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RATINGS: 289   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)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1595) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
2012 bottle from trade with errantknight, thanks buddy! Black with a beige brown head. Fantastic aroma with bourbon, pralines, sweet licorice. Taste: creamy chocolate, toffee, bourbon, licorice. Full-bodied. Wow, the tastiest beer Iíve had in a long while.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (1558) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal. S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze. T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet. D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is very present, but very smooth and balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1541) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 09 vintage. Pour is dark black liquid with a dark tan head. The nose has hints of bourbon, a bit of wood, lightly smoked with dry chocolate and some malt sweetness. The flavor is bourbon up front, lots of wood, notes of dry chocolate with a fair bit of rich cake and some additional fruity malt sweetness in back. Fully bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry. One of the best in the tasting of the eclipse beers, rich and balanced with good integration.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bourbon and stout. Aroma and taste are pretty gentile. Had this up against a few other ba stouts. Not as much bite as some of the others. Not worth the price but at least its available.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap at Fobab 2010, Elijah Craig: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is very sweet vanilla and cocoa, still plenty of bourbon and oaky notes, but less than the heaven hill version. Much sweet all around flavor and in aroma. Lots of milk chocolate and dark chocolate with the vanilla notes and some nuttiness. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Very good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1515) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
Pours pitch black with a thin moka head that doesnít leave much lacing. Aroma is of green hops, bourbon. Taste is quite sweet but the roasted malt and alcohol/bourbon do a good job to make it all balanced out. Flavors of coffee, chocolate and booze working in almost perfect harmony. Body is full and heavy but still really drinkable. A nice change of pace in a sour/wild tasting!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Run 2, 2013 Pours black with some light oat etching. Smells of cola, pepper, some flour, some toasted malts, leather a bit of vanilla and thatís it. Flavor is smoke, oak, alcohol, dates, leather, maduro tobacco. Medium on full bodied with moderately low carb and a semi dry finish. Well, good to try, nothing to loose sleep over.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind. 3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. Thereís less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but itís lacking any sort of intensity or complexity. 3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isnít much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isnít strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score. 3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but itís within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess. 3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what Iíll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants Iíve had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-21-2012 00:54:35

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Pour thanks to dak! Bottle pours deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coconut. Flavor shows the same with addtional molasses and vanilla. Overall body is full and viscous. Had this side by side with the Heaven Hill version which showed very similar with underlying notes of rye. Both beers great in their own way.


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