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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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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (4257) - NORWAY - JUL 16, 2016
2014 Bottle at Cafe Sara, march 5th 2016. Black body with a solid brown head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, roast and raisin. Complex bourbon and coffee taste with a smooth sliky cocoa and vanilla presence. Forest berries in finish with a delightful roasty aftertaste, vanilla hints. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
6 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle. Small off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Dark color with a light reddish glow. Aroma of mild roasted malt, dried fruity, light grainy and dusty feel. Over the palate came heavy thick feel of liquorish, molasses, vanilla, Bourbon. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and alcoholic thick texture. Heavy sweet and some bitterness to counter. Lingering warming Bourbon liquorish finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle @ vertical eclipse tasting, thanks Mr. Hangover! Aroma is roasty liquorice, chocolate, molasses, some vanilla, some alcohol, big malts etc etc. Flavour is roasty liquorice, molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak, chocolate, etc etc. Awesome.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4151) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Smells like a glass of bourbon and coffee. Really sweet and candy-like. Tastes good but a bit hard to drink and not enough beer character.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4117) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2013
2012 bottling Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma coming out of my glass is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey with a touch of ethanol burn lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout, the bourbon adds a nice sweetness that really compliments this version.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (4063) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
@Basunen: vilken härlig doft av bourbon-fat. Smaken har en mycket god balans. Stora chokladtoner, vanilj, söt bourbon och kaffe. Härlig mjuk eftersmak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (4062) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Again opaque black with a tiny beige head. Quite sweet with aromas of roasted malts and some dates. Also notes of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet and slightly dry Bourbon finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3960) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2011 vintage, bottle 2139, from Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, finale in roasted barley with presence of bourbon, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, smooth texture; overall: quite fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, millsime 2011, bouteille 2564, de Stephen Morris (merci!), savoure le 13 dcembre 2013; il : noire, opaque, pas deffervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torrfie, caf, chocolat, intense, encre, lger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, rglisse; bouche : orge torrfie, caf, chocolat, intense, encre, lger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, rglisse, finale en orge torrfie avec prsence de bourbon, corse, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucre, texture coulante; en rsum : bien bon

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3949) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
December 28, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2012.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is wood, bourbon, dark chocolate, fudge, milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins and alcohol. Taste is quite sweet malty, soft bitter. Finish is sweet with toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, prunes, quite soft bitterness with dark chocolate and notes of roasted coffee, some wood and light warming bourbon alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.
Very good slighly too sweet and woody.


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