Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +0.2%
slightly chilled and poured into pint glass.
Beer is brown on the pour, not much of a head... maybe 1cm. Good staying power, though. Nice oatmeal cookie batter color.
The nose on this is simply fantastic... I am adrift on a sea of bourbon. I already know I am going to like this one.
The bourbon is here and it's front and center. It's not that hot, though. Really nutty and a lot of toasted oak. Brewed with honey? I don't taste it. Oh well, I'll just have to sit here and enjoy this fantastic bourbon flavor.
I remember reading that the base beer was being beefed up this year. I had EW, not EC last year, but I think I appriciate this one. It's still fairly light in the broader spectrum but it works well with the bourbon. Actually, I'm quite pleased at the body on this.
This beer is great. I'm jazzed to be sitting on the 18/20 yr. bottle... now I just need to find an excuse to open it!
Thanks, Arbi. I really enjoyed this beer.
03-01-2012 01:12:53 | More by ShogoKawada
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
Enjoyed with aasher on 2/28. Poured into aecht schlenterla snifter. Pours an off black with a half finger of mocha foam head
Smells of bourbon, vanilla, and a tad bit of wintergreen mint. Booze is slightly detectable.
Vanilla is more vivid than the bourbon on the palate, with a slight spearmint aftertaste.
You can tell that it's lighter in body than bourbon county stout, but still has a great feel.
This beer is not hot at all, one of it's best qualities. Ready to drink now but would do quite well if cellared.
02-29-2012 06:53:08 | More by zep9865
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
This bottle was acquired in an in person trade with TallPaul07. Thanks man!
This beer pours a medium bodied chocolate brown in color wth a light and soapy beige lacing around the glass. The nose is a vanilla and and toffee masterpiece. There is smooth chocolate, smooth vanilla, tofee, cake, and light barrel. Wow, infinitely smooth and refined. This is exceptionally more balanced than the Grand Cru. The bourbon is exceptionally well meshed with the base beer and very approachable even for the style. This beer is ridiculous, and I don't say that often. the bourbon is so well I integrated that comparing it is tough. Wow, overall this is fantastic and I don't like to gush. This is one of the better barrel aged stouts I've had thus far. I will seek this out again. This is a top performance for a highly rated brewery. I applaud this effort.
02-29-2012 06:49:08 | More by aasher
3.95/5 rDev -11.6%
This was enjoyed at a tasting that included 5 Eclipse variations: Elijah Craig 12 and 18, Four Roses, Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, and Brewmaster's Grand Cru.
2011 Vintage Bottle #2759. $25 for a 22oz bottle.
A: All of them pretty much poured the same. Finger or two of brown to light brown head. The color is black with noticeable bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma here is very interesting. This was the first variation I delved into, so the aroma hit me big time. Crazy sweet with chocolate, honey, and bourbon taking the cake. Light roast and some vanilla in there as well. Really nicely balanced, too.
T: Compared to some of the others, the taste here isn't that big. Chocolate body with bourbon, honey, and vanilla being the main flavors. Oak, Chocolate, and Boozy finish, the alcohol is tasted throughout the entirety of the beer.
MF: Lighter body overall than I expected, and lower than average carbonation. Big booziness on all of them, with a warming alcohol feeling to finish. The dryness on the palate varies with the different bourbons. This was specifically was lighter in body than the Elijah Craig 18 year.
O: This was good, it just didn't hold up to the other Bourbons. Just not as well balanced. I chose it as the 4th best.
02-26-2012 21:15:20 | More by russwbeck
4.48/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #2251. Vintage 2011.
(A)- Pours a nice pitch black color. Subtle tan froth and lace.
(S)- A nice bourbon barrel and dry oak bit up front. Some nice caramel, raisin, and more oak. Very subtle cocoa and vanilla. Just a great bourbon character to the nose on this.
(T)- Similar to the smell. Just great bourbon oak characters throughout the taste; both in the background and foreground. Some great raisin, caramel, and cocoa. Just a great barrel notes that blend together well with the stout profile.
(M)- A nice carbonation level and a great balance. The beer makes it very obvious that this is bourbon barrel aged, but its not overly boozy, solvent-like or hot in any way. Extremely well integrated together to create a harmonious barrel aged stout.
(D)- Overall, an excellent stout. A pronounced bourbon barrel profile, but it pulls it off very well into the stout that was put in it. Might be my favorite of the variants.
02-26-2012 14:41:07 | More by sweemzander
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
This beer pours with a short off white heawouldd. Not quite as dark as I would have expected. Aroma is heavy bourbon, a bit fruity, vanilla, mild coco and roast. Flavor is more oaky than bourbon, some mild coconut when it warms and more sweet caramel, mild fruit, some cocoa. Mouthfeel is pretty on point, would like some more creamy carbonation. Medium heavy bodied. Very nice. Don't know if it is worth it, but I really enjoyed this beer.
02-25-2012 06:41:41 | More by Agold
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle # 2573
A- Poured into an oversized snifter... dark black liquid starts with a small brown head that all but disappears leaving light spotted lacing
S- Smell is very bourbon forward with some wood and coffee
T- Wow... First off, a huge dose of bourbon. Followed by some coffee, chocolate, and notes of honey
M- Full bodied, yet a bit thin. Light carbonation
O- Awesome beer. Definitely one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've ever had... and should have been considering what I paid for it. All in all... I'd pay it again. Worth ever cent
02-17-2012 00:53:43 | More by bbeane
4.75/5 rDev +6.3%
2009 vintage served in a snifter
Its pours pitch black, with a deep dark mocha colored head it leaves only a finger width head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring of lacing. The bourbon is up front but it isn't over powering as other 50/50's I also get some chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and a good oak aroma. The taste is absolutely amazing with most other BA stouts the barrel aging overpowers the other flavors of the stout with this beer the other flavors from the base stout like chocolate, vanilla, and roasted flavor come through and complement the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is good a little viscous but not out of line for the style a little more carbonation could have made this better. Overall this is one of the best aged stouts that I have ever had.
02-14-2012 20:02:20 | More by phisigben
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
My mate Doops and I were lucky enough to be able to try the entire 2010 - 2008 series. This was the fifth bottle we opened. A big thanks to everyone who made putting this set together possible. This was my favorite of the seven bottle bunch!
From a bomber into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Similar to all the 2010 bottles, but with a bubblier head. Thin, transparent pour yields a small, bubbly looking, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly recedes to a faint wisp and bubbly ring. Black body, quite transparent, with no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring remains until the end leaving no lacing. Just too light and transparent for the style, unfortunately, and the head is just too bubbly on this one.
SMELL: Huge nose on this one. Perhaps the biggest and boldest nose of the series. Lots of bourbon aromas and plenty of barrel, such as oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Some nice dark chocolate and licorice notes accompany a hint of roasted notes from the base beer. Lots of barrel and quite impressive. Favorite nose of the series.
TASTE: Big bourbon barrel up front, then a very nice balance between barrel and base beer through the middle into the finish. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and some milk chocolate up front eventually allow room for some dark chocolate and slight roasted notes from the base beer to show through at the swallow. A big and persistent aftertaste of barrel flavors, dark chocolate and licorice linger nicely on the palate. No heat and very, very flavorful stuff. This one probably had the best profile of the series. A bold and enjoyable flavor profile, and the barrel accompanied the base beer very well.
PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Smooth and silky on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little watery perhaps, but very silky and smooth with enough body as well.
OVERALL: I hate to say it, but believe the hype. Easily my favorite of the ’08 – ’10 series. The look on this one was even more lack-luster than the rest of the series, which is an accomplishment in itself, but the nose and flavor profile were the most impressive, interesting, complex and well balanced of the series. Lots of barrel flavors and a good showing by the base beer lead to a very tasty brew in the end. I look forward to drinking some of the 2011 vintage of this beer, and would love to track down another ’09 as a comparison. Time will tell. This one was worth the hunt. Highly recommended!
02-07-2012 20:06:19 | More by Jeffo
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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