NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at FoBAB 8. This is the Elijah Craig version. Same appearance. Nose is much nicer. Perfumey bourbon, vanilla and toast. Chocolate and anise peak through. On taste, well integrated bourbon notes prevent it from being a bourbon bomb. Nice spicy oak notes as well. Probably my second favorite of the lot. 9-5-8-4-16 (4.2)
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purple wax bottle 99/2009 Thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a fading tan head over a black body. Aroma of chocolate, earth, cologne, bourbon, fusel, coconut tanning lotion, and fresh bread. Taste is rich, chocolate, wood, bourbon and sugar cookie. Creamy carbonation.
bhensonb (12322) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catchup from the past. Bomber from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Purple wax. Bottle No. 106. Year 2009. Pours very black with a 1 finger tan head. Strong aromas of oak and vanilla. More than full bodied with rather mild carbonation. The flavor is very smooth burnt malt, with treacle, vanilla and oak. Compares very favorably with Paradox. It develops complexity, and shows a little heat. Very, very good. Worth the cost? You only live once. And the aroma continuously tantalizes, and the taste ditto. Try to try it.
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I drank this originally from a tasting glass at NotB then re-reviewed and scored off a bottle from Nate on 3/20/2011... The beer pours a super dark black, hardly any head though. Poor lacing... The aroma is great, chocolate brownies, vanilla, bourbon finish. Not decadent or overstated, very restrained. Outstanding... The taste is superbly balanced, tastes great, and easily crushable. Fudge brownies, vanilla, light bourbon, a nice warm alcohol sensation in the middle, and the finish has some nice roasted coffee notes. The full spectrum is displayed and perfectly integrated. I had the PVW last weekend I think I almost prefer this, would love to do a side-by-side comparison.
I originally rated this a 4.6, this time its deservedly higher.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/26/10. 2009 elijah craig #147.
dark. almost black with a soft tan head.
milk chocolate aroma... bits of creamy, brown sugar, ash, spice, roast, vanilla and mellow bourbon exist as well.
the flavor is very rich and the bourbon doesn’t over power everything. aftertaste is chocolate-y bourbon goodness.
medium to full body, creamy texture and all around impressive. 8.5/4/8.5/5/17
jcwattsrugger (11454) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[09 Elijah Craig BBA-purple wax] @RBWG-22oz-thanks to –pours a thin light brown head and black color. Aroma is bourbon, roasty dark malt, dark fruit, earthy. Taste is bourbon, roasty dark malt-ashy, earthy hops bite. 4.1
*110604-Fifty Fifty [Four Roses ‘10-red wax] -22oz bottle @RBSG shared by boamr-pours a brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet bourbon, dark malt-molasses. Taste is sweet bourbon, dark malt-molasses, secondary hops bite. 4.2
callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 As part of a Eclipse Vertical (PPW, 09 HH, 10 HH, EC, FR, CB, & EV) [pre-2011 releases]. Review for the 2009 Version:
A: Deep black brown body with just a thin khaki head.
S: Assertive, but refined bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and booze.
T: Like the nose this had assertive, but balance and refined bourbon. As a result you really could explore the bourbon notes that augmented the solid malty base of caramel, roast, and a little chocolate.
M: Nice carbonation provides a little tingle on the tongue when combined with just a smidgen of bourbon heat.
O: A very nice bourbon barrel stout that hangs with all the big boys. It was a toss up for me between this and PPW for best of show. The other tasters put this a clear consensus #2.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle from Elijah Craig barrels, brought by Tom to the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of bourbon, of course. Taste is of bourbon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and tongue-coating with alcohol noticeable. Good stuff, but not fantastic.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Oakquinox. 2008 Elijah Craig. Deep amber hue. Nose is light whiskey and vanilla-cherry. Flavor is rich roast malt, alcohol warmth, vanilla and dark fruit. Very smooth and drinkable, has aged nicely.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Elijah Craig version shared by Daknole at the Black Friday tasting. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is oaky vanilla, milk chocolate and bourbon. The taste is ahy cocoa, sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee and some alcohol in the finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very good. Thanks Dak!