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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in special release Elijah Craig 20 Year Bourbon Barrels

Note from the brewer: The white wax 2011 Eclipse was all 20 year. There was no such brand when we acquired barrels, so we called it 18 year. We have since found out that the 20 year old barrels were dumped for a 20yo Elijah Craig special bottling.

Vintages:
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18/20 Year Barrel) = White Wax
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) = White Wax


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Sugary sweet molasses nose. Taste is grossly sweet, lots if molasses and brown sugar, light chocolate. Astringent finish. Not good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8435) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
651mL white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, nutty and roast malt, whiskey and oak with dark fruity esters and earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominant, whiskey barrel, dark fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3559) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is scotch, dark chocolate, roasted malt, woody notes, dark fruit, and some earthy notes. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with scotch undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Black pour with a sudsy tan head. Earthen dirt and caramel lead to vanilla bourbon and raisin. A bit cloying and lacking complexity. Medium body with abrasive carbonation. Not the best balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2012
22 oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors (Chicago, IL). Thanks, Kristina. Shared with friends. Pours a rich blackish inky pour, a firm tannish head layer dies toa thicker ring, laces ok overall. Rich opaque and black. Aromas are a healthy barrel spirit, bourbon and oak, roast and toast. Mellow toffee, caramel, biscuits. Touches of coconut, vanilla, and fudge. Some healthy dry hops. Initial is fuller bodied offering healthy flavors, fudge and barrel. Caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Toast, gentle roast moves in with some firm warming spirit. Toffee, coconut, gentle Bourbon spirit grows up front and mellows out into the back. Firm dry hopping, barrel presence is rich and inviting, rich vanilla, coconut, and bourbon presence. Wow, tasty. Fudge, caramel, and biscuits. Toffee, cocoa, and dry richness. Barrel spirit. Finish is medium bodied, as these beers don’t get overly thick. Wow. Flavors are on here, complex, rich, with a lot going on without getting too rich and thick and overdone. Well done, Todd. With PVW, this is my favorite Imperial Eclipse to date.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle, pours black with tan head. Aroma of ash, dark fruit, syrup. Flavors are sweet rum raisin, maple syrup, smoke, and carmel. Med bodied sweet rich goodness. Lively and sweet. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a tan head. Aroma was lots of oaky bourbon character, light char, some darker chocolate and not much else. Flavor was incredibly smooth barrel character, lots of vanilla and oak unfortunately the underlying beer did not shine through very well, was almost all barrel.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (9090) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle @ The Forge Foco. Deep brown appearance with a very nice, bubbly, dark brown head. Very rich caramel, big toffee, thick woody, vanilla, delicious bourbon, dark chocolate aroma. Excellent aroma- couldn’t ask for more. Super smooth, incredibly tasty, dark caramel, chocolate, big vanilla, super smooth, delicious bourbon flavor. Toffee, chocolate aftertaste. A bit of booze on the finish but super smooth overall. Delicious, sweet dessert beer that is so fucking smooth. Bravo. Edit: as the beer warms up, the alcohol is a lot more noticeable in the nose.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
#1108, 2011. $30 for a bomber and I won’t be spending this much again, no matter how good this ends up being. Greedy greedy greedy. Black with a small tan head, low retention. Lots of roast in the nose, tinge of ash. There is also a good amount of oaky hot bourbon vanilla, some sweet caramel and chocolate, light vinous notes behind. Flavor wasn’t quite as hot or roasty as I thought it was going to be, and the chocolate notes are a good deal stronger, turning into a great dessert-like sweet bourbon chocolate beer that is (in my mind) how a barrel aged beer should be, a la Angel’s Share. When the booze blends with the rich sweet beer, it is decadent, and much better than with a big roasty dry beer. Did get richer and sweeter in aroma as it warmed. Semi-dry finish with bitterness at a 2-3, a bit roasty, but not burnt or ashy. Low carbonation with a big full body. Very good beer, but I feel it is only worth the price that it was a few years ago (at $15 or $18), not at $30. I can’t see this gaining anything from further aging.


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