FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 12 Year Barrel

overall
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style
RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels

Vintages:
2009 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig) - (Purple Wax)
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2013 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2014 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2015 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)
2016 Imperial Eclipse Stout - (Elijah Craig 12 Year) - (Purple Wax)

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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (784) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2017
2015 bottle thanks to Mike. Pours black with a thin tan head. coconut, strong oak and cocoa nibs nose and flavor. Medium thick mouthfeel average carbonation. Slight alcohol flavor on the backend

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2324) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle pour at The Sycamore. Chocolate syrup aroma, thick sweet malt. Flavor is semisweet chocolate, a slightly solventy booziness, and a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
anstei (1974) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 16, 2017
At Sycamore, vintage 2014. Lots of bourbon indeed, quite boozy, but less than others. Strongly boozy, still sweet, lots of barrel. Warmer on the palate than the others Ive tried. More of a sipper. Good, but not my favourite.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2017
650ml bottle @ Jonnys 2016 Eclipse Tasting. Pours a mostly opaque black brown colour with a thin tan head. Nose is a lovely bouquet of sweet bourbon, molasses, and caramel. Flavour is honey, molasses, bourbon, wood, and a finishing heat. Thus far this is my most enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2017 2017-01-03. 650ml bottle from The Gull. Vintage 2015. Pours a dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, some bourbon, leather and boozy notes. Taste is pretty the same with low to moderate sweetness chocolate notes. Booziness and roasted malt aftertaste. Very good. 8-4-8-4-17=41

2017-02-04. 650ml bottle at Jonnys during Eclipses 2016 tasting. Pours an almost black with a dark beige head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, some brown sugar and leather notes. Same taste. Veeery good, love it. 9-5-9-4-17=44

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (3168) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2016
Pours dark with low tanned head Aromas has notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar Taste has notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, hints of coffee,brown sugar

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2016
Decent fifty fifty barreling. Rich taste, classical barrel ageing. But a sipper. Black with some head. Some decent aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2682) - JAPAN - DEC 3, 2016
Huuuggge. The sweetness that is EC keeps the rasty notes of the stout in check. Really balances out and the thick body just allows the flavours to hit in waves.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubyroo (146) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2016
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, medicine. Appearance is brownish black with a thin chocolate head. Sticky spots of lacing. Taste is cocoa, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, coffee, oak tannin, cough syrup (minimal). Palate is thick and coats the mouth nicely. Sweet upfront with a balanced back palate bitterness and astringency. Overall- Fantastic, certainly one of the best tasting and balanced Imperial stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (6137) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2016
22 oz bottle from Hoboken Vine. BR 1 2015. Purple wax. Dark brown in color with a frothy light brown head. Drippy lacing on the glass. Heavy barrel and bourbon on the aroma. Dark roast. Licorice and vanilla. Taste is more on the dry, roasty side up-front, sliding nicely into a slightly sweeter closing. Nice full bodied, roasty mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for a beer this high in ABV, but definitely meant to be a sipper.


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