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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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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)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle big thanks to Paul. Black with tan head. Delicious aroma, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Taste is delicious, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, molasses and chocolate. Sweet and clean finish. Tidy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (477) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
 phenomenal brew with great balance and a myriad of things going on. so pleasing all around.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (472) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Creamy tan head. Cherry cigar aroma, sweet chocolate. Cherry bourbon, tobacco, wood. Awesome flavor, whiskey forward.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (11991) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
22oz bottle with purple wax. Pours a very deep caramel brown with a nice tan head, light lacing. Great nose of light bourbon notes along with vanilla, toffee and caramel. Nice and drinkable, not overbearing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
11/26/10. 2009 elijah craig #147. dark. almost black with a soft tan head. milk chocolate aroma... bits of creamy, brown sugar, ash, spice, roast, vanilla and mellow bourbon exist as well. the flavor is very rich and the bourbon doesn’t over power everything. aftertaste is chocolate-y bourbon goodness. medium to full body, creamy texture and all around impressive. 8.5/4/8.5/5/17

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle generously shared by a BA at the Rapture release. Poured a pitch black body under a brown long lasting head. Aroma of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, charcoal and chocolate cake. Fuller syrupy body with a touch of obvious heat. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, tobacco, tar. Good good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2011 bottle, # 3022. Pours dark black with some dark brown through direct light, and a clingy tan head. More head than the copper wax. Nose is heavy earthy. woody, cacaoey, with a lot of spirity notes. Tastes pretty rich, very oaky, earthy, malty, with big notes of charred patent malt, raisins and figs, blackberry, and port. A bit more spirity and hot than the copper. Some late hop notes and a taste reminiscent of the scotch barrel beer from Brew Dog.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Huge thanks to my friend Brent for this 2011 bomber. Poured into sniffer. Notable carbonation, but thin khaki head on a dark brown, mostly opaque body. Smells like heaven. Dark chocolate, salted caramel, coconut, lavender, and well aged bourbon. Tastes like adult candy. Dry sweet honey is quite prominent. Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, strong bourbon and booze. Quite drinkable and really enjoyable. Want to try the others and have the bourbon available for comparison!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
trancecyclist (46) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
On tap at The Trestle Inn during a NorCal Sours & Hops event as part of Philly Beer Week. Strong bourbon scent coming off the surface, confirmed by the smooth taste. Very little head or carbonation, but dominant vanilla and chocolate flavors; more so than a major hops presence. This beer was about as boubon-y as Founders Backwoods Bastard, and that’s saying something. A really impressive and exceptional beer for slow sipping.


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