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