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

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world-class

1,489 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 783
Gots: 613 | FT: 52
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:
Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009

Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Pours a very dark brown with a fat, foamy, long-lasting, light mocha head. Head retention is about average. Wood, coconut, and chocolate syrup were noted in the aromas. Heavy viscous, creamy mouthfeel that becomes a little astringent at the finish. Chocolate syrup forward with some coconut and ample bourbon. A very, very good imperial stout. Much better than the Vanilla Bean Dark Lord that I'd had moments earlier.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Review from notes. Big thanks to Morgan for hooking me up with this one! Consumed side by side with EC 18.

A: Pours a thick black with a small tan head on top. Decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Wow, a good amount of bourbon going on mixed with some chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate has both cocoa notes and milk chocolate. There is a little bit of dark fruit, light roast, and oak as well.

T: A nice follow up from the aroma with a nice combination of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. There is a little bit more roasty malt and some caramel. The dark fruit on the aroma didn't really show up.

M: Medium to full bodied, very creamy and smooth. Very easy drinking.

O: Very impressed. Liked this beer a lot, so easy to drink with a lot of flavor. While hard to differentiate with the 18 year, I did like this one a bit more, but would have no problem drinking either one again.

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4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a tulip

Pours an ink black with some tan bubbles around the rim of the glass, no discernable lacing. This is a viscous beer; coats the inside of the glass with a thin oily film when swirled.

On the nose, holy shit. Loads of whiskey and booze. Molasess, butterscotch, raisins, Belgian dark chocolate, oak...extremely rich and robust. Blows the nostrils away.

Molasess, butterscotch, bourbon, dark chocolate, raisins, dry oak, rolled oats, figs....just straight up bourbon barrel goodness. Huge, robust notes with a relentless finish.

Full-bodied, smooth, lush, creamy. Low carbonation, large amounts of ethanol. This guy is big and bad.

Huge, robust stout with heavy bourbon influence. Utterly delicious.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks poonamibaxter for the trade. Thanks for hosting Kevin.

Looks thin and not as syrupy as some others of its creed. Initially chocolaty with mellow roast and some vanilla; the barrels seem to be only in supporting role at first but the beer opens up with warmth. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Would have been more enjoyable had it not been somewhat offputtingly tart.

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #1930

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Even a little amber. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very brown sugar. pretty bitter. Some honey and chocolate. A little bit of leather.

Taste: Lots of brown sugar. Semi-sweet. Good amounts of chocolates. A very nice amount of malt. Really good complexity. The bitterness is spot on.

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable.

Overall: Really enjoyed it. I had it paired with the EC 12 which was a nice treat. Would I pay $35 for it? No. But i'm glad I got the experience and would love to have another variant again

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

tried the 09 12 yr Elijah Craig thanks to a generous share from cooperellis at the most recent southampton release (ticked it as a 4.5 on the ol' had meter). this time around i'm trying the 2011 12 yr Elijah Craig. enjoyed from a CBS snifter.

bottle # 2984 (purple wax)

a - brew poured a watery black that settled into the glass as a deep dark hole with a generous 2 fingers of mocha colored head. the head was gone within minutes leaving some scattered islands of mocha colored bubbles and small splashes of lacing proving that a head was there at one point in time.

s - YUM. BIG chocolate notes with a really nice glazing of bourbon. some vanilla to balance things out. REALLY well balanced.

t - rich and creamy with nice chocolate notes and a smooth bourbon glaze. great roastiness. great wood presence. really and truly a fantastic beer. just as good as the 18 yr.

m - rich and creamy. smooth. easy drinker. great body.

o - overall, the entire series is a hit and this is definitely one of the highlights. really LOVED it...and it totally hit the spot for what i was looking for in a BA Stout tonight.

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edit: 1/18/2013 and onto the 2012 version!!! in my new eclipse snifter!

bottle # BR 3 2012

poured similar to previous years, but the head was more bubbly than i remembered. smell and flavor though, is spot on. nice peatiness and wood in the flavor. these beers...they are pricey, no doubt, but worth it in my opinion (esp if you get in on the futures) the whole series is consistently the top balanced barrel aged beers available. i might even give the taste more of a 4.75 since it is so tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.47/5  rDev 0%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.