FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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

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4.5
Erzengel (8763) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2016
Intense great and smooth brew. The whisky is very smooth and woody, great and smooth in combination. Fascinating deep wth not being too sweet but with great brown-sugar hints on a nice and soft milk-chocolate basis with lots of great woody Bourbon. Round and fascinating stuff with great Bourbon and wood in the background!

4.2
drowland (8758) - 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
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
22oz bottle .. white wax .. . pours a deep brown .. light head, lacing is good .. . good pure bourbon, tar, dark wood, and burnt bread crust .. . solid mouth .. . quite a tasty brew .. . . You wear ’em until you learn, son.

4.4
bytemesis (8423) - 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
Plovmand (8312) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Nightfall. Pours jet black with a medium beige head. The aroma is hard roasted with notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate and ripe fruit. The flavour is vanilla, bourbon, oak, roasted malt, chocolate and light liquorice.

4.6
jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Anthony. Hands down, beer of the night. Pours a deep black body with thick brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, light milk chocolate, soft oak, light molasses and syrup. Mouthfeel is creamy and divine with notes of sweet vanilla, oak, butter, bourbon, marshmallows, chocolate, and a touch of maple syrup. This was one of the creamiest, most indulgent stouts I can remember having in a very long time.

4.2
kraddel (8145) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle (2012) side by side with 2012 Elijah craigh 12y Pours black, no real head. Smell is grainy bourbon. Taste is more subtile than the 12y. much vanilla, oak, bit sweet. very nice. MUCH better than the 12y

4
jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle @ THE Eclipse Tasting. White waxed bottle #1511. Cheers to Bruce for bringing this along! The pour’s deep brown with a tiny tan head. The nose is soft toffee, rum raisin cake, woody bourbon and sweet treacle. The taste is toasted wood, rustic roasted malts. Hints of sweet marshmallow and plums. Light chocolate. The finish is slightly hot bourbon, touches of vanilla. The body’s big and oily, smooth. Overall, a very nice imperial stout. I thought this edged the 12 year edition by a nose.

4.1
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2016
22, capped and waxed. Thanks, J! Wow, what an awesome unexpected treat. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that goes away quickly. Big sweet nose, like milk and chocolate chip cookies except the milk is a wet bourbon barrel, so it adds apricots and vanilla. Creamy thick body, minimal carb but still present and dimensional. Chocolate chip cookies, apricot, and vanilla on the mid palate. Long sweet finish but not at all cloying.

4
The_Osprey (7996) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Bottle picked up at GBBF and shared at Cotteridge II. As FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel. 2012 edition, white wax. Black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, light vanilla. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is chocolate syrup, soft bourbon, filter coffee, musty, a little booze showing up. A very enjoyable beer. (4.0)


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