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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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2011
11/26/10. 2009 elijah craig #147. dark. almost black with a soft tan head. milk chocolate aroma... bits of creamy, brown sugar, ash, spice, roast, vanilla and mellow bourbon exist as well. the flavor is very rich and the bourbon doesnt over power everything. aftertaste is chocolate-y bourbon goodness. medium to full body, creamy texture and all around impressive. 8.5/4/8.5/5/17

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (3234) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, 2013. Dark brown close to black with a small tan head. Light tropical fruit, flowery, bourbon, dark chocolate, warming alcohol, wooden, cocoa, light marshmallow (hvid delfin). Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and bitter. Pretty good balance and drinkability.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (3229) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Elijah Craig bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Tasted this blind, and was really surprised by the reveal. I loved the Heaven Hill version, and figured Id love this one, too. Pours dark cola with barely a head. Nose is tons of sharp alcohol. Id expect it to be a bit hot, but the booze is so overpowering that I cant smell much else. Its sweet though--lots of caramel and vanilla, but even thats hard to discern beneath all that sharp alcohol. The taste is roughly the same, though a little less hot. None of the flavors seem to be very well integrated--as if a shot of liquor was dumped in an imperial stout. Its even thinner and more watery than Id expect. Overall, this beer took me by total surprise, in a bad way.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3212) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Huge thanks to whoever shared this at the Rapture release. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is very nice and of bourbon, sweet vanilla, oak, roast and light chocolate. Taste is complex, with a nice mouthfeel. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate earth and light alcohol on the finish. Really solid brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3209) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. Thanks! The pour is a nice black with a lighter khaki colored head and a decent lace. The aroma is a little plainer than the Buffalo Trace that was just enjoyed. There is a pretty good bourbon element to it. Good vanilla and chocolate, but the nose just lacks. The flavor is definitely hotter than I was expecting. Good light roast. Some light chocolate present. Lingeringly bitter. Heavy bourbon. The mouth feel is light but well carbonated so it comes off creamy. I'm a fan of the Buffalo Trace a bit more, but it's good. Aftertaste is lingeringly smooth and bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Draft @ FiftyFifty, 2009 Elijah Craig version. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head (thin) with attractive fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasantly oily, charred malts and dark chocolate in the aroma; tempered alcohol, warming, lots of dried dark fruits; I dont see much difference from previous renditions. Dense, oily, full mouthfeel: lots of pepper, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits; some lovely oily and inkiness; relaxed carbonation; just enough bite to this - a solid vintage of an excellent beer. Medium finish: dark fruits, chocolate, nicely toasty, hidden alcohol at the end. 8.4.8.5.16=4.1

22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; minimal light; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; solid pour. Lots of milk and dark chocolate, roasted / toasty malts, and a very soft, vanilla-laden bourbon / woody character in the nose; very nice, soft bourbon-aged imperial stout nose; some spicy, toasty graham cracker notes. Full mouthfeel: loads of dense, generous milk chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and nougat upfront; roasted coffee, dense, chewy milk chocolate, and plenty of vanilla-tinged, chewy soft bourbon presence; really pleasant, soft bourbon presence with some buttery vanilla and sweet brown sugar; excellent barrel character; soft edges. Slightest show of warmth. Excellent, oily presence in the mouth. Lengthy finish: oily milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and warming alcohol; toasty malts and coffee at the far end. 8.4.9.4.16=4.1

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Courtesy of kmweaver. Black body with a small tan head. The nose is big chocolate, toffee, roast, coffee and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet, lightly bitter with chocolate, dark fruits, astringent coffee, bourbon and molasses. Full body is a bit rough with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours unclear thick but not quite murky with almost no head. Aroma is too light bringing light wafer like and slight vanilla spice but dies quickly. Flavors bring sweet and spicy and chocolatey balanced flavors, a bit of caramel but everything blends without anything in the forefront with spices balanced so well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (3115) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3088) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tasted side-by-side with a 2013 buffalo trace... Flavor is more roasty and hotter than the aged eclipse... Less complex ... However, by itself, aroma of anise, dark chocolate, bourbon... Flavor is dark chocolate, anise, roasted malts... Finish is dark bitter chocolate... Amazing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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