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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (1664) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2014
Pours black with a low tan head perfectly separated. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, honey, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is chocolate, honey, muscovado sugar, vanilla, dark dried berries, bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is a perfect blend between vanilla, oak, honey and muscovado sugar. Just fantastic!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1627) - Göteborg, 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 I’ve had in a long while.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (1625) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2012
At FWIBF, Black pour, tan head, Bourbon, sweet, Vanilla, chocolate on the nose. Flavor is similar with some creaminess. Good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bomber; thanks Alex!! Bottle #338 of 2009; dense black pour with trace tan head; huge bourbon nose with creamy coffee, nuts and roast; super boozy right now; spicy hotness with sticky bourbon; some caramel and cookies, but this is way heavy on the barrel to me and not nearly as impressive as when I had on draft at the brewery in August ’09 (hat was the winter ’08 batch); that batch I’d rate near a 4.2, but this one is more like a 3.5, so let’s split the difference :)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1574) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1570) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
Pours pitch black with a thin moka head that doesn’t 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1564) - 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.

4.6
   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.

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.


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