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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (2134) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Overall: Oak, almond, soy sauce, madeira.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at a De Klomp tasting. (Vintage 2012) Reviewed 2014-12-27.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
HMOG 2015. One of two variants sampled on the day. While I love the series, I found this one to be a bit sweeter than some that I have had. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, barrel, chocolate. Sweet and still yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bottle white wax #1489 2011 bottling. Pour has a dark brown color bordering on black with a covering of light brown head. Aroma has big juicy bourbon, medium sweetness, heavy rich malt, mild roast,oak, and mellow oxidation. Mouthful is a medium and there is low side carbonation. Flavor comes off with plenty of malt, some roast, medium sweetness, sweet juicy bourbon, raisins, oak, vanilla, mild oxidation, and a lingering finish with some mild heat. Extremely smooth and has taken to the barrel treatment very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle @ home bottle no#5059 vintage 2011... trade from hallinghansen, thanks my friend! It pours jet black with a small tan head.... The aroma is hard roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits.... The flavor is very nice roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins and chocolate..... very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1992) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Aroma of maple syrup, cherry, sweet chocolate and vanilla. Pours black and viscus with no head or film. Taste is sweet with candied cherry, chocolate, vanilla bean, and molasses. This is everything I love about a bourbon aged stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikem409 (1964) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
bottle part of line up of all 2011. POW this was the big winner for me out of all 8. pours thick black with tan head. aroma of coconut lotion and bourbon soaked roasted malt. the flavor was great nice and thick chocolate bourbon.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
22oz bottle with white wax. Pour is consistent with all the 09 and 10ís Iíve had, which is to say itís a little lighter than most impy stouts, dark chocolate brown with a small beige head that sticks to the sides on the way down. Aroma is sublime, big on the bourbon, possibly the most whiskey-forward of any of the versions Iíve smelled before. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the barrels with the underlying chocolate malts taking a bit of a back seat. The taste is a little different but almost as good. The bourbon is there but doesnít have quite the same vanilla and coconut character. Itís more oak and booze with a heavier dose of roast than the aroma. Mouthfeel is trademark Eclipse, crazy smooth but not overly thick. Todd consistently makes some of the most drinkable and well-integrated barrel-aged stouts and this is no exception. This particular iteration is a little heavier on the bourbon than I would prefer (HH09 is damn near ecstasy) but is still excellent. Canít wait to try the other 2011 versions.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
bottle shared by Matt at Dadtoberfest! deep, dark and tasty. ton of bourbon and chocolate malts, oaky goodness and some campfire notes. Brown sugar sweetness and finishes with some boozey warmth.


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