Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by rawla:
4.15/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Bluepalms Brewhouse on 01/03/2012.
Served in a 6 oz snifter.
I previously had the 18 year Elijah Craig at Bluepalms as well, so I hope I can have as close to a vertical tasting comparison as possible. I probably should have had both the 18 year and 12 year, but I couldn't resist the Abyss. Enough yapping..
A: Dark as night, with subtle lacing and tiny carbonation presence. Similar to the 18 year in these traits.
S: Bourbon all the way through. Not as much of a french vanilla presence in this as the 18 yr. Maybe the older cognac barrels add more complex notes in the nose. This has a much more alcohol presence in the smell. Some cocoa hints at the end.
T: Like a fine cognac. Buttery notes at the front of the tongue, but they quickly disappear and the bourbon notes take over. Charred wood bark and hints of toffee at the end are very subtle. More boozy than the 18 year old blend in my opinion.
M: Silky mouthfeel. Similar to the 18 year old blend.
O: I must say that i liked the 18 year blend a little better due to the added sweet notes from the older barrels. This 12 year blend is no slouch though. Sipping on this on a cold night is what the doctor ordered. This blend reminds you that it's a 10-11% beer that must be RESPECTED for full enjoyment. A treat.
Serving type: on-tap
01-04-2012 20:00:24 | More by rawla
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4.45/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark black with a one finger tan head, which fades quickly to a small disk of foam. The aroma has bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit, toffee, and coconut.Smells incredible.
Tastes incredible. Sweet, without being cloying. There's bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, toffee, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, and coconut. Even though I can taste and smell the bourbon with ease, this is not a hot or boozy beer. Very well made.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. Silky, creamy, and very easy to drink. Well worth trying if you get the chance.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 02:31:15 | More by hardy008
4.28/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2012 into a snifter, celebrating tonights lunar eclipse
Pours pitch black with a finger of brown foam. No transparency when held to the light, great lacing and retention. No visible carbonation, all around great looking beer
Smells of strong oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar and molasses, figs, currant, and alcohol. Everything blends together wonderfully, this is a lot of fun to smell
Taste mixes and matches with the smell. Upfront lots of oak and bourbon, but also strong fruit notes- lots of currant and fig. Chocolate and coffee malts follow soon after, finishing with notes of vanilla and molasses. Finally a bit of booze on the finish
Feel is thick and heavy, alcohol drinks pretty warm
Overall good, still very strong with the booze and fruits which I figured would have been long gone sixteen months later
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 02:23:00 | More by lordofstarside
4.54/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle run no.1, 2013.
A - Bonfire-log black. Thin, fleeting ochre head.
S - Vanilla ice cream. Sweet, sweet bourbon. Caramel. Soft bourbon notes reward inquisitive sniffing. Coconut candy.
T - Reprising the nose, with a chorus of sweet and mellow bourbon. Velvety cocoa powder. No smoke, no char, no peat. Lightly toasted malt, but not particuarly toasty otherwise. I would have liked a little more of these classic stout flavours to go along with those already offered, but its delicious nonetheless.
M - This beer is a slender dancer albeit with great balance.
O - What this beer lacks in depth and layering it makes up for due to its remarkable poise. It hides its abv. wonderfully; I have never had such a strong beer with so little heat. Put simply this is a beer with sweet, mellow-bourbon flavours in which all the elements are beautifully harmonized. Perhaps the first beer I've head where the overall score is higher than any of the constituent scores. Very,very good.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 06:56:45 | More by abeeronthebeach
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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