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

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,354 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 759
Gots: 528 | FT: 35
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%

Bubbles, Dec 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

emdawg, Dec 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.

Finally getting around to trying this beer. I've been excited about this one for some time. Shared with the group during a FiftyFifty themed tasting.

The beer appears near black with a thin beige head. The aroma is vanilla, perhaps some toasted coconut, roast, chocolate, oak. Lovely. The taste follows suit. Simply delicious. A standout among the FiftyFifty Eclipse series.

It was interesting sipping this side by side with the Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse. I think both are fabulous beers, each offering a myriad of flavors. Highly recommended.

Huhzubendah, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Robdrinx, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

JPortillo, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Stewmeister91, Nov 13, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #756, 2011 vintage, served in a snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black, hues of dark cola brown come through when held to the light, intensely opaque. A thin mocha head appears but dissipates very quickly, leaving behind a trace of film atop the beer and no real lacing. The aroma is of charred wood, rich chocolate, sweet vanilla, bourbon and faint coffee, well rounded, extremely inviting and pleasing. The flavors are wonderfully complex, strong bourbon, rich chocolate, smooth vanilla, roasted coffee and charred wood, just as the nose lead on, a bit of molasses and pitted fruit does come to the tongue as the beer warms that gives on a touch of added complexity. The body is good, a tad thinner than other barrel aged stouts, not as creamy or motor oily as others, but still works well for the beer, the carbonation is spot on, a bit lively and zesty as it goes down with a great smooth finish.

Verdict: Another incredible rendition of Eclipse. This beer never ceases to amaze in it's depth of flavor and general palatability and each barrel variant brings out something unique and different than the others, a joy to drink.

kevanb, Nov 11, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +5.1%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to CheapBeerBuzz for this beauty!

A: dark brown to black, not very viscous, very nice tan head with excellent retention creating a froth on top. Same as the EC 18 but with a more foamy head.

S: bourbon and oak are slight in smell along with some vanilla.

T: dark fruits are heavy, but this has quite a bourbon and wood flavor along with some vanilla.

M: missing some body, but overall very good. Well carbonated with fine bubbles. Very creamy.

O: excellent beer. When I first opened it, I didn't think it would be very good. Wrong. Hope they make it again, and make it at a less steep price ($30/22 ounce bottle). Not quite as enjoyable as the EC 18, but really close.

Holland, Nov 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

gpawned, Oct 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

KevinR9, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ObiWanKushnobi, Oct 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

flipdog0, Oct 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

MrRockstar, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

bauermj, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

N3ptune, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

RMoeNay, Oct 04, 2012
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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

tarheels86, Oct 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

ChanChan, Sep 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

ffOpusx, Sep 24, 2012
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.