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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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)


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (9754) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose brings out lots of exquisite bourbon, oak and wood. Flavour is insanely complex, with loads of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt. This must be the finest of the Eclipse series - amazingly complex and deep. Highly decadent and drinkable. Awesome stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (890) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2014
BR3/2012 parallell med 2/2013. Oerhört stora likheter och dom landar på samma rate men måste man välja så tar jag 2013. Tung balanserad bourbonstout. - härligt härligt och krämigt krämigt!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3339) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2011 vintage, bottle 2139, from Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, finale in roasted barley with presence of bourbon, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, smooth texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, millésime 2011, bouteille 2564, de Stephen Morris (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de bourbon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2876) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, licorice and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, licorice and dried fruit. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Fucken grate..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2014 Darkest brown and border of ruby highlight. Big fading tan swirlable head. Sweet marshmallow vanilla bourbon. Neat initial gleam of booze but an exhaust fumed wood and naturally creamy rise. Soft and almost cooling milky. Finish is a sweet soy and light bourbon burn. It hides a colourful barrel incredibly well, not busy or escalator layered. Just tremendous. Thanks Paul for the bottle, via a bloody beer club. ’Merica.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (7224) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours very dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of roast, vanilla, bourbon, oak barrel, chocolate, cacao, toffee and light coffee. Flavour is light heavy sweet and over moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Woodshop! Black pour. Chocolate, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla and toffee nose. Flavor is much the same. I love how this brewery melds the barrel with a wondeful beer. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with burned malt, dark chocolate, espresso and bourbon. Sweet flavour with burned malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, bourbon and wood. Finished sweet with warming alcohol. Full bodied. Nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Purple wax bomber (No. 991, 2009) shared at Hamilton’s Tavern: Blackest black and topped with larger frothy bubbles on the pour, but the head dissipates nearly immediately. An intriguing, sweet aroma filled with oak, campfire smoke, roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, raw dough balls toasted on the outside, red fruity esters, vanilla, and plum. Flavors include sweet malts- entirely balanced by bitter chocolate, pulpy fruit, smoked thick oak, vinous tannin qualities, vanilla and somewhat of a lactic finish and aftertaste. Full-boded, softly carbonated, and exceptionally smooth feel throughout, which is reinforced by a fair amount of accompanying, alcoholic heat. Drinkability: Pure and unexpected characteristics makes this brew a first-rate knockout. Pairing: Roasted lapin over asparagus. Rebuy: Yes. #450 on 16052010, DG.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 Elijah Craig, 2009 Vintage: Pours a deep, inky opaque black with a small brown head. Notes of rich bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and molasses. Nose is a little hot, but the flavor and mouthfeel are damn near perfect; smooth and rich without being too bourbony. Full-bodied, with low carbonation. This is my favorite of the four here today. 8 5 9 5 17 - 4.4. Re-Rate, 2011 vintage, purple wax. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy but bright mahogany with a small tan film. Warm aroma, with molasses, oak, toffee, and vanilla. The flavor has tobacco, vanilla, caramel, molasses, oak, brown sugar, and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Not as good as the vintage I had at FOBAB. Was tied as my third favorite of the 2011 series. 8 4 8 4 16 - 4.0.


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