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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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)


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Huge thanks to whoever shared this at the Rapture release. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is very nice and of bourbon, sweet vanilla, oak, roast and light chocolate. Taste is complex, with a nice mouthfeel. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate earth and light alcohol on the finish. Really solid brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2471) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bottled. Nearly black with a small head of larger bubbles that don’t stick around particularly long. Big vanilla cola and chocolate aroma. Lots of smooth bourbon barrel flavor with less roast or underlying malt and more straight sweetness than I got out of the 2008. THe body was also a little lighter and not quite satisfying given the other elements of the beer. I did hang on to this for over a year though, and it might have been a bit more substantial when fresh. In any case, a tasty beer, but not the amazing experience that the 2008 was when I first had it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2449) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared @ tasting. Thnx to timfoolery for sending me this! Pours a pitch black beer with a brownish hue around the rims, Small beige head on top. Aroma has nice bourbon characters, smooth caramel and vanilla. Some syrupy things going on. Even some ripe red fruits going on in the background. Flavor is very sweet, well balanced with some touches of vanilla going on again. Cloying mouthfeel. Amazingly well balanced beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter. Finally getting around to trying this beer. I’ve been excited about this one for some time. Shared with the group during a FiftyFifty themed tasting. The beer appears near black with a thin beige head. The aroma is vanilla, perhaps some toasted coconut, roast, chocolate, oak. Lovely. The taste follows suit. Simply delicious. A standout among the FiftyFifty Eclipse series. It was interesting sipping this side by side with the Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse. I think both are fabulous beers, each offering a myriad of flavors. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured black with a copper head. aroma was bourbon, fudge, and oak. flavor was lots of bourbon notes, fudge, dark roast, choc, and oak. body was slick with low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 26, 2012
22oz bottle (2011, #3304) from deftim13, thanks man. Clear dark brown with a small fizzy tan head that quickly fades down to a ring. Aroma is black malt, fruity bourbon, chocolate, caramel and oak. Flavor is hot bourbon and alcohol up front, dark roasted coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. Medium to full body with prickly carbonation. This one is loaded with bourbon, but I like that. Really nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (2391) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle at gbbf 2013. Opaque black caramel with loose tan head. Nose is big choc roast booze. More of the same in the flavour with some liquorice. Pretty big alcohol presence. Big bold stout. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Very smooth. Pours a black color. Medium aroma. Quite viscous. Not quite as spicy as the Four Roses but a touch better than the Rittenhouse. Well balanced. Not hot at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2278) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2011 Vintage Bottle #2817 ... Black pour light tan head thinned out light lacing ..... aroma is oaky, vanilla and bourbon, caramel malts and coconut ...... taste is of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel malts and a little syrupy with some chocolate as well and slight coconut ... mouthfeel is thick and oily ..... nice and oaky mellow and smooth .. finishes dry and oaky ... this is good stuff loved every sip


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