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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in special release Elijah Craig 20 Year Bourbon Barrels

Note from the brewer: The white wax 2011 Eclipse was all 20 year. There was no such brand when we acquired barrels, so we called it 18 year. We have since found out that the 20 year old barrels were dumped for a 20yo Elijah Craig special bottling.

2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18/20 Year Barrel) = White Wax
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) = White Wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1368) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2015 2011 Vintage bottle. Aroma is moderately chocolate forward with some light roast notes. Hints of leather and dark fruit. Moderate bourbon notes with light oak and hints of almond and vanilla. Light alcohol spice. Pours black with a a medium small, medium thick, mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers along with a thin film in the center. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is decadent chocolate with some medium light sweetness. Light roast and dark fruit notes with faint leather. Medium bourbon notes with some light oak. Medium light vanilla and almond with hints of coconut. Light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and silky with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a very nice beer. Good chocolate notes with balanced sweetness. The roast and dark fruit add complexity without being too strong. Good bourbon notes add great barrel complexity. 2012 bottle has a little more dark fruit and leather notes. Flavor has a bit less vanilla too. Nice chocolate notes though. I think I like the 2011 more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
2011 vintage, bottle 4138 Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Complex aroma with a prominent barrel presence that compliments the base beer without completely obliterating it’s characteristics. Lots of dry oak and spicy bourbon along with subtle vanilla and toasted coconut followed by a robust roasted malt presence. Slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate, gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. Nice balance of oak, spirit and roasted malt preventing it from becoming acrid or overly boozy in the nose. Medium bodied with a strong barrel character that’s decently integrated into the flavors of the base beer. Very dry with lots of charred oak and spicy bourbon lingering over the deeply roasted dark malts into a bone dry finish. Unfortunately not as complex as the aroma suggests with the dry wood flavors eliminating the vanilla/coconut notes. Plenty of spicy bourbon flavor but it’s not hot or tough to drink. Also, it’s not as tasty as the 12 year treatment, tasting like a different bourbon to me all together. Underneath, there is a complex malt backbone with a balance of roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and sweet fudge/chocolate cake notes. This is still a really good beer but the oak presence is a bit too strong for my liking and the bourbon flavor didn’t live up to my expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (11793) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Etched bottle - pours black tan head - nose and taste whiskey, honey, roast chocolate, oak, vanilla - medium body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle from Great British Beer Festival 2013. White wax seal. Opaque thick looking, very dark to black beer with a slight brown tan head which dissipates quickly. Nose is big yeast extract (or Marmite), Bourbon, vanilla, oak wood, little sherry or sweet white wine vinous, roasted malt. Taste is thick, luscious, Bourbon, yeast extract savory, roasted malt, sherry, vanilla, oak wood. We drink this as an after dinner digestif and it worked well, because of the Bourbon and sweet vinous character. Hard to drink a lot though. Shading into slightly cloying if more than a small glass imbibed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (2490) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
2011 bomber bottle shared with 2 friends. Poured a dark Brown to black colour with a small tanned head on top. Nose has a lot of charred oak, vanilla, toffee and roasted malts. Campfire smoke, and not as much bourbon anymore as what used to be i think. Some fainted red fruits and a hint of plums and raisins. With Some subtle bourbon notes. Very complex and aged very Well. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4234) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting. Shared by hackobock, thanks!

>>> A tasty fudge forward bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

+ Fudge/chocolate is the dominant flavor but it is well surrounded by bourbon, vanilla and caramel
+ Interesting palate with a full body and soft carbonation that add to the thick oily impression of the mouthfeel. Nice alcohol warmth
There’s some ashes notes that doesn’t fit well in the flavor profile
It doesn’t have the depth and cohesion from the best of the style

Flavors: Chocolate / fudge, bourbon, vanilla, ashes, coffee, caramel, alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle 660ml. Pours jet black with low off-white head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sugar. Palate: Full bodied. Low carbonation. Overall: Nice malt features. Good chocolate/coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2483) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a beige/almost brown rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla, coffee and alcohol. Taste is on the sweeter side and offers chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon and alcohol again. Body is full, carbonation soft and mouthfeel is rich and syrupy. Overall a good BA imperial stout, I can’t say I’ve been wow’ed by it but it was still really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2015
pours unclear dark brown with a small reviving beige cap, reviving and leaving nice lacing. molasses, milk chocolate, burnt nuts/hazelnuts, vanilla, sweet soy sauce, clean. light to low carbonation, medium-full body - oily; semi-sweet and incredibly smooth woody finish. very good bourbon BA stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (2275) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2015
Flaska från Brewing International via privatimport till SB. 18y barrel. 2012. Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, vanilj, bourbon, marsipan, romrussin och fat. Rund och len, fin beska, stor sötma, kraftfull och karaktär i smakerna, välbalanserad. Riktigt gott!

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