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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4 versions of Eclipse this year. Four Roses Single Barrel- 10 year old barrels. Barrels kept in cooler at around 36 degrees F. Approx 250 days aging. Should be a real treat. Estimated bottle count...1150. Subject to change...

Vintages:
2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2010")
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2011")
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2013")
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel version. (RED WAX with "2014")

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1919) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2016 Poured from a 2010 vintage bottle. Aroma is malt forward with moderate chocolate notes, some light roast, hints of leather, tobacco and honey. Light oak notes with medium light bourbon character. Some light dark fruit notes. Pours black with a medium small, thick, mocha head that shows excellent retention as it slowly recedes to the edges where it lingers. No lacing and medium legs. Flavor has a medium light sweetness with a lot of dark chocolate notes. Moderate roast with some light tobacco, leather and ash. Moderate bourbon notes with some light oak. Light honey with hints of anise and dark fruit. Light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice stout but the age has lightened up the malt profile a bit too much and added some anise and dark fruit. 2010 vintage is a 3.8. 2011 vintage has a lot more malt character in the form of richer chocolate notes. There are less honey notes, tobacco and leather as well. Bourbon notes come through cleaner as well. 2011 is a 4.0. 2013 vintage has more dark fruit and leather/tobacco notes than the 2011. The chocolate is also not as rich, but there his a bit more bourbon character. 2013 is a 3.9.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (5021) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2016
(FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Single Barrel) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, marked 3/2013, ABV 11.9% on the bottle. Black coloured body, one finger of dark brown head on top, with good density and retention. Aroma has lots of bourbon and vanilla on the front, then alcohol, some chocolate. Very nice taste with roasted malts and chocolate and plenty of bourbon, light tanines, vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (4179) - NORWAY - JUL 7, 2016
2014 Bottle at Cafe Sara, february 19th 2016. Black body with a small beige head. Roasty aroma with bourbon, mild chocolate notes. Taste is clean coffe, vanilla and chocolate, medium sweet, light alcohol notes, with a cookie aftertaste. Impressive and good, though there are other less hyped beers just as good out there.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MelvinKalksma (1098) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2016

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, vanilla, wood, coconut, bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium brown/dark brown beer.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, vanilla, wood, coconut, bourbon and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. The flavour is amazing, with both the bourbon and Imperial Stout flavours being noticeable. The aroma is too bourbon focussed however.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (476) - DENMARK - JUN 19, 2016
Smell has cocoa, cake and is pretty barrel forward. Somewhat oaky. Taste is great but already has small hints of dust and cardboard due to cellaring. Might have sat on it a year too long. Not underwhelming in any way though. Rounded and oaky actually with a smooth lingering bourbony dark chocolate aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver, bought in 2014
Tagged "2/2013"

Black color with beige head; largely carbonated. Very nice stout with nice bourbon character, well blended together, moderately sweet, some chocolate, quite rich, but not as deep or interesting as the Rum 18y tasted side-to-side, and within the series quite simple.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9429) - Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2016
22 oz bottle with 2011 red wax via trade from notes. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have bourbon on the nose but not as much to the flavor, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of smoke, bourbon, some vanilla and wood, bourbon barrel works pretty well with this some warming alcohol.Another solid offering in this series.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15820) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
Very dark, thin bubbly head. Has a sweet barrely character, sweet brown sugar, and this is complex toasty character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Torrefacto (1496) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2016
Neggro opaco y espuma beis. Aromas de vainilla, maz y bourbon. Cuerpo denso, sabor de bourbon, maz y final de amargor quemado y trago clido

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2016
Black with beige head. Bourbon, coffee, bitter roasted finish. Vanilla, wood, tannines. Sweet aftertaste.


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