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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

1,352 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 760
Gots: 528 | FT: 34
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%

AutumnBeerLove, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

vissai, Jan 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

nmann08, Jan 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

VAbdoyan, Jan 14, 2012
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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.

Vonerichs, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

domtronzero, Jan 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

locke459, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer is black as night. Even when it is held up to light, there is no way of even slightly seeing through it. It has a pretty thin tan head and it leaves a lot lace on the glass. The head never fully goes away.

S: Wow, this smells like I am about to drink a glass of Bourbon. There are some roasted malt and alcohol on the nose, but really the bourbon smell is way too over-powering.

T: At first its just like a glass of bourbon.... but then the beer lingers and lingers and lingers. After the beer moves past the bourbon, it starts to get a nice vanilla taste to it... Then after that I get some roasted malt and then after that, I start to get a sweet caramel. It is such an amazing taste.

M: For as strong and as much alcohol as this beer has, it is beyond smooth. It has hardly any burn to it and leaves a slight dry feeling in my mouth. A perfect mouthfeel for this style of beer.

O: I was very shocked at how awesome this is. The smell really turned me off at first, but once you drink it and then smell it, it compliments the beer. This for sure belongs in the top 100 beers.

gtermi, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

gcare02, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Kaydogg, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Keyes88, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel tulip. Served around 50-55F. Pours a very opaque dk. brown to black with a nice viscosity(similar to milk). Paper thin Dk. Beige head froths and retains for the life of the drink as does the lacing. The smell is great. You definitely get the aged smoke, booze, and sugar.the taste is... Wow. A big pop of flavor up front with the residual after notes of booze, caramel, and roasted marshmallows. This is very smooth beer with only the slightest burn going down. A definite must have for any stout lover.

dchester, Jan 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

pperrecone, Jan 06, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bluepalms Brewhouse on 01/03/2012.

Served in a 6 oz snifter.

I previously had the 18 year Elijah Craig at Bluepalms as well, so I hope I can have as close to a vertical tasting comparison as possible. I probably should have had both the 18 year and 12 year, but I couldn't resist the Abyss. Enough yapping..

A: Dark as night, with subtle lacing and tiny carbonation presence. Similar to the 18 year in these traits.

S: Bourbon all the way through. Not as much of a french vanilla presence in this as the 18 yr. Maybe the older cognac barrels add more complex notes in the nose. This has a much more alcohol presence in the smell. Some cocoa hints at the end.

T: Like a fine cognac. Buttery notes at the front of the tongue, but they quickly disappear and the bourbon notes take over. Charred wood bark and hints of toffee at the end are very subtle. More boozy than the 18 year old blend in my opinion.

M: Silky mouthfeel. Similar to the 18 year old blend.

O: I must say that i liked the 18 year blend a little better due to the added sweet notes from the older barrels. This 12 year blend is no slouch though. Sipping on this on a cold night is what the doctor ordered. This blend reminds you that it's a 10-11% beer that must be RESPECTED for full enjoyment. A treat.

A.

rawla, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #2898 of 2011's batch. Purple wax.

A: Bottle poured into a large snifter. The head is/was tan, gone in seconds to just a ring of tight bubbles around the glass. Swirling leaves some lacing that falls quickly back into the beer. Wouldn't say pitch black here, some dark brown is noticeable when held up to light. Not really impressive looking.

S: The whiffs of this I was getting while checking out the appearance of the beer were stunning...and I'm about 3 feet away from it. Spicy and strong, smoky and woody. Sweet notes of vanilla and molasses. A bit of rye. Plenty going on here, and the base beer holds up well with all this on top of it. If you really get your nose in there it gets a bit boozy, but all the overriding sweet tones cancel this out very well. Quite nice.

T: Incredibly smooth, no alcohol burn whatsoever which I've encountered in other bourbon barrel stouts. All of the sweet notes of the bourbon come out, complimented by deep chocolate and coffee flavors. The wood adds nice tobacco and leafy characteristics. Only complaint is that it seems the base beer itself doesn't really stand out enough.

M: A bit thin for a big stout, carbonation is low. Finishes a bit strong and lasting on the back of the tongue and throat, but not much lingers otherwise.

O: Well balanced flavors and great contribution from the barrel. Found the beer thin for the style, but it is really covered by amazing compound flavors.

kiddynamite920, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

MrHirschybar, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

sprucetip, Dec 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3076 of the 2011 Batch.

Beer poured into over-sized snifter with no head whatsoever. Smell is primarily a very pleasant bourbon smell though it sort of hits the back of my nostrils making me pull back if I whiff too strongly.

The taste is unlike most bourbon barrel beers I've had. The bourbon is almost a footnote with the flavor of the beer taking center stage. Definitely more complex flavor bourbon stouts, slight hint of smoke, vanilla and oak. This goes down smooth. The only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 in flavor is a weird aftertaste that I can leave with but would appreciate more if it wasn't there.

Mouthfeel is a bit light, but not by too much to detract me from loving this beer.

This is a tremendous brew, incredible in a lot of ways. I appreciate the way the bourbon lays in the background and the beer shines through. The complexity of flavor here is impressive. Can't wait to try the other variations.

Blanco, Dec 29, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage bottle # 177 traded to me by cpferris thanks again for the opportunity!

Appearance: Pours black with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows little retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Bourbon, rich caramel, some roast, a dash of soy sauce, a pinch of stale hops, and a whisper of oxidation.

Taste: Same as the nose with a fairly strong alcohol note and warmth. This is a fairly beautiful barleywine like stout in the sense that it really has a nice caramel malt profile despite the roast quality and dark color. Intriguing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (a touch thin for my liking for this style) with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down well despite the big bold flavors. The mouthfeel makes it more drinkable although slightly less enjoyable.

koopa, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Chebyshev, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

LancashireSam, Dec 24, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Significantly better than the four roses version.

Pours black with a dark brown border. All of these beers surprise me with their aggressive bubbling/head and lighter than expected consistency.

Smells like delicious vanilla laced bourbon, just a bit of dark chocolate, much stronger sweet milk chocolate, and more bourbon. Surprising notes of wood, smoke, and leather. Smells great.

Taste is wonderfully complex, with balancing dark roasted malts that provide just a slight dash of bittering espresso with a big heaping of bourbon, alcohol laced vanilla, and a surprisingly rich and deep lingering aftertaste of smoked bourbon laced leathery sun dried plums. Only off-note is a kind of strange burnt raisin acridness ... not sure what that is, but barely noticeable.

Just a fine, wondrous beer with rich, perfectly blended flavors that does not try to do too much. I'm starting to think brewers are just going overboard with putting too much random shit into beers. It's nice to see someone take a straightforward recipe, age it the perfect length of time, and produce something truly remarkable.

*like all the beers in this series, could use a touch more body.

****SECOND BOTTLE OF THIS FAR INFERIOR. OH GOOD GOD.

Overlord, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

BeerWorld, Dec 23, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.