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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (7220) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
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. 

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7203) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 650ml @ TFODRBSG12
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate, oak and vanilla finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2011 bomber (white wax). Poured deeper brown with a short-lived smoked beige head. The aroma picked up peppery bourbon, tobacco, and vanilla over warm cocoa and lesser molasses.. spicy and well-balanced. The flavor opened with a peppery bourbon kick, with warm cocoa, vanilla, and a touch of coffee following.. strong, long-lasting finish with coffee, cocoa, and lovely bourbon and vanilla-ey barrel notes. Heavy-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.. balance was solid, and this held up very well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6934) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 650ml white-waxed bottle. Bottle # 4224. It pours a thick, viscous dark blackish brown with a tall foamy but frothy tan head that dissipates with a few skids of lacing. A thick tan froth sits atop the beer. The smell is amazing. It is hot but in a pleasant bourbony way. The bourbon explodes in the smell, nice hints of wood, caramel, and vanilla dominate. There is a noticeable pronounced fruitiness that is rich and intoxicating. The base stout comes through as well with some cocoa richness and bready but dark, roasty malts. The flavor is dominated by bourbon in a good way, but the stout isn’t lost. The initial flavor is bourbon and wood, rich, complex layers of wood and vanilla project over a nicely bitter stout base. The heat isn’t overwhelming, but it is a key component in the flavor profile. There is a fruitiness again here that is devilishly good. Mid to late palate brings the chocolate and roastiness and it is fantastic, the finish is sweet. I have never had a barrel aged beer that had this pronounced and fresh of a bourbon flavor. Normally I hate beers because the bourbon-forward, but this one has changed my mind or something, maybe it just speaks to the expertise of this particular brewery with barrel aging.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
75cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of Tderoeck. Noire foncée, hule de moteur, col léger moka-café au lait laissant un filament doré au verre. Que dire de cette bière, tout simplement magnifique, complexité, profond profil et arôme malté, chocolaté avec un côté barrique et un bourbon fascinant laissant des notes de vaille, douceur de bouche prononcé avec ce côté chêne américain typique sur une pointe de fumé/roussi. Note aussi un torréfié couplé à un caramel doux et bourbon qui s’invite à chaque gorgée procurant une certaine douceur réchauffante en fin de bouche. Un vrai délice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head that dissipates immediately to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains with notes of barrel, and vanilla. Flavor is is sweet with barrel and vanilla that is balanced by bitter dark chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a transient tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a rich sweet chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a warm bourbon trail. Perhaps my favorite version of Eclipse.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6302) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Nightfall. Pours jet black with a medium beige head. The aroma is hard roasted with notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate and ripe fruit. The flavour is vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malt, chocolate and light liquorice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle, white wax. Sampled along with all the other 2011 releases. Pours a deep, dark amber-brown with a small filmy head. Aroma of coconut, toasted malts, oak, toffee, and molasses. The flavor brings the same toastiness, coconut, brown sugar, and roasted malts along with some dark fruits. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet finish and medium carbonation. This and the Grand Cru were my favorites of the 2011 series.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6180) - 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.


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