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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18/20 Year Barrel) = White Wax
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) = White Wax

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3144) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (3100) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
(Bottle) Pours near black with a small head. The aroma holds woodshop, vanilla, dill, honey and dark bready malt. The flavour is medium sweet to heavily sweet and near medium bitter with smooth berrel profile, honey, balanced malt and vanilla. The mouthfeel soft, smooth and velvety with a light carbonation. Near full bodied. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (3055) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is fucking fantastic: dark chocolate, honey, bourbon, muscovado sugar, caramel, dark red fruit. Taste is dark chocolate, muscovado sugar, caramel, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, honey. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bourbon, vanilla and chocolate ntes. My god!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2957) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2910) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (2907) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle 2012. Dark brown close to black with a minimal tan head. Molasses, bourbon, warming alcohol, vanilla, sweet chocolate. Medium body, sticky texture, near flat carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and medium bitter. More flat and sticky than the 12 year version. Nåe ringar end tållaaarn.

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