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RATINGS: 222   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


4.3
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1211) - 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 (1168) - 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 (1086) - 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 (984) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Staffan47 (890) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Champinjon....underbar...bourbon...underbar...helt underbar. Värdsklass. Choklad. Oerhört balanserad. Lite molass. Tankarna far iväg till gamla goose Island bourbon county 2010 och tidigare. Dags att sluta analysera och bara njuta. Absolut värdsklass!! ---- BR1/2012 vit vax. Oerhört len och fin. Värmande och härliga chokladnyanser. Flytande choklad med lite vanilj och lite lagom komplexitet. Fett! Avslutar blytung Eclipseprovning med 15 st flarror + en Totality.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Haslinger (877) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
2011 bomber # 3279 white wax. Thanks kegbear! Aroma is wonderful chocolate and malt with some hints of bourbon. Pours a beautiful brown with frothy cream head. The taste is vanilla chocolate with some creamy malt notes in it. Its like drinking the best coffee ever. Super balanced without any alcohol burn for 10%. Wow just incredible beer. Damn delicious would drink again and again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
22 oz. white waxed bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle # 4685. A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass. S: Very smooth bourbon, some nice roasted malts, toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate. Very balanced and the barrel is well integrated. T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Really nice smooth and semi sweet bourbon. Some milk chocolate with a great barrel presence. Some light oak, but nice vanilla and caramel sweetness. There is a great roasted malt bitterness as well. The finish is nice and sweet. M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish. O: The is definitely the best of Eclipse variants. Great barrel presence and everything is perfectly integrated. Very nice. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-07-2012


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