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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (3828) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Draft at Firestone International Beer Fest. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and dark fruit. Black with a moderate cinnamon head. Flavor is vanilla, light sweetness, and chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Bottle @ vertical eclipse tasting, thanks Mr. Hangover! Aroma is silty liquorice, roast, molasses, tar, vanilla and wood. Flavour is roasty creamy vanilla wood roast chocolate liquorice etc etc. LRAB.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfb (3680) - GERMANY - FEB 22, 2014
(bottle) pours black in colour with no head. aroma of vanilla, brown sugar and boiled lobster, fudge, barnyard, some light milk chocolate and lots of marzipan. flavour is heavy brown sugar and fudge, with a medium sweetness and notes of toasted malts, marshmallow, chocolate cornflakes, espresso and hazelnuts. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3564) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. to tderoeck / Tim for this one. 65 cl. beautiful bottle – snow aged – lovely white wax. A beauty to behold, 2011 vintage. Pours very dark brown / black with a mocha head. Smell is booze, sweet mocha, creamy with lots of bourbon, very heavy, vanilla, sweet wood, milk chocolate, touch molasses,… Taste is very heavy on bourbon sweet, lots of barrel, this is very heavily aged, almost as if to mask the base beer which is not really available unless if I am mistaken, caramel, sweetness, toffee, sugar, milk chocolate, liquorice, touch molasses, base feels almost a bit thin for an RIS but it is very heavily aged. Creamy body. Glad to try one of these.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Thanks to largadeer for sharing a pour from his bottle. Very dark brown in color, but letting a tiny bit of light through. Not black. A small tan head sits on top and fades to a bubbly ring. The aroma is a nostril assault of awesomeness. Big rich dark and milk chocolate, mild roast, premium quality bourbon, oak, vanilla, and black cherry. The flavor has an insane complexity to it, and then on the finish it just gets better. All the amazing flavors that almost any past Eclipse has had - sweet chocolate, roast, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon - incredibly balanced and tasty. Intensifies as it sits in your mouth. Medium-full bodied and incredibly smooth on the palate with soft carbonation. Unbe-mother-effing-lievable beer. Dude.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3309) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2011 Bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3303) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is scotch, dark chocolate, roasted malt, woody notes, dark fruit, and some earthy notes. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with scotch undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3299) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2014 Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a dark brown and tan head leavig sticky lacing. The aroma is oak vanilla and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt with vanilla and oak and nice sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A very good Imperial stout from 50/50.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
dark sepia, ghost for a head.. Thin cream ring. Marshmallow nose, dirty nose is mud, like when I fell on the wet soccer field after getting nut-blasted in ’01. Anise too. Flavor is heavy burnt milk chocolate, earth, toasted marshmallow in the finish, equally as disappointing as limping off the field holding my junk being asked by coach "did it hit you in the balls or the shaft?"


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