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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)


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5250) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle at bills. Pours a deep maple syrup brownish black with thin white lacing. Aroma is molasses, sweet chocolate, more to come

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5187) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bomber to snifter. Looks good; a murky dark brown with thin beige lacing. Smells and tastes nice; sweet, malty, and boozy with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours very dark with a small tan-mocha head and whisps of lacing. S: Nice characteristics of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some booze. T: The bourbon really shines through against the rest of the flavors. Underneath are vanilla, some oak tannin, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very nice combination. M: Beautifully boozy with plenty of bourbon; just the right territory for an imperial stout. D: Very drinkable all around. Had this side by side with the Heaven Hill version and this one was just a tad bit better. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-29-2010

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
22oz. Bottle (2011 Vintage. Bottle # 2339): Aroma of malt, roast, wood, Whiskey, slight coconut, light coffee, wheat-bread-crust, slight alcohol, and chocolate. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, rocky, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, wood, roasting, burning, char, vanilla, Whiskey, coffee, light chocolate, light tar, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, wood, char, slight Whiskey, vanilla, coffee, light chocolate, slight alcohol finish is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter, as well as slightly dry. 10%ABV is noticeable but not hot.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (4946) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Bottled @ gbbf, batch br2 2012 purple wax, medium sample. Dark color, medium brown head. Aroma of biscuit, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Honey is gone in aroma. In taste its quite heavy on bourbon, bit boozy even. Still base beer is present.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
22 oz bottle, via pantanap. Black pour with a small fizzy brown head that fell to a thin ring and a wispy partial covering. The nose is rather boozy and bourbon dominated, but there’s still a lot of good stuff in there as well. Vanilla, light wood, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, a little candied dark fruits. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the barrel and the beer though. There’s plenty of bourbon, but it’s as much focused on the vanilla, roast, oak, and dark roast coffee as the bourbon. Some light alcohol flavor, but it works pretty well with the slight sweetness and the vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a nice lingering vanilla and roast finish. Soft fizzy carbonation helps cut the body well. Pretty nice bourbon barrel stout. Any more booziness and it might have been too much, but I think this worked as it is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 1/26/13. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Malty and chocolatey flavor with some roasty coffee and bourbon before a roasty finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4784) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is wood, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. Chewy palate, light alcohol, smoke, wood, faint vanilla, great finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is very soothing. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium bourbon notes with really rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (4596) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
22oz bottle, #2504, pours a lightly viscous, opaque black with some clumpy beige head. Nose is coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, cake icing, chocolate, caramel. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, malty, coconut, chocolate, cake icing, caramel, a little wood. Lots of vanilla. Full bodied, sweet, very smooth finish. Nice.


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