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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)


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ZMDR1975 (8) - Laurel, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2013 does not count
One of my top 5 best beers I ever had...so good that I am aging 2 of them for next 2 years. Vanilla, Chocolate, and Bourbon. Great thick flavor. Pour down in Tulip glass and pretty much it was total black. Sweetest beer I ever had!

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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
This bottle came to me thanks to largadeer and westcoastbeerlvr on BA, who transported it from the brewery to the possession of nickd717. So for this bottle I really have to thank nickd717. He is the man. Pours pretty much jet black in color with a lasting one-finger tan head. The aroma is amazing. Incredible whiskey aroma with -bals and chocolate and coffee on the background. Just heavenly shit. The flavor is just a slight letdown i.e. phenomenal. Coffee, rich dark chocolate, roast, toffee, and an amazing -bal flavor of oak and vanilla. Amazingly smooth on the mouthfeel with full body and soft carbonation. Just a tiny bit boozy. Shit dogg, they did it again. Eclipse is ridiculous. Almost a perfect RIS, and probably will only get better with age. This one is also surprisingly good considering that itís the least rare 2010 version, and rarer almost always means better.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (949) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Iíll 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 arenít 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 arenít 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.

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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcclainc50 (172) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pours an inky black with an off white head leaving decent lacing. Aromas of coffee chocolate and a touch of whiskey. Tastes of deliciousness, notes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of the whiskey. Absolutely fantastic beer worth seeking out!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle, generously shared by Cory. Pour is predictably viscous, black, with a small tan head. Aroma is huge vanilla, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy, lush, with a long mouth coating finish. Flavor is deep deep bourbon, oaky vanilla, nutty chocolate, and a touch of char. Incredible; probably the most well integrated and sexy use of Bourbon barrels Iíve tried yet. Does not necessitate more aging.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
UPDATED: APR 13, 2011 Bottle #172 Evan Williams version. Shared with friends at Funky Buddha. Not super thick, but very dark with a nice oily lacing. Aroma is boozy with hints of vanilla. Flavor has hints of chocolate, cream, and bourbon. It wasnít as boozy as I thought it was gonna be but that was a great surprise though. Very smooth and very drinkable. One of the better bourbon barrel stouts Iíve tried.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2011
These guys kill it again!! Dark pour, creamy tan head. Rich and boozy aroma and flavor. Tons of fudge, toffee, prunes.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
sample at Dr Billís GABF Tasting at Falling Rock on 10/1/11. pitch black pour with a small tan head. bourbon nose with chocolate. medium body - smooth - bourbon - oak - dark fruits - light sherry. perfect level of bourbon. warming finish - smooth with bourbon, oak and vanilla. awesome beer!


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