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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cunningham (5724) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Thick oily black body with a small beige head. Powerful nice aroma. Chocolate, oak, vanilla and a bit fruity. Oh yeah I can sip on this all evening. What a lovely brew. Nice balance. Chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla and mild fruity flavor. More please. Dangerously well masked alcohol. White wax.
[Bottle at rlgk plaza]

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1853)
- Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Overall: Oak, almond, soy sauce, madeira.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at a De Klomp tasting. (Vintage 2012) Reviewed 2014-12-27.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (4733) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours inky black, small brown head, good lacing. Aroma is bourbon forward, vanilla, chocolate, roasty. Flavor is fairly bourbon forward, rich and chocolate, vanilla, touch of toasted coconut. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. A bit hot, but otherwise stellar.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2571) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2015
Flaska från Brewing International via privatimport till SB. 18y barrel. Massiv kropp, stor söt doft med massor av bourbon, fat, vanilj, russin, fudge, sötlakrits. Silkeslen, ganska söt, kraftig kropp. Mycket bourbon men det tar inte över helt utan grundölet matchar väldigt bra. Stora smaker, fantastiskt gott. Superbt dessertöl.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (2184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2015
Flaska från Brewing International via privatimport till SB. 18y barrel. 2012. Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, vanilj, bourbon, marsipan, romrussin och fat. Rund och len, fin beska, stor sötma, kraftfull och karaktär i smakerna, välbalanserad. Riktigt gott!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2011 bottle 4156 thank to billshmeinke alongside a glass of the EC18 Bourbon and a bottle of the 2008 Pappy Van Winkle Eclipse and the 2011 Buffalo Trace Eclipse. Also sampled on tap. Pours with a pitch black body and a lasting tan head with good lace. Aromas are rich, cola, almond, nutty, vanilla, dark fruits, vanilla and fudge. Very rich and decadent. Medium vanillin and oak with rich brown sugar notes. Very refined. Flavors are of vanilla, cola, dates, tannin to balance, fudgy, light smoke, currants. Full bodied and creamy with lasting raisinated flavors. Really, really good! Better than the 2008 Pappy Eclipse at this point. A lot better!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Bomber. Split with Sean and Vinnie. Pours deep beige coffee brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of cherries, chocolate, oak, caramel, toffee, and cream. Full, soft body with a boozy, yet velvety, soft mouthfeel. Flavor is heavy chocolate with some bourbon and cherry notes in the finish. Fantastic stout, but only in small doses.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle number 5348. Shared with Amyliz4 and served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours near-black with a pretty good light mocha head and a surprisingly-large amount of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap recedes a bit quickly and makes way to a thin collar, which holds throughout. The nose brings bourbon first and foremost, but then has a good dosing of coconut and vanilla. Light oak character. Chocolate there as well. Flavor has good oak, coconut, and vanilla in addition to the bourbon. Subtle roast and chocolate in the background. Most everything seems to be coming from the barrel and I won’t complain one bit. Full body and chewy with just a bit of booze. Low-medium carbonation. Great complexity. Absolutely exceptional. Boom.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (1320) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Beautiful black. Sweet alcohol with lots of complex chocolate. This was one of my two favorite out of the flight of all 8 from 2011. Glad I have a bottle at home as well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (4944) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Thick pitch black pour, small brown head. Milk chocolate, raisin, strong vanilla character, note of coconut, candy bar, and bourbon warmth. Fairly smooth, and really melded together well. I think this has been their best effort.


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