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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5608) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle vintage 2012. Near black with tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, soft roasted notes and bourbon. Taste is thick, sweet, rich, very pleasant chocolate notes, bourbon and raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (5565) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2014
(bottle) pours black in colour with no head. aroma of vanilla, brown sugar and boiled lobster, fudge, barnyard, some light milk chocolate and lots of marzipan. flavour is heavy brown sugar and fudge, with a medium sweetness and notes of toasted malts, marshmallow, chocolate cornflakes, espresso and hazelnuts. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Nice bourbon forward, chocolate, caramel, and oak aroma. Smooth silky but oily palate. Tastes of smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted coconut and oak. Finishing with a pronounced roasted grain and coffee flavor. Quite good with nice complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2011 Bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Thick pitch black pour, small brown head. Milk chocolate, raisin, strong vanilla character, note of coconut, candy bar, and bourbon warmth. Fairly smooth, and really melded together well. I think this has been their best effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5387) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting. Shared by hackobock, thanks!

>>> A tasty fudge forward bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

+ Fudge/chocolate is the dominant flavor but it is well surrounded by bourbon, vanilla and caramel
+ Interesting palate with a full body and soft carbonation that add to the thick oily impression of the mouthfeel. Nice alcohol warmth
There’s some ashes notes that doesn’t fit well in the flavor profile
It doesn’t have the depth and cohesion from the best of the style

Flavors: Chocolate / fudge, bourbon, vanilla, ashes, coffee, caramel, alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle shared @ rbwg ’12. pitch black with a khaki head. nose is whiskey, wood, vanilla, and roasted malts. excellent thickness, chewy, bourbon, vanilla, wow

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours opaque sable with a thin buff head. Aroma delivers intense roast malt, oak, honey, bourbon and coffee tones. Flavor features roasted malt, bourbon-infused oak, coffee and subtle honey tones. Mouthfeel offers firm body and strong, lively fizz. Get eclipsed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5143) - 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.

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