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RATINGS: 244   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2011 bottle, # 2307. Pours thick oily jet black with 1-finger tan head that retains well. More head than the 12 EC here. Nose is very similar to the 18 year; a lot of oaky earthy malt, figgy, port, blackberry, and raisin fruits, oaky spirity. Tastes very rich, smooth to the level of nitrogenation, complex, with loads of oaky spirits, earthy cacaoey and blackberry malt, port, figs, and more heat as it warms, and none of that scotch barrel aftertaste. This one is world-class.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
651mL white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (9596) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle share at Ratebeer meet up, Cotteridge Wines, Cotteridge, Birmingham Saturday 5th March 2016 Pours black with a beige head. Rich and smooth, bourbon on the nose, silky and indulgent beer, despite the abv there is very little heat, it’s a very good beer. A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov17 .17 4.1

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Very dark pour with vanilla and bourbon. Actually liked the 12 year variant a touch better but this is awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottled 1 pt 6 fl oz, at rlgk + Aniela tasting, USA comes to Göteborg 2014, on October 18, 2014.
Bottle marked 9.5% vol and 2012.
Black color, very small brown head. Alcohol, oak, dill scent, some vanilla. Sweet, alcohol, oak taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Roasted aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9474) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2016
Comparative tasting of 9 different Eclipse Stout variants. All beers small to rather good yellow-beige rim over jet-black beer Overpowering nose of Bourbon, vanilla, alcohol & esters, benzene, spirit, green grapes. Sweet Bourbon flaovur, Belgian chocolates, chocolatesweets. Serious alcoholwarming, sticky, full bodied, creamy MF. A tad sweet to my taste. Thanks to M & L for bringing this one along !

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Aromas of rich christmas pudding, soy sauce and red meat, treacle and bourbon. Amazing nose. Taste subtley blends them all together, coming out with vanilla and maple syrup. Creamy texture, rich mouthfeel, luscious texture. Ace stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9384) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (9313) - 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.


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