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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - 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 I’d have hoped. Pretty sweet and incredibly sticky. Wish it was toned down a bit. Still delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2908) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (2882) - 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 arm’s 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 I’m happy to find Todd has amped up his recipe since I last had it years ago at Flossmoor Station.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2881) - 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...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2866) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2808) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Wow! Pours thick unclear black coffee with a small darker beige head. Aroma and flavor blow the 12 year old out of the water! There are big spicy vanilla and barrel notes with chocolate and mocha on the tongue settling so well. There is a nice creamy but balanced body as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2803) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
#1108, 2011. $30 for a bomber and I won’t 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 wasn’t 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 Angel’s 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 can’t see this gaining anything from further aging.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2690) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ktwse (2621) - SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of muscovado, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, just wow... Taste is big, bold barrel sweet, dark dried fruit and peats, booze, long sweetish boozy chocolate and sugar finish. Body is rich, thick and creamy with soft carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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