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

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1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 753
Gots: 521 | FT: 33
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:
Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.

(Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle – 2013 purple wax release
Thanks to mdfb79 for this - Split into 2 hotel tumblers

What better way to cap a great day of beer drinking

A: Pours a dark brown body with a real murky look. Nears black at the core and starts to thin out towards the edges. A small film of oatmeal colored fizz forms over and dispels quickly down to a swirl within the glass. Leaves behind only a few mild dots of stick. Has more alcohol legs to it than anything.

S: Smells of bourbon, brown sugar/molasses, chocolate malts and earthy oak up front with lots of dark roasted grains/oats present throughout. Definitely has a sweetness to the nose. I get a touch of soy umami going on and the honey is in fact pronounced in the aroma. Finishes off with a flash of boozy alcohol but it is not stingingly so. Smells very nice with lots of roast grain character.

T: Taste is sweet as well but with a mouth puckering bitterness and astringently dry finish to it that cuts through all the malt syrup. Loads of toasted caramels, dark grains, oats, and a touch of vanilla crème with just a whisper of smokiness to it. The Bourbon is really subdued here but very nice how well it gets incorporated with all the other components. Big molasses presence, a touch of soy, some dark fruit notes like plum and again I find the honey manifests in the flavors as well. Has a wetted wood and charcoal likeness with just a smidge of licorice there. Alcohol is obvious but manageable which is nice. A damn fine brew.

M: Full bodied with a thick and syrupy feel at first. Then comes in an upper amount of constricting bitterness combined with some slightly astringent tannins that pucker and dry the mouth out. Alcohol warmth well noted. Pretty sleek otherwise with a smooth coat feeling in the finish.

D: Not my fav BA stout and it comes with a bit of sticker shock but still a very good one at that and worth checking out for sure. Starts off big and thick with a saving grace of hop bitterness to it. I would say the barrel notes seem pretty mellow here and I am not certain I could differentiate between the other variants without a proper side by side. I am up for the challenge however.

Nugganooch, May 02, 2014
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A - Pours a slightly bubbly tan/khaki colored head that retreats into the blackness of the body.

S - Lots of bourbon. Oak. Some chocolate. Cherries and other dark fruit as it warms up. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

T - Flavor is phenomenal and extremely well balanced. Deep, robust and not overly rich. Nice chocolate notes. Mild bourbon and vanilla.

M - Mouth is just under full bodied. Silky with light creamy carbonation. Spot on for how I like in Barrel Aged Stouts.

O - Amazing brew. Can't tell if I like this or the 18 year more. The only knock I have is that I wish the ABV was a little higher but other then that this is an almost flawless Barrel Aged Stout.

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2009 - Purple Wax - Bottle# 850

Pours into my glass a deep brooding black with a small dark tan head that quickly fades. Bit under carbonated. No light getting through this brew. Aromas start off with smooth dark roasted malts, chocolate and honey. Vanilla and sweet bright bourbon alongside an oak barrel character. Bourbon is really well integrated and draws you in.

First sip brings smooth dark malts, chocolate truffle upfront with honey sweet accents. Bourbon rolls in with caramel and vanilla flavors. Woody oak barrel as it flows down with a touch of spiciness. Smooth and well balanced, the bourbon is perfectly integrated here. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. A bit slick with mellow carbonation. I enjoy the fact that this is not overly heavy. Overall, this is a great bourbon aged stout with well integrated flavors that all hit the right marks. Really happy to have been able to sample this and looking forward to the 2010 versions.

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Bottle 2273. 2011 Vintage into a snifter.

A - Pours deep brown with half a finger of brown head. Head settles rather quickly, but does leave some lacing behind.

S - Chocolate, quite a bit of vanilla, some dark fruits, some oak, including a small amount of char, and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Chocolate and vanilla lead the way, with some oak notes and roasted malts. Chocolate is semi-sweet. Dark fruits become noticeable midway through, with some char and bitter chocolate on the finish. Subtle bourbon burn, works very well.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a very nice creaminess. Finish becomes more earthy and bitter.

O - This is the first of of the Eclipse beers I have had, and I was impressed. Not too heavy of a mouthfeel, but still a very nice creaminess. Bourbon is prominent but not in your face, and the fruit notes are nice.

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S: Tons of chocolate. Some vanilla and sweetness. Bit of bourbon at a distance.
T: Very sweet flavor. A bit of honey/vanilla followed by lots of chocolate fudge. Tastes almost like a brownie. Very good flavor although a bit lacking in the bourbon/barrel department.
M: Full bodied with nice carbonation for the style. Feels a bit creamy and sticky. A tiny bit of booze at the end.
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.