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

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99
world-class

1,273 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 742
Gots: 518 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

3Hops, May 13, 2012
Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +11.9%

marine1975, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

CarolinaKevin, May 10, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hamilton's during CBC

A: Pitch black with no head whatsoever. A touch intimidating.

S: The smell's pretty incredible, with a rich aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and raisin. Really great smell.

T: The bourbon isn't in the forefront as the smell would suggest, which is actually kind of nice. Instead, it lingered behind notes of chocolate covered raisin and salted caramel with a touch of dryness from the bourbon on the finish. Hints of wood, char and roasted malt. Really complex and very tasty, though I liked the 18 year better.

notchucknorris, May 08, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to beerdy for this beer! Thanks Brien!

bottle numbered 3748 vintage 2011 poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 5/4/12.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 finger of dark khaki head. The head stays around for a decent amount of time considering this is a BA stout. Spotty lace on glass.

Smell: mild roast. nice whiskey and oak notes. Hints of vanilla and raisins.

Taste: This beer is actually less flavorful than I expected. Its whiskey notes seems to be prominent and I only get a little bit of chocolate and vanilla from the stout. But with that said the whiskey notes are quite nice in this stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation for a BA Imperial Stout. Smooth and silky. Hides the ABV very well. Could have been a bit thicker too.

Overall: Solid flavors in this beer, just nothing unique in a craft beer scene loaded with BA Imperial Stouts.

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Duff27, May 05, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #100!

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottle #2531, 2011.

A: Pours a rich black with a nice, lively chocolate-colored head. Retains pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Big vanilla, oak, and smooth corny bourbon hits the nose. Raisins, vanilla bean, milk chocolate. Smooth as all hell, not a hint of alcohol.

T: Like the nose, sweet smooth bourbon is fantastically prominent, melding with subtle notes of milk chocolate, bitter cocoa, a bit of roast, some delicious dark fruits. Lots of vanilla and subtle oak character underlies everything. Only the tiniest hint of sweet alcohol.

M: Tiny, pervasive carbonation makes for a velvety mouthfeel. Could be a tiny bit thicker.

O: This is delicious. A bit of a thicker mouthfeel would make this even better.

Etan, May 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

brycevolk, Apr 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

sgoro, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 3658 split three ways on a beautiful Kirkland night.

A - Pours a dark tasted bron with a nice thin dark tan head that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Mostly oak at first then some chocolate and carmel with some soy-booze.

T - Similar to th nose. Lots of chocolate and carmel with some booze finish.

D - Decent carbonation for the style and a nice medium to heavy body. As it should be.

O - Another really good Eclipse stout. Not as amazing as the 18 yr, but still very, very nice.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 23, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing Cliff!

Pours with a nice blackness, and a mocha head, slight but adorns nicely. The aroma is very complex...oak, bourbon, vanilla, toasted nuts, chocolate creme, mild coffee and roasted malts. Balanced wonderfully. On the taste, the bourbon and oak hit you first, but don't overwhelm. Chocolate sweetness and toasted wood, vanilla and roasted malts/coffee balance things out. Full bodied, creamy, chewy and thick. You can't really taste the alcohol, and this is incredibly smooth and drinkable.

My 2nd Eclipse, and excellent still!

EgadBananas, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -10.5%

DWolf, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, tan lacing sticking closely to the edges of the glass. Very dark and still looking.

The aroma shows some very nice chocolate and bourbon flavors to it, but a good amount of alcohol heat is also there. Some notes of brown sugar and vanilla come out in it as well. Very good overall, but a little too much boozy alcohol to be great.

The bourbon barrel flavors really stand out in the taste. I get some great brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors coming out of it. It works very well with the chocolaty, slightly roasty flavors of the base beer. The bourbon seems to steal the show a little, but it's good enough that I can't really complain. The alcohol that seemed so evident in the aroma is also completely hidden making it very smooth and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. It feels a little heavier than the other Eclipse I've had, which I like.

Overall, I thought it was a great beer. The bourbon steals the show a little, but it's also adds some pretty awesome flavors. The flavors come together extremely well in it. Great beer overall, I'd definitely put it up there with an elite group of barrel aged beers.

billab914, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

mdillon86, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Apr 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Mag00n, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of BlastBeats
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 12 year barrel (purple wax) bottle no. 38 -- been saving this one for a few months; decided to finally crack it open on Easter Sunday.

Appearance: careful pour yields a slightly bubbly tan/khaki colored head that retreats into the blackness of the body.

Smell: oh yeah, this one is definitely bourbon barrel aged.. the bourbon wafts upwards, dominating the aroma.

Taste: again, the Elijah Craig bourbon takes center stage. This beer utilizes the barrel as much as any other beer I've had (perhaps minus Goose Island). I mean, it cuts through the flavor quite dramatically.. possibly overpowering the other components of the stout.

Mouthfeel: not as full bodied as I'd like, but still more than adequate.

Overall: In all honesty, this one exceeded my expectations. I should probably seek out some of the other Eclipse varieties.

BlastBeats, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

DP34, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of rtaps
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

rtaps, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

drummermattie02, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of PerHops
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.

PerHops, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

daveytheformer, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with 1cm khaki head. Low retention and spotty lacing. 

Roasted character in the nose with some chocolate. Bourbon is present but not Alot. A little oaky. 

Flavor is phenomenal and extremely well balanced. Deep, robust and not overly rich. Nice chocolate notes. Mild bourbon and vanilla. 

Mouth is just under full bodied. Silky with light creamy carbonation. 

Overall this beer is excellent! Great flavor and balance. Lacking inthe nose a bit but amazing flavor.

MrVonzipper, Apr 04, 2012
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.