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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle 650ml vintage 2012 @ bergstaden
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, licorice, coconut, alcohol and hint of coffee. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak and bitter finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14629) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle, 22oz, vintage 2012. It pours a very dark brown body under a finger-thick, dense, light tan head. The aroma is very coffeeish, with a nice and pleasant bourbon touch. Cocoa and dark chocolate, some vanilla, wood and some booze. Caramel sauce and a little touch of soy sauce. It’s full-bodied and soft on the palate, quite warming and sweet, with a pleasant bitterness bringing some balance to the accounts. The flavor has coffee, roasted malts, some bread and caramel sauce, a touch of vanilla and wood and quite a lot of bourbon. A hint of coconut too. A bit too much bourbon if you ask me. Only in the flavor though, in the aroma it’s just fine. Lasting finish with roasted malts, caramel sauce, bitterness and dark chocolate. And a good dash of coffee. Overall, too much bourbon in the flavor, but heck, it’s a gorgeous beer anyway. So smooth and tasteful, and really complex as well. Damn, even though it’s too boozy I certainly would like to repeat it. More than once. 140623

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (1478) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
Black with a brown head - Good malt aroma with some wood and spirits - Good malt body with wood and spirits that has a good alcohol warmth to it - A very good finish that has heat from alcohol, but in a good way -This was very good and tasty

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1470) - Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black. Good sized frothy creamy frothy medium brown head, fairly lasting with some lace. Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, a little ash, along with some soft subtle bourbon. Lighter full body. Creamy and ultra smooth. Flavor explodes! Roasty coffee. Dark chocolate. Ash. Extraordinarily smooth bourbon. Some alcohol warmth, but no booze whatsoever. Phenomenal balance. Fantastic! Way exceeded my expectations.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (632) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2014
chocolate, soft bourbon, roasty, smooth, some alcohol. very smooth, very strong, very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3341) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2014
Black brown colour, white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, mocha, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts. Finish vanilla, bourbon, bitter coffee. Nice!
(from 66cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, ThirstyBird!!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4634) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
Wee sample at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg AR: toffe, coffey, bourbon vanilla AP: dark brown body, wee to na head F: wee alcholic, coffey, whiskey/bourbon vanilla, lighter and less colmplex the 20 year variant

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2577) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, licorice and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, licorice and dried fruit. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fucken grate..

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (1665) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
Was fortunate to have this at a share, 2012 bottle. Pours a nice dark black, oil like in viscosity. Bourbon, dark chocolate, and dark fruits on the nose; all follow onto the palate. Finishes with a sweetness to it. Very complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (3691) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle vintages 2012 and 2013. Near black with tan head. Aroma is boozy, soft, liquorice and bourbon. Taste is balanced, lots of bourbon, barrel, alcohol and dried fruits with a boozy finish. 2013: Aroma has some additional solventy notes. Taste is boozier and has solventy notes. (score 7 4 6 4 14)


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