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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (2475) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2449) - 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 it’s the age or the different barrel. Doesn’t really matter, this is an incredible beer for sure!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Shared this with Thorpe and Thorpette after they brought over a steak dinner recently (they’re 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 Brewmaster’s 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle purchased from El Cerrito, SoCal. Pours a thick dark brown almost black with a thick, foamy, light tan head. Aroma of boozy bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate and oak. Flavor is rich sweet chocolate, bitter roasted malt, hot bourbon and some caramel. Full body with mild carbonation and a velvety smooth mouth feel. Great beer, lots of bourbon character that is tempered with sweet chocolate. I would seek out more of this if it wasn’t so expensive.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2344) - 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 there’s 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2279) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2011 Bottle Bottle #5247 ... Black pour orange hue thinner beige/tan head .... aroma of coconut, bourbon and vanilla ..... taste is vanilla, bourbon, coconut and light roasted malts, little chocolatey with more oak on the backend .... mouthfeel is thick and oily .... finish is dry and oaky with some bourbon and vanilla and a bitter light warming abv ..... good stuff

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2228) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Doug. A great beer after a long drive. Huge notes of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, slight woody character, dark stone fruits, raisin. Thick and delicious. The alcohol heat is minimal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bomber from Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours near black with dark rich tan head. Aromas of vanilla, light coconut, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor is dominated by bourbon barrel, which is a good thing in this case, vanilla, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Body is nice and full. Damn nice beer where barrel really shines. Hefty price tag that actually lived up to hype.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Thanks GT2! Black pour, small ring of a head. Nose of mulch and dirt, big vanilla and wood, very earthy. Flavor brings much more sweetness to the fore, barrel sweet vanilla, sweet chocolate brownie. One of the better of the series, but still not complex or impressive.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2011
(On draught at fiftyfifty!). Pours near black with khaki head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coconut. Taste is sweet with lots of barrel characteristics. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Superb!


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