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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2854) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7! 2011 vintage. Pours black with a frothy mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark honey, bourbon, toffee, vanilla fudge, caramel, dark roast coffee, banana bread, roasted coconut, charred wood, moist soil and hints of tingling alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark honey, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon, roasted coconut, charred wood, warming alcohol and hints of moist soil and minerals. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, oily, silky, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, toffee, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, dark honey, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, charred wood, bourbon, hay, roasted nuts and moist soil. Big, very sweet and vulgar bourbon barrel aged bomb that manages to balance every thing out in some way. A great beer!

Re-rate! Bumping this up ever so slightly. Fantastic barrel aged IS.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14688) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle at home .. we think this is RIGHT its came GBBF 2013 ... Thanks to The King of Pale Ales Ian ... Deep black ... rich malts .. big swet roast ... massive chew ... rich roast ... deep malts ... soft toffee roast ... dark roast ... massive chew .. light whisky ... wonderfull balance ... this is a delight .. bourbon is subtle and sonft ... EVERYONE is saying this is Wonderfull ... even the Raters are drooling and my SISTERS insist i get more... even though i try to tell them ARGGGGG

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6122) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Awesome bottle. 2011 edition. Pours a jet black color with a small beige head. A wonderful nose of vanilla, massive mellow bourbon, toffee. huge. The flavor is super easy to drink, mellow, oak, vanilla, burnt caramel, dark fruit, light heat. My rating doesn’t convey how damn good that barrel is. Awesome beer. Top notch BA stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gription79 (2282) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Doug. A great beer after a long drive. Huge notes of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, slight woody character, dark stone fruits, raisin. Thick and delicious. The alcohol heat is minimal.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garlic_of_Doom (474) - SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2014
2011 vintage from Dale, thanks! Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma has lots of raisin/port wine, vanilla and chocolate. Taste has liquorice, bourbon like sweetness, dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight heat. Full body with high carbonation, oily and smooth. After taste is bitter and has some bourbon heat.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours dark brown with a transient tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a rich sweet chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a warm bourbon trail. Perhaps my favorite version of Eclipse.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11252) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours black with a transient beige head. Aroma is lots of bourbon and a little alcohol. Chocolate! Full bodied. Lots of chocolate and bourbon. Hints of brown sugar. Very mild oak astringency. And it’s very, very smooth and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3019) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2011 vintage, bottle 3,125, from Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, light dark fruits; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, light dark fruits, finale in roasted barley with presence of bourbon, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, light liqueur-like texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, millésime 2011, bouteille 3 125, de Stephen Morris (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse, léger fruits noirs; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse, léger fruits noirs, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de bourbon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (4252) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
22oz, white waxed bottle. 2011 vintage, bottle # 5350. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, some caramel, and some bourbon. Tastes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some dark fruits.


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