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RATINGS: 193   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MattH (635) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Tap. Black pour. No head. Strong aroma of bourbon. Taste is pleasantly sweet, a little like port. I also got flavors of dark cherry, vanilla, oak, and dark malts. The body is heavy. This beer is definitely a sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Ap. Pours a dark brown with a tan creamy cap.

Aro. Bourbon oak chocolate coconut.

Taste. Bourbon, salted caramel, wood, dark chocolate, pepper, walnuts.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy sticky.

Overall: Beautiful, very bourbon forward.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8796) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1019) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle 02/13/2012. Pours black, one finger head dying down to coat the surface, great lacing left behind. Aroma dominated by bourbon notes, vanilla coconut, supported in the background by chocolate, roasted malts. Taste follows suit, lots of coconut, vanilla, darker malts, hint of chocolate fruitiness, roasted coffee finish. Full in the mouth, extremely drinkable. A bit more complexity aside from the barrel would send this over the top, but as it is a really great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Dark mahogany pour with a small latte head. Loads of vanilla, oak, cocoa, brownie batter, molasses, bourbon, and maple. Not as viscous or opaque as I’d have hoped. Pretty sweet and incredibly sticky. Wish it was toned down a bit. Still delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with an initially thick dark tan head that fades out to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a very pleasant sweet bourbon with pronounced vanilla, marshmallow, and spice intermixed with oak. Taste is slightly hot but decadent bourbon with vanilla followed by spice and a bit of the underlying base beer including chocolate and sweet, darker fruit. Mouthfeel is light, even, and perhaps a bit creamy. I actually like that the relatively low ABV of the base beer allows the barrel presence and bourbon influence to stand out more. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle @ TFODRBSG, Ulfborg. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. 180812

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering Ulfborg, 2012. Pours black with a creamy head and lacings. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and coconut. Sweet, smooth and oily. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
23rd October 2012
THE Eclipse Tasting. Opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Smooth palate, superfine carbonation. Light and minerally fresh. Smooth dark chocolate. Smooth bourbon. A little dark fruits Soft finish. Unsurprisingly very similar to the 12 Year but this is smoother and more well rounded and just errrrr better!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (1891) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle @ Ulfborg. Cloudy brown body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is whisky, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. This is great.


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