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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye Barrel

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - 2013 Vintage - Lime (Light Green) Wax
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - 2014 Vintage - Lime Green Wax

Aged in High West Rye Whiskey Barrels (A variety of their Rye Products) from High West Saloon and Distillery of Park City, Utah. (Sourced from the now defunct Seagrams Company)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
2013 vintage. Black with virtually no head. Aroma is dark fruit, chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is bourbon, rye, chocolate, vanilla, chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5016) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2015
AdamC. with share of the 650 ml bottle with lime green wax. Pitch black color, thin lasting head that had lacing. Aroma has a spicy element that isn’t rye, more licorice. I’m not a huge fan of licorice.

This was sampled side-by-side with two other variants of this stout. I have to say the spicy notes and licorice throws this off flavor wise for me. He body is fuller and creamy just as a Impy stout should be. Coffee and chocolate are here. Still good if you can afford the bottle price and lice a spicy licorice notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (590) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler. Pours black with a nice beige head. Aromas of dark chocolate rye and coffee. Taste is amazing wonderful and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1719) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2014 bottle with lime green wax shared by AdamChandler. Thanks, Adam! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, rye. Taste is chocolate, rye, coffee, oak. A bit astringent in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3904) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Bomber, 2014 variant split 6 ways at fridge temp. This obviously is pouring pitch black. Smells really good. There’s some sage, cinnamon sort of aroma. Spicy with chocolate and vanilla. This is really good. Bright, juicy, very intense bitterness with a good spicy finish. It has a dark chocolate taste. there’s some old burnt coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heather_B (133) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Dark brown with tan head. Smells very bourbony. Taste is delicious. I love bourbon. And chocolate. And maybe a bit of vanilla. Not as good as Evan Williams 23 but better than Woodford.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2015
2014 vintage (the wax is more of a yellowish green than pictured here), shared with a number of friends. Viscous dark brown, finely bubble brown head. Aroma is sweet and boozy, chocolate and rye. The palate isn’t as soft or complex as some of the other offerings in this series, with a boozier finish than I’d like. Still a very nice sipper, but just not my favourite in the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirLimpsalot (3025) - SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2015
@ SBWF 2015: Riktig len och mjuk med tydlig whiskeyton och en sammetslen eftersmak. Riktig gott

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1416) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2015
Sample at SBWF, 2014 bottle. Pours jet black with a small tanned head. Aroma is sweet raisins malty roasted. Flavor is as aroma a bit boozy with chocolate, some roast and liquorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1787) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2015
2014 bottle from shelves on my Vermont trip. Pours black with nice brown head. Aroma of lots of char, some fruity notes. Flavor follows with big char and sweetness. But this is way thin, even for an Eclipse variant. It’s too bad they can’t make a base beer that stands up to the barrels, because all the flavors here are really nice. Thicken this beer up, please.

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