NobleSquirrel (3437) - 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)
AirForceHops (3432) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Adam Jackson’s crazy vertical at my pad, in yet another 650 ml bottle. Aroma shows wood barrel and char malt with some leather and tobacco hints. Nice aroma’s.
Taste is a chocolate richness, mild roasted grain and finishing with bourbon and oak. Medium bodied with some low, creamy carbonation. Nice level of complex bourbon and awesome stout base. Really super smooth… I have never have had the 20 year but this is damn fine.
MrChopin (3428) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
jet black, thin large-bubbled head is coaxed with a vigorous pour but remains. Nose at first shows a dusty, oxidized malt, some unsweet bourbon, and a light soy. Reminds of aged 7000 without as much of the robust malt. Flavor is hotter up front, a thin but delicate body reminds of a nice rum-candy with warmth on the mid-palate, with some wood and cocoa through the lengthy finish, dry finish. Body and malt profile are a bit washed out but also chewy and overly sweet, some unfermented sugars remaining amidst near-balance. Still, I personally find the light body and lack of strong malt to be a trend growing too common from stout experimenters like CCB, Bruery, and now 50-50. And yet there is a ton of bourbon in this, which I’ve hardly mentioned, and I think this is because the bourbon blends so well with the base beer flavors.
EC still very sweet but enough base beer qualities to merge with the barrel, again alcohol-laden candy aspects between the bourbon, vanilla, and ashy chocolate.
PhillyCraft (3393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with some heads at Bills’. Pours a deep black with beige head. Not much lace or carbonation. Notes were very boozey, with molasses, licorice, cocoa, bourbon, wood, spice, and marshmallow. Overall it had a little too much heat. I prefered the Rittenhouse Rye version that night. Full flavored dry finish.
TheEpeeist (3383) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shane brought to the tasting last night, good call dude, glad to finally get to try this after going to the brewery twice at the wrong time of year. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet with a big rich bourbon bite. Taste is sweet and rich, and full of flavor. Quite good.
sunevdj (3264) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Again opaque black with a tiny beige head. Quite sweet with aromas of roasted malts and some dates. Also notes of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet and slightly dry Bourbon finish.
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
maneliquor (3209) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mane Liquor Eclipse tasting. 2012 version. Pours dark brown with a sticky tan head. Nose is quite booze driven with plenty of dry and dark cocoe - almost powdery, with earth, dirt, and sweet molasses. Taste is very dark and bitter chocolate - high cocoa content stuff, with earth and dirt and mild ash which adds some harshness which is working a treat. The burnt tones and ashiness give it an extra complexity which isn’t in a lot of the others. Loads of boozy warmth on the finish. Love it
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Draft @ FiftyFifty, 2009 Elijah Craig version. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head (thin) with attractive fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasantly oily, charred malts and dark chocolate in the aroma; tempered alcohol, warming, lots of dried dark fruits; I don’t see much difference from previous renditions. Dense, oily, full mouthfeel: lots of pepper, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits; some lovely oily and inkiness; relaxed carbonation; just enough bite to this - a solid vintage of an excellent beer. Medium finish: dark fruits, chocolate, nicely toasty, hidden alcohol at the end. 18.104.22.168.16=4.1
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; minimal light; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; solid pour. Lots of milk and dark chocolate, roasted / toasty malts, and a very soft, vanilla-laden bourbon / woody character in the nose; very nice, soft bourbon-aged imperial stout nose; some spicy, toasty graham cracker notes. Full mouthfeel: loads of dense, generous milk chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and nougat upfront; roasted coffee, dense, chewy milk chocolate, and plenty of vanilla-tinged, chewy soft bourbon presence; really pleasant, soft bourbon presence with some buttery vanilla and sweet brown sugar; excellent barrel character; soft edges. Slightest show of warmth. Excellent, oily presence in the mouth. Lengthy finish: oily milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and warming alcohol; toasty malts and coffee at the far end. 22.214.171.124.16=4.1