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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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)


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind. 3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. There’s less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but it’s lacking any sort of intensity or complexity. 3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isn’t much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isn’t strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score. 3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it’s within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess. 3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what I’ll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants I’ve had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-21-2012 00:54:35

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2011

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a quickly subsided head.

Aroma: Alcohol, roast, coconut. Sherry, dark chocolate.

Taste: Wood, roast, ash, bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ,low carbonation.

Overall: I had this at the first of my horizontal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (5576) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
22oz bottle, #2504, pours a lightly viscous, opaque black with some clumpy beige head. Nose is coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, cake icing, chocolate, caramel. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, malty, coconut, chocolate, cake icing, caramel, a little wood. Lots of vanilla. Full bodied, sweet, very smooth finish. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2011. Dark brown with spotty bubbles and lacy rings. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, peppery oak and molasses. Body is substantial and hot but not pushing it in either case. Delicate prickly carb lightens and lingers. Taste like the nose with the mellow bourbon set off beautifully against the rich chocolate and molasses. Hints of coconut and raisin. Delish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
22oz, purple waxed bottle. 2011 Vintage, bottle # 3251. Poured a black color, with brown edges and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of wood, earth, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, vanilla creme, lighter roast, and caramel. Alcohol overall well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2449) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2011 Vintage Bottle #2817 ... Black pour light tan head thinned out light lacing ..... aroma is oaky, vanilla and bourbon, caramel malts and coconut ...... taste is of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel malts and a little syrupy with some chocolate as well and slight coconut ... mouthfeel is thick and oily ..... nice and oaky mellow and smooth .. finishes dry and oaky ... this is good stuff loved every sip

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage. Bottle # 2339): Aroma of malt, roast, wood, Whiskey, slight coconut, light coffee, wheat-bread-crust, slight alcohol, and chocolate. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, rocky, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, wood, roasting, burning, char, vanilla, Whiskey, coffee, light chocolate, light tar, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, wood, char, slight Whiskey, vanilla, coffee, light chocolate, slight alcohol finish is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter, as well as slightly dry. 10%ABV is noticeable but not hot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10010) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle… Pours clear and nearly black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The bouquet offers bourbon-soaked fudge, vanilla, vinous dark sherry and a touch of coconut. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and zippy carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of fudge, sweet tawny port, bitter black malt and hops flanked by charcoal. Finishes singed and bittersweet – more bitter than sweet. Kudos to richiesd for providing this bottle!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Getbetter (953) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
From a tap,dark brown,thick body,bourbon, little sweet,great beer yet not for $30 a bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8420) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2011 bottle, # 3022. Pours dark black with some dark brown through direct light, and a clingy tan head. More head than the copper wax. Nose is heavy earthy. woody, cacaoey, with a lot of spirity notes. Tastes pretty rich, very oaky, earthy, malty, with big notes of charred patent malt, raisins and figs, blackberry, and port. A bit more spirity and hot than the copper. Some late hop notes and a taste reminiscent of the scotch barrel beer from Brew Dog.


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