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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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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,653
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 827
Gots: 671 | FT: 57
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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Photo of _RL_
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black but not thick with no head. Smells boozy but not sharp. Taste boozy with an underlying bitterness I think is common to their stouts - Cognac Masterpiece had the same flavor. Good mouthfeel - thick, although not chewy, but still thicker than many stouts. Overall very good, but short of great. For my tastes, I wish the beer were a tad (just a tad) sweeter. Two, as other have mentioned, the price point really makes you more critical. Still glad I tried it though.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BR 2 2014. rich, smooth, good barrel presence and not hot like some barrel aged stouts can be. nice mouthfeel and even at the end a swirl in the snifter still produced a nice fluffy head. i'm a bit more critical when a bomber is at this price point, but this still impressed. a nice treat and up there with some of the best in the style.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle No. BR 1. 2012 vintage kept at cellar conditions. been waiting to pop it for a while.

A: pours a dark brown, practically black. head is light cappuccino hued and remains throughout the drink. good looking brew, not much to complain about.

S: bourbon oaky aroma greats. chocolate and vanilla. smells sweet and from what I understand you cant smell sweetness. okay fine, sweet chocolate aroma. not much roast, smoke, or coffee notes in my opinion.

T: first sip is loaded with roasted coffee notes and sweet, sweet chocolate. milk chocolate. there is the mildest amount of boozy heat, but it is basically a nonfactor as this beer should have a little bit of bite. a little bit of roasted bitterness in the finish as well. but balanced by the sweetness it is not ridiculously acrid.

M: really smooth carb on a full bodied brew for sure.

D: not sure if this is super hot or even remotely hot fresh, but it has aged gracefully and I have no complaints. the booze is faint and fitting. the bourbon has diminished over time, but it's not like it is non-existent at this point. really exceptional stuff and worth checking out. the price tag was one of the heftiest I have spent at $30 for the bomber. not sure if I will be doing that again until I start making more money.

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Photo of KGilmour
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! You expect a lot at such a high price tag. Paid $27.99 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, VT.
Eclipse did NOT disappoint.

L: Deep dark black. In a pint glass with a direct beam of setting sun on the other side of it, I could just barely see a hint of ruby in one tiny spot of the glass. The rest was pitch black. Lacy half inch of head.

S: Sweet, alcohol, chocolate. Intense.

T: Holy wow. Like an entire bar of the best Belgian dark chocolate dipped in Bourbon. A tiny hint of the espresso and mocha. Others have mentioned Vanilla, but I couldn't detect it. Mostly sweet chocolate and alcohol. But no bitter, biting after taste. Very smooth and clean.

F: Smooth and full, lingers slightly on the tongue, then gone. Very sweet. Very delicious.

O: I'm seriously impressed. The inflated price tag demands a stringent assessment, but Eclipse (or at least this Elijah Craig 12-Year variety of it) lives up to the expectations. Not the sort of thing you could drink every day, but certainly something stout lovers should sample at least once.

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Photo of golf_n_beerguy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this with a very nice cigar and they both complimented each other very well. The thick sweetness of this stout tamed the cigar burn in the mouth. It was almost like peanut butter and jelly. Very good stout

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep, dark black with three fingers of rich and creamy mocha head. Loads of heavy lacing left behind.

Aroma of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and light booze notes.

Like the aroma, it tasted of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and finished with warm booze notes on the palate.

Medium bodied and a bit sticky with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade (2014)

A: Deep black with a lovely creamy medium brown head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, nuts with mild booziness.

T: Superb. Slightly sweet with well integrated alcohol. the chocolate malt is present as is caramel and toffee. Slight pleasant bitterness on the finish.

F: Appropriately full, with a creamy smoothness that finishes a little thinner than expected.

O: This is a great barrel aged imperial stout. Hits all the flavour notes I look for. A big thank you to @Corson for the bottle.

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Photo of Rutager
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ones been in the cellar a while. Went through a bit of a thing with stouts. We've since made up so lets do this. 2013 bottle. Big thank you to wordemupg!

Black, very little brown head. Nice nose with plenty of bourbon and vanilla.a little black licorice and chocolate. Taste is sweet, bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla and wood. Very smooth and can't find any oxidization. Great stuff.

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Photo of ProfessorKeon
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I compare this one to Oskar Blue's Ten-Fidy but in a perfected way. Much of the same malt flavours/aromas but the over all flavor is so much smoother and nicer to drink. Then the sweetness. Wow. I'm glad I made the investment to try one of these. Very worth it.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely amazing beer. Was expecting a good bourbon barrel stout, but did not know the transformation that takes place with this beer. The bourbon is present in the nose and a little on the palate, but the chocolate blew me away. Simply fantastic!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow ! You'll find better reviews than mine . . . So just Wow ! I Thought 4 years in the bottle and this would have fallen off. No way, this is great ! I can not think of a better ba stout than this one. Big Thanks @kingkong for this terrific beer.

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Photo of Corkpuller
4.74/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of deford
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
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....

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Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.65/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of Matonika
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of mj81
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of john0721
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.


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.

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Photo of M_chav
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

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

Didn’t expect very much from this beer (I don’t know exactly why) but it was a really nice surprise. Big bourbon smell with some alcohol notes but not disturbing. Complex taste with some honey, coconut and vanilla. Not too sweet though, very balanced. Thick and creamy. Excellent!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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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Photo of fatsnowman22
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - nice tan head dissipates quickly to a pencil thin ring. great barrel presence

S - cocoa. dark chocolate, slight cinnamon, bright bourbon

T - everything very balanced and nuanced. caramelized brown sugar, chocolate, bitter chocolate

M - coats the tongue without being thick. spot on

O - phenomenal brew with great balance and a myriad of things going on. if someone detected something and told you i am sure you could find it

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