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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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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,204 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 729
Gots: 513 | 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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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

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

Consumed 1/16/2014

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

2013 bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, black at its core - pours with a medium tan head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Big malts and big whiskey - rich malts, with a load of roast, burnt, and chocolate - tons of rich caramel, molasses, and burnt sugar - dark chocolate, with a touch of semisweet chocolate, and some fudge - the bourbon aroma is big, but it's nice - the Elijah Craig is nice, with some nice woody and vanilla notes - sweet, but it works with the overall complexity

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, and bourbon - burnt chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips - very solid, nice stout base (not surprising, as the other Eclipse stouts are great) - burnt, roasty notes, with some coffee - big, cooked caramel, and molasses - the bourbon flavor is quite potent, but it's nice - bourbon, vanilla, wood, and some booze

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes mostly dry with some booze

Overall: Another color of wax, another win

I'm not sure if this is better than the Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, but it's approximately as good. The stout base is great, with a ton of chocolate, and the bourbon is nice. This is definitely a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 06:49:33 | More by angrybabboon
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber that has "BR2 2012" written on it into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from Surge1311.

A- Pours an opaque black body with amber highlights. A thin mocha-colored head rises and reduces quickly to leave a khaki ring. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- I'm straining to get a good sense of the aroma, but it's taking a lot of effort. After a bit of swirling, I get whiskey, dark fruits, vanilla, and some pretty noticeable booze (which is odd considering the 9.5% abv - I get less from bcbs @ 15.00%)

T- Sweet milk chocolate, raisons, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla upfront, on the finish is freshly roasted grain and toasty black coffee. There's a hugely noticeable hop bite on the finish.

M- Medium-heavy body, very low carbonation.

I was expecting big things from this brew, and I got what I was expecting - but nothing more. Didn't blow me away. It was indeed rich and complex and very enjoyable to drink. I'm definitely going to age my second bottle, maybe that will mellow out the booze which I think is the downfall of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:04:06 | More by gcamparone
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into a tulip glass.

A) Jet black with a nice tan head that does dissipate rather quickly. Very nice lacing.

S) Bourbon and Vanilla

T) The oak and the bourbon really hit you up from, what follows is some vanilla, coffee and a bit of chocolate.

M) Carbonation is medium.

O) This is very good. I like the booziness of this as the bourbon really does stand out. What is scary though is that this is easily drinkable. As this warms starting to get some more flavors such as plum. This will be savored. Glad I have another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:56:04 | More by jimmy82063
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my friend Bobby for shelling out the $30 for this bottle!

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head and a good amount of foamy lacing.

S: Everything you would expect from a BA stout. Strong suggestions of vanilla and coconut immediately meet your nose. Look past those and you find milk chocolate, coco powder, burnt coffee, and perhaps a touch of soy sauce. Inhale deeply and you may also find a hint of tobacco smoke and a tingle of intense alcohol.

T/M: Upon sipping, my immediate reaction is to how incredibly smooth this brew is for 9.5%—it goes down dangerously easy. Lots of chocolate and molasses character up front transitions to a roasty and slightly burnt-tasting finish. Not as much bourbon character as you would expect, but notes of vanilla and oak are certainly detectable throughout. This could use a little more body, IMO. I would characterize this as barely full bodied. Not quite as thick as I want my BA stouts to be.

O: Overall a fine BA stout. A great nose and incredibly well balanced and drinkable for a 9.5% beer aged in whiskey barrels. It could use just a little more body. More body would also help enhance what is already an impressive flavor experience. Worth the $30? Maybe for the one-time experience, but I will not be running back to the store to drop $30 more.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:22:15 | More by MrDanno96
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by dyan recently. Thanks! Working my way down the top 100, very slowly for the last 10 or so.

Beer is black / dark brown, appears thick. Thin head, diffuse, breaks, pulls toward the glass. No lacing.

Aroma is sweet and big, mild barrel flavor, mild bourbon, very sweet, molasses, darkness.

Beer is medium to thick in body. Sweet at the lead off, the midpalate is molasses and bourbon, not hot, heavy finish, thick overall. Decent beer, very good. I'd have it again, looking forward to this year's Elijah Craig bottles.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 04:32:29 | More by drabmuh
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours black, small amount of light around the edges. Maybe two fingers of tan head and very little lacing. Nice looking overall.

Smells of sweet bourbon dominates. Maybe a bit of the barrelwood. Some vanilla. I am not as blown away by the smell as I was expecting.

Taste, bourbon, light chocolate. Barrel notes. Some licorice flavor.

Full mouthfeel with good carb.

Overall this is a nice, well done beer. But for the price, there are many stouts at least this good. Really thought this was going to be at least 4.5s across the board so really a bit of a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:26:56 | More by Powderhornphil
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: This pours a dark brown with walnut edges. A small brown head forms initially but fades rather quickly and leaves no lace.

Smell: The delicious aroma of Elijah Craig hits me first, with molasses, vanilla, and oak coming next. Chocolate and a bit of coffee add to the wonderful aroma.

Taste: The EC takes a minute to really hit my taste buds. Dark roasted malt blends well with a decadent dark chocolate and a bit of coffee flavor. Then a vanilla and molasses sweetness introduce the bourbon flavor. A bit of woody oak, a touch of smoke, and then the finish is lightly sweet and more bourbon. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: This is full bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but also a bit dry. Bourbon has the typical warming effect.

Drinkability: Getting to try this was a treat. The beer performed as well, meeting my expectations. Another success for barrel aged stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 22:38:03 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-13-2014 12:58:40 | More by Schlais
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mkrass

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-18-2014 00:25:27 | More by mkrass
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-07-2012 19:23:07 | More by daveytheformer
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-22-2013 02:39:54 | More by Beerontwowheels
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akukucka

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-11-2013 01:51:42 | More by akukucka
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MADPolo

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

03-10-2013 18:50:29 | More by MADPolo
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

12-07-2013 18:34:53 | More by qcbrewer
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-10-2013 22:54:23 | More by beergorrilla
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penguinstout

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-12-2013 20:02:45 | More by penguinstout
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stuart3368

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

08-23-2013 01:34:40 | More by stuart3368
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HereforBeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-06-2013 13:22:10 | More by HereforBeer
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

12-31-2013 04:30:09 | More by JamLand
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bootlegger1929

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 00:49:25 | More by bootlegger1929
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NickT1218

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

04-30-2014 01:03:46 | More by NickT1218
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garrisonp

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-31-2013 01:51:51 | More by garrisonp
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cmdmzmjm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-16-2013 02:08:27 | More by cmdmzmjm
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-17-2013 16:52:52 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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farnold

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

07-14-2014 19:54:27 | More by farnold
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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