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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (4264) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4180) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
Bomber shared with Lotta. Pours jet black with a small bubbly tanned head leaving some laces. Aroma is sweet raisins vinous roasted malty molasses, full bodied, some notes of coffee and chocolate mixed with alcohol. Flavor is similar to aroma, Velvety smooth, vanilla lightly bitter in front increasing towards the end. Surprisingly drinkable, not as heavy as I had expected.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (4138) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4099) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4032) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
White wax bottle. Opaque black pour with intense, lacy creamy tan head. Strong powerful bourbon aroma, very chocolaty, roastiness is pretty well absent, rich layered vanilla, bourbon woody notes, light spiciness. Taste is very sweet, molasses, licorice, bourbon and dark chocolate. Quite decadent. Palate is well constructed, rich, and mellow, nice alcohol warmth and well dosed carbonation. A bit over-done, but still quite tasty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3986) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle vintage 2012. Near black with tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, soft roasted notes and bourbon. Taste is thick, sweet, rich, very pleasant chocolate notes, bourbon and raisins.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (3985) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
P itch black color. Tons for bourbon from start to finish. Big bad all the way through. Very smooth and rich. My fav of the Eclipses.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3979) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
It pours a dark cola brown with a tan/orangy head. The aroma is an intense bourbon blast with alcohol, vanilla, caramel, raisins, plums and chocolate. Not as much roasted malt and more fruit forward. The flavor was a tiny bit of a letdown compared to the awesome aroma. It had delicious notes of bourbon, vanilla and some sweet caramel with hints of dark fruitness but it was a bit overly sweet lacking a second level of depth. Lots of sugary cola. There is a bit of roasted malt in the finish but not enough for my liking. The body is not as big as some stouts but very oily on the palate. Overall, this was a great beer. I loved the massive bourbon flavors, but the beer itself lacked the complexity of a world class imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3926) - 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.


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