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RATINGS: 312   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 7, 2013
Aged for about a year after purchase of the 2011 vintage. So smooth and aromatic. The malted base is delicious and light hops and roasted flavor are intense and well crafted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1685) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Big bourbon with lots of vanilla, also almost a cigar hint in there. Pours dark with a ruby edge and light head. Taste big sweet and medium bitter. Big alcohol burn. Wow!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2012 bottle split with Pat and Chris. Pours black with thin, lasting mocha head and spotted lace. Nose of vanilla, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt. Really well balanced, medium body, smooth and warming

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1665) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1664) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1645) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2014 Darkest brown and border of ruby highlight. Big fading tan swirlable head. Sweet marshmallow vanilla bourbon. Neat initial gleam of booze but an exhaust fumed wood and naturally creamy rise. Soft and almost cooling milky. Finish is a sweet soy and light bourbon burn. It hides a colourful barrel incredibly well, not busy or escalator layered. Just tremendous. Thanks Paul for the bottle, via a bloody beer club. ’Merica.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1626) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1611) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2013
bomber shared. poured almost black with off white head. thick and rich and full flavored. deep dark roasted malts, chocolate possibly some coffee and hints of licorice. the flavor in this full bodied beer is so damn good..the bourbon barrel mixed with chocolate dark malts and licorice on the back end was absolutely exquisite. thanks todd

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1609) - Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black. Good sized frothy creamy frothy medium brown head, fairly lasting with some lace. Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, a little ash, along with some soft subtle bourbon. Lighter full body. Creamy and ultra smooth. Flavor explodes! Roasty coffee. Dark chocolate. Ash. Extraordinarily smooth bourbon. Some alcohol warmth, but no booze whatsoever. Phenomenal balance. Fantastic! Way exceeded my expectations.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1605) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Black with a good chocolate head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wood. Velvety mouthfeel, full bodied, boozy finish. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, molasses, dark fruits. Tasty.


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