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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2012
22 oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors (Chicago, IL). Thanks, Kristina. Shared with friends. Pours a rich blackish inky pour, a firm tannish head layer dies toa thicker ring, laces ok overall. Rich opaque and black. Aromas are a healthy barrel spirit, bourbon and oak, roast and toast. Mellow toffee, caramel, biscuits. Touches of coconut, vanilla, and fudge. Some healthy dry hops. Initial is fuller bodied offering healthy flavors, fudge and barrel. Caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Toast, gentle roast moves in with some firm warming spirit. Toffee, coconut, gentle Bourbon spirit grows up front and mellows out into the back. Firm dry hopping, barrel presence is rich and inviting, rich vanilla, coconut, and bourbon presence. Wow, tasty. Fudge, caramel, and biscuits. Toffee, cocoa, and dry richness. Barrel spirit. Finish is medium bodied, as these beers don’t get overly thick. Wow. Flavors are on here, complex, rich, with a lot going on without getting too rich and thick and overdone. Well done, Todd. With PVW, this is my favorite Imperial Eclipse to date.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (6722) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours inky black, small brown head, good lacing. Aroma is bourbon forward, vanilla, chocolate, roasty. Flavor is fairly bourbon forward, rich and chocolate, vanilla, touch of toasted coconut. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. A bit hot, but otherwise stellar.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6717) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. This smells so nice. Bold coffee, whiskey, dark fruit. This tastesvas good. Big whiskey flavor. Coffee. Dark fruit. So smooth but so big.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Nice full bourbon, oak, sweet aromas. Sweet vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon flavors. Sweet up front, warming on the back end.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (6642) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Bottled @ gbbf, br1 2012, white wax, large sample. Dark color, short brown head. Amazing aroma of choc, bourbon, roast. Taste is soft bourbon, choc, medium sweet and bitterness. Balance is so good, great complexity. Wow. This is how i want my impy and bourbon. Great great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6639) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; dark black pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has mellow bourbon and some roasted malts, taste has roast, dark fruits, some bourbon, very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6553) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2012
22 ounce thanks to adnielsen. Big black pour. Chocolate in the nose. Bourbon totally in the body. Not too heavy a beer. But that bourbon really carries it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6509) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
From a bottle at Haket, Göteborg, Sweden. Black with beige head. Intense chocolate and coffe aroma with molasses, vanilla and liquor. Full bodied, low carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness,slightly acidic..

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and the slightest hint of roast. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and small beige head that leaves behind lots of webbing. The flavor starts with some sugary sweet milk chocolate and a touch of molasses . The finish has light-moderate vanilla and light vanilla. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, it’s more sugary sweetness than bourbon barrel aged.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (6359) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
66cl Bottle at Sloshfest, 6 of the 2011 bottlings side-by-side. Black colour, beige-brown head. Aroma is soft sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, hard roasted malts, chocolate, molasses. Flavour is sweet, smooth bourbon, hard roasted malts, coffee, molasses, chocolate, bitter roasted finish. Fullbodied. A lot better than the EC 12y.


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