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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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)
2015 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5335) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Black pour, thin dark tan head. Chocolate, bourbon, molasses, raisin, sugary, and some vanilla. Not as smooth and less vanilla than the 18 year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (5318) - 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)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5298) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle generously shared by a BA at the Rapture release. Poured a pitch black body under a brown long lasting head. Aroma of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, charcoal and chocolate cake. Fuller syrupy body with a touch of obvious heat. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tobacco, tar. Good good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5181) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is wood, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. Chewy palate, light alcohol, smoke, wood, faint vanilla, great finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (5180) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2012 22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bomber graciously shared by BigSound. Cheers, Henri! Pours a wonderful stout brown with a tan head. Nose is bourbon, sweet molasses, brown sugar, wood, vanilla, rum-soaked raisins, and some milk chocolate. Flavor is similar with very sweet, very chocolate and molasses flavors throughout. This one is balanced more toward the barrel, but still really nice as the stout dances back with notes of chocolate and cafe con leche. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2015
Near headless above an opaque body. Nose of wicked barrel sweetness. Flavour is amazing - boozy, black licorice, burnt sugar, tobacco leaf. Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours very dark with a small tan-mocha head and whisps of lacing. S: Nice characteristics of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some booze. T: The bourbon really shines through against the rest of the flavors. Underneath are vanilla, some oak tannin, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very nice combination. M: Beautifully boozy with plenty of bourbon; just the right territory for an imperial stout. D: Very drinkable all around. Had this side by side with the Heaven Hill version and this one was just a tad bit better. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-29-2010

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5005) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle (22 oz). Shared by hoppypocket, thanks Sir! Black with a medium diminishing brown head and little lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, boozy notes, oak and very light fruity notes. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying, especially considering it’s from the Eclipse series) with caramel, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol, oak and light bitter finish (from the coffee?). Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel; the beer isn’t extra thick though. Good balance. Quite complex. Another decadent Eclipse!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4959) - 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.


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