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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
23rd October 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Smooth palate, superfine carbonation. Light and minerally fresh. Smooth dark chocolate. Smooth bourbon. A little dark fruits Soft finish. Unsurprisingly very similar to the 12 Year but this is smoother and more well rounded and just errrrr better!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11841) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle at THE Eclipse Tasting, London. Bottle #1511, white wax. Many, many thanks to Bruce for providing this fella. Pours black-brown with a frothy, bubbly tan head. Boozy brownie nose with notes of molasses and brown sugar. Rich, sweet flavor with heavy dark chocolate, dirt, some alcohol, brown sugar, chocolate cake. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Moderately warming on the finish with more brownies, booze-soaked raisins, some baking cocoa, mellow roast, brown sugar and other dark fruits. Excellent. One of the best Eclipse beers on the evening.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (1900) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Yeah same table as the 12 year but this was much better. Smooth and deliciousness in a bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Very dark pour with vanilla and bourbon. Actually liked the 12 year variant a touch better but this is awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle at Dadtoberfest. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malts, bourbon/brandy, dark fruits, dark chocolate, and caramel candies. Good big barrel presence without being overpowering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4920) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Eclipse Tasting. White waxed bottle #1511. Cheers to Bruce for bringing this along! The pour’s deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is soft toffee, rum raisin cake, woody bourbon and sweet treacle. The taste is toasted wood, rustic roasted malts. Hints of sweet marshmallow and plums. Light chocolate. The finish is slightly hot bourbon, touches of vanilla. The body’s big and oily, smooth. Overall, a very nice imperial stout. I thought this edged the 12 year edition by a nose.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
22 oz. white waxed bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle # 4685. A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass. S: Very smooth bourbon, some nice roasted malts, toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate. Very balanced and the barrel is well integrated. T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Really nice smooth and semi sweet bourbon. Some milk chocolate with a great barrel presence. Some light oak, but nice vanilla and caramel sweetness. There is a great roasted malt bitterness as well. The finish is nice and sweet. M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish. O: The is definitely the best of Eclipse variants. Great barrel presence and everything is perfectly integrated. Very nice. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-07-2012

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
bottle shared by Matt at Dadtoberfest! deep, dark and tasty. ton of bourbon and chocolate malts, oaky goodness and some campfire notes. Brown sugar sweetness and finishes with some boozey warmth.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
2011 vintage, bottle #1759. Okay where do I even start? Fucking awesome! Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is a complex array of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, chocolate and anise. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, black licorice, charred oak and soy sauce. Full bodied with just a slight carbonation. Great finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1338) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
22 oz bottle, bottle 3768 / 2011. Pours brown black with a small dark brown head that quickly foes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet molasses and dark fruits with a lot of sharp whiskey.

The flavor is roasted malts and sweet sugary dark fruits with a lot of sharp burnt alcoholic whiskey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it’s too sweet and boozy for me. It does mellow some as it warms, but still very sweet.


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