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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4989) - 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.

4
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4959) - 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 (4945) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4944) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4864) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4828) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4803) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (4770) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Sweet oaky bourbon notes. Jet black with a creamy beige head. Bourbon and oak notes, chocolate, roast malts and a a bit of booze in the finish. Nice but a bit hot.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4614) - 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.


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