. Tons of oak and bourbon and excellent balance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simont1 (461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
Big bourbon barrel aroma, oaky, soy sauce like with vanilla, caramel and ryebread. Not that super roasted or dark Imperial stout, more like a slightly roasted barley wine which seems to umph the bourbon barrel aging a ton, in this beer the bourbon barrel drives completely, even though it’s quite thin it, that didn’t seem to matter too much as it’s to me closer to a dark barley wine.

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