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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

Vintages:
2009 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig) - (Purple Wax)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2015 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1770) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2015 I am starting with the 2009 bottle and will add at the bottom as I go through the vertical. All are poured from a bottle. Aroma has a moderate dark chocolate note with some medium light roast. Moderate dark fruit and sherry notes. Hints of honey and a touch of meat. Light oak and bourbon. Doesn?t smell as oxidized as the 2009 Heaven Hill Eclipse was. Pours black with dark brown hues and a faint, dark brown head that disappears immediately. No lacing and medium legs. Flavor is rich with moderately strong chocolate notes and light roast. Some light tobacco and leather as well. Moderate dark fruit notes with raisin, berry, prune and fig. Medium light sherry note. Light oak and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with low to no carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, better than I was expecting after the 2009 Heaven Hill bottle. Oxidation is pretty much only showing as dark fruit and sherry. Nice, silky chocolate notes. 2011 bottle has a little more chocolate and a moderate amount more bourbon with almost no dark fruit, sherry notes. 2012 bottle is well balanced with some dark fruit and raisins, quite a bit of chocolate and some light leather and roast notes Light bourbon as well. Very balanced, but also slightly boring. 2013 bottle is similar to 2012, but with a righter, richer aroma and flavor. Nice chocolate and bourbon notes with some light oak and roast. Moderate dark fruit notes. 2014 bottle has nice chocolate and bourbon notes but the heat has died down. Thicker mouthfeel with some leather notes and roast coming in. Not much dark fruit. 2014 is probably my favorite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1713) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2016 Bottle at home. Pours nearly pitch black with a light beige head. Nice soft and sweet coffee roast, a tad soy sauce, some green paprica and a decent amount of milk chocolate. Medium body, sweet, low carbo almost flat, tad of alcohol in the back and quite bitter finish. sweet coffee and coffee roast taste. Very nice beer, held up very well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2366) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2015
Bottle shared with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew @ Fermentoren. Blackish pour with a tan head. Notes of roast, dark chocolates, light cherry, licorice with subtle barrel character.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Near headless above an opaque body. Nose of wicked barrel sweetness. Flavour is amazing - boozy, black licorice, burnt sugar, tobacco leaf. Delicious!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6071) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Opaque black with a small tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbony alcohol. Taste of vanilla, wood, bourbon, roasted malts, some smoke, fruit, alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1748) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Shared with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew. Pours a pitch black with a brown small head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, dark sweet chocolate, malt, licorice. Taste has bourbon, booze, vanilla, sweet licorice, roast, dark fruits, dark chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1646) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Enjoyed at Fermentoren Aarhus with the Dangerous Bottleshares crew. Pours a pitch black with a reddish hue and a small tan head. Aroma is roasty with licorice, bourbon and coffee. Taste is pretty sweet with a milk chocolate, bourbon, raisins, a roasty bitterness and a slight alcoholic presence. Low carbonation and a full, sticky body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Pours deep black with a slight brown head. Aroma is raisins, dried fruits, honey, oak and slight vanilla. Taste is hazelnut, vanilla, oak, slight honey, raisins and some chocolate. Full bodied. Thanks Rob!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (1104) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 24, 2015
Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, barrel wood, spice, herbs, earth, toffee, mocha and licorice. Pours black with a noticeable brown foam. Taste brings bourbon, chocolate, oak, toffee, espresso, cocoa nibs, chocolate powder, coffee beans, mocha, vanilla and tree bark. Overall, as expected from the Eclipse series. Extremely decadent chocolate flavors combined with incredibly smooth bourbon. A rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nische (1838) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2015
Sample at SBWF. 2014 bottle. Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet with chocolate, bourbon, oak and roasted malt. Dry and rather bitter finish.


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