overall
100
96
style
RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Stout aged 225 days in 12 year old Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels. Single Barrel versions AND the bottled blended version (From multiple Buffalo Trace barrels of varying ages) all go here.

Vintages:
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend) = Yellow Wax
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Burralo Trace Barrel) = Yellow Wax
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Buffalo Trace Barrel) = Yellow Wax
2016 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Buffalo Trace Barrel) = Yellow Wax

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dpaquet (420) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle from Pier-luc and Julien, thanks! Pours a pitch black with a small black head that doesnt last really long. No lacing. Aroma is full of vanilla, some cocoa, coconut. Taste is still loaded with vanilla, cocoa, honey, oak. Full body and low carbonation. A desert beer. Probably the stout that has the most vanilla flavor that i had yet (didnt have bcbvs).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5689) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by Pier-Luc, Julien & Benot, thanks! Black with a small beige head. Aroma is rich and somewhat boozy with vanilla, wood, sweetness notes, chocolate, coconut and molasses. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet (but not cloying for the 4 oz pour that I had) with vanilla, wood, coconut, molasses and alcohol... theres not any roasted presence here. Heavy body. Thick mouthfeel. Rich, complex and decadent Imperial Stout. Good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeJslc (778) - USA - APR 20, 2013
Dark brown, beige head. Maple syrup, toffee, raisins, a little chocolate, some dark fruit, hint of leather, bourbon barrel character evident, vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 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 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 bit more subtle here.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2013
Taken from notes - 660 ml bottle shared by Jeffor and Erik at Sloshfest 2012 - 6 in a row... This one is the most toasted and roasted of them all. Hard in the nose and the most edgy in the taste. Full bourbon smell and taste,. Liked it but perhaps the least of em all.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Yellow wax, bottle #1016, vintage 2011 bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown/black body, thin off-white head. Nose of oak and whiskey; also roasty and inky with coffee beans, but dominated by whiskey. Round, soft body dominated by whiskey, which subsumes most of the intensity of the base beer, leaving softer notes of roast, coffee, and chocolate. Spicy. A complex sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, Darkness Day 2012. Dark oily chocolate brown pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought big spice, oak, nice dark fruits, chocolate, the whiskey comes through a bit boozy but works well working into dark roasted and coffee notes, touch of vanilla as well comes through. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruits mixing into molasses, oak, spice notes, nice whiskey in there with a hint of vanilla mixing into some roast, coffee, finishing bitter, dry, slightly boozy and spicy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14377) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, malt. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol, chocolate, malt. Full body. Very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. yellow wax.

[ #610 - 2011 ]. [ Trade by deathcharms ]. ABV: 9.5%. Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, alcohol, alcohol - bourbon, vanilla notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, light buzzy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20121109]

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle #940, 2011 Buffalo Trace edition. Pours a deep chocolate-brown color with a touch of oiliness and viscosity; modestly sized fine-bubbled tan head with solid lacing. Aroma shows fruity ethanol, some assertive roast and bitter chocolate, and just a touch of the caramel-y goodness lurking in the glass. Ill say without reservation that this version was the one I went back to time and again at the 2011 release party: seemingly lighter CO2 and a rounder feel in the mouth made it stand out alongside the slightly more bubbly, more bitter-chocolate-and-roast-forward renditions; after a year in the cellar, a slight hint of oxidation opens this up even further: caramel, milk chocolate, a soft-sweet bourbon character, cola, light char, and some potent vanilla; maybe this is the softest of the group, but I found it the most inviting: its layered flavors offered up like a buffet, more than ready to savor, like the precise opposite of a wine that calls for a decanter. Some beautiful stuff here. Layers of caramel and milk chocolate in the finish, along with a bready toastiness appearing.


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