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RATINGS: 385   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 As part of a Eclipse Vertical (PPW, 09 HH, 10 HH, EC, FR, CB, & EV) [pre-2011 releases]. Review for the 2009 Version: A: Deep black brown body with just a thin khaki head. S: Assertive, but refined bourbon notes of vanilla, oak and booze. T: Like the nose this had assertive, but balance and refined bourbon. As a result you really could explore the bourbon notes that augmented the solid malty base of caramel, roast, and a little chocolate. M: Nice carbonation provides a little tingle on the tongue when combined with just a smidgen of bourbon heat. O: A very nice bourbon barrel stout that hangs with all the big boys. It was a toss up for me between this and PPW for best of show. The other tasters put this a clear consensus #2.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4516) - Sofia, BULGARIA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to Sandstone, rated about a year ago before this beer had its own listing. Pours jet black with a nicely formed small tan head and a little lacing. Looks a bit better than the tap version. Aroma is really great, with vanilla, whiskey, sweet rich chocolate, and roastiness. Flavor is also excellent. You have your typical imperial stout flavors - roast, chocolate, and mild coffee - all really intense and in your face, then youve got your -bal aged flavors - vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Mild hop bitterness as well that I didnt get as much of on tap. All this melds really well together, with just some mild tannins to keep it from a perfect 5. Fairly full and smooth on the palate with low carbonation and just a slight hint of booziness. Drinkability is pretty good, and overall, this is really a great beer. Get it if you can. I recommend sending me a bottle of Midnight Sun M in exchange for this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (4492) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2015
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa. dark chocolate, bourbon, soy, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (4453) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours an opaque black from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of big bourbon barrel notes, but the age has made it mild. Taste is big on chocolate, vanilla, and oak, smooth as all hell. Wow, amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (4450) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bouteille partage par Pat. Merci. vintage 2/2013. Liquide brun fonc, mousse beige. Le nez est un bel amalgame de chocolat, caf, tabac et de bourbon (mais pas trop). La bouche est superbe, vanille, du bourbon mais pas trop, du chocolat, du caf, peu dalcool et cest tant mieux.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (4414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of booze, vanilla, bourbon, chocolatr, dark fruit, yum. Taste is creamy sweet bourbon and chocolate with light boozy alcohol warming finish. Rich, creamy body with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (4393) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
11 oct 2013, bottle. 2011 purple wax edition. Black. Nose is oaky and cherries, alcohol, bitter chocolate. Med body and mildy fizzy. Bitter chocolate, delicious sugary syrup, big alcohol. Awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2011
jet black, thin large-bubbled head is coaxed with a vigorous pour but remains. Nose at first shows a dusty, oxidized malt, some unsweet bourbon, and a light soy. Reminds of aged 7000 without as much of the robust malt. Flavor is hotter up front, a thin but delicate body reminds of a nice rum-candy with warmth on the mid-palate, with some wood and cocoa through the lengthy finish, dry finish. Body and malt profile are a bit washed out but also chewy and overly sweet, some unfermented sugars remaining amidst near-balance. Still, I personally find the light body and lack of strong malt to be a trend growing too common from stout experimenters like CCB, Bruery, and now 50-50. And yet there is a ton of bourbon in this, which Ive hardly mentioned, and I think this is because the bourbon blends so well with the base beer flavors.

4/2011
EC still very sweet but enough base beer qualities to merge with the barrel, again alcohol-laden candy aspects between the bourbon, vanilla, and ashy chocolate.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (4293) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle shared @ tasting. Thnx to timfoolery for sending me this! Pours a pitch black beer with a brownish hue around the rims, Small beige head on top. Aroma has nice bourbon characters, smooth caramel and vanilla. Some syrupy things going on. Even some ripe red fruits going on in the background. Flavor is very sweet, well balanced with some touches of vanilla going on again. Cloying mouthfeel. Amazingly well balanced beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (4253) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
shared 2012 bomber bottle. poured a dark black colour with a nice mocha head. big bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, oak, bourbon, light on the vanilla notes, some hidden dark fruits in the back. nice full finish. more alcohol notice as it warms up,


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