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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ vertical eclipse tasting, thanks Mr. Hangover! Aroma is roasty liquorice, chocolate, molasses, some vanilla, some alcohol, big malts etc etc. Flavour is roasty liquorice, molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak, chocolate, etc etc. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
6 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle. Small off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Dark color with a light reddish glow. Aroma of mild roasted malt, dried fruity, light grainy and dusty feel. Over the palate came heavy thick feel of liquorish, molasses, vanilla, Bourbon. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and alcoholic thick texture. Heavy sweet and some bitterness to counter. Lingering warming Bourbon liquorish finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4145) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Vintage 2013. Belle coiffe sur cette robe presque noire. Dentelle pour agrémenter le regard. Beau nez de café, de mélasse, de chocolat, de noisettes et de bourbon élégamment discret. Saveurs riches de mélasse, de réglisse, de chocolat, de café caramélisé, de bois et de malts rôtis. Belle complexité. Bouche sensuelle avec sa texture soyeuse et ses bulles tranquilles. Arrière-goût de café et de malts noirs et amers. Un monstre si facile à boire. Savoureux stout impérial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (4117) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2011 Bottle shared by a generous soul. Dark brown to black with a khaki head. Big bourbon, vanilla notes and roast. Some licorice as well. Sweet and boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pours black with a beige head, aroma of whiskey, caramel, chocolate, brandy, vanilla, wood, flavor of whiskey, wood, chocolate, zesty, medium to full bodied. Great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Backlog. On tap at GABF 2015. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, vanilla, caramel/toffee, oak and light bourbon. Similar flavor, a rich and malty sipper with a full body and a lingering finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Dark black body like the other eclipse variants. nose is much sweeter than other variants with a touch of vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is nice. sweet, roasty and loaded with coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3840) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle bought through Systembolaget. Pours reddish black with a frothy blackish beige head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, charred wood, sweetened dark roast coffee, soy sauce, dark roast coffee, liquorice fudge and hints if nose tingling alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with heavily roasted malts, charred wood, vanilla fudge, toffee, moist soil, vanilla hard candy, shredded coconut, roasted hazelnuts, dark roast coffee, liquorice fudge, toffee and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, round, tiny roasted astringent and near full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, vanilla fudge, bourbon, soil, shredded coconut, burnt caramel, toffee, charred wood, liquorice fudge and hints of alcohol. Balanced and very tasty...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
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.

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