FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in special release Elijah Craig 20 Year Bourbon Barrels

Note from the brewer: The white wax 2011 Eclipse was all 20 year. There was no such brand when we acquired barrels, so we called it 18 year. We have since found out that the 20 year old barrels were dumped for a 20yo Elijah Craig special bottling.

Vintages:
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18/20 Year Barrel) = White Wax
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) = White Wax

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4.1
Christos (5766) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
(FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% printed on the bottle. White wax, marked BR1/2012 Black coloured body, small and a bit thin dark beige head on top, with average retention. Aroma has heavy bourbon, liquorice, soy sauce, alcohol. The taste has lots of bourbon too, wood, liquorice, plenty of alcohol, roasted malts on the finish, soy suace again, quite sweet all in all. Thick body, soft carbonation, very sticky on the palate. Pretty good.

3.9
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2014 65cl, at 9.5%Vol, Vintage 2012 (with white wax), new exclusive American brew, with honey, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/alcoholic/sweet and slightly woody/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!

4.3
JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Thick pitch black pour, small brown head. Milk chocolate, raisin, strong vanilla character, note of coconut, candy bar, and bourbon warmth. Fairly smooth, and really melded together well. I think this has been their best effort.

4.5
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Black with a short lived fizzy tan head. Nice bourbon forward, chocolate, caramel, and oak aroma. Smooth silky but oily palate. Tastes of smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted coconut and oak. Finishing with a pronounced roasted grain and coffee flavor. Quite good with nice complexity.

4
mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle shared @ rbwg ’12. pitch black with a khaki head. nose is whiskey, wood, vanilla, and roasted malts. excellent thickness, chewy, bourbon, vanilla, wow

4.2
Garrold (5269) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Dark brown. Tan head. Rich chocolate. Chocolate cherry. Smooth, rich and boozy. Big hitter this one, and one of my favourites on the day.

4.3
Homer321 (5071) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Draft at brewery on July 15, 2014. A ton of vanilla and booze in the nose. A BLAST of vanilla in the flavor. Just an outstanding chocolate and vanilla combination coming through. Very smooth and very little sign of the alcohol, all well done here.

3.8
AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2014
This is the 2011 Bottling. Interesting 2011 is an 18/20 blend and the 2012 is full 20 years. Should have done these side by side but oh well.

A - Pours pitch black. Not thick but certainly very dark in the glass. a tiny nitro looking head forms and fades fast.

S - Lots of raisin, fig, and chocolate notes. Sadly a bit of soy sauce as well.

T - Taste is nice. Still yes, lots of soy sauce but there’s a nice hot chocolate with marshmallow taste, dark fruits, nice vanilla presence and a whole ton of oak just oaky from start to finish. I get a minor coconut as well.

M - Oily and thin.

O - Not a bad beer. Probably should have opened this up a year ago. Still very good.


4.3
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle number 5348. Shared with Amyliz4 and served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours near-black with a pretty good light mocha head and a surprisingly-large amount of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap recedes a bit quickly and makes way to a thin collar, which holds throughout. The nose brings bourbon first and foremost, but then has a good dosing of coconut and vanilla. Light oak character. Chocolate there as well. Flavor has good oak, coconut, and vanilla in addition to the bourbon. Subtle roast and chocolate in the background. Most everything seems to be coming from the barrel and I won’t complain one bit. Full body and chewy with just a bit of booze. Low-medium carbonation. Great complexity. Absolutely exceptional. Boom.

3.7
Mr_Pink_152 (5005) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at Cotteridge 2. Black colour with a tan head, Aroma bourbon, smooth chocolate, roasted coffee. Taste smooth and silky.


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