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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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)


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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregdafdxguy (13) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Rating this so I remember which one I had. PURPLE WAX. Great sweet bourbon aroma, with lots of alcohol. Jet black, slightly brown aorund the edges, perfect. Taste is more mild than many bourbon aged beers, and less harsh. I’d call it a ’session’ bourbon aged beer, if you will. Lots of sweet bourbonish tastes that fall off pretty quick, that’s why it’s not a 10. The not too thick palate really works to make this very drinkable. But the cost, $30, knocks the overall experience down for me quite a bit. This was a $12-$15 experience, not $30-$33, what it’s costing in Chicago. At this price, I’ll never buy it again.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kazin (238) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2015
Bottle shared during a tasting with friends. Great deal of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Some bourbon barrel notes.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
katrinaez (345) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Coffee and bourbon flavor. Very heavy and thick. Very amazing and have the 2014 bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (870) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. Thanks! The pour is a nice black with a lighter khaki colored head and a decent lace. The aroma is a little plainer than the Buffalo Trace that was just enjoyed. There is a pretty good bourbon element to it. Good vanilla and chocolate, but the nose just lacks. The flavor is definitely hotter than I was expecting. Good light roast. Some light chocolate present. Lingeringly bitter. Heavy bourbon. The mouth feel is light but well carbonated so it comes off creamy. I'm a fan of the Buffalo Trace a bit more, but it's good. Aftertaste is lingeringly smooth and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (278) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2013 Bottle. Nice malty aroma a with bourbon and vanilla. Smooth heavy feel on the tongue. Easy drinking. Nice malt, caramel and vanilla flavor. Excellent! Wish I had more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (538) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2015
2012 bottle poured into a tulip..jet black with a fluffy tan head..aroma of booze,coffee,roasted nuts..thick,boozy..little too boozy even after being aged 3 yrs..but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
2013 sample at HMOG 2015, if you can follow that. Whiskey aromas. Bit of the same on the flavor. This is a good series of beers. Not knowledgeable enough to pick out the barrel of each but it is a well made barrel aged beer. Spice alcohol drowns out the base beer a bit. The base does give a little body to the overall drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (3003) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2015
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa. dark chocolate, bourbon, soy, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (11967) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle (Purple Wax). Almost black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, liquorice, hop, oak and medium bitter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Camons (6986) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a creamy brown head, lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some dark chocolate notes, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is malty, caramel, dark chocolate, little coconut, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some alcohol. Medium body, oily mouthfeel, warming alcohol in the finish. 170215

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14430) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle @ Højbjerg tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, wood and hops. Nice and full bodied.


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