Which Eclipse would you buy?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by averagejake872, Dec 24, 2012.

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I only really want to pay for one of these. If you we're only going to pick one, which would it be?

Poll closed Dec 31, 2012.
  1. Evan

    4 vote(s)
    7.8%
  2. Rye

    6 vote(s)
    11.8%
  3. EC 12

    30 vote(s)
    58.8%
  4. Old Fitz

    5 vote(s)
    9.8%
  5. Wheat

    4 vote(s)
    7.8%
  6. Corn

    2 vote(s)
    3.9%
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  1. averagejake872

    averagejake872 Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2011 Illinois

    I'm putting this in the Great Lakes thread because I only want opinions on the variants that are available here.
     
  2. dblab33

    dblab33 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Michigan

    All of the above?
     
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  3. Lexo430

    Lexo430 Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2011 Illinois

    EC12 was fantastic last year.
     
  4. freeride

    freeride Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2012 Illinois
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    I went for EC 12, though I just bought 6 of the varieties. I had only had last years EC 12 and had high opinions as well. This year, with some budget relaxation, I rocked more than my usual pull.
     
  5. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,521) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    EC 12 and 18 are really the only ones worth drinking IMO. These beers are overpriced by at least $15.
     
  6. travMI13

    travMI13 Aspirant (213) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan
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    Loved EC12 and 18 last year. In a side by side, I thought they blew everything else away.
     
  7. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    They're all good. Got one of each this year. That being said EC12 is pretty special
     
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  8. raymo55

    raymo55 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Michigan
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    I agree that both EC12 and EC18 are the best.....but EC18 was much, much better.
     
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  9. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    I had EC 18 at ORF release, and it was heavenly. Im told EC 12 is even better.
     
  10. thereal

    thereal Initiate (142) Apr 20, 2010 Illinois

    EC 18 is the best I have had. I have to be honest though, it's the most over priced beer I have ever encountered. I really don't think it's worth the price.
     
  11. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    More overpriced than 3 Floyd's? Not IMO..
     
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  12. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Had the pleasure of trying EC 12, EC 18, Evan Williams and Four Roses at Darkness Day this year. Everyone that tasted them with me preferred EC 12 to 18. I liked Four Roses 2nd best.
     
  13. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    I also don't believe 50/50 adds soy sauce to their beers...
     
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  14. ImperialSnout

    ImperialSnout Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2012 Illinois

    I voted for EC12 because that is the one I bought.
     
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  15. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Much, much better? What did you like better about it?
     
  16. Anonymous1

    Anonymous1 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2012 Illinois
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    None. Don't bother. Seriously. Go buy another 4-pack of 2012 BCBS and you will thank me later.
     
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  17. thereal

    thereal Initiate (142) Apr 20, 2010 Illinois

    Fair point. I don't drink DL though, not my cup of tea. Eclipse is a great beer, but still not worth the price. DL is a crappy beer, and also not worth the price.
     
  18. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    How about the EC20? End of question. YUM.
     
  19. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    None, save your money for bcbs. Two eclipse for $60+, or eight+ bcbs for $45. Not a hard decision.
     
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  20. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Smoother, better integrated. Of the very few beers in the world worth more than $1/oz, EC18 is one of them IMO. EC12 is also excellent, but not quite as good. The nose on the 18 is absolutely ridiculous. Can't wait to try EC20!
     
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  21. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    I can think of more than a few beers worth more than a $1 an Oz...
     
  22. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Don't agree at all. To each his own.
     
  23. averagejake872

    averagejake872 Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2011 Illinois

    First, I bought 2 EC20's last year and stil have one. Second, it's not available where I would purchase this year.

    It's looking like the EC12 is the clear winner. But I guess my question now would be is the 12 very similar to the 18? It so, for the sake of variety, is there one that's more unique from the pack?
     
  24. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    the 4 I tried were all similar...it just seems to be a matter of taste as to which one has the exact flavor profile that you're going to prefer.
     
  25. SAEmick

    SAEmick Aspirant (264) Jan 16, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Has anyone tried the Rebel Yell variant? That doesn't seem to be available anywhere. Just curious as the EC12 seems to be the clear preference of the 2012 series, but I didn't even see Rebel Yell listed.
     
  26. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Elijah Craig is the best whiskey of the bunch, so the barrel treatment is the finest.
     
  27. Flyway

    Flyway Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Wisconsin

    Blueray version... easily the best of the Twilight series.
     
  28. CLCardinal84

    CLCardinal84 Aspirant (257) Jan 29, 2012 Illinois
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    I bought the Rittenhouse and Evan Williams and I thought both were very good. Have an EC12 in my cellar.

    Probably overpriced for what it is, but I still enjoyed them.
     
  29. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    Are those of you saying its overpriced, referring to the shelf or futures price? The futures price is in line with other top barrel aged beers
     
  30. mdomask

    mdomask Aspirant (273) May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    Shelf. We're in Bruery territory with those prices.
     
  31. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    This is the correct answer. Please send me your address and you will receive a cookie.
     
  32. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    The only one's I'd re-buy @ price point are EC12/18/20. I'd also consider the Rittenhouse too. The rest are good beers that cost at least double what they "should."
     
  33. raymo55

    raymo55 Initiate (0) Oct 3, 2011 Michigan
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    With a 1414 as an extra?
     
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