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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 244   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Has a very nice, balanced flavor that is incredibly drinkable. Alcohol is listed as 9.5% on the label not 10%. The whiskey notes come through very nicely. I tasted this is a "horizontal" with all the versions released this year and it is amazing to see how each barrel imparts its flavors on the base beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7870) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Deep black pour with a small brown head. Wonderful bourbon character - wood, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, and more - on top of more chocolate and coffee. Delicious flavors of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, coffee, chocolate, a bit of booze, and more. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2012
22 oz. bottle, white wax. Sampled along with all the other 2011 releases. Pours a deep, dark amber-brown with a small filmy head. Aroma of coconut, toasted malts, oak, toffee, and molasses. The flavor brings the same toastiness, coconut, brown sugar, and roasted malts along with some dark fruits. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet finish and medium carbonation. This and the Grand Cru were my favorites of the 2011 series.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (2354) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Yeah same table as the 12 year but this was much better. Smooth and deliciousness in a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle @ home bottle no#5059 vintage 2011... trade from hallinghansen, thanks my friend! It pours jet black with a small tan head.... The aroma is hard roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak and dark fruits.... The flavor is very nice roasted malts, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins and chocolate..... very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a lush swirl of fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is sweet and singed - dark chocolate, tobacco and charcoal accompanied by traces of vanilla and alcohol. Finishes moderately sweet and warming. World class beer. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (12811) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Bottle @ FiftyFifty Eclipse Charity Tasting. Opaque black color, small light brown head. Aroma and flavor are similar: malts, bourbon whiskey, vanilla, some liquorice, nice bitter liquorice malt bitter finish. Full body, suitable carbonation. Very nice full bodied imperial stout. Lovely!

Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma and taste of malts, roastyness, lightly hops, some liquorice and too much sweetness. [Original rating:7-3-6-3-12=3.1]

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4406) - 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 (20763) - 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 (8182) - 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.


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