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RATINGS: 192   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
White wax, bottle #1510, vintage 2011, shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque brown-black body, thin coffee & cream head. Spicy nose with oak, less buttery rum than some of the other vintages, but sharper, with honey, chocolate, and coffee bean. Spicy body, distinctive and sharp, with chocolate, coffee, oak, and licorice/anise, finishing with a nice buttery oak finish. Very good, perhaps my favorite vintage.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
barn0216 (385) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Jet black, not much foam, swirling the glass shows some nice legs however. Phenomenal aroma: molasses, raisins, fig, chocolate, cinnamon, and bourbon of course. Taste brings in more of the bourbon along with some cigar tobacco qualities, a mild bitterness from cocoa/coffee. Flavor lingers long after, slowly fading to a mildly sweet and boozy finish. A top ten beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 19/I/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from Healthy Spirits (SF, CA) @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a (2013-79) Thanks to Thieu for bringing me the bottle from the States!

Clear dark brown to black beer, beige to brown head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: caramel, vanilla, pretty sweet, bit dusty, cocoa powder. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, pretty sweet, sugary, more chocolate. Aftertaste: vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, sugary, hoppy touch, cocoa powder.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2739) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2013
Very dark brown, almost black colour, beige head. Aroma of molasses, candy sugar, vanilla, bourbon, light wood. Quite sweet flavour, mlats, caramel, roasted malts, cacao, whiskey, light astringent. Finish caramel, light bitter, bourbon vanilla and lingering astringency.
Good brew, nice bourbon barrel notes.
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. White wax, 2011 vintage. Courtesy of tderoeck. Thank you for sharing, Tim!!)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of Tderoeck. Noire foncée, hule de moteur, col léger moka-café au lait laissant un filament doré au verre. Que dire de cette bière, tout simplement magnifique, complexité, profond profil et arôme malté, chocolaté avec un côté barrique et un bourbon fascinant laissant des notes de vaille, douceur de bouche prononcé avec ce côté chêne américain typique sur une pointe de fumé/roussi. Note aussi un torréfié couplé à un caramel doux et bourbon qui s’invite à chaque gorgée procurant une certaine douceur réchauffante en fin de bouche. Un vrai délice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3540) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck / Tim for this one. 65 cl. beautiful bottle – snow aged – lovely white wax. A beauty to behold, 2011 vintage. Pours very dark brown / black with a mocha head. Smell is booze, sweet mocha, creamy with lots of bourbon, very heavy, vanilla, sweet wood, milk chocolate, touch molasses,… Taste is very heavy on bourbon sweet, lots of barrel, this is very heavily aged, almost as if to mask the base beer which is not really available unless if I am mistaken, caramel, sweetness, toffee, sugar, milk chocolate, liquorice, touch molasses, base feels almost a bit thin for an RIS but it is very heavily aged. Creamy body. Glad to try one of these.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (7220) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma and taste of malts, roastyness,lightly hops, some liquorice and too much sweetness. 

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (725) - Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle pours black with thick bubbly brown head. Aroma mainly bourbon and oak with a little roast. Taste malt sweetness with bourbon, vanilla, slight roast, chocolate and lots of oak. Finish mild oak and slight roast with malty fullness. Palate rich and creamy. Alcohol apparent.

I liked it a lot although the oak dominated more than I would like.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (631) - Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
22oz bottle purchased in 2012. Split a couple ways. Consumed 12-17, reviewed from notes. A: Pitch black with a very thin mocha lacing. Legs stick. N: Deep whiff of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Fudge is the backbone, and there is a pronounced brown sugar. The bourbon is the foreground, as it should be. T: Dominate marshmallows and vanilla. Oak is playing second fiddle. There are traces of coffee and fudge. There is a slight sourness I find distracting, but it’s not an infection. M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; it’s heavier and fluffier. O: A marked improvement over the previous year, but for the price, it really lacks the stand out qualities that bring it to the next tier of BA RISes. Good stuff, but I’d rather have Parabola for half the cost.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a lush swirl of fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is sweet and singed - dark chocolate, tobacco and charcoal accompanied by traces of vanilla and alcohol. Finishes moderately sweet and warming. World class beer. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!


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