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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1142) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
A - pours like molasses, opaque black with cola edges and very minimal cola head. S - nice very rich bourbon aromas. Cereal grains ( dry husked wheat, barley) and dark dried fruits ( dried figs, prunes, raisins) molasses, toffee, burnt sugar, sweet Whisky smells. Vanilla and light graham cracker M - medium heavy body, lighter than expected. Watery mf, dry grassy end. Alcohol is tasted in the end. T - dusty earthy chalk is prevalent on the nose. Vanilla, chocolate, toffee sweetness along with dark dried fruits lead the way. Dry oaky notes, bready malts, dried dates on the palate. Flavor falls off to a lingering mineral water, dried grasses faceless bitterness and alcohol sting. O - good but not great. The aromas are much better than the tastes. Taste falls flat and the grains are too prevalent 4.1.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared at mrhangover’s place at his epic Eclipse tasting. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and coffee. Flavour is likewise with a bit of licorice. Full bodied with slightly sticky texture. Awesome, well balanced and very smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at DBS on a taster. Aroma and flavor has a bit brighter bourbon, chocolate, and medium roast. I'm a bigger fan of Old Fitz, but this one's very good. Nice and smooth, light alcohol burn, but a great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1123) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Dark brown with thin watery edge. Full rich nose of bourbon, vanilla wood notes, and maybe some molasses. Taste is full on rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roast coffee. Just a full-on decadent bourbon bomb with very will integrated alcohol. Delicious, but interestingly not as complex as it’s base beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yorker (1110) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2014
65 cl bottle @ home (2012 vintage). Pours black with a tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee - with a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1107) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
2012 vintage. 22 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside Elijah Craig 12 year. Pours black with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves lots of fine lace. The nose has big molasses and caramel malts along with chocolate, oak, bourbon and a touch of licorice. The flavour is roasty-malty with herbal hops and a touch of pine. The finish is long, roasty and slightly hoppy. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout; the bourbon is quite subtle but it adds a nice degree of complexity. 2013-11-22

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1104) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, it’s quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt. Of the five, this and two others were in my second tier. Quite good, mind you, but very bourbony in flavor. If you enjoy a bourbon-infused stout, you can’t go wrong with this. The Elijah had a late punch, lingering in bourbon flavor after the initial stout taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
2010 bottle from Elijah Craig barrels, brought by Tom to the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of bourbon, of course. Taste is of bourbon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and tongue-coating with alcohol noticeable. Good stuff, but not fantastic.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1048) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2012 22oz bottle pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Chocolate molasses and bourbon aroma. Taste is the same.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1041) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
dark cola color. Good nose of chocolate, roast, coconut, marshmallow, oak and bourbon Taste and feel give more alcohol but carmel also makes appearances as well as more of the barrel notes. Not as thick as other BA beers but very easy to drink. Splendid drink and more like a fine brandy in a lot of ways


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