FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (3283) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
Bottle 2012. Dark brown close to black with a minimal tan head. Molasses, bourbon, warming alcohol, vanilla, sweet chocolate. Medium body, sticky texture, near flat carbonation, medium/heavy sweet and medium bitter. More flat and sticky than the 12 year version. Ne ringar end tllaaarn.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
White wax, bottle #1510, vintage 2011, shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque brown-black body, thin coffee & cream head. Spicy nose with oak, less buttery rum than some of the other vintages, but sharper, with honey, chocolate, and coffee bean. Spicy body, distinctive and sharp, with chocolate, coffee, oak, and licorice/anise, finishing with a nice buttery oak finish. Very good, perhaps my favorite vintage.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Sugary sweet molasses nose. Taste is grossly sweet, lots if molasses and brown sugar, light chocolate. Astringent finish. Not good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kryon (3172) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2014
Pours dark brown no head Aroma is an explosion of bourbon barrel, figs, dades, brown sugar, chocolate, coffee Taste is loaded of whisky cask, bourbon, figs, dades. Lovely palate with noce soft smooth ending

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Wow! Pours thick unclear black coffee with a small darker beige head. Aroma and flavor blow the 12 year old out of the water! There are big spicy vanilla and barrel notes with chocolate and mocha on the tongue settling so well. There is a nice creamy but balanced body as well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (3126) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Beautiful aroma of cholate, vanilla, bourbon. jet black, oily lacing. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, licorice, coffee, cream ,lots going on. Thick, luscious body, oily mouthfeel. Beautiful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle: Wow, my first Eclipse stout. Deep, deep brown around the edges with a jet black center; small tan head fades quickly to a thin collar. Aroma pops with dark cocoa, wood, faint maple syrup, warming & smooth bourbon, mild roasted malt, & a small back-end hint of residual sweetness. Tastes almost like a Hersheys chocolate bar up front, only darker &lathered in a little bit of bourbon. Again, some back-end maple syrup notes that work their way in nicely. Touch of burnt molasses, dark & bittersweet cocoa beans, & a slight hint of boozy wood lingering on the palate. Semi-thick mouth feel, moderately creamy. Maybe still not worth the price of admission, but a super tasty imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (3100) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2015
Flaska frn Brewing International via privatimport till SB. 18y barrel. 2012. Smak och doft av choklad, kaffe, vanilj, bourbon, marsipan, romrussin och fat. Rund och len, fin beska, stor stma, kraftfull och karaktr i smakerna, vlbalanserad. Riktigt gott!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (3096) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
We did a side by side of 2011 (18 year Elijah Craig barrel)(bottle #317) and 2012 (20 year Elijah Craig barrel)(reserve). The score reflects the 2012 version, both white wax tops. 2011 Version A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Vanilla, Bourbon, Mildly Oaked T: Bourbon, Mild Vanilla, Mild Brown Sugar M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Boozy, Mildly Sweet 2012 Version (barrel reserve) A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Mild Bourbon, Mild Vanilla, Mildly Oaked T: Boubon, Vanilla, Mild Brown Sugar, Mild Honey M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy Overall, the 2012 was the better of the two bottles, no boozy heat, very smooth and the tastes blended very well, outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
(Bottle) Pours near black with a small head. The aroma holds woodshop, vanilla, dill, honey and dark bready malt. The flavour is medium sweet to heavily sweet and near medium bitter with smooth berrel profile, honey, balanced malt and vanilla. The mouthfeel soft, smooth and velvety with a light carbonation. Near full bodied. Fantastic.


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