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Eclipse Elijha Craig..Hows it Holding Up?

Discussion in 'Beer Trading Talk & Help' started by xxcarpxx, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. xxcarpxx

    xxcarpxx Initiate (0) Alabama Jan 13, 2011

    I've never had an Eclipse... But have both a vintage 12 yr Elijah Craig and 20 yr Elijah Craig in my sights... Has anyone had 11 or older vintage of these beers??? How have they held up??
  2. Apuzarne

    Apuzarne Aficionado (195) Connecticut Dec 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    I really like the EC 20 yr with some age on it. Never had the 12 yr, so I can't weigh in about that one.
  3. xxcarpxx

    xxcarpxx Initiate (0) Alabama Jan 13, 2011

    Thanks for the info...I hope to score one soon..
  4. The 09' EC12 is probably the best version out there and I have had every variation and vintage of Eclipse
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  5. IHyphySF

    IHyphySF Savant (330) California Nov 21, 2011 Beer Trader

    the 11 ec 12 is tasting great still the ec20 has mellowed out a bit and isn't as sweet as when i opened it fresh. Eclipse 10 Evan Williams is tasting phenomenal!
  6. CooperEllis

    CooperEllis Savant (330) New York Feb 25, 2010

    You say that and yet - not one bite on my last two attempts to trade remaining '09. Should anyone in this thread be looking - feel free to hit me up. /end threadjack

    To answer the OP's question. I greatly prefer the EC treatments, but I have not had any of the special bottles (ICED, Coffee, Pappy, JD - depending on who you ask ;)). And I greatly prefer the EC treatments with more than one year in the bottle. Every fresh Eclipse I've had has been hella hot. The older bottles tend to fare (IMO) worse in the mouthfeel category. They can become watery or have a tackiness depending on the treatment. But the flavor has always improved. So it can depend what you're looking for. Blind taste-test I'd wager the older bottles would win hands down. But for 'overall' appeal, something w/ just one year on it may be your best bet.
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  7. Over the past 6 months or so the trade value for any and all Eclipses have gone to shit. To much bottle variations and people hate fucking them. My personal favorites are Iced EC 09 pappy(3rd bottling) and the coffee is up there. I myself have one bottle of EC 09 left and I don't think I would trade it because you will not get much of an upgrade in flavor. Of course these are just my opinions what do I know
  8. Vanlingleipa

    Vanlingleipa Savant (495) California May 19, 2011 Beer Trader

    Whatever your taste buds tell you
  9. SteelersX

    SteelersX Advocate (570) New York Jan 30, 2011 Beer Trader

    I enjoyed the Four Roses and Grand Cru the most but the EC12 was very good.
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013

    Have you tried drinking them?
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    Apparently you didn't read the first part of my comment where I said I did the whole 20 bottle vertical a short time ago. And yes I probably drink as much if not more eclipse than one. I personally absolutely love the stuff and have about 35 bottles in the cellar at the moment

  12. Azrael

    Azrael Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013

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  13. Bay01

    Bay01 Savant (455) Illinois Nov 19, 2008

    Try warming the bottle up first
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