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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)

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1,548 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,548
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 797
Gots: 632 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009

Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.
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Ratings: 1,548 | Reviews: 264
Photo of Corkpuller
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Impressive complexity and mouthfeel. Just a hair drier than most imperial Stouts, but anything but thin. It's expensive yes. But it's also amazing.

oh, also has the best balance of barrel flavors with the base beer.

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is way overrated IMO. Too boozy with no depth of flavor. Glad I didn't pay $30 for it. It was a gift.

Photo of deford
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a FW mini tulip....

L- Really nice..the very tiny bubbles hang around forever...a beautiful dark brown with a slight hint of cream. Really nice retention here...

S- Nutty, cherries, dark fruits....

T- Outstanding!! Just perfect...nice and sweet but not cloying at all. Caramel and a slight toffee with a tiny bitterness..very pleasing.

F- Very nice...smooth...maybe a bit thin but it doesn't detract at all....

0- Just fantastic! Alcohol is completely hidden in a nice sweet caramelly blanket that coats your tongue and slips away un-noticed. Glad I have one more....

Photo of Hayes86
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottling. Not as good as the buffalo trace i just had. But definitely good. And did have a different flavor

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich and chocolatey. Warming and smooth. Lots of vanilla and oak. A little thin however.

Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Solid dark brew, topped by a good size lighter brown head. Very good retention, and wide fields of lacing.

Nutty, boozy aroma. Honey, roasted malts, nuts, caramel, coffee, alcohol, oak, bourbon coming through relatively mild, but building with warmth.

Very smooth flavor. Sweet, but not overmuch. Roasty, but not exceptionally bitter. Strong bourbon notes, but not overpowering or too sickly-sweet.

Chocolate and coffee from the malt; vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel; nuts, honey, and toffee.

Unbelievably smooth mouthfeel; 11.9% and you'd never know it. Silk. Could be a touch thicker, but it's far from thin (think: cheaper, thinner egg-nog, whereas Ten-FIDY is the good stuff).

I guess if I have a complaint, it's that the brew comes across very, very smooth, but not particularly deep or complex. I would love a slightly stronger stout base for the brew; the barrel character in this one is very well integrated, but I don't get as nuanced or complex a flavor profile as I do in FW brews or BCBS.

Photo of SteveB24
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer, has Big, bold, roasty, malt flavors one excepts from a BA stout such as chocolate and coffee, as well as an equal dose of raisins, caramel and vanilla, to almost comes off as a cross between a barley wine and a stout. Seriously awesome beer.

Photo of psdonnelly
3.53/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as expected

Photo of Eziel
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome stout! Tons of bourbon on the nose. Maybe a little thin to me but excellent overall!

Photo of MLDucky
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle, bourbon flavor was retained nicely. Not too thing, not overly viscous. I was very happy with this bottle and hope to try it fresh someday.

Photo of Erinmystic
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The most amazing stout I have ever had in my life. A must have before you die.

Photo of zachary80
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reminds me of black note. Smooth and mellow

Photo of Desp59
2.46/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This was ok but nothing too special.

Photo of Omnium
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a sniffer glass
A. Black cherry color with a finger of khaki head, little lacing.
S. Some dark fruits, fig, black cherry, coffee, rich roasts, sweet malts.
T. Smooth toasted caramel rich subtle chocolate light malt roasts creamy smooth . Slight alcohol flavor. Light ly woody some subtle dark fruits. Just incredible.
M. Smooth and rich no detection of the nearly 12% abv. Velvety texture.
O. Split this with 4 friends and its one of the best things I've ever had. Incredible balance of rich flavor

Photo of Matonika
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. As it warms the smells and tastes inrease dramatically. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, lil oak, dark chocolate. Lots Of SOY sauce flavor. Pairs excellent with aged sharp Chedder ,older the better also a stilton would be good. This is also went good with a dark chocolate particularly one with almonds toffee caramel. Great pairing beer. Not worth the price though 32.99.

Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of the best beers I have tried in the last year.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a pretty dark black, with a small fizzy mocha head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really quite delicious- like bourbon soaked brownies, hazelnuts, vanilla, and roasted malt.

The aroma's a bit better than the taste on this one. It does taste a bit like a bourbon-soaked brownie sundae- so much chocolate, bready malt, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, and sweet, out-front bourbon. It's not quite as punchy as other Eclipses I've had, but it's certainly really tasty anyway.

This could be a bit thicker, but as it is, it's still substantial. The body can't quite live up to other barrel-aged stouts of similar caliber, though. This is really creamy and silky, almost like it's on nitro.

Not the best Eclipse variant I've ever had, but it's still a really well done barrel aged stout.

Photo of Raziel313
2.99/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This is very light in comparison to the 4 roses variant.

Photo of mj81
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful. Nice creamed coffee color head that stays around for a good while before dissipating to a nice sticky lace. Initial smell and you can really pick up the aromas that the quality of the Elijah Craig barrel gives. At first glance it appears as it would be thicker on the mouthful than it is but that said, the non-syrupy feel actually works perfectly with the quality of the bourbon as it allows the flavors to come through without the viscosity getting in the way. There's a great balance between the slight sweetness of a barrel aged stout and the dark, toasty flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and oak tannins from the barrel. Very smooth. Overall this is very well done and worthy of the praise they receive. Definitely worth the price to try at least once.

Photo of john0721
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

color:black

head: thin, light brown, fading fast

nose: bourbon, oak, vanilla

taste: initial sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, hint of berries, fading into chocolate which remains in a mild bitter finish.

I like this beer, but I can't say it lives up to its price point.

Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Uber sweetness takes over in the taste profile, it's hard to get past the sugars here. Bourbon taste is heavy- really good BA brew here - only knock on this is the price point.

Photo of pagriley
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Meah.

I mean it was nice, but lacked the wow factor that it would need to have to justify the price.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle purchased at Meridian Pint, 2012 vintage, labelled "BR 2 2012," poured into a small snifter and drank over 30 minutes

Photo of Sm00thHoperator
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Amazing nose with sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. 2012 version is excellent right now no boozyness.

Photo of srandycarter
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

2011 Version brewed with honey. Purple top. Can't really tell if this is the correct one.

A - Dark, dark brown, almost black with small reddish hue. Hardly and lace or head.

S - Booze and coffee. Yep, soy sauce is there too.

T - Delicious. Big bold flavors.

M - Just enough carbonation, just enough bitter to quell the sweet. Finish is boozy but surprisingly clean.

D - Yum.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,548 ratings.