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RATINGS: 200   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)


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4.7
   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3104) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClutchMasterson (45) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2599) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3174) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (11812) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
Odense Late Summer Post-Munkekonge Whale Spotting Night. 2012 vintage. Black with a tiny off-white head. Roasted malty aroma with licorice and bourbon. Sweet, roasted flavour with malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. A little to burnt/ashy for my taste

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2014
22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage pours an inky black with some spitty ogf white head. Nose is sweet, molasses, vanilla, caramel, coconut, mild booze, a bit cakey. Flavor is sweet, boozy, caramel, mild chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, rootbeer. Sweet but smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Smell is bourbon vanilla sweet. Black light pour. Taste is chocolate a bit sweet. So so. I’m drunk. Would like it could l cooler.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inbreak (2127) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
16.06.2014, 0,65l bottle (2012 vintage) @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice light brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is kind of mild and balanced at first, before the dry oaky touch cuts through, dark malts, caramel, cocoa, oak, ashes, whiskey, spices. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, caramel, dark sugar, mild sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, whiskey, sour coffee, hints of dried dark fruits. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Nice.


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