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RATINGS: 221   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


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle I brought to Jamesís place. Pours a dark chocolate brown with fuzzy beige head. Massive but balanced nose of marshmallow, coconut, and milk chocolate. Flavor is fucking delicious! Loads of sweet and toasted coconut, silky milk chocolate, and sweet whipped cream. That great coconut taste with none of the suntan lotion notes that can come with it. French silk pie flavors with bourbon and vanilla extract. Thick, velvety body with vanilla, oak, and French silk pie in the finish. Absolutely delicious and close to perfection as a dessert stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #4016. White wax so I have the correct listing. This is my third version of this year (EC 12 and BT blend) and fourth overall (í10 EW). 4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a big ring of lacing is left. Like the others, this one looks good. 4.0 S: This is as smooth as the EC 12 was, but itís much more lively. First, the bourbon brings out the chocolate in the stout much like the BT blend did. The bourbon itself is leathery, mildly fruity, and earthy. Booze is in check and there are no signs of astringency or off-flavors. The barrel gives a soft vanilla that complements well. Soft roastiness from the stout. I very much like the aroma, but I still want more from the stout. 4.5 T: I must say Iím impressed with the taste. I expected all of the variants to be let downs due to the simplicity of the base beer, but this is too tasty not to love. The EC works magic in this. The strongest flavor is creme brulee with leather, melon, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Slightly boozy, but itís actually a nice addition and super smooth. Soft roast and moderate chocolate from the base stout. 4.0 M: Hell, even the mouthfeel is better. Itís the same medium body, but thereís a noticeable increase in the creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth. 4.5 D: Iím very glad to have had this and so far this is the only variant Iíve had that is worth what I paid. Very tasty beer. If the base stout was better, this would be a favorite of mine for sure. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-24-2012 01:28:08

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1462) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2013
Taken from notes - 660 ml bottle shared by Jeffo and Erik at Sloshfest 2012 - 6 in a row... The mellowest of em all, despite clear and warm bourbon background.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1457) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
22 oz bottle, bottle 3768 / 2011. Pours brown black with a small dark brown head that quickly foes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet molasses and dark fruits with a lot of sharp whiskey.

The flavor is roasted malts and sweet sugary dark fruits with a lot of sharp burnt alcoholic whiskey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, itís too sweet and boozy for me. It does mellow some as it warms, but still very sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1433) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1387) - 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:)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - 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 itís not an infection. M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; itís 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 Iíd rather have Parabola for half the cost.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - 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.

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.


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