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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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)

GG's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4oz sampler -

Stopped by one the way up to Reno and they had this one on tap. I asked the server which barrels they used and he confirmed it was Evan Williams. Aroma has a nice balance of bourbon, vanilla, wood, light chocolate and a touch toasted malts. Flavors really focus on the bouron and wood and the rich malts kind of take a back seat. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Seems to be overly unbalanced with the bourbon, but still a really nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8423) - 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 (1883) - 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 (2798) - 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 (999) - 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 (4112) - 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 (416) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2939) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2015
Black waxed 2013 bottle at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep black with thin ring of tan bubbly head. Aroma of big barrel notes, vanilla and whiskey, barely there roast notes. Taste follows, big on the barrel, smooth and sweet, chocolate hints. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4675) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
22oz 2013 black wax capped bottle from Spirits Brick Blvd. Poured a great looking pitch black sollid body under a full thicker foamy dark beige head. Aroma/flavor is smooth for a big beer. Notes of whiskey, smooth chocolate, vanilla extract, dark fruit skins, char and barrel and a touch of vanilla pudding. Awesome big body that is full and creamy, milkshake like, with soft carbonation. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6442) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2013 and served in BCBS snifter: Pours near opaque with a fading but still lasting frothy tan head and minimal lace some oily tears. Rich vanilla, marzipan, fig, and dark chocolate overtones along with moderate to light anise, roast, char, leather, tobacco, oak, hazelnut and even some smoke. This is amongst the lower roasted of the versions I have had, pretty darn sweet but not not tooth hurting. Love the mouthfeel, vinous and lush but still quite drinkable. Glad to try this now retired brew, yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1689) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is liquorice, bourbon, wood, dark fruits. Full bodied, slightly slick mouthfeel, fantastic balance of roasty and sweet dark fruit. Taste is prunes, dates, liquorice,bourbon. Nice

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