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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)

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1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1062
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%


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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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BR1, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Dark cola brown, not as black as some imperial stouts, nice dark mocha head, really thin, recedes quickly to small layer of film, ringing the glass. Opaque.

Smells hot at first, very bourbon forward, but that mellows out. After a few minutes the aroma is incredibly balanced with chocolate, coffee and vanilla, with obvious bourbon notes as well. It's less sweet than boozy.

Taste is similar, and fantastic. It really changes after a few minutes; I was alarmed by my first sip, but things evolved so quickly. Wonderfully balanced, not cloying at all. Perhaps not quit sweet enough.

Feel is smooth and pleasant. Somewhat dry, but really easy to drink. Below average carbonation.

Overall drinkable at 9.5, my advice is to age, but what do I know. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 21:54:18 | More by rodlavers
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IKR

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest beige head that slowly faded. The head appeared to stick around longer than that on my 2012 Evan Williams (same tulip glass).

Smell: Mild Bourbon (less than that in my 2012 Evan Williams), coffee/roasted malt aromas, brown sugar and some vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon, roast malts, vanilla, caramel/brown sugar and oak notes. The finish is fairly dry with Bourbon, roast malts notes and mild hop notes. To my tastes, The Elijah Craig had a more restrained Bourbon presence than that of my 2012 Evan Williams.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. It really is interesting to see the impact the different barrels have on the Eclipse series.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 23:55:09 | More by IKR
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vic21234

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 2292, 2011 vintage. Got this one as a birthday present. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with some very dark red tint towards the top of the glass. A nice caramel color head subsides a bit yet sticks around for awhile. Some nice lacing is seen on the sides of the glass also.

S- Really the strongest smell is the alcohol. Through the alcohol I get hints of chocolate, coffee, malts and maybe some vanilla. The alcohol is very overpowering in the smell though.

T- Starts out nice and smooth followed by the slight warming from the alcohol. It isn't as hot as I would have thought based on the smell. Also gives a nice roasty taste, accompanied by chocolates, coffee, and dark fruits.

M- Heavy yet smooth. Carbonation amount is perfect. A great sipper. Nice alcohol warming.

This is an awesome beer. Not sure any beer is worth a $30 price tag, but an interesting and rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:08:44 | More by vic21234
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Star80

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BR1 2012

A - Appears very dark, with a residual tan head. Very dark brown with little or no ruby highlights.

S - Smells like bourbon with a good dark, roasty smell, some char, some chocolate, vanilla, cherries, leafy tobacco and some licorice. It has a definite bourbon barrel smell nicely balanced with roasted malts.

T - Taste has a deep bourbon flavor and some heat, vanilla, toffee, char, and roasted malts. S

M - Big bold and yet smooth at the same time.

O- Overall a massive brew to tackle with lots of flavors going on at once. Extremely complex and has a fuller bourbon flavor than some of the others which makes sense given the amount of time the liquor has spent in that barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:29:25 | More by Star80
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weonfire

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Black murk. light mocha head, pencil thickness.

S - Chocolate, toffee, honey, bourbon and vanilla.

T - Initial: Swirl of sweet chocolate, vanilla, toffe, aged fruits and honey. Finish: contained delicious bourbon, roast, chocolate and a low level of hops.

M - Very frothy, perfect carbonation, soft as silk and high viscosity.

O - Excellent. Could actually taste the specific 'Elijah Craig' bourbon (which I enjoy). Flavors were blended superbly. A thin layer of head remained throughout entire brew- very impressed. Only downside was the nose- it was rather minor. With all these excellent flavors- I hoped for something really dank. But...at a $24 price tag- with so many incredible BA stouts out there- i can't say I would 'highly' recommend the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:03:25 | More by weonfire
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claaark13

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike/Mihir for sending this my way.Poured into a Founders snifter at around 60 degrees. 2009 bottle.

A - Pours fairly black. Light head turns quickly into lacing. Sticks surprisingly well to the side of the glass. The bubbles that appear solely due to the pour ending in the middle of the glass are considered in the score here, as they don't make it look better. Looked the same on both pours.

S - I could smell it with the hiss of the cap. Sweet, smooth bourbon. Not as potent as I'd initially thought from the opening of the bottle. Slightest hints of toffee and chocolate.

T - Smooth, fairly balanced amount of a caramel/toffee, dark malts, slight sweetness and then a nice charred oak finish. Quite enjoyable. I find some dark fruits throughout as well. There is a little bit of hotness still going on, but nothing to deter me at all. The balance that the taste provides, while still being complex, is by far my favorite thing about this beer.

M - Moderate thickness and silky. Has almost a bit of flatness to it though and I find that a little bit off-putting. The mouthfeel grew on me as ounces disappeared. It is like carbonation was sacrificed for a better feeling of thickness. I guess I actually like that.

O - Pretty good one here. It lacks here and there, but I could drink this all day. Due to the carbonation and current balance, I really don't see this getting much better. That won't stop me from waiting another year to open my next bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:30:39 | More by claaark13
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femALEist

California

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Beer Store's FiftyFifty event:
It smelled pretty similar to the Heaven Hill Rye with a little bit more roasted flavors and a light bourbon nose. It tasted a bit more roasted, more bitter with espresso & toffee notes. It has a nice carbonation to it- stronger than the heaven Hill but you can taste and feel the alcohol more in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 20:38:56 | More by femALEist
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Azurescens

Washington

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottle number 2931 poured into a snifter on 3/4/12

A: Pours black with fairly dense brown head. Leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt, oak and alcohol with some chocolate and bourbon. Alcohol becomes much more pronounced as it warms but not to the point of being overpowering.

T: Really rich with tons of chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Alcohol is present but very well intricated. Long lingering flavors of chocolate and some bourbon after each sip.

M: Unbelieveably smooth and creamy mouthfeel with next to no heat. Low-moderate carbonation. Medium full body that finishes slightly sweet.

O: Great example of a barrel aged imperial stout, really rich, flavorful and dangerously drinkable. Lots of great barrel character that helps transform what is likely a good base beer into a fantastic final product.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 05:18:28 | More by Azurescens
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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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mechamifune

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks almost a cola-like consistency as opposed to the motor oil look that a lot of BA stouts have. Slight head and pretty strong lacing. Looks enough to style.

Smell is sweetness, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. No real hop presence. A nice smell.

Taste is very bourbon-y upfront and finishes with a nice sweetness. Oak, vanilla, and chocolate all show up an meld together quite nicely. You taste the EC barrel here for sure. Maybe a slight char taste but no real bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still very smooth. I prefer my BA stouts generally to be a little chewier, but I can't really complain about this one.

Overall this is an interesting experience. You taste the bourbon in this one more than most in the style, I appreciate that a lot. As a whole, this makes me think of a more bourbon-forward Event Horizon. The only problem that that is that EH is less than half the price of this. If you are really into bourbon I can certainly see having a high appreciation for this series. In the end though, I would have a hard time justifying a repeat purchase given the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 21:33:03 | More by mechamifune
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PerHops

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- "Black, black as Bernie Mac"- Common. Black as Norwegian death metal. Ok, I'll stop with the offensive music analogies now. This one is opaque. Very little head. but good lacing.

S- Lots of bourbon. Oak. Some chocolate. Ripe cherries and other dark fruit as it warms up. Alcohol is noticeable, but not offensive.

T- Boozy at first, but as it warms up it softens. Bourbon and oak are there, but give way to smooth chocolate, christmas spices, figs, molasses, a trace of coffee and a mildly bitter/dry finish.

M- medium to high carbonation, but syrupy at the same time. This is a near perfect mouthfeel for the syle. Lethally drinkable.

O- Really good stout, only going to be better when I crack one in a couple of years. I'm excited to compare this next to the 18 in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 03:12:11 | More by PerHops
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tarheels86

California

3.53/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with purple wax #478 courtesy of FickSD on BA shared at the Toronado. Poured a deep, clear brown with no head. Nose was rich with figs, raisins, oak, some light spicy alcohol, molasses, maple. Taste is very sweet, dark fruit forward, spicy alcohol, dry oak. Sticky sweet palate. 8/3/7/3/14=3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:42:34 | More by tarheels86
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brownish black color, but somewhat translucent. Has a nice thick head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Leaves a very light wet lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts, a nicely sweet smelling bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Taste – Sweet bourbon, malts, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, very little carbonation, with a mild bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – I like bourbon beers best with a little sweetness to them. This one has it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 05:19:23 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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rxdrewthejew

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a flight last night at Blue Palms. Very impressive stuff.

This was taster number 2. The appearance is nothing special, dark black, no head to speak of, but looks a bit syrupy. The smell really jumps out at you. It smells very sweet, boozy, bourbon and vanilla. The smell is great but it did make me a bit concerned that the beer would be oversweet. Not a problem though. The beer is sweet, but not overly so, and a lot of the booze in the nose is gone in the taste. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon and chocolate dominate the flavor. Very little roastyness, which I really like in a stout. The feel is outstanding. Low carbonation, and very smooth and syrupy. Coats the mouth and the flavor lasts. Finish lingers but is not dry. Although it's a sipper, the glass was gone before I even realized it. And the alcohol is surprisingly low considering the flavor...this is practically sessionable as imperial stouts go. Really really good stuff, by far the best of the four Eclipses I had last night.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 01:45:56 | More by rxdrewthejew
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richj1970

Alabama

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into taster glass. Bottle date is 2/2013.

A: Pours pitch black with smallish one finger mocha colored head. Some decent retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Bourbon was apparent the second I popped the cap on this one. Very nice bourbon aroma in your face, some vanilla, bitter chocolate, a bit of oak.

T: Following the nose, there is lots of bourbon flavor. A nice alcohol heat mixed with chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy oak goodness.

M: Thick and creamy coating the tongue nicely. A bit of burn from the alcohol.

O: Very nice BA stout. Combines some of my favorite characteristics of a big stout and a nice bourbon. Other than the price point, this brew is a home run.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:58:35 | More by richj1970
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321jeff

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with minimal head, which is to be expected, but a swirl reveals some excellent legs.

Aroma is sweet vanilla and oak with hints of dark fruits and some bits of smoke. As it warms the smoke becomes more prevalent. I'm no bourbon expert, but it really reminds me of the Elijah Craig 12-yr I have in the bar.

Taste has lots of the dark fruits that become less noriceable as it warms. Oak is most apparent in the finish with some bits of vanilla and bourbon in the middle.

Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth with mild carbonation. It's a little thinner than expected but it works well. This one goes down smooth and easy, definitely one of the best barrel aged stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:25:06 | More by 321jeff
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rtaps

California

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours black with a nice deep khaki to brown like head with decent retention leaving spotty lacing behind

not a very big head here, rich chocolate and the bourbon from the barrel

taste is much better than the nose, rich chocolate a bit nutty and some heat.
medium to light bodied medium carb nice viscous and smooth

overall very nice and tasty

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:05:18 | More by rtaps
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. Period. This was my first of the many eclipses, the EC12 was smooth and absolutely delicious!
A:Black, nice thin brown head.
S/T: Notes of smooth bourbon, honey, vanilla, molasses, and chocolate!
M: Really smooth, silky and nice...
O: I love this stout...really tasty!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 22:50:56 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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DosBeerigos

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

C: How Clear is Black?
H: Deep Black
N: Chocolate, Bourbon, & hints of Vanilla

WOW, A Perfect Barrel Aged Beer? Maybe not perfect, but this is DAMN CLOSE.
Tons of chocolate with hints of bourbon all though the taste. The mouth feel is fantastic, even with little-to-no carbonation. I would like just a hint of more body, but honestly this is one of the best barrel aged beers I have ever had.
If you have the opportunity to try it, DO IT! Big thanks to JahLove for hooking me up with a taste of this!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 18:12:59 | More by DosBeerigos
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2958 aggressively poured into a snifter. Left a spotty lacing around most of the glass.

Pours black with about a half inch of mocha head.

I pick up oak, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in the nose.

Charred oak, sweet bourbon, chocolate with a notable alcohol burn in the finish. Definitely didn't get much burn once it warmed up to room temperature. I really like the bourbon presence in the beer. Yeah, it tastes somewhat like a half shot of bourbon dumped into a good chocolate stout but slightly more complex. But I really like it!

Slightly syrupy with a medium-low level of carb.

Really makes me want to crack open my 18yr Eclipse tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:02:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just got back form snowboarding at North Star, stopped by FiftyFifty on the way home to give the RIS a try. When I sat with my brother I noticed 4 barrels of the RIS aging next to the hostess stand with Jack Daniels brazed on to the face of the barrel.

A - Came in a rather tasty looking package of an 8 OZ tulip glass, the head was a nice mocha brown and the body of the beer was a thick viscus black. As I drank it down the Stout coated the walls of the glass with a thick brown residue and lased fairly well.

S - There was a good amount of roasted barley with Bourbon coming through. Slight Notes of Honey and Vanilla.

T - Wonderful RIS. The Strong Chocolate and toffee notes play strong against the Bourbon. The beer is pleasantly sweet while not being too cloying. Lots of Roasted Barley and dark malts come through. There seems to be a hint of dark fruit that lingers towards the giving a complex profile.

M - Perfection here. The right amount of carbonation and thickness of the beer make it feel so creamy. Just the right aftertaste is left behind.

O - This beer is wonderful, its very complex yet so very drinkable. Cant wait to try some more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 06:52:53 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Shared bottle at a tasting.

A: Pours motor oil with a nice dark brown khaki 1.5 finger head.

S: Barrel characteristics really come through on this one. Surprisingly, no coffee or chocolate notes on the aroma which is usually a staple on Imperial Stouts. Some vanilla is present.

T: Taste for me was smooth, barrel taste. Some brown sugar and molasses creamy-ness. Really surprised by the lack of chocolate or coffee taste.

M: Smooth, medium to fuller bodied but not overly thick. First few sips left my mouth with a strong whiskey taste, as if I had taken a shot of whiskey and not beer. This dissipated as I drank more.

O: A fantastic and unique brew. We had a discussion that as we drank it, we weren't focused on the beer, but rather on table talk. We were surprised by this and decided this is a sessionable beer. This beer is all about showcasing the barrel characteristics and not the characteristics of Imperial Stouts. Really unique and I would recommend trying a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 17:15:20 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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Chambic

California

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01.23.10 at City Beer Store

A: dark and opaque; the barely-there head is kinda filmy

S: faint syrup, this thing promises to be sweet, although there are cocoa flavors that hopefully balances it

T: yum, it IS sweet, although it's more like chocolate

M: really nice, stays on the tongue a bit

D: highly quaffable for something that seems (IS!) so dangerous

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 19:08:54 | More by Chambic
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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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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black color with a nice brown head. Leaves some small lacing.
S: Tons of chocolate. Some vanilla and sweetness. Bit of bourbon at a distance.
T: Very sweet flavor. A bit of honey/vanilla followed by lots of chocolate fudge. Tastes almost like a brownie. Very good flavor although a bit lacking in the bourbon/barrel department.
M: Full bodied with nice carbonation for the style. Feels a bit creamy and sticky. A tiny bit of booze at the end.
O: This is another great variant from 50/50. I did prefer the slight spiciness and barrel character of the Rittenhouse Rye version but this one is very solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 08:22:14 | More by standardcherry
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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