FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel

RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (5537) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 29, 2016
Black, beige head, fruity aroma, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, fun, flavor is fruity, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, coconut, hot, fun, full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vincentvega72 (505) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
Zwart olieachtig bier met fijne schuimkraag. Lekker boozy en mooie warme volle smaak van de whiskey barrel aging. Koffie, whiskey, eik, licht gebrand. Lange warme smooth afdronk. Topbier.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciocanelu (1740) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
2012 vintage. Dark brown color, brown head. Aroma has lots of sweet bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, dried dates. Taste is full of dried fruits like dates and figs, bourbon is in the background, adds just some complexity without booze or sweetness. Body is quite light for the style. Really complex flavors, smooth and mellowed out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2016
2013 bottle. Held up nicely. Pours a dark black/brown, some hazy streaks, small bubbly tan head. Aromas of a very nice and smooth bourbon, slight vegetal, old coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Flavor follows with smooth bourbon up front, bits of old coffee and semi sweet chocolate, mild vegetal, roasted malts. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, smooth finish. Bourbon definitely smoothed out with the age because there was no heat or burn. Really solid and exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (2277) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 23, 2016
Sample at a tasting. Sweet chocolate and molasses and full of barrel, oak vanilla. Balanced, with a smooth chocolaty sweetness. Nice warming alcohol. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (6876) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 3, 2016
650ml bottle [2012 vintage, 9.5%]. Jet black colour with late awakening, average, thick, creamy, mostly lasting, moderately lacing, beige to tan head. Rich and complex dark malty aroma, chocolately, leathery, hints of treacle and vanilla; with warming up the leather is eclipsed in the background, nuttily flavours come in, some honey as well, the remaining leather flavour isnt free from garlic influences. Taste is moderately sweet dark malty, notes of honey, treacle, chocolate, vanilla; super soft, smooth, silky and minimally sticky palate, creamy, viscuous texture. Less complex than expected, a good deal of flattering sweetness makes it rather easy drinkable. Im looking forward to see how much variety other editions will represent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (5180) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2016
(FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Single Barrel) Bottle 650 ml at home, vintage 2012, served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% printed on the label, BR 1/2012 marked on the bottle. Pitch black colour on the body, tall and a bit thin dark brown head on top, with good retention. Plenty of bourbon and vanilla on the aroma, dominating almost, then some liquorice and alcohol. Great taste, very bourbon driven, vanilla, chocolate, light roasted malts towards the finish,tanines, wood, light alcohol. Thick body with soft carbonation, sticky on the palate. This one is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9685) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2016
22 oz bottle with black wax via trade from notes. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, a hint of smoke, bourbon, some vanilla and wood, bourbon barrel works pretty well with this some warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8373) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Bomber to snifter (2013 vintage, bottle run no. 2 - black wax; thanks Ferris). Looks good; a very dark (almost dull black) cola with foamy beige head. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, oak, mild roast, and a bit of unaversive oxidation. Tastes like it smells, but less rich, with a mildly bitter medium full-bodied mouthfeel thats slightly warming on the finish. Enjoyable, and drinks easier than 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevoj (4309) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2016
Catch up rating from Saturdays RIS bottle share. Thanks Rich! What a way to cap the night. A standout from start to finish. Warm, welcoming boozy aroma, taste brings in elements of wood and whiskey, and lots of sub-currents of chocolate and molasses. All around excellent.

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