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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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


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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1258) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle 2012. Dark brown close to black with a minimal tan head. Molasses, bourbon, warming alcohol, vanilla, sweet chocolate. Medium body, sticky texture, near flat carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and medium bitter. More flat and sticky than the 12 year version. Nåe ringar end tållaaarn.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (12769) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle at home - Easter Tasting. Pitch black - offwhite head. Ryebread, licorice, fruity, some bittenerss, dark fruits, oiley, light sharpness, brown sugar, cake, Sucker.............

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 11, 2014
2012 bottle pours just like all the other eclipses I've had: dark, khaki head. Bourbon is muted in nose but displays some chocolate. Mouth adds nut and vanilla. More cocoa. Big creamy body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle 660ml @Beer Hunters. Vintage 2012. White wax. Opaque black, small off-white head. Roasted, dark fruits, bourbon. Medium-bodied. Toasted, warming alcohol, sweetish vanilla and toffee. More roast and alcohol in the aftertaste. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2830) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2011 vintage, bottle 3,125, from Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, light dark fruits; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, light dark fruits, finale in roasted barley with presence of bourbon, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, light liqueur-like texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, millésime 2011, bouteille 3 125, de Stephen Morris (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse, léger fruits noirs; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse, léger fruits noirs, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de bourbon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2494) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2011 vintage bottle #5253 Pours pitch black with a lacy creamy tan head. Amazing aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel/ toffee, oak and molasses. Flavor of dark chocolate, bourbon, dark coffee, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, molasses and had a smooth warming bourbon finish. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. A great barrel aged imp stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours black with a transient beige head. Aroma is lots of bourbon and a little alcohol. Chocolate! Full bodied. Lots of chocolate and bourbon. Hints of brown sugar. Very mild oak astringency. And it’s very, very smooth and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a transient tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a rich sweet chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a warm bourbon trail. Perhaps my favorite version of Eclipse.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (3464) - GERMANY - FEB 22, 2014
(bottle) pours black in colour with no head. aroma of vanilla, brown sugar and boiled lobster, fudge, barnyard, some light milk chocolate and lots of marzipan. flavour is heavy brown sugar and fudge, with a medium sweetness and notes of toasted malts, marshmallow, chocolate cornflakes, espresso and hazelnuts. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is harsher than ion the 12 year version. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium rye whiskey notes with rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout but some of the harsher notes don’t really comes out clean. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version. I preferred the 12 year old Elijah version to this one base on overall taste being not as smooth as the other version.


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