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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Mellow Corn Barrel

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - 2012 Vintage - Gold Wax

Aged in Mellow Corn Bourbon barrels

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (873) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2014
BR2/2012. Krämig och fyllig. Lite spritig men ingen fara när man är lite avtrubbad. Riktigt fin och balanserad i övrigt

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2014
22 oz. bottle shared by Eric S. at Phatdog1ís house. BR 1 written on the front label. Pitch black with light head retention. When the stout is swirled around it leaves an oily film around the edges. Nice mellow whiskey notes of oak and vanilla. Flavor starts off sweet with toffee, with vanilla and marshmallow through the middle. After the sip I did get a slightly different aftertaste I havenít experienced in a stout. I have never had Mellow Corn Whiskey butÖ I have to say that must be the influence. The texture on my tongue was oily with the body in the medium range. I didnít pick up any of the 9% ABV level. For me I really liked it and canít wait to try some of the other barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1078) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2014
22oz bottle pours a oily black with a small tan head. Bourbon vanilla and malt aroma. Taste is the same with a bit of a dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Split with Tom and Chris. Pours pitch black. Beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate fudge, cherries, honey, and whiskey. Mouth is full and creamy. Taste is chocolate and cherries with some booze in the finish. Pretty damn delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle with Pat and Chris. Pours black with tan head. Nose is chocolate, licorice, rye,booze. Medium body. Some corn notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
2012 gold wax bootle. iíll be damned if i didnít enjoy this. pleasant dark roasty chocolate. coffe offered (accpeted). bourbon chill compliment. molasses also offered. chocolately sweetness balanced nicely by roasty dark chocolate bitterness, and some soft bourbon barrel notes. pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottles from Caponeís, Blue Dog Lansdale, and Smithís. Pours oily jet black with minimal head. Nose is bourbon, oak, molasses. Tastes thick on the palate, with flavors of bourbon, molasses, oak, mild prune and fine tobacco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (953) - Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pours a very dark brown with a short-lived head. Chocolate nose. Smooth, thick mouthfeel. Chocolaty, oaky, and vanilla flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Poured this at a good temperature with an average sized light brown, foamy head that soon settled to a splotchy cover and ring with a bit of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is molasses, malt, roast, vanilla and on the mild side. Flavorís like nose, sweet is dominant, backed with good carbonic tang and just right bitter, well balanced. Honey is in the background along with oak. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is just a tad warming, just like flavor, and tapers moderately. Easy drinking. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2013
The beer pours like thin oil or thick coffee. It sits in the glass a chocolaty black with a nice little scrim of bubbles that initially made a head above the beer. The head/scrim is a creamy yellow color with khaki hints and is made of nano bubbles that make a smooth and creamy appearance as they pack together. Lacing from the beer is slick, and the legs are light but definitely apparent on the glass. On the nose, this beer is all about the whiskey. Big, bristling and sweet alcohol rush the nose bringing hints of corn alcohol, and sticky corn syrup. This is a phenomenal whiskey-scented beer; it is fresh and snappy on the nose. Beneath the whiskey sits gentle caramel roast alongside tropical coconut, and some slight dark raisin notes. My girlfriend picks up hints of salted caramel as well. On the tongue, the beer tastes hot in alcohol with sticky sweetness coming from the malt and the whiskey mingling. The finish of the beer is dry however, leaving a light bite of acid in the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as spicy alcohol with hints of coconut. The coconut eventually folds out on the tongue into sweet corn whiskey with touches of tannic oak that works to dry the cloying sweet whiskey flavor. Malt plays second fiddle in this beer, lacing a light caramel undertone to the beer and appearing as a mellow candied caramel in the aftertaste. The finish runs hot with cloying whiskey and a touch of coconut and tannic oak. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body with a very soft carbonation. The beer feels smooth and velvety, showing a little of the honey as it caresses the tongue. It bites a little on the tip of the tongue as the beer finishes, which cuts back on the softness of this beer, but it still is quite a soft beer. Overall, this is a hugely whiskey-heavy beer, but it tastes great because of it. My bottle was several months old but the whiskey was still hot as ever on the tongue, and provided a nicely complex flavor for me to ponder. It was a little too hot in alcohol for what I normally like in a barrel-aged stout, but it was still very good to sip on and very tasty. The beer was also gigantically pricey, but my girlfriend is amazing and bought it for me and I thank her greatly. A beer worthy of a try, though I donít think I will get it again; this is a great beer to split among friends.

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