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%
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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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (6897) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle with Sean and Pat on NYE. Poured a dark silky black color with small to medium beige head. Head faded rather fast but left an awesome trail of sticky lacing. Aromas of bourbon, coconut, figs, honey, dark fruits including berries, plum, and cherry. Other rich notes of malt and roasted chocolate. Taste was filled with smooth bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, blackberry, molasses, oak, and a touch of coconut. Great aged stout to usher in the new year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (6846) - rebro, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark malty smell with oak, bourbon and toasted sugar. Similar taste, sweet. A bit boozy, like they added a shot of bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (6795) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
66cl Bottle at Sloshfest, 6 of the 2011 bottlings side-by-side. Black colour, beige-brown head. Aroma is soft sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, hard roasted malts, chocolate, molasses. Flavour is sweet, smooth bourbon, hard roasted malts, coffee, molasses, chocolate, bitter roasted finish. Fullbodied. A lot better than the EC 12y.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (6668) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
From a bottle at Haket, Gteborg, Sweden. Black with beige head. Intense chocolate and coffe aroma with molasses, vanilla and liquor. Full bodied, low carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness,slightly acidic..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6594) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a tan head. Aroma was lots of oaky bourbon character, light char, some darker chocolate and not much else. Flavor was incredibly smooth barrel character, lots of vanilla and oak unfortunately the underlying beer did not shine through very well, was almost all barrel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and the slightest hint of roast. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and small beige head that leaves behind lots of webbing. The flavor starts with some sugary sweet milk chocolate and a touch of molasses . The finish has light-moderate vanilla and light vanilla. Its medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, its more sugary sweetness than bourbon barrel aged.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6470) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage 2012 : Served in a taster: Black body with a light tan head. Aroma is alcohol, brown sugars, roast, vanilla, fudge, caramel, liquorice, bourbon, light bay leaf... Flavour is roasty, bitter, wood roast, mal roast, caramel, fudge, vanilla... Aftertaste is roast, bitters, bourbon, vanilla and fudge... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (6314) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
It pours a dark cola brown with a tan/orangy head. The aroma is an intense bourbon blast with alcohol, vanilla, caramel, raisins, plums and chocolate. Not as much roasted malt and more fruit forward. The flavor was a tiny bit of a letdown compared to the awesome aroma. It had delicious notes of bourbon, vanilla and some sweet caramel with hints of dark fruitness but it was a bit overly sweet lacking a second level of depth. Lots of sugary cola. There is a bit of roasted malt in the finish but not enough for my liking. The body is not as big as some stouts but very oily on the palate. Overall, this was a great beer. I loved the massive bourbon flavors, but the beer itself lacked the complexity of a world class imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (6226) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2011 Bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (6214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is harsher than ion the 12 year version. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium rye whiskey notes with rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout but some of the harsher notes dont really comes out clean. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version. I preferred the 12 year old Elijah version to this one base on overall taste being not as smooth as the other version.


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