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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

Vintages:
2009 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig) - (Purple Wax)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sample from 2011 and 2012 vintages at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Pours dark brown with a medium thin beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky vanilla, bourbon and dark chocolate. The finish is burnt malt and bourbon. Good overall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (379) - - FEB 3, 2013
Very sweet, oaky aroma with some booze. Pours dark brown with basically no head. Very oaky flavor with whiskey and strong booze finish. Excellent! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Hard not to love everything about this beer. Seriously, this brewery has mastered the art of whiskey-aged stouts. Aroma and taste both have tons of cherry cordial, toffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. Thick and sweet and hard to get out of your mouth. I want to live next door to this brewery!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2042) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2013
2012 bottling Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma coming out of my glass is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey with a touch of ethanol burn lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout, the bourbon adds a nice sweetness that really compliments this version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (563) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
From bottle at Pangea Two Brews. This is the first bourbon beer I’ve had where I felt the bourbon was working with the beer. Aroma is chocolate and marshmallow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Draft. Black/brown beer with a low cream head. Bourbon aroma. Bourbon and light chocolate flavor with light vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon and light chocolate lingers with light roastiness. Well put together.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlexChillton (18) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle on 12/31/12 Mini Horizontal tasting with Eclipse Imperial Stout Elijah Craig 12 yr (this beer) and Mellow Corn. This one was better. Incredible depth and some fantastic bourbon notes. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (564) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Appearance was jet black with tiny tannish creamy diminishing head, no lace. Aromas are whiskey, oak, hints of coffee, vinailla and alcohol. Taste was dominated by oaky whiskey, hints of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, way to much heat. Palate was soft smooth CO2 with medium-full body, then lasting alcoholic smooth finish. To much heat now, aging will smooth out.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Purple wax. Pours jet black with brown head. Nose/taste of bourbon, vanilla, roast coffee, oak, roast chocolate malt and milk chocolate fudge. Medium body. Hint of bourbon in the finish. Very smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Worth the money if you're into this kind of thing. Fantastically balanced overall. The bourbon aging is so smooth - don't really think about it, te beer was meant to be this way. Oak, vanilla, hot alcohol burn, heavily roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate, and sweet honey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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