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

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99
world-class

1,292 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,292
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 752
Gots: 522 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to an oily film. Thin streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a strong bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon from the 12 year Elijah Craig is very nice and still packs a punch. There is a slight roasty bitterness and a somewhat strong alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a more in your face bourbon presence versus the 18 year Elijah Craig version. On of my favorites for the night.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, Aug 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Sep 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark with a small tan-mocha head and whisps of lacing.

S: Nice characteristics of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some booze.

T: The bourbon really shines through against the rest of the flavors. Underneath are vanilla, some oak tannin, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very nice combination.

M: Beautifully boozy with plenty of bourbon; just the right territory for an imperial stout.

D: Very drinkable all around. Had this side by side with the Heaven Hill version and this one was just a tad bit better.

Thorpe429, Jun 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

nmann08, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Texasfan549, Aug 09, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 128 of the 2011 release

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a very modest head that leaves a trail of dots behind

Smell: Roasty and slightly smoky, with chocolate fudge, bourbon and vanilla elements

Taste: Chocolate fudge, up front, with the roasty/smoky elements building into a full Bourbon character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla builds to smooth out some of the harshness of the beer's relative youth though the finish still has some rough edges

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly creamy but also slightly thin; warmth in the gullet from the abv

Overall: A very nicely balanced bourbon-barrel aged IS; other than the appearance and slightly thin mouthfeel, this is really a top drawer example of the style

brentk56, Jan 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

kjkinsey, Jul 27, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is very soothing. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium bourbon notes with really rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would be a liar if I said I was not entirely over joyed to be able to crack open this purple wax seal last night. Bottle #1152, I have only previously had the Pappy version which was outstanding. But this was a whole new level. Served damn near room temperature for most of the session, this one was
consumed on 07/11/2010.

Pours dark as night, abyss like with no color coming through and the viscosity of oil. Small head of tan peaks up fro just a moment before settling back down to earth and leaving a mostly bare top that had some decent lacing down the glass,
but never really did recover.

Aroma is deep vanilla and boozy notes. Hits you like a ton of bricks right from the start. Amazing depth here, dark chocolate goo, rich roasted coffee that provides a touch of bitterness to the back end. Toffee, wood notes and as it really hit its peak a dark fruit that almost came across kind of smoky. Rich, thick profile, really like chewing on it as it goes down and you feel every drop of this one. Vanilla leads that charge with a soaking dose of whiskey and cocoa. Extremely mean flavor as each sip wanted to destroy my body on me, really un cool, but I wanted it. Final taste was a long boozy vanilla that mixed well with a light coffee bitterness to seal the deal.

Overall really just a great, great beer. I am not sure what more you could ask for in a BA RIS, other then a bit bigger of a look. But damn, this one laid me out.

mikesgroove, Jul 12, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this here tick. I've had this several times now, but finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: The pour is viscous and black with a finger of tan colored head forming.

S: Smells like bourbon--delicious, delicious, bourbon. Lots of vanilla and chocolate making the nose a thing of decadence. Smooth roasted malts along with a nice oak aroma. Some toffee and caramel provide additional sweetness.

T: Intense vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate on the tongue provides an excellent drinking experience. Great roasted malts along with a really creamy caramel flavor.

M: The body is medium to full and is silky on the tongue. The carbonation is there but stays out of the way, providing a really smooth mouthfeel.

D: As much as I don't want to hype these beers up, they are just so damn good. Probably my favorite series of imperial stouts. I will definitely be doing my utmost to go to the next release party.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking semi-thick black beer. The head on top was a dark shade of tan with some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was full of roasted malts, chocolate notes, bourbon and wooden aromas. The taste of this beer was very good, the flavors of some chocolate and vanilla with the warmth of the bourbon. The sweetness of the honey and the roasted malts balance out nicely along with the bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side but still not as heavy as some imperial stouts. There is a subtle creaminess to the beer also which is really nice. The carbonation is low but has just enough to liven up the brew. Overall it's a killer beer, I've enjoyed each one that I've had from this series... Wishing I could afford more but I'm happy with the three types I picked up.

Knapp85, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch.

Dark and opaque chocolate brown in color, topped by a tiny 1/4 inch head that quickly settles to the thinnest of rings. There's faint translucency around the edges.

The Elijah Craig bourbon barrel imparted a huge mark on this beer - it absolutely reeks of sweet caramel, vanilla and oak. While the Heaven Hill Rye and Jack Daniels versions of this beer have well-integrated and somewhat balanced barrel characters, this one is dominated by bourbon. The chocolatey, roasty, bready base beer is still present, but it's more of a foundation for the incredible aromas the barrel has imparted.

It's equally bourbon-forward on the tongue, opening with flavors of maple syrup, dark fruit, vanilla and honey. The mid-palate brings out a balancing roastiness, hints of licorice and burnt toast. The body is medium-full and creamy, though not especially viscous or oily. The finish is bittersweet and hot, like a liqueur-filled chocolate.

largadeer, Jan 26, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to my boy Ryan for sharing this bottle with me!

Bottle #2508. My second Eclipse variant, and hopefully not my last. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a small bit of dark tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, chocolate powder, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla bean, oak, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a touch more vanilla, a good amount of bourbon, and a tiny touch of char in the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty damn smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that suffers only from its relative thinness (though this doesn't hold it back too much, if you ask me). Good times.

TMoney2591, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

emerge077, Mar 21, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, purple wax sealed, and 11.9% ABV for bottle run numero 2 of 2013. Is there an online instruction manual, or something, that describes how to open this sort of enclosure, without picking away at the wax with a knife?

This beer pours a fairly deep dark black abyss, yet with prominent basal cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of densely foamy, weakly puffy, and broadly bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some nice low-pressure system lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of mildly astringent rye whisky barrel wood, the titular booze, dry vanilla, crusty caramel, bittersweet chocolate, the hint of the earthy floral honey quietly noted on the label, and some surprisingly prominent herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more woody, boozy barrel notes right up front, some dry, earthy black licorice, a touch of cold java, lightly toasted, but not inherently light caramel malt, a grainy besotted breadiness, a weirdly evolving semi-sour milkiness, and subtle earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are pretty sublimely restrained, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and quite equitably smooth, with a pleasant stab at everyman creaminess. It finishes still almost cripplingly sweet, the caramel, vanilla, alcohol, anise, honey all equally culpable. But recall, I said 'almost'.

I am not at all versed in the spirituous offerings of one Elijah Craig, so all I can discern from this offering is that it is one pleasantly understated example of a Bourbon County staple, based on the thorough, yet inoffensive effects rendered herein. The base RIS is only mildly altered, I presume, and the overall experience is quite agreeable enough - tasty, full, and sweet to a point that dessert pairing is hardly out of the question.

biboergosum, Dec 31, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this was an awesome, although brutally expensive, bottle of brew. the pour is a nice rich dark brown, black chocolate color, with an inch of mocha colored lace that doesnt last long at all. the nose is my favorite part. you can really smell the bourbon in this, vanilla, charcoal, oak, and alcohol, along with honey and burnt malt. not used to honey in my stouts, but i think it adds a whole new element here that just jives perfectly with the barrel notes. flavor is just as complex as the nose. surprisingly, the alcohol isnt really present, even at room temperature. amazingly well disguised. the malt profile is huge, brown sugar, burnt oats, tobacco, and spiced rum all seem to come in waves here, flashing about. i enjoyed trying to pick out more and more flavors, i got to the point where i could pick up toasted coconut, as well as smoke. this is a beer of unrivaled depth of flavor. very very impressive stuff. a little more runny than i thought itd be in terms of feel. could maybe use a touch more oomph on the body, but then again maybe not, it seems to be complete enough as it is. decent carbonation, and a finish that is sort of bitter, sort of sweet, and sort of neither. it is quicker than the style usually allows, and i think this is chemically perfect in that regard. overall a splendid beer, makes me want to try some of the other colored wax tops, but man this stuff is pricey!

edit: i just had a bottle from last year, and it honestly drinks quite a bit better fresh. it seemed thinner, less dynamic, and no more easy on the booze front. if youve got one, break it out of the cellar and drink it now, its time.

StonedTrippin, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Jason, Jan 08, 2013
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.