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RATINGS: 262   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)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4620) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
66cl Bottle at Sloshfest, 6 of the 2011 bottlings side-by-side. Black colour, beige-brown head. Aroma is a lot sweeter than the 4 Roses, oak, bourbon, hard roasted malts, chocolate, sugar. Flavour is sweet, bourbon, hard roasted malts, coffee, molasses, a little metallic from all the sugar, chocolate, bitter roasted finish. Fullbodied. Lacks a bit of balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Eclipse Tasting. Purple waxed bottle #182. Cheers, Bruce! The pour’s deep oily brown with hardly any trace of head whatsoever. The nose is sweet vanilla, plenty of wood, big bourbon and butterscotch candy. Light rum raisin cake and chocolate syrup. The taste is more light sweet chocolate, cocoa powder. There’s further accents of earthy roasted malts, toasted coconut. Some smooth, sweet marshmallow fluff and raisin bread. The body’s oily and very smooth. The alcohol’s hidden well. Overall, a pretty excellent imperial stout. The bourbon comes through on the nose more than the taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4545) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks SirLimpsalot. Black with a small tan head. A lot of chocolate in this one, also vanilla, bourbon, some alcohol and oak. Smooth and nicely balanced. A tasty one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4544) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Split a 22oz bottle of the 2012 or 2011 (Purple?) vintage three ways. This poured a dark black color, with a dark tan head. Aroma was sweet and roasted notes - barrel, booze. Bourbon character, vanilla, some barrel in there. Very nice, subtle, subdued flavors, very smooth drinking - vanilla, chocolates, no harsh notes around the edges here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2014
18/I/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-103) Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige small head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of vanilla, caramel, sweet, some mocha, dried fruits, alcohol, sugary. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: caramel, lots of vanilla, bourbon, sugary, some alcohol, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: caramel, bourbon, vanilla, quite some bitter hops, dried fruits. Very nice complex and interesting stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bomber graciously shared by BigSound. Cheers, Henri! Pours a wonderful stout brown with a tan head. Nose is bourbon, sweet molasses, brown sugar, wood, vanilla, rum-soaked raisins, and some milk chocolate. Flavor is similar with very sweet, very chocolate and molasses flavors throughout. This one is balanced more toward the barrel, but still really nice as the stout dances back with notes of chocolate and cafe con leche. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2010
22oz bottle, 2009 #880 generously shared by footbalm, thanks again
Appearance: Pours coal black with a small tan head with very little lacing, but some legs left on the glass after a good swirl to get more of that great aroma
Aroma: Dark malts, bourbon and oak
Taste: Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Dark malts and fruits, oak, grainy and chocolate
Very good and smooth drinking

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4306) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Black pour, thin dark tan head. Chocolate, bourbon, molasses, raisin, sugary, and some vanilla. Not as smooth and less vanilla than the 18 year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4264) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
"extra" @ cascade + upright tasting sessions - thanks pocketfullofaces-bro-dave. pours very dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel, coconut - not over whelming though, molasses, demerara, chocolate, light smoky notes, spices, other woodsy and vanilla toasted oak notes. moderate carbonation, medium body - very oily and silky, sweet and cloying finish. nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
6 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle. Small off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Dark color with a light reddish glow. Aroma of mild roasted malt, dried fruity, light grainy and dusty feel. Over the palate came heavy thick feel of liquorish, molasses, vanilla, Bourbon. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and alcoholic thick texture. Heavy sweet and some bitterness to counter. Lingering warming Bourbon liquorish finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0


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