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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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2011 release, bottle # 5619 thanks to Dakine. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma was mellow bourbon, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Taste was just awesome. Roasted malt and bourbon meld together to form a beer that you just want to sip forever. This is another "why did I share this with my brother" beer. Wonderful aftertaste, creamy mouth feel, a plethora of goodness. A first rate drinking experience.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet toffee and vanilla, bitter chocolate roast, some coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Poured into a snifter from a 2011 650ml bottle.

A: Deep opaque brown, only seen through on the edges. Thin tan head quickly disappears leaving a small coating.

S: Mellow, but mostly bourbon and oak, slight sweetness comes through.

T: Same as the smell, huge alcohol bourbon sweetness with vanilla mixing in and out. Slight chocolate notes, but very subtle. Easy to sip.

M: Full bodied with light fizzy carb, syrupy.

O: The price of this is my biggest gripe, my second gripe is the price. I like this, but for $30.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1346) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle picked up at GBBF 2013, 2012 version. Pours a very dark brown to black. Aroma is soy, teriyaki, meat, treacle, marmite, not much sweetness. Full body, mild carbonation. Treacle, marmite, mild bitter choc, coffee, soy sauce, some toffee sweetness, a bit of booze. Certainly has plenty going on, but not entirely convinced about the balanced. It’s good, no question but no more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with an initially thick dark tan head that fades out to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant sweet bourbon with pronounced vanilla, marshmallow, and spice intermixed with oak. Taste is slightly hot but decadent bourbon with vanilla followed by spice and a bit of the underlying base beer including chocolate and sweet, darker fruit. Mouthfeel is light, even, and perhaps a bit creamy. I actually like that the relatively low ABV of the base beer allows the barrel presence and bourbon influence to stand out more. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2012 Bottle. Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma is of caramel, maple, soy sauce, and oak. Flavor is a bit stronger with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. The bourbon heat picks up a little on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kryon (1325) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2014
Pours dark brown no head Aroma is an explosion of bourbon barrel, figs, dades, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee Taste is loaded of whisky cask, bourbon, figs, dades. Lovely palate with noce soft smooth ending

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2012
At small epic tasting in Kulminator thx Bill !!

Head: small, dark espresso
Colour: black
Smell: lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon, some booze, some roasted malts
taste: coffee blended with notes of booze, bourbon, vanilla extract and caramel, very nice !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle shared with most of the other versions by the STL crew, thanks for the invite guys! Pour is typical black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor are smooth with notes of light toffee malt, light brown sugar, faint coconut, light vanilla, and loads of sweet malt. Seemed to be a bit too sweet for me. It is smooth, but there was very little balancing roasted malt in this one. Still a great beer, just a few others from the series were more to my liking. Trying to differentiate all of these is not easy:)


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