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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13515) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours black with a transient beige head. Aroma is lots of bourbon and a little alcohol. Chocolate! Full bodied. Lots of chocolate and bourbon. Hints of brown sugar. Very mild oak astringency. And it’s very, very smooth and tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Etched bottle - pours black tan head - nose and taste whiskey, honey, roast chocolate, oak, vanilla - medium body

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (12550) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bomber 2011 vintage poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark fruit and brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and light caramel with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, nuts, raisins, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, brown sugar, bourbon, and chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12270) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, pungent sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, musty character, grassy floral hops, licorice and molasses. In mouth, a nice sweet smooth chocolate malt with cherries, molasses, licorice, alcohol warmth, complex yet pleasing. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (12159) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. Opaque black color, small light brown head. Aroma and flavor are similar: malts, bourbon whiskey, vanilla, some liquorice, nice bitter liquorice malt bitter finish. Full body, suitable carbonation. Very nice full bodied imperial stout. Lovely!

Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma and taste of malts, roastyness, lightly hops, some liquorice and too much sweetness. [Original rating:7-3-6-3-12=3.1]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11661) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, nutty and roast malt, whiskey and oak with dark fruity esters and earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominant, whiskey barrel, dark fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11356) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle (#1511, 2011), thanks to Bruce at THE Eclipse Tasting, 2012. It pours very dark brown with a thin, bubbly light tan head that almost instantly dissipates. The nose is much softer than the 12yr version, vanilla, oak, marshmallow, brown sugar, toffee and soft dark malt. The taste is roasted malt, sweet toffee, charcoal, light smoke/charcoal, medicinal, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, mellow bourbon and warming alcohol on the finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Rich, yet smooth, mellow and well balanced. Pips the 12yr version to the post.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Nice black pour, brown head. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, big bourbon notes, oak, molasses. Damn good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
22oz, white waxed bottle. 2011 vintage, bottle # 5350. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, some caramel, and some bourbon. Tastes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some dark fruits.


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