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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dense malty and liquorice. Smooth bourbon, thick chocolate and malty. Bitter, dark chocolate and malty. Warming alcohol finish. Smooth bourbon chocolate malty into the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (4950) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Bottled @ gbbf, br1 2012, white wax, large sample. Dark color, short brown head. Amazing aroma of choc, bourbon, roast. Taste is soft bourbon, choc, medium sweet and bitterness. Balance is so good, great complexity. Wow. This is how i want my impy and bourbon. Great great stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10091) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at GBBF 2013. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, whiskey, vanilla, hay, creamy, cocoa, prunes, raisins, mint notes, woody, licorice notes, some caramel. Roasted flavor, lots of vanilla, mint, licorice, prunes, dades, warming alcohol, milk chocolate, woody notes, bourbon, caramel, cream. Full bodied. Lovely vanilla finish with bourbon, caramel, licorice, milk chocolate and some prunes. Almost perfection!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3024) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has mild booze and whiskey...toasted coconut and faint vanilla. Flavor has toasted coconut followed by bold roasty coffee, burnt caramel, and vanilla notes...tasty. mouthfeel is medium and the finish is brown sugar/whiskey/coffee...warming.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcmd (310) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Pours black with dark brown edges - looks a bit thin, small mocha head which settles quickly. Smells almost identical to Bourbon County which is a good thing and amazing for a ~10% beer - dark chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, hint of coconut. Taste is great as well - a perfect balance of dark chocolate and bourbon, oak, booze noticeable but provides pleasant warmth - I must say this is the most flavor I’ve experienced in an under 12% beer. Hate to compare it to bourbon county again but this is very similar and almost more drinkable without all the booze and thick body. Great stuff

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal. S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, oak, Bourbon, vanilla, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze. T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet. D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon and oak are very present, but very smooth and balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2169) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle. The sweetest, smoothest, and most mellow bourbon of all of the treatments. I really dig those those caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and dark roasted malts. Good body and mouthfeel. A very nice imperial stout...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1001) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2013
Taken from notes - 660 ml bottle shared by Jeffo and Erik at Sloshfest 2012 - 6 in a row... The mellowest of em all, despite clear and warm bourbon background.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Indecipherable (14) - - MAR 14, 2013
Beautiful aromatic and tasty beer, lots of caramel, chocolate, figs, & bourbon...very black with minimal head, medium sweetness. Very top beer for pure enjoyment.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
Pours black with a small beige head. Wonderfull aromas of bourbon soaked wood and chocolate, a little bit of vanilla and handbag. The mouthfeel is ultraclean and creamy. Taste is softly roasted malt, soft wood, vanilla, coffee. I’ m having a hard time pulling it apart, it’s very complex. The aftertaste has lots of milk chocolate and creamy coffee notes. Absolutely great!


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