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RATINGS: 280   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)


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1364) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2013
bomber shared. poured almost black with off white head. thick and rich and full flavored. deep dark roasted malts, chocolate possibly some coffee and hints of licorice. the flavor in this full bodied beer is so damn good..the bourbon barrel mixed with chocolate dark malts and licorice on the back end was absolutely exquisite. thanks todd

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (747) - Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Bottle pours brown black with thin tan head. Aroma bourbon, roast, malts. Taste follows with malts, roast, a little coffee and chocolate, slight oak. Finish mild roast and oak, bourbon. Palate a bit thin, nice alcohol burn, slight carbonation. Very nice, a little fuller palate would have pushed it higher.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice bitter chocolate with good coffee notes, herbal hops, burned malt, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, so smooth, well balanced, sweet chocolate malt with caramel, coffee, bourbon, very nice. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4215) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to ThirstyBird. Lovely bottle. Black touch brown, almost no mocha head. Nose is mellow, roasted, mocha, dark fruits, faint barrel. Taste is sweet mocha mixed with some roast, caramel, toffee, some whiskey but not much, chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, barrel is pretty light, touch dark bread, leaves. Substantial body but not the heaviest. Okay but definitely expected more here. The 20 Year version was way better in my memory.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3912) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ vertical eclipse tasting, thanks Mr. Hangover! Aroma is roasty liquorice, chocolate, molasses, some vanilla, some alcohol, big malts etc etc. Flavour is roasty liquorice, molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak, chocolate, etc etc. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13945) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle, 22oz, vintage 2012. It pours a very dark brown body under a finger-thick, dense, light tan head. The aroma is very coffeeish, with a nice and pleasant bourbon touch. Cocoa and dark chocolate, some vanilla, wood and some booze. Caramel sauce and a little touch of soy sauce. Itís full-bodied and soft on the palate, quite warming and sweet, with a pleasant bitterness bringing some balance to the accounts. The flavor has coffee, roasted malts, some bread and caramel sauce, a touch of vanilla and wood and quite a lot of bourbon. A hint of coconut too. A bit too much bourbon if you ask me. Only in the flavor though, in the aroma itís just fine. Lasting finish with roasted malts, caramel sauce, bitterness and dark chocolate. And a good dash of coffee. Overall, too much bourbon in the flavor, but heck, itís a gorgeous beer anyway. So smooth and tasteful, and really complex as well. Damn, even though itís too boozy I certainly would like to repeat it. More than once. 140623

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Dark black body like the other eclipse variants. nose is much sweeter than other variants with a touch of vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is nice. sweet, roasty and loaded with coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (962) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Blackish with small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow. Flavor is good, quite sweet, oily, strong bourbon. Really nice, like the 20 year but a bit more boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Draft @ FiftyFifty, 2009 Elijah Craig version. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head (thin) with attractive fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasantly oily, charred malts and dark chocolate in the aroma; tempered alcohol, warming, lots of dried dark fruits; I donít see much difference from previous renditions. Dense, oily, full mouthfeel: lots of pepper, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits; some lovely oily and inkiness; relaxed carbonation; just enough bite to this - a solid vintage of an excellent beer. Medium finish: dark fruits, chocolate, nicely toasty, hidden alcohol at the end. 8.4.8.5.16=4.1

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; minimal light; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; solid pour. Lots of milk and dark chocolate, roasted / toasty malts, and a very soft, vanilla-laden bourbon / woody character in the nose; very nice, soft bourbon-aged imperial stout nose; some spicy, toasty graham cracker notes. Full mouthfeel: loads of dense, generous milk chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and nougat upfront; roasted coffee, dense, chewy milk chocolate, and plenty of vanilla-tinged, chewy soft bourbon presence; really pleasant, soft bourbon presence with some buttery vanilla and sweet brown sugar; excellent barrel character; soft edges. Slightest show of warmth. Excellent, oily presence in the mouth. Lengthy finish: oily milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and warming alcohol; toasty malts and coffee at the far end. 8.4.9.4.16=4.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Waxed bomber, courtesy of kiefdog, pours deep dark brown with almost no head. The aroma is a bit mild with notes of caramel, molasses, fairly strong levels of bourbony booze, some oak, dark roastiness and some chocolate. The taste is rich thick smooth velvety YUM with sweetness running from molasses to caramel to malts. The barrel notes do a good job cover up most of the base beer goodnesss. I get firm assertive bourbon and a bit of oak from midway and into the finish. Less barrel time would have been nice.


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