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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 Dark black brown body, medium sized khaki head. a few stray bits of lacing. bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, a bit sweet and lacking any true roasted character to balance things out and add complexity. the flavor profile is similar, with the addition of a significant amount of anise that distracts. mouthfeel is thin in parts and is a bit cloying. a bit disappointing considering past experiences with the eclipses.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2890) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Beautiful aroma of cholate, vanilla, bourbon. jet black, oily lacing. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, licorice, coffee, cream ,lots going on. Thick, luscious body, oily mouthfeel. Beautiful.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2875) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2014
This is the 2011 Bottling. Interesting 2011 is an 18/20 blend and the 2012 is full 20 years. Should have done these side by side but oh well.

A - Pours pitch black. Not thick but certainly very dark in the glass. a tiny nitro looking head forms and fades fast.

S - Lots of raisin, fig, and chocolate notes. Sadly a bit of soy sauce as well.

T - Taste is nice. Still yes, lots of soy sauce but thereís a nice hot chocolate with marshmallow taste, dark fruits, nice vanilla presence and a whole ton of oak just oaky from start to finish. I get a minor coconut as well.

M - Oily and thin.

O - Not a bad beer. Probably should have opened this up a year ago. Still very good.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle shared at Bavarian Lodge with my new best friend in the whole world whatsisname. Even with soapy hands from the washroom, I can smell the tiny glass at armís length. HEAVY alcohol nose, with sides of licorice and brandy. Solid black color, what else. If there was ever a head in this beer pour, it tucked itself between its legs to kiss its butt goodbye. Taste is thick and fully malted out, like biting into a frozen Charleston Chew. Michael Rosenow says he finds prunes in it. I say prunes, raisins, maybe even some figs. Surprisingly, I did not consider the whiskey notes, perhaps I did not know this was a barrel-aged Eclipse. But Iím happy to find Todd has amped up his recipe since I last had it years ago at Flossmoor Station.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Dark mahogany pour with a small latte head. Loads of vanilla, oak, cocoa, brownie batter, molasses, bourbon, and maple. Not as viscous or opaque as Iíd have hoped. Pretty sweet and incredibly sticky. Wish it was toned down a bit. Still delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2761) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared @ tasting. Massive thanks to Bytemesis for sending me this. White wax, 2011 vintage. Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized beige head on top. Aroma has vanilla on top, caramel and toffee, roasted malts and touches of chocolate. Flavor is very sweet with big touches of red fruits, chocolate, massive vanilla and caramel. The boozyness from the other versions has faded in the background which is incredibly nice. Not sure if itís the age or the different barrel. Doesnít really matter, this is an incredible beer for sure!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2011 vintage bottle #5253 Pours pitch black with a lacy creamy tan head. Amazing aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel/ toffee, oak and molasses. Flavor of dark chocolate, bourbon, dark coffee, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, molasses and had a smooth warming bourbon finish. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. A great barrel aged imp stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2728) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
#1108, 2011. $30 for a bomber and I wonít 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 wasnít 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 Angelís 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 canít see this gaining anything from further aging.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2657) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Shared this with Thorpe and Thorpette after they brought over a steak dinner recently (theyíre total ballers). Amy was holding and ogling my newborn son, so she drank hers with a crazy straw. Anywho... The beer is dark brown with a nice beige head. Noticeably more carbonation than the Brewmasterís Grand Cru I opened recently. Nice aroma - bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak. A lot of wood character. The best of the series to this point, though I still have many to work through. Surprisingly pleasant notes of toasted marshmallow, coconut, vanilla. Really digging the subtle complexities at work here. This was served at 60 degrees, so many of the more delicate characteristics jumped out right away. Of course, bourbon, chocolate and oak are front and center, but the nuances steal the show in this beer. Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Still a bit on the low side. Silky and smooth on the palate. A winner. I definitely recommend it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-22-2012


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