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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4.5
illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. I don’t have a lot of notes, but this one really stood out as tasting like a ridiculous melange of See’s candy flavors. Heaps of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and iced coffee. Very sweet and delicious.

3.5
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Thanks GT2! Black pour, small ring of a head. Nose of mulch and dirt, big vanilla and wood, very earthy. Flavor brings much more sweetness to the fore, barrel sweet vanilla, sweet chocolate brownie. One of the better of the series, but still not complex or impressive.

4.3
McNeillR (2315) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Decadent dark brown, tan ringed head. Rich pudding sweet light with the lightest lovely nudge of Bourbon throughout. Pancakey. Oily, super sweet middle and earthy malt kick - very, very rich tar towards the finish. There’s an oily caramel sweetness to the finish that is better than most desserts I’ve enjoyed. Lucious.

Bottle, GBBF 2013, thanks to HarrisonNI (THE KING OF THE PALE ALES) for the forwarding to CGarvieUK

4.4
rarbring (2294) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2014
Overall: Oak, almond, soy sauce, madeira.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at a De Klomp tasting. (Vintage 2012) Reviewed 2014-12-27.

3.8
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
22oz bottle purchased in 2012. Split a couple ways. Consumed 12-17, reviewed from notes. A: Pitch black with a very thin mocha lacing. Legs stick. N: Deep whiff of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Fudge is the backbone, and there is a pronounced brown sugar. The bourbon is the foreground, as it should be. T: Dominate marshmallows and vanilla. Oak is playing second fiddle. There are traces of coffee and fudge. There is a slight sourness I find distracting, but it’s not an infection. M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; it’s heavier and fluffier. O: A marked improvement over the previous year, but for the price, it really lacks the stand out qualities that bring it to the next tier of BA RISes. Good stuff, but I’d rather have Parabola for half the cost.

4.3
Zymurgeist2 (2246) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Tasting at Gourmet Haus during SF Beer Week. Beautiful black. Sweet alcohol with lots of complex chocolate. This was one of my two favorite out of the flight of all 8 from 2011. Glad I have a bottle at home as well.

3.8
That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Surprisingly light, see-through red/black pour with a bit of a tan head. Big whiskey nose with notes of fruitiness. Flavor is booze, whiskey, oak, and a huge rush of vanilla in the end. Smooth and clean.

4.1
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bomber from Binny’s Arlington Heights. Pours near black with dark rich tan head. Aromas of vanilla, light coconut, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor is dominated by bourbon barrel, which is a good thing in this case, vanilla, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Body is nice and full. Damn nice beer where barrel really shines. Hefty price tag that actually lived up to hype.

3.8
Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2012 Bottle. Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma is of caramel, maple, soy sauce, and oak. Flavor is a bit stronger with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. The bourbon heat picks up a little on the finish.

4.4
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2011
(On draught at fiftyfifty!). Pours near black with khaki head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coconut. Taste is sweet with lots of barrel characteristics. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Superb!


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