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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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)
2015 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Super dark pour with a tan head. Huge bourbon and vanilla aroma and taste. Slick palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pouring at EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a clear brown to black with a thin tan head. Smells like your basic run of the mill American imperial stout, chocolate, coffee, roast. Follows the nose flavorwise, roast and chocolate. Did feature a weird vinyl aftertaste however.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9085) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2016
Comparative tasting of 9 different Eclipse Stout variants. All beers small to rather good yellow-beige rim over jet-black beer 2014 ed. Smokey, Bourbon, vanilla. Sweet, incense, chocolate, whiskycharacter. Warming, alcoholheat and deceptively light bodie. This one is utterly great. Stout the way it ought to be.
2011 version Alcohol, benzene, spirit, Bourbon, vanilla, vanilla icecream, sweet nose. Sweet taste as well, with Bourbon, raisins, sweetened milk, retronasal even more vanilla. Creamy feel, light slickness, treacherously ’light’ bodied. Again a sweet version, but better balanced than the 20yr barrel version.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (9070) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours very dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of roast, vanilla, bourbon, oak barrel, chocolate, cacao, toffee and light coffee. Flavour is light heavy sweet and over moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8999) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Definite and noticeable drop-off from the EC 18/20 year version, but still a great beer, if a bit overpriced. Sweet, with a touch of hops at the end. I’ve always really liked the base beer, and probably would like, but not love, this bourbon."

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Elijah Craig, 2009 Vintage: Pours a deep, inky opaque black with a small brown head. Notes of rich bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and molasses. Nose is a little hot, but the flavor and mouthfeel are damn near perfect; smooth and rich without being too bourbony. Full-bodied, with low carbonation. This is my favorite of the four here today. 8 5 9 5 17 - 4.4. Re-Rate, 2011 vintage, purple wax. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy but bright mahogany with a small tan film. Warm aroma, with molasses, oak, toffee, and vanilla. The flavor has tobacco, vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Not as good as the vintage I had at FOBAB. Was tied as my third favorite of the 2011 series. 8 4 8 4 16 - 4.0.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8822) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. I’ve had both the 2013 and the 2014. Both were very very similar, showing a nice densely malty imperial base with a dominant (but pleasing) bourbon character. The ’13 was distinctly smoother, less boozy in the finish. I’m really enjoying this BA Eclipse series.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8663) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
66cl bouteille @ RBBWG III, thanks ThirstyBird. Brune foncée, col fin beige doré au verre. Arôme est malté, caramel, pointe de vanille avec un léger ajout de boisé et booze et bourbon. Palais est malté très présent sur de belles note de grillé et chocolaté, note de caramel, pointe de barrique et vanille. Le bourbon se ressent et est légèrement réchauffant. Le tout en comparaison reste en dessous de la version 20ans.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (8606) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
22oz bottle from a clandestine source. Pours dark brown with no head and a marvelous chocolate and treacle aroma There is an intense chocolate, treacle and anise flavor with a warming bourbon trail and an oaky finish. This is a perfectly aged version of Eclipse that is a great pleasure to drink.
Earlier Rating: 5/21/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head and a strong treacle aroma. There is a burnt chocolate and treacle flavor with some raisin and a dry bitter finish. There is a distinct bourbon flavor left on the palate, along with a warm trail. This is a very tasty brew that has improved in the barrel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8166) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, roast, oak, vanilla and dark fruits. Flavors are the same. This was consumed side by side with the 18/20 yr. version. This was not quite as smooth and showed more woody qualities. Still good, but not as good as the 18/20 year.


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