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

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99
world-class

1,194 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 726
Gots: 507 | FT: 33
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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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purple wax. Bottle number 2521, 2011 vintage. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pretty damn near black, mahogany highlights at the edges when held to light. Capped with a thin creamy tan head that eventually settles to a thin collar. Good lacing.

S- First thing is bourbon, a bit smoky, behind it is some fruit, molasses, and thick roasted malts with coffee and a bit of dark chocolate.

T- Malt and bourbon flavors are competing from the get go. The first thing I'm tasting is chewy, cake-like roasted malts with a lot of chocolate and a bit of coffee, wrestling with a smoky bourbon with vanilla and oak. The bourbon on this beer is perfect, it provides just a bit of alcohol burn towards the finish but doesn't overpower the other flavors, it's really spot-on. Underneath this there's a fruity layer, with raisins, figs and dates.

M- Full-bodied, thick and chewy, smooth feel, carbonation is on the lower side but is perfect for this beer. Alcohol isn't intrusive on the flavor and provides a nice warmth as you drink.

O- I can't remember the last time I had an Imperial Stout like this, take this as a benchmark of what the style should be and how to barrel age a beer. Totally delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 06:54:24 | More by WillCarrera
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:33:58 | More by orangesol
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium brown color with a tan lacing at the edges. I had thought this would be darker than it is , it almost appears to be a brown ale with the lighter hues at the edges.

S: Fresh bourbon, roasted cocoa, coffee and roasted malts.

T: Well, the taste completely makes up for any thing lacking in the appearance. The flavors are extremely well rounded Elijah Craig bourbon notes with American oak barrel and sweet malt flavors. There is a great amount of depth of flavor in here for a 9.5 Imperial stout. There is close to no booze presence and extremely well rounded overall.

M: Light mouthfeel for a stout. Light carbonation which is right for the style.

O: Very impressed with my first 50/50 Eclipse stout. The subtle nuances of the bourbon barrel are really felt and enjoyable. I do not think I have had a bourbon barrel aged stout that had quite this much bourbon flavor without being boozy and I could definitely appreciate this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:07:53 | More by alpinebryant
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daleyke

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-24-2012 14:33:35 | More by daleyke
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-23-2012 20:30:12 | More by laymansbeerfan
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pperez38

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-22-2012 17:25:07 | More by pperez38
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2741 for 2011.

Poured at cellar-to-room temp into snifter. Short tan head over a deep brown cola body (when held to the light). Spotty lacing.

Aromas are full of deep red wine, with some dark chocolate, and oak barrel. Pretty sure that if you didn't look at this, you'd swear it was a wine.

Amazingly smooth on the palate. Flavors are much sweeter than the nose, with dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, wood, floral hops, and then mocha in the finish. The bourbon really only comes through in the "glow" / aromas that accompany the swallow. Freaking creamy and smooth for a BBA Impy Stout...only a hint of carbonation. But zero harsh.

Honestly, if this were on draft I'd have to be cut off for the first time in my life. This is a remarkably smooth and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:45:02 | More by BeerImmediately
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, poured from a bottle into a CBS snifter.

A. Pours a pitch black color with a very slight red hue, a 1mm head that quickly resides to light bubbles.

S. Smells very sweet, somewhat of port wine, light chocolate and whiskey.

T. Tastes of chocolate, port wine flavors coming through and some mild and well blended whiskey.

M. Medium-heavy body, tingle and a wine-style dryness, with high carbonation.

O. This is an amazingly good beer. Very smooth and well bodied. Not very hot at all given this has not been aged at all. Lots of bold flavors. A beer everyone should attempt to have at some point!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:20:19 | More by MBrausen
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beerdweeb

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-21-2012 19:08:42 | More by beerdweeb
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2958 aggressively poured into a snifter. Left a spotty lacing around most of the glass.

Pours black with about a half inch of mocha head.

I pick up oak, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in the nose.

Charred oak, sweet bourbon, chocolate with a notable alcohol burn in the finish. Definitely didn't get much burn once it warmed up to room temperature. I really like the bourbon presence in the beer. Yeah, it tastes somewhat like a half shot of bourbon dumped into a good chocolate stout but slightly more complex. But I really like it!

Slightly syrupy with a medium-low level of carb.

Really makes me want to crack open my 18yr Eclipse tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:02:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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mrbubbler

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-21-2012 01:03:57 | More by mrbubbler
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. There's less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but it's lacking any sort of intensity or complexity.

3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isn't much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isn't strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score.

3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it's within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess.

3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what I'll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants I've had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:54:35 | More by DavoleBomb
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Big thanks to my boy Ryan for sharing this bottle with me!

Bottle #2508. My second Eclipse variant, and hopefully not my last. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a small bit of dark tan foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, chocolate powder, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla bean, oak, and molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a touch more vanilla, a good amount of bourbon, and a tiny touch of char in the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty damn smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that suffers only from its relative thinness (though this doesn't hold it back too much, if you ask me). Good times.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 05:03:45 | More by TMoney2591
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Shackman

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-20-2012 00:03:58 | More by Shackman
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mdfb79

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:30:54 | More by mdfb79
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 128 of the 2011 release

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a very modest head that leaves a trail of dots behind

Smell: Roasty and slightly smoky, with chocolate fudge, bourbon and vanilla elements

Taste: Chocolate fudge, up front, with the roasty/smoky elements building into a full Bourbon character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla builds to smooth out some of the harshness of the beer's relative youth though the finish still has some rough edges

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly creamy but also slightly thin; warmth in the gullet from the abv

Overall: A very nicely balanced bourbon-barrel aged IS; other than the appearance and slightly thin mouthfeel, this is really a top drawer example of the style

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:26:20 | More by brentk56
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-17-2012 00:01:44 | More by Mark000
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-16-2012 22:36:03 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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vissai

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-16-2012 21:12:12 | More by vissai
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-16-2012 21:02:23 | More by nmann08
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-14-2012 11:18:52 | More by VAbdoyan
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black inky color. Even when I hold it to the light there's barely a trace of brown. There's not much head. It just looks evil.

What a beautiful bourbon smell. Tons of vanilla and oak. There's coffee, soy, cocoa, and even a little artificial grape smell hiding in there.

Big, robust favors pop all over. The bourbon takes over, but remains smooth. The vanilla really softens it from being boozy. It is hot, but intentionally. The taste even adds a dimension of raisins and dates.

Mouthfeel is smooth and low carbonation. It could use a little more body, but I'm really stretching to find any flaw.

This is a great beer. It's pricey, but I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:45:37 | More by Vonerichs
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domtronzero

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-11-2012 21:48:34 | More by domtronzero
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JRod1969

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-10-2012 20:24:28 | More by JRod1969
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locke459

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-09-2012 06:17:36 | More by locke459
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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