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FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

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RATINGS: 196   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10510) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at GBBF 2013. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, whiskey, vanilla, hay, creamy, cocoa, prunes, raisins, mint notes, woody, licorice notes, some caramel. Roasted flavor, lots of vanilla, mint, licorice, prunes, dades, warming alcohol, milk chocolate, woody notes, bourbon, caramel, cream. Full bodied. Lovely vanilla finish with bourbon, caramel, licorice, milk chocolate and some prunes. Almost perfection!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle @ GBBF ’13. Pitchblack with a brown head, that sticks to the glass. Aroma of bourbon, lots of vanilla, rich milk chocolate, sweet coffee, sweet alcohol and more. Sweet roasted taste, with mocca and milk chocolate. Soft roasted bitterness. Very well balanced and "rounded". Great beer !

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2011 bottle thanks to Sparky! This pours black with a decent mocha head that thins quickly. Aroma of this is vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, oak, sweet roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate, brown sugar toffee, caramel, oak, roasted coffee, malt and barrel char. Sweet balanced, full bodied stout with great complexity. Amazing beer! Best 50/50 Eclipse yet!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2011 release, bottle # 5619 thanks to Dakine. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma was mellow bourbon, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Taste was just awesome. Roasted malt and bourbon meld together to form a beer that you just want to sip forever. This is another "why did I share this with my brother" beer. Wonderful aftertaste, creamy mouth feel, a plethora of goodness. A first rate drinking experience.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle capped with White wax. Pours black with edges of brown. Very little carbonation and no head at all. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, chocolate and some nice bourbon aromas. Taste is sweet, coconut, vanilla and warming bourbon. This one really tastes a lot like Churchill’s Finest Hour from 2011. Love this one. Nicely done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (724) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Pitch black pour with basically no head to speak of and little carbonation. Nose is coconut, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and bourbon. Taste follows but is heavier on the vanilla and coconut. Nice warming bourbon. Will certainly improve with age but is still an absolute top beer without the age. Fabulous.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JaBier (4888) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle #2516 shared by a friend for rating #3,000. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and honey. Chocolate and vanilla flavor up front, then some dark fruit and bourbon before a brandy-ish finish. Heat was very manageable, likely due to the 2 years spent in the barrel. Spectacular.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9099) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Nice black pour, brown head. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, big bourbon notes, oak, molasses. Damn good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1856) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Aroma of maple syrup, cherry, sweet chocolate and vanilla. Pours black and viscus with no head or film. Taste is sweet with candied cherry, chocolate, vanilla bean, and molasses. This is everything I love about a bourbon aged stout.


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