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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
   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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homer321 (2560) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Draft at brewery on July 15, 2014. A ton of vanilla and booze in the nose. A BLAST of vanilla in the flavor. Just an outstanding chocolate and vanilla combination coming through. Very smooth and very little sign of the alcohol, all well done here.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (2557) - 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours opaque oily black with a thin tan head that leaves a thin ring of lace. The nose is dry dark chocolate, with coffee, roasted malt, coconut, and vanilla oak. The flavor is dry and nicely balanced with coconut, vanilla, darkly roasted coffee bean malt, and bitter dark chocolate. The body is full and creamy with light carbonation and a long coffee, dark chocolate, coconut, and vanilla whiskey finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2488) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
We did a side by side of 2011 (18 year Elijah Craig barrel)(bottle #317) and 2012 (20 year Elijah Craig barrel)(reserve). The score reflects the 2012 version, both white wax tops. 2011 Version A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Vanilla, Bourbon, Mildly Oaked T: Bourbon, Mild Vanilla, Mild Brown Sugar M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Boozy, Mildly Sweet 2012 Version (barrel reserve) A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Mild Bourbon, Mild Vanilla, Mildly Oaked T: Boubon, Vanilla, Mild Brown Sugar, Mild Honey M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, the 2012 was the better of the two bottles, no boozy heat, very smooth and the tastes blended very well, outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2449) - 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 (2441) - 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 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (2355) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle @ Halket Very dark brown with no head. Fruity and woody tones. Fruit, vanilla, malt and wood. Full body with a very nice bitter sweet after taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2328) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle @ Ulfborg. Cloudy brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is whisky, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. This is great.


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