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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 240   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5844) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5795) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (5786) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
Sampel at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg AR: toffe, coffey, bourbon vanilla, dark chocolate AP: dark brown body, wee to na head F: wee alcholic, coffey, whiskey/bourbon vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, warming feeling - great brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2014 65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2012 (with white wax), new exclusive American brew, with honey, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/alcoholic/sweet and slightly woody/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5581) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is harsher than ion the 12 year version. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium rye whiskey notes with rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout but some of the harsher notes don’t really comes out clean. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version. I preferred the 12 year old Elijah version to this one base on overall taste being not as smooth as the other version.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Nice bourbon forward, chocolate, caramel, and oak aroma. Smooth silky but oily palate. Tastes of smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted coconut and oak. Finishing with a pronounced roasted grain and coffee flavor. Quite good with nice complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5417) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5288) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Bottle picked up at GBBF and shared at Cotteridge II. As FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel. 2012 edition, white wax. Black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, light vanilla. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is chocolate syrup, soft bourbon, filter coffee, musty, a little booze showing up. A very enjoyable beer. (4.0)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Thick pitch black pour, small brown head. Milk chocolate, raisin, strong vanilla character, note of coconut, candy bar, and bourbon warmth. Fairly smooth, and really melded together well. I think this has been their best effort.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5248) - 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.


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