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

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

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99
world-class

1,387 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 762
Gots: 544 | FT: 39
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling. 5 oz. poured in a snifter on December 20th, 2012.

A - A bit thicker-pouring than the old 2010's, though it's still not as dark as I'd like. Soft light tan head. Quick reduction. Sticky lacing. Gets a bump up in score for this year.

S - Sharp whiskey barrel. Dark chocolate, honey cake and apple. The very lightest twinge of pecan pie and alcohol solvency.

T - Woody barrel front. Light espresso, more dark chocolate bitterness. Caramel popcorn and a sweeter bourbon note balance the drink through the rear palate.

M - Smoother than expected, delightfully velvety. Medium body, semi-dry finish with an oak aftertaste.

D - Completely accessible and enjoyable. Not as tannic and overtly barrel-heavy as 2011's EC20, but definitely easier to work through. Easy recommendation here and arguably my favorite Eclipse thus far.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad to see this coveted brew land in Mass! 22oz bottle, 2012 vintage...

A: Perfectly bitch black as night with a 1 inch tan head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get some creamy roastiness on first sniff followed by some minor honey / dark fruit scents. Some nice vanilla / charred oak notes take up the backend. Good.

T: A thick easy drinking creaminess upfront with some great balanced vanilla and dark fruit. A minor hop bite dances on the back of your palate and the end finishes with a thick creaminess. Can't even tell this is alcohol! Very good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. A creamy thick finish. Good.

O: All in all, I can definitely see the hype behind this brew. It is so easy to drink. While this is a great beer, I still think there are better brews. If you like thick stouts, give this one a try.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.