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97
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (3068) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2011 Vintage Bottle #2817 ... Black pour light tan head thinned out light lacing ..... aroma is oaky, vanilla and bourbon, caramel malts and coconut ...... taste is of vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel malts and a little syrupy with some chocolate as well and slight coconut ... mouthfeel is thick and oily ..... nice and oaky mellow and smooth .. finishes dry and oaky ... this is good stuff loved every sip

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (3050) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle at Eulogy. BR 1 2012. Purple wax. Opaque pour with some small brown foam. Bottom of the glass shows a clear honey brown. Room temperature. Heady bourbon fumes off the top. Great stuff! Big dark notes very well blended with age. Liquorice. Black cherry cordial. Raisins. Prunes. Cigars. Burnt marshmallows. Lots of barrel notes. Body reads a bit thinner than expected. Flavors are very smooth though the high alcohol is not hidden - feels much higher than the 9.5% ABV on the label.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (3022) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle generously shared by Dak...AMAZING!!! So excited to try this one and it literally made my eyes roll back into my skull. What an incredible beer!!! Aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Extremely fragrant and intoxicating nose that pulls your lips toward the rim of the glass. Rich fudge, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla blast the palate with the bourbon very present but not at all distracting. The "hot" qualities of the alcohol have subsided and all that is left is the incredible flavor of the barrel. Incredibly balanced, the flavors married well and each seems to enhance the other. Creamy palate on this nearly black brew...this one lives up to its accolades!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2977) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bourbon and stout. Aroma and taste are pretty gentile. Had this up against a few other ba stouts. Not as much bite as some of the others. Not worth the price but at least its available.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
22oz bottle with purple wax. Pours a very deep caramel brown with a nice tan head, light lacing. Great nose of light bourbon notes along with vanilla, toffee and caramel. Nice and drinkable, not overbearing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2885) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Doug. Lots going on here. The aroma has hot alcohol notes, toffee, bourbon. The flavor is burnt sugar, honey, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Am amazing RIS, one of my favorites. Nice dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
22oz bottle shared by Sean, 09 EC version. Rating #131. Dark cola colored almost black with very little head. Light bourbon, vanilla and a bit of wood in the nose, very nice. A little boozy, hot in the back of the throat, bourbon and vanilla, nice sweetness, real tasty. (1478)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2010
(22oz purple wax bomber #99/2009 thanks to ericandersnavy) Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, dark roasted grain, dark fruit and light black licorice. Flavor is very much the same but twice as strong and a touch of honey. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation and a creamy body. Overall, damned good stuff!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2016
2013 bottle, nice vanilla, solid oak, bourbon. Solid silky body. I love des eclipse and I love ec 12, but this just seems sub par compared to the rest. In the scheme of life its still great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (2863) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2015
2014 version, thx H! Shared by all on the Wedding Weekend during the wedding night tasting. Very dark brown pour. Big whiskey and caramel nose. Some roast added in the taste, but the whiskey is much more assertive and flavorful than the Four Roses version, which truly is the key. 15.8


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