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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, wood, more dark chocolate, and some light spice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle @ toronado sd. $56. Right. Ok. Boozy but coherent nose mixing the stouty malts with the whiskey influence, smidgen of boozy heat beneath, but with enough refinement to allow the cookie and vanilla notes to shine. Dark brown pour with whispy thin darker tan head. Flavors bring it all together again...a lot of sweetness but yet enough booziness to counterbalance...cookie dough and vanilla are strong but complimenting the chocolaty undertones of the base stout. Everything here is nicely balanced, boozy in a good way. Its on the sweet side, yes...but I think the retained boozy qualities counterbalance the sweetness sufficiently. Much better than early releases as far as my memory is concerned. Quite nice indeed

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle. The sweetest, smoothest, and most mellow bourbon of all of the treatments. I really dig those those caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and dark roasted malts. Good body and mouthfeel. A very nice imperial stout...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2452) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, booze, chocolate, raw sugar, licorice and light coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, wood and bourbon. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth. Awesome.

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2374) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (2361) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
@Basunen: stora söta bourbon-toner. Ganska smidig och len i smaken. Tydlig fatkaraktär. Söt ton med hint av muskovadosocker. Gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle: Wow, my first Eclipse stout. Deep, deep brown around the edges with a jet black center; small tan head fades quickly to a thin collar. Aroma pops with dark cocoa, wood, faint maple syrup, warming & smooth bourbon, mild roasted malt, & a small back-end hint of residual sweetness. Tastes almost like a Hershey’s chocolate bar up front, only darker &lathered in a little bit of bourbon. Again, some back-end maple syrup notes that work their way in nicely. Touch of burnt molasses, dark & bittersweet cocoa beans, & a slight hint of boozy wood lingering on the palate. Semi-thick mouth feel, moderately creamy. Maybe still not worth the price of admission, but a super tasty imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2311) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - 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.


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