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Is Eclipse worth it?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by atomic, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    I know these are incredible beers, and I've never tried any, but are they worth the $33 they charge for one of these? I'm going to a place now to pick up some Sucaba, and I know they have Elijah Craig Eclipse bottles... Ultimately I know I'm not going to buy it. I just can't justify that amount of money on beer right now, but is this a decision I will regret down the line?
  2. tjkinate

    tjkinate Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2011 Nebraska

    It's a tasty brew, especially with some age on it. But, for $33 you could buy 2 maybe 3 beers just as good and have a great night of drinking!
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  3. Pahn

    Pahn Meyvn (1,456) Dec 2, 2009 New York
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    sucaba is better, IMO. eclipse though... it's worth buying at least once. elijah craig version particularly delicious too.

    just think of it as a 1-time "splurge" (if you can stomach the word 'splurge'). doesn't need to be a go-to beer, but it's a really nice BA stout.
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  4. unclejedi

    unclejedi Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2006 Alabama

    Next question...
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  5. pearljam118

    pearljam118 Aspirant (295) Jul 5, 2008 Pennsylvania

    If you have to ask, you'll never know :wink:
  6. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I recently shared a 2011 Grand Cru at a tasting and thought it was fantastic.
  7. DruRho

    DruRho Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2012 Maryland

    Sure it's pricey, but why the hell not try it once? Then you'll know for sure. Go for the Elijah Craig! I think it's amazing.
  8. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    Eclipse is really nice, but at $33 I certainly wouldn't load up.
  9. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Thats my line of thinking too. I'm still a relatively new BA so theres still a lot for me to try. Love the avatar btw.
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  10. gcamparone

    gcamparone Meyvn (1,413) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Most people are going to tell you that it's not, but who knows, it may blow you away. I bought two bottles, tried one, and am cellaring one and I do not regret it.
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  11. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (457) Nov 10, 2006 California
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  12. Blanco

    Blanco Devotee (458) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    The value in buying eclipse is from getting to try different varieties of the same base beer. Your best bet is to buy a few bottles with a friend so you can try more than one. If you just want one bottle of BA stout you have better options. I wouldn't pay more than $25 personally though.
  13. TheBigEast

    TheBigEast Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2004 New York
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    I did the same as Blanco and bought 5 different varieties with a friend - doubt we'll ever do it again but worth doing once.
  14. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2009 Ohio

    It is tasty, but not worth $30+, IMO. I had this year's EC 12 and Evan Williams Eclipses and there wasn't really anything about them for me that set them apart from most other BA stouts.

    Rather than buy a single bottle of Eclipse last time was at Julio's, I bought eight bottles of other tasty beers for the same amount of money and had an enjoyable little tasting. No regrets.
  15. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2009 Ohio

    Despite my above post, I do agree something like this is probably worth doing at least once—especially if you get a group of people to chip in. In this circumstance I feel like you're paying just as much for the experience of tasting the effect of the different barrels as your are the beer itself. That makes it more worth it.
  16. brandonpeiffer

    brandonpeiffer Initiate (133) Feb 23, 2011 Michigan

  17. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (555) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Drinking a 2011 EC20 right now, my favorite variant of Eclipse. I wouldn't bother with the grand cru or brandy barrel, but any of the Elijah Craig's are pretty phenomenal.
  18. honkduh

    honkduh Aspirant (263) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon
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  19. robwater

    robwater Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2012 Colorado

    The revised version of the thread the last time this was asked: yes, no, yes, yes, no, no, no, yes, no, yes, yes, no, no, no, no, and hell no. And yes.

    Please don't get sad if this gets nuked. I say fuggit. Pull the trigger and buy that bitch. Or don't.
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  20. MichiBrew

    MichiBrew Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2010 Michigan

    Def get a bottle...the EC version is very tasty and quite distinguishable from other BB stouts...its smooth as silk and Im glad to have tried it...
  21. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,066) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    For the same price I can pick up two espresso oaked yeti's and a succaba. Is there even a question?
  22. Schmoozer

    Schmoozer Initiate (163) Nov 15, 2008 Michigan
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    Is any beer worth $33/bottle? No.

    Breweries, and stores charge that much because people are dumb enough (me included) to pay those prices.

    Just my opinion.
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  23. jwheeler87

    jwheeler87 Aspirant (226) Oct 27, 2011 Massachusetts

    I bought the Elijah Craig 12 Year, and despite that fact that it was really good, I don't think the 30 bucks was worth it.
  24. RyanBeer13

    RyanBeer13 Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2011 Virginia

    They are solid beers. If you can affored the price tag buy it. Beer isn't a cheap hobby. Spend what you can and enjoy.
  25. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    If you are asking the opinion of the masses look at the reviews. Is it rated higher than any other BA Imp Stout to justify the highest price? No? Then its not worth it.

    Depends on what "worth it" means to you though....
  26. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    All great advice, in the end I think I can allocate my money on something better. Like the bottle of BCBS CS I found at the same place.
  27. terrapinfan88

    terrapinfan88 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Virginia

    It is a very tasty brew... said the guy who didn't pay for his.

    didn't know 33 was the price tag...

    but it is a very very tasty brew...

    good with a stogie too.
  28. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Good? Yes. Worth the price? No.
  29. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,384) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    They are worth it, especially the really good ones like the rittenhouse and the EC. Not something I'd drink every day due to the price but definitely worth having a couple every year. Very unique, IMO. The difference between the different variants is surprisingly big too so it becomes a neat experiment since the base beer is the same.

  30. grrrah

    grrrah Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 California
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    A month ago, they released a few and were selling via email/paypal and were shipping directly. The EC20 was $34, the EC12 and all others were ~$24. Phenomenal compared to other $15-$20 BA stouts, but not $30+. I picked up an EC12 and Old Fitz, but am aging them for a bit. Got to have them on tap at the brewery as I'm up that area pretty often.
  31. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Disagree when you consider BCBS and variants, BBpt5, Black Note, KBS, hell all of them. I think Eclipse is worth $15 a bomber tops.
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  32. mattafett

    mattafett Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2009 Iowa

    BCBS and it's variants are cheaper, and potentially better. Then you have Rare, which is in it's own league.
  33. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    What did CW 15 cost? $15? Compare that to Eclipse.
  34. Azrael

    Azrael Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2013

    Pretty sure a lot of people wouldn't be able to tell Rare apart from regular BCBS in a double-blind test. "In its own league" is pretty funny.

    Eclipse is tasty but way overpriced. There seem to be a lot of threads on this and most seem to say the same thing.
  35. grrrah

    grrrah Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 California
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    I'd probably agree with you if I could get any of those for $15-$20 :slight_frown:
  36. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    If you trade using beers from your area that's all they cost. Of course you have to act like shipping is free :wink:
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  37. mmikey8

    mmikey8 Aspirant (297) Aug 2, 2012 California
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    Overpriced, yes, but if you've never tried it, It's worth the $$. Like most said, Elijah Craig is the way to spend your $
  38. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    Agree. I have had EC18 and EC12 so far - both excellent - BUT - not $30 good.
  39. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (221) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    I bought a bottle to see what all the hullabaloo is about. Will likely drink it on Friday. Would love to do a tasting with the different variants, but can't justify spending all that cash. One is enough for me.
  40. Blanco

    Blanco Devotee (458) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    For those who drink bourbon is the Elijah Craig a better bourbon in general (on its own) or does it just work with the beer better? I too liked the EC (the 12 year over the 20 year) but wondered if the bourbon is actually better and how that translates into the barrel aging.

    edit: the reason I ask is because it seems EC tends to be the one people like more than others.
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