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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2071) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours opaque oily black with a thin tan head that leaves a thin ring of lace. The nose is dry dark chocolate, with coffee, roasted malt, coconut, and vanilla oak. The flavor is dry and nicely balanced with coconut, vanilla, darkly roasted coffee bean malt, and bitter dark chocolate. The body is full and creamy with light carbonation and a long coffee, dark chocolate, coconut, and vanilla whiskey finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle shared with most of the other versions by the STL crew, thanks for the invite guys! Pour is typical black with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor are smooth with notes of light toffee malt, light brown sugar, faint coconut, light vanilla, and loads of sweet malt. Seemed to be a bit too sweet for me. It is smooth, but there was very little balancing roasted malt in this one. Still a great beer, just a few others from the series were more to my liking. Trying to differentiate all of these is not easy:)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Very dark brown, almost black, bright white edge head. Aroma of perfume, vanilla, whiskey. Taste is very smooth and rich coffee with dark cocoa in it and very subtle port and bourbon. Very nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle shared @ rbwg ’12. pitch black with a khaki head. nose is whiskey, wood, vanilla, and roasted malts. excellent thickness, chewy, bourbon, vanilla, wow

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4169) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3471) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
22 0z bottle (white wax). My 1st eclipse. Med/thin body. Immediately slammed by the whiskey it’s way overpowering and there’s not much stout to balance it out. Corked it and went back tne next day. Stillvery bourbon fwd but at room temp some vanilla swetnesss finishes off. A pretty good beer its growing on me but tne for the price not the best value.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2370) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2011 Bottle Bottle #5247 ... Black pour orange hue thinner beige/tan head .... aroma of coconut, bourbon and vanilla ..... taste is vanilla, bourbon, coconut and light roasted malts, little chocolatey with more oak on the backend .... mouthfeel is thick and oily .... finish is dry and oaky with some bourbon and vanilla and a bitter light warming abv ..... good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Big thanks to Deuane for opening his newly purchased bottle for us to try. I was really looking forward to trying this one. A - Pours black as night with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass. A little light on the carbonation it seems... S - Smells fairly similar to the 12yr. with a bit more barrel to it. Still has plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee but the bourbon and oak have really taken this bottle over. T - Starts off with a big dose of bourbon heat slowly giving way to a mix of sweet vanilla and chocolate and day old coffee grounds. Finish is pretty dry with plenty of oak tannins. Like the 12yr., I can only imagine how good this beer will be with some time on it. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Fairly similar to the 12yr. in that has a smooth body, maybe a bit more booze and tannins in this version. O - This one was pretty good, although not as good as the 12yr. I still have one of these in the cellar and I look forward to revisiting this one in the future.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4671) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a tan head. Aroma was lots of oaky bourbon character, light char, some darker chocolate and not much else. Flavor was incredibly smooth barrel character, lots of vanilla and oak unfortunately the underlying beer did not shine through very well, was almost all barrel.


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