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

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99
world-class

1,259 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,259
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 735
Gots: 517 | FT: 32
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Thanks to Nanoslug for sending me this a while back. Finally got around to opening it - shared at the WLV/de Struise event. Served in a wine glass.

A - Late-rising half-finger of tan foam that settles to a wispy partial cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Near-black body that is raisin brown at the fringes.

S - Big raisin and dark fruits, milk chocolate, fudge, and vanilla. It's on the sweet side of things, with only light roast and oak character.

T - Taste is heavier in oak, with some elements of cocoa and anise bitterness in the finish. Seems a bit empty mid-palate, although it improves substantially as it warms up. It's closer to a 4.0 when it starts, but gets closer to 4.5 by the time I was wrapping up my pour.

M - Smooth, sticky, and chewy body. Plenty sufficient in heft for the listed 9.5%, although I think that's actually for the base beer. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - This is very good, but I can't get past the nagging feeling that it was probably better about six months ago. A very enjoyable barrel-aged stout that isn't quite up to the level of the top percentile. Still - highly recommended.

MasterSki, May 05, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Slatetank, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%

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
Photo of Rifugium
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

First had: bottle from Belmont Station, Portland, OR, or Pinocchio's, Media, PA (got a bottle from each place, not sure which was opened first)

A bit flat by the time I got to this one, but anyway. I have a FiftyFifty glass somewhere, but a Chimay chalice was handy, so into it I poured this thick, opaque liquid that was dark brown-black, with ruby-brown tints around the edges. The recapped bottle sat in the fridge overnight, but I still got a decent wispy mocha head from an aggressive pour. Nose of bourbon, cherry vanilla ice cream, and rich chocolate. Taste confirmed that this beer was still fine even after being open for hours. Dark roasty malts, big taste of barrel wood, boozy bourbon kick, notes of mingling vanilla and chocolate coming in mid-palate, roasty bitterness in the finish. Any dark fruit notes that may exist are distant and overpowered by the bourbon. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, smooth, full body, some alcohol heat, if there was much carbonation, at least it mellowed out by the time I drank it. Very nice overall. My second bottle will sit for a few years before I open it.

Rifugium, May 08, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%

I was lucky enough to try the 2009, 2011, and 2012 versions side by side. Served from the bottle into a tasting goblet. This review is of the 2009 bottle with some differenced noted.

The beer pours a very dark brown/almost black color. There isn't much head to speak of. The smell of the 2009 was very different from the newer versions. There was hardly any alcohol, but I was getting lots of dark fruit and some mild roast. I thought there was a strong raisin presence in the nose. The taste is very smooth. You can tell this beer has some age on it, but it hasn't fallen apart too much. There is a roasted malt sweetness with the bourbon mainly showing up in the finish. I'm also getting some dark fruit and mild caramel/vanilla notes. I thought there was a mild peppery note as well. The body wasn't particularly thick and there was only a little carbonation.

I liked the 2012 version of this beer more than the 2011 even though it was hotter. I thought the depth of flavor was better in the 2009 version.

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very nice Imperial stout aroma; warm, bitter black malts, soft chocolate character, excellent oak contribution. It seems pretty earthy up front with loads of oak. I can't get enough of this aroma; quite intoxicating. The taste is great as well. It has a very smooth chocolate malt flavor with a mild black malt earthiness and oak character. The aroma indicated otherwise, but this is a nice surprise. It goes down sweet with a very nice chocolate character and finishes with some subtle black malt notes and a mild oak feel. It's not overly oaky. In fact, it's noticeable, but it's just another element in a very complex and highly drinkable beer . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a killer IS. I'd like to kick back and sip on this one for a while, but I guess I'll just enjoy the four ounce pour in my glass.

WesWes, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

mendvicdog, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Blind beer #12 frm TMoney...sad to see this one end! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with light purple wax into my Bell''s tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of a medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like an awesome, thick RIS. 4.5

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, roasted malts, rich milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, burnt malts, and toasted malts. A very nice nose. Whiskey is up front, but it isn't overly strong, and there is a ton of roasted notes and chocolate. 4

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, toasted malts, and light caramel malts. More whiskey here, and some nice vanilla. Awesome taste, better than the nose. Think I know what beer this is. 4.5

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy, a great mouthfeel for a big stout. 4.5

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome RIS. Looks great and has a great taste and mouthfeel. Ton of bourbon and vanilla in the taste; a fantastic stout. I figured this was the 12 year Elijah Craig Eclipse based on the wax and was sure of it once I tasted it; definitely lived up to it for me and a huge Want.

And the reveal is Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year). Awesome, awesome beer, thanks Kyle!

mdfb79, Jan 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

MarkyMOD, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, very good head retention and lace.

S: Huge amount of bourbon and vanilla, dominated by the barrel.

T: Similar to the smell. Dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A good flavour, though not super complex. Enjoyable for sure.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft frothy carbonation. Creamy.

O: Another solid beer from the Eclipse series, still waiting for one to wow me though.

Halcyondays, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

beernads, May 09, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

"BR3 2012." 9.5% confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass with purple wax-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a bottle shop in Beverly Hills, CA for $27.00 and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the price point and the brewery's reputation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is good - about 5 minutes. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Nontranslucent/nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for an imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. No egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malts, and cream. No real oak barrel character comes through unfortunately - no refined or rich character. No hop or yeast character is detectable. There is some alcohol presence. A mild to moderate clean aroma of well above average strength.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, faint marshmallow, light chocolate, faint vanilla, and very light oak. Decently balanced and cohesive, but not gestalt. I do like it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not particularly intricate or nuanced.

Decent complexity and subtle. Little intricacy/nuance. I've had far deeper and more complex beers,

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and nicely thick. A biteen sticky. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

No real roasted barley, coffee, spices, or yeast. Has some alcohol presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but noticeably boozy. I wouldn't buy it again at this price point. Good but not great. My companion and I will easily kill this bottle, but it's far from exemplary. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's likeable enough. Not worth it.

High B-

kojevergas, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

oriolesfan4, Feb 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

imperialking, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

InspectorBob, Sep 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%

Purple wax 22 oz bottle, sampled with the 09 and 10 HH with Jeff and Adam.

Pours a viscous near black, opaque and foreboding with a quickly fading tan head and no lacing.

Aroma is rich and sweet, thick with bourbon, vanilla, oak, char, roast and smoke. A little too mild to be a 5, but perfectly balanced. As with all the Eclipses, balance between the beer and barrel is superb, with the EC bourbon dominating the flavor, a little more vanilla than the chocolate that dominated the EW and a more prominent oak and roast finish than the others. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with subtle carbonation. Overall effect is like other Eclipses, a little thin compared to other beers of this style, but not detrimentally so.

As this warms the finish and oak separate this from the HH and make this beer a little more interesting in my opinion. Extremely smooth and balanced, it's a tossup which Eclipse I prefer.

yourefragile, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev 0%

Big thanks to Tanger for opening his newly purchased bottle for us to try. I have been wanting to try this one for awhile now.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall off-white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and oak. The alcohol is fairly prevalent initially but it mellows out and some of the other aromas come out. It will be interesting to see how this develops in the bottle.

T - Starts off with a quick jolt of vanilla and chocolatey sweetness that quickly gets enveloped by the warming bourbon. Once the booze dies down it leave the pallet dry with oak tannins, lingering on the pallet for some time. This one is a joy to drink, altho I think it may even get better in the bottle.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Smooth, silky feel that clings to the pallet. Alcohol is present but doesn't really get in the way.

O - One of the best Eclipses' I have had to date. The balance of base to barrel was nearly flawless and the booze never got to the point of being overpowering. Glad I finally got to try this one as it really lived up to my expectations.

orangesol, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -10.5%

A: Poured jet black with big brown bubbles, nice head retention which surrenders some spotty lacing

S: Big bourbon on the nose, booze stings the nostrils, dark rich chocolates and dark dark fruits come to mind. Whiffs of tobacco and leather are noticed.

T: Some initial heat gives way to bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla, a one-modest two punch of tobacco and leather with a long drawn out dark fruit presence. A little hint of sourness is noted as is some charcoal

M: Well carbonated, full body, a nice creaminess exists on this but not silky like creamy decadence that I enjoy from an Old Rapsy Anny.

O: Good, but no way is this worth the price point!

barleywinefiend, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle from 2009, numbered 1151 poured into a matching Eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of brown around the edges. Some big brown bubble formation around the edges.

The smell is very roasted and boozy with hints of black licorice before getting solvent. A little bit of vanilla and caramel. As it warms up, it gets a sweet almost candy-like vanilla scent that is deceptive smelling.

The taste is like burnt molasses with an oaked taste that blends into caramel and toffee with chocolate covered raisons and anise. Quite boozy with a hint of bourbon tang across the finish mixed with oak, roast and earth.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to low level of carbonarion. It is earthen and very boozy but still shows the alcohol vibrantly with a little barrel presence. It is quite good and 4 years in the bottle has hardly mellowed this out but it has a soft amount of oxidation present.

stakem, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%

Let's start with- this is an extremely well made beer. That said, it didn't blow me away like some other bourbon barrel beers have, especially for the price. I actually preferred the four roses to this one. My problem is that it just has way too much of a caramel note to it from the whiskey barrel. Too sweet, and to cloying- like caramel corn. That just makes the beer too heavy and one dimensional for me. I'm still enjoying it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

drewone, Feb 21, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.