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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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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


Treebs' rating

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


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kokobucks (15) - - NOV 27, 2014
First sip was hot and a but syrup like, but as the beer warmed in a snifter the bourbon mellowed. The sweetness of Totality paired with the Elijah Craig 20 year barrels was fantastic. --- RATED

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Big bourbon, vanilla, slightly marshmallowy aroma. Flavor is big, sweet and thick, Some toasted marshmallow. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2302) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle: Wow, my first Eclipse stout. Deep, deep brown around the edges with a jet black center; small tan head fades quickly to a thin collar. Aroma pops with dark cocoa, wood, faint maple syrup, warming & smooth bourbon, mild roasted malt, & a small back-end hint of residual sweetness. Tastes almost like a Hershey’s chocolate bar up front, only darker &lathered in a little bit of bourbon. Again, some back-end maple syrup notes that work their way in nicely. Touch of burnt molasses, dark & bittersweet cocoa beans, & a slight hint of boozy wood lingering on the palate. Semi-thick mouth feel, moderately creamy. Maybe still not worth the price of admission, but a super tasty imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 1 pt 6 fl oz, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014.
Bottle marked 9.5% vol and 2012.
Black color, very small brown head. Alcohol, oak, dill scent, some vanilla. Sweet, alcohol, oak taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Roasted aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yoachim (46) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Flaska på provningen USA comes to Göteborg 2014. Luktar saltlakrits, surt, syrligt, sött, russin, frukt, sött Fin svart färg. Smakar russin, syrligt, sött, fikon, vanilj choklad, alkohol Fyllig.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
(Bottle) Pours near black with a small head. The aroma holds woodshop, vanilla, dill, honey and dark bready malt. The flavour is medium sweet to heavily sweet and near medium bitter with smooth berrel profile, honey, balanced malt and vanilla. The mouthfeel soft, smooth and velvety with a light carbonation. Near full bodied. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cunningham (4916) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Thick oily black body with a small beige head. Powerful nice aroma. Chocolate, oak, vanilla and a bit fruity. Oh yeah I can sip on this all evening. What a lovely brew. Nice balance. Chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and mild fruity flavor. More please. Dangerously well masked alcohol. White wax.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (3795)
- Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Nice full bourbon, oak, sweet aromas. Sweet vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon flavors. Sweet up front, warming on the back end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"FiftyFifty is a good brewery with hit and (more often) miss service, but damn do they know how to make a stout. The iced eclipse and now this, the (older) elijah craig eclipse have been two of the best beers I’ve had in 2012. I need me some of this bourbon! Great balance between the wonderful sweet bourbon aromas, vanilla, malted chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some bittersweet hops in the aftertaste. Super smooth and deeeelicious!"

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopRedHead (393) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black, dark woody head. Big butterscotch, banana, coconut and toffee aroma. Palate parades plenty of said flavours, vanilla bean, more spice like cinnamon and clove. Lots of caramel across the finish. Yeah I’m fucking done!


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