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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
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 !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Bomber. Split with Sean and Vinnie. Pours deep beige coffee brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cherries, chocolate, oak, caramel, toffee, and cream. Full, soft body with a boozy, yet velvety, soft mouthfeel. Flavor is heavy chocolate with some bourbon and cherry notes in the finish. Fantastic stout, but only in small doses.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1234) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Beautiful black. Sweet alcohol with lots of complex chocolate. This was one of my two favorite out of the flight of all 8 from 2011. Glad I have a bottle at home as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
22oz bottle purchased in 2012. Split a couple ways. Consumed 12-17, reviewed from notes. A: Pitch black with a very thin mocha lacing. Legs stick. N: Deep whiff of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Fudge is the backbone, and there is a pronounced brown sugar. The bourbon is the foreground, as it should be. T: Dominate marshmallows and vanilla. Oak is playing second fiddle. There are traces of coffee and fudge. There is a slight sourness I find distracting, but it’s not an infection. M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; it’s heavier and fluffier. O: A marked improvement over the previous year, but for the price, it really lacks the stand out qualities that bring it to the next tier of BA RISes. Good stuff, but I’d rather have Parabola for half the cost.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1181) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle 02/13/2012. Pours black, one finger head dying down to coat the surface, great lacing left behind. Aroma dominated by bourbon notes, vanilla coconut, supported in the background by chocolate, roasted malts. Taste follows suit, lots of coconut, vanilla, darker malts, hint of chocolate fruitiness, roasted coffee finish. Full in the mouth, extremely drinkable. A bit more complexity aside from the barrel would send this over the top, but as it is a really great brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zer0 (1165) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared at mrhangover’s place at his epic Eclipse tasting. Pours very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is huge vanilla, lots of bourbon, chocolate, toffee, little licorice and little coffee. Smoother than other versions in this tasting. Definitely more chocolate and vanilla. Moderate to heavy sweetness and moderate bitter. Full bodied, soft carbonation and thick texture. Amazing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1053) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Big bourbon, vanilla, slightly marshmallowy aroma. Flavor is big, sweet and thick, Some toasted marshmallow. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
2011. bottle #3444, white wax. pours just a touch denser than the other Eclipse variants (so we’re off to a great start) with a thick, creamy dark beige head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is simply excellent with big notes toasted oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and dark roast backed by chocolate cake, muted coffee, molasses, and dark fruits with a hint of brown sugar. flavor is truly wonderful as well as the dark notes of chocolate, molasses, anise, and heavy roast come to the forefront with charred oak barrel, bourbon, honey, vanilla, and dark fruit notes of black cherry and plum bringing up the rear. palate is definitely richer than most of the other Eclipse variants with smooth carbonation and a dry, warming finish. this one just feels more integrated and complex than the other Eclipse’s. my favorite of the bunch. well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (960) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Big thanks to Deuane for opening his newly purchased bottle for us to try. I was really looking forward to trying this one. A - Pours black as night with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass. A little light on the carbonation it seems... S - Smells fairly similar to the 12yr. with a bit more barrel to it. Still has plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee but the bourbon and oak have really taken this bottle over. T - Starts off with a big dose of bourbon heat slowly giving way to a mix of sweet vanilla and chocolate and day old coffee grounds. Finish is pretty dry with plenty of oak tannins. Like the 12yr., I can only imagine how good this beer will be with some time on it. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Fairly similar to the 12yr. in that has a smooth body, maybe a bit more booze and tannins in this version. O - This one was pretty good, although not as good as the 12yr. I still have one of these in the cellar and I look forward to revisiting this one in the future.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2013
2011 Release, Bottle 3788. Pours a dark brown with thin light brown head, settles quickly with no lacing. Aroma is strong bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oaky. Flavor is mod bourbon, strong vanilla, with a chocolate mild roasted finish and a sweet, oaky, vanilla, bourbon aftertaste. Sweet, mild roast, more so as it warms. Some nice balance. Soft carbonation, medium body to full body. Smooth, slightly sticky texture and a warm finish. Lacks some of the body and fullness that Uncle Jacob’s has. A solid bourbon barrel imperial stout, though it hardly merits the price. Could just as well have bought two UJS.


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