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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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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)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (3398) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
11 oct 2013, bottle. 2011 purple wax edition. Black. Nose is oaky and cherries, alcohol, bitter chocolate. Med body and mildy fizzy. Bitter chocolate, delicious sugary syrup, big alcohol. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2852) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 22 oz bottle. BR 1, 2012 bottle. Opened in honor of the Breaking Bad finale. Pours pitch black with a small frothy head that fades to a ring. Great aroma of musty oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, tobacco, and molasses. Taste is moderately sweet and boozy. Lots of bourbon barrel flavor but itís not harsh at all. Chocolate and caramel come through nicely, especially in the finish. Medium to thick body. This is a really good, smooth, boozy sipper. Nice balance in flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle pours brown black with thin tan head. Aroma bourbon, roast, malts. Taste follows with malts, roast, a little coffee and chocolate, slight oak. Finish mild roast and oak, bourbon. Palate a bit thin, nice alcohol burn, slight carbonation. Very nice, a little fuller palate would have pushed it higher.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlangevi (2) - USA - SEP 16, 2013 does not count
One of the more complex stouts, notes of roasted coffee, honey, and burbon. Has some burn for a stout. If this wasnít $30 a pint and didnít smell like piss it would be near the top of my list.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wrstlr152 (8) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2013 does not count
Amazing stout with a touch of honey and a Burbon finish. One of the best stouts I?ve ever drank.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12870) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle shared a GBBF í13, 13/08/13, massive thanks to Joris for the pour. Mid black with a thin tan head. Nose is bourbon, oak, honey, dark roast, chocolate. Taste comprises dark roast, booze soaked wood, chocolate, dark fruit tones, bourbon, sugars, molasses. Full bodied, smooth on the palate massages the throat, fine carbonation. Good stuff indeed !

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark, opaque, black with tan head. The aroma of this beer is one of the best in the 50/50 options. Smell is big booze, vanilla, oak, bitter chocolate, roasted burnt coffee, malts and dark fruits. Taste is simply amazing. Big vanilla, oak, toffee, leather and tobacco from the Elijah Craig barrel. Also chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar and booze. Full bodied well balanced creamy beer. This is one of my favorite stouts out there!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle shared at Danís Birthday Tasting (Lyons, IL). 2012 Vintage. Pours a deep dark blackish hue, dark and near opaque. Some gentle brownish glow on the edges and bottom. Firm lacing with tannish frothy head atop, laces ok. A bit spirit driven, vanilla and whiskey compliments some toast, oak, and warmth. Initial is a bit hot, medium bodied with some firm spirit, toast, roast. Mellow coffee, some toffee, vanilla, and more oak. A bit thinner and hot. Middle is a bit warm, fudgey, and roasty. A bit odd. Backend is a bit toasty, carmelized, and sweet. Some vanilla, oak, and gentle smoke. Finish is a bit sweeter and spirit driven, a touch thin. A touch hot but quite nice I think.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2013
2012 Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with fine, moderate brown head. Some thin, stringy lacing. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, bourbon, with hints of chocolate, mild roast. Smells inviting though less intense than the 20 year Elijah Craig. Flavor is mild bourbon up front, mildly vanilla, sweet, honey, with a mild roast finish. Chocolatey, vanilla, oaky, bourbon aftertaste. The flavor is pretty good, but a bit of a let down for the price. Barrel comes across as thin. Soft carbonation, medium body, seems a little light and thin for the style. A fairly good bourbon barrel imperial stout, though I will pass on FiftyFifty next time. These eclipse imperial stouts are way overpriced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Aroma: raisin, dark chocolate, bourbon. Appearance: Dark brown, ruby tint. Beige and foamy head. Taste: Almost overpowering brown sugar, oak, sugary raisin. Palate: relatively thin, average carb. Too much sweetness. This is a tongue killer. This beer is too much for two people to drink from a 1pint 60z bottle.


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