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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1682) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle picked up at GBBF 2013, 2012 version. Pours a very dark brown to black. Aroma is soy, teriyaki, meat, treacle, marmite, not much sweetness. Full body, mild carbonation. Treacle, marmite, mild bitter choc, coffee, soy sauce, some toffee sweetness, a bit of booze. Certainly has plenty going on, but not entirely convinced about the balanced. It’s good, no question but no more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (9686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bomber 2011 vintage poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark fruit and brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and light caramel with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1140) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Decadent dark brown, tan ringed head. Rich pudding sweet light with the lightest lovely nudge of Bourbon throughout. Pancakey. Oily, super sweet middle and earthy malt kick - very, very rich tar towards the finish. There’s an oily caramel sweetness to the finish that is better than most desserts I’ve enjoyed. Lucious.

Bottle, GBBF 2013, thanks to HarrisonNI (THE KING OF THE PALE ALES) for the forwarding to CGarvieUK

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14193) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle at home .. we think this is RIGHT its came GBBF 2013 ... Thanks to The King of Pale Ales Ian ... Deep black ... rich malts .. big swet roast ... massive chew ... rich roast ... deep malts ... soft toffee roast ... dark roast ... massive chew .. light whisky ... wonderfull balance ... this is a delight .. bourbon is subtle and sonft ... EVERYONE is saying this is Wonderfull ... even the Raters are drooling and my SISTERS insist i get more... even though i try to tell them ARGGGGG

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (1996) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Opened at the 2013 end of year Ottawa tasting, 2011 bottle via Capones. Side by side with the 12yr EC - similar dark colour, not quite smooth as the 12 but nice amount of burnt malt, oak, vanilla and oak; found this one a little too buttery for my liking along with a little too sweet. Moderate+ body, mild carbonation, smooth, more chocolate and bourbon on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, pungent sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, musty character, grassy floral hops, licorice and molasses. In mouth, a nice sweet smooth chocolate malt with cherries, molasses, licorice, alcohol warmth, complex yet pleasing. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2590) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2013
13 dec 2013, bottle, blue wax edition. Almost black. Super sugary, bourbon barrel, syrup, faint raisins, some dark roasted malt. Full body and mildly fizzy. Tastes of bourbon barrel, brown sugar, winey, sweet alcohol. Great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2720) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! 2011 vintage. Pours black with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark honey, bourbon, toffee, vanilla fudge, caramel, dark roast coffee, banana bread, roasted coconut, charred wood, moist soil and hints of tingling alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark honey, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon, roasted coconut, charred wood, warming alcohol and hints of moist soil and minerals. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, oily, silky, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, toffee, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, dark honey, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, charred wood, bourbon, hay, roasted nuts and moist soil. Big, very sweet and vulgar bourbon barrel aged bomb that manages to balance every thing out in some way. A great beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoNo (58) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle shared with _angst and other friends. Bottle with white top. Small foam. Aromamm of orange chocolate and butterscotch. Very sweet taste of honey and leather. Smoth and nice mouthfeel. A very nice beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3015) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2013
White wax bottle. Opaque black pour with intense, lacy creamy tan head. Strong powerful bourbon aroma, very chocolaty, roastiness is pretty well absent, rich layered vanilla, bourbon woody notes, light spiciness. Taste is very sweet, molasses, licorice, bourbon and dark chocolate. Quite decadent. Palate is well constructed, rich, and mellow, nice alcohol warmth and well dosed carbonation. A bit over-done, but still quite tasty.


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