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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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...

Vintages:
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)
2016 Imperial Eclipse Stout Evan Williams Single Barrel - (BLACK Wax)

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3.8
Beerhunter111 (20472) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2016
Fast schwarz, geringe beige Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Kaffee, bittere Schokolade, Karamell, Lakritze, Alkohol. Geschmack nach Kaffee, Schokolade, dunkle Früchte, Holz, alkoholisch.

4.1
SinH4 (4794) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 8, 2016
Shared with Koelschtrinker and Beerhunter111. Black color with tan ring. Aroma is black chocolate, vanilla, booze on the second smell. Taste is more black chocolate, some spices, vanilla, toffee, not as boozy as the Elijah Craig 20yo one. Awesome!

3.7
Koelschtrinker (20398) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 8, 2016
Leicht alkoholischer Antrunk, sehr schokoladig. Würzig, nussig, rund süßlich. Konstante Intensität, starke Würzigkeit, weich. Super! 10/12/12/12/11/12

3.9
MarcoDL (4926) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle @ Abijen’s Christmas non-tick tasting. Aroma of vanilla, malt and caramel. Taste has sweet caramelised malt, raisin, toffee and vanilla. Just good.

4
caesar (7153) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle @ Abijen’s Christmas non-tick tasting, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Aroma of roast, bit vanilla, cookie, biscuit, bourbon. Bit sweet in taste, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Nice.

3.7
Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
Clear brown black colour, beige head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, roasted malts, tobacco. Sweet flavour, brown sugar, malts. Finish vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate.
(from 66cL bottle @ abijen’s Christmas non tick tasting - Thornbridge Bar part)

4.1
Bosbouw (2925) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt vol vanille, koffie, kokos. Smaakt vol, kokos, vanille, koffie.

4
Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
Donker bruin bier met een goede beige schuim kraag. Ruikt zoet, rogge, geroosterd, kokos van de Proprietors nog denk ik. Smaakt vanille, koffie, geroosterd.

3.8
ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2015 Poured from a 2010 bottle. Aroma has a moderate dark chocolate note with a light roast and leather presence. Moderate dried fruit notes with raisin and prune being most prevalent. A moderate sherry note as well. Light bourbon notes. Pours black with a small, thick, mocha head that recedes quickly to a faint film that lingers. Light lacing and medium legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with some nice dark chocolate notes as well as hints of dark caramel and toffee. Light roast, tobacco and leather notes. Flavor has lighter dark fruit and sherry notes than the aroma. Faint oak with light bourbon notes in the finish. Some nice raisin and grape notes. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but it seems like the Eclipse series really found their stride after 2010. Oxidation is definitely starting to creep in, but it’s still fairly light in the flavor. 2010 - 3.6 2012 bottle is thicker with less dark fruit, especially in the aroma and more chocolate and bourbon. A light ashy note is present though. 2013 bottle has brighter bourbon and a nicer mouthfeel. Less dark fruit and lacking the ashy note of 2012. Score is based on the best bottle, 2013.

3.7
Ferris (15272) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle - Dark chocolate, molasses and boozy bourbon notes. Deep jet black with a light brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, bourbon notes and a nice light bitter finish.


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