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

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99
world-class

1,299 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 753
Gots: 522 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

starrdogg, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to waltonc for this great beer. Shared with fellow BA’s at the CBS release. Taken from notes. Bottle #1142, 2009 version.

Appearance – Pours as one would expect a vicious black into a tulip. About a half finger of dark chocolate head is achieved with a sloppy pour which dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight brown lacing.

Smell – A luscious chocolaty vanilla aroma up front. The bourbon is there ever so slightly, though through the entire sniff. Oak, char, roasted malts, sweet fruits.

Taste – As with the nose, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and oak. The smooth Pappy comes in midway and refuses to be told what to do, and thus stays till the end of the sip. A wonderful char and roasted malt character toward the finish, and ends with a slight dryness. As the beer warms more dark fruits can be tasted, though they are not the focal point whatsoever. So smooth.

Mouthfeel – Thick, though not enough to take away from the beer. Lower carbonation; creamy.

Overall – I really wish I could have had this side by side with the Pappy version I had at Zwanze day. A fantastic beer, and right up there with the Pappy. Sadly, I feel this may be right there WITH the Pappy but I was so damn cold from standing outside for CBS that I did not get to properly enjoy this as I was able to with the Pappy. I would love to try this version again.

SpdKilz, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely black, letting almost no light through at all. A small mocha-colored head sits atop, and slowly recedes, leaving minimal lacing left behind.

S: Dark chocolate and bourbon dominate, with subtler vanilla, toffee, and roasted barley. Just a slight hint of oak in the background too.

T: Lots of chocolate (almost fudgy) up front with roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oak all crammed in one sip, yet subtle in comparison. This really has a lot going on, yet the transition and balance are very impressive. Booze is almost completely hidden, with JUST a touch of heat in the throat. Finishes slightly sweet and with delicious lingering barrel characteristics.

M: Nice viscosity, yet smooth and slightly chewy. Lightly carbonated, but still provides a tingle on the tongue. Almost no heat at all, and only a tad drying at the finish. Very well done in my opinion.

D: This one went down almost too easy. Alcohol hidden well, extremely tasty, well balanced, and nice mouthfeel made it a stout to remember. I'd love to get my hands on another bottle of this, for sure.

Mississipping, Jul 26, 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. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, ~8 oz pour. Big ups to my brother in law for cracking this open.

A: pours a dark chocolate color with a thin mocha colored layer of foam. No retention and almost no lacing

S: amazing. Cocoa, vanilla, honey, molasses, and booze. Can make out the oak too

T: almost but not quite as amazing as the nose. All of the above flavors are present, though slightly muted

M: velvety and smooth. Chocolate flavor lingers nicely

O: an awesome brew. I need to try the other versions

roodie, Jul 25, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Bill (mistakebythelake)
From notes

A - Dark body, hint of red light in the edges, small ring of tan head

S - spent grain, chocolate, sweet, bourbon, vanilla.

T - Just the same as the nose. A good tasting beer for sure.

M - thick, full, smooth, very nice.

O (D) - A really great beer. well done, and thanks again Bill.

ColdPoncho, Jul 07, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black. Very dark with a touch of light tan head around the edges. Smells chocolatey and vanilla heavy. The nose on this is incredible. Tastes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Overall the flavour is really solid but there is a harsh booziness that hits a bit hard. I like the beer quite a bit but it feels hotter than it should.

Urbancaver, Jul 01, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle graciously shared by Dyan last month in DC, very appreciative for the chance to try this. One of these days I'm gonna set up a tasting with a bunch of FiftyFifty Eclipse beers side-by-side, it would be cool to check out the differences from the barrels. By itself this one seemed kind of special to me, my second favorite to PVW.

It pours dark brown with a tan foam, same as the other Eclipse beers I suppose. The nose is very nice, big hits of Elijah Craig along with the sweet malty aromas of the base beer. Some cocoa and oak, but mainly the bourbon.

It tasted really good, large barrel character along with cocoa and dark fruits. Viscous and sticky feeling, the flavors lasted long after my glass was empty. Excellent, I'd be very happy to try this one again any time. I owe you Dyan.

TurdFurgison, Jun 21, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Healthy pour from a 22oz bottle with purple wax into my snifter at our awesome pre-Dark Lord Day tasting. Not sure who brought this out, but it made a wonderful addition to a star-studded night (and there were good beers there too!).

Guess what? This American Double/Imperial Stout is black. Surprised? You shouldn't be - 50/50 does a good job with the base beer here, and this version hasn't lost any of the solid black color. Thick, oily and viscous looking, the beer lacks any real head except for an initial brown cap, and there's no lace. Still an appealing looking beer.

The smell is the first real indication that this will be a treat to remember. There's a luscious vanilla and cocoa powder thing going on that just draws me in. The roast isn't heavy, but gives nice chocolate and coffee notes with just a touch of sweet caramel underneath. The barrel really shines here, and the resulting bourbon, oak and vanilla notes are really smooth, expressive and alluring.

This beer tastes fantastic. If it wasn't for my experience with some of the top, top, top tier bourbon aged stouts, I'd say this was perfect. That's not a put-down - this beer is damn close to liquidized idealism. Things start off with great roasted malts - there's a nice chocolate note reminiscent of fudge and some touches of toffee, molasses and sugary bread dough. The barrel aging really shines - there's tons of bourbon and oak, lending some great booze and vanilla. I'd have to say this is extreme and balanced at the same time - the mastery in barrel aged artistry is on display. Some dry bourbon in the finish with a touch of lingering vanilla and sweet malt. Amazing!

The mouthfeel is medium plus body with low, creamy carb. The beer is never syrupy and dances along on it's journey to my belly. The booze is well concealed except for the bourbon which totally makes this the winner it is. Overall, this beer kicks total ass. Something I'm permanantly ISO. Nice one, fidy fidy!

jampics2, May 25, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by dyan recently. Thanks! Working my way down the top 100, very slowly for the last 10 or so.

Beer is black / dark brown, appears thick. Thin head, diffuse, breaks, pulls toward the glass. No lacing.

Aroma is sweet and big, mild barrel flavor, mild bourbon, very sweet, molasses, darkness.

Beer is medium to thick in body. Sweet at the lead off, the midpalate is molasses and bourbon, not hot, heavy finish, thick overall. Decent beer, very good. I'd have it again, looking forward to this year's Elijah Craig bottles.

drabmuh, May 16, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Looks the part. The smell is nothing too exciting - small hints of the barrel combine with that honey sweetness and cocoa / chocolate. The taste of this beer, however, is a huge winner. Honey, cocoa, chocolate, fudge, roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak, char all combine seemlessly to provide a decadent and yet somehow light and easy drinking (for the style), perfectly balanced barrel aged imperial stout. Once again, the base beer is a ridiculous palette to paint barrel aging on and this is the best one that I have had to date (have not had PvW yet). Mouthfeel is very good - reasonable carbonation and a good body, especially considering the low ABV. This is just fantastic and worth seeking out. The only ding for me is a less than spectacular nose.

seeswo, May 15, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at Creekside Brewing Company during a central coast BA gathering last night. bulletrain76 shared this one. Thanks Sam!

Poured into a 4oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Black body with brown edges. A tight, filmy head sits atop for the duration of the tasting. Nice lacing. I wish it was a bit darker, but no real complaints here.

Smell: Sweet caramel and floral bourbon, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder. No fusel notes; alcohol is hidden very well. Smooth and pleasant, but not that complex.

Taste: Dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, caramel, booze, and vanilla. Very little hop character. Rich and very smooth, with gentle sweetness and warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, a touch syrupy, warm, semi-dry, and lightly carbonated. Very smooth for a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

Overall: Hits all the marks you're looking for in a barrel-aged imperial stout. Smooth and complex without being too dry or hot. Delicious!

ThreeWiseMen, May 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for generously sharing fifty million things, including this.

A - It pours a shiny brown-black, and is capped with a thin layer of khaki froth, eaving spotty lacing upon the glass.

S - The nose is subtle and sublime; notes of chocolate, sweet buttercream, vanilla-oak and dark fruit make for a smooth and understated nose. Heavy roast, coffee, char, brutality; none of it is apparent in the nose.

T - The taste is so smooth, that I actually think it is crosses the line into being too smooth; it has no edginess to speak of. There are delicate nuances of milk chocolate, vanilla fudge, buttery oak, and hazelnut; whisky barrel character is quite subdued, I'd honestly prefer to see more of it. As it airs out, the booze is slightly more apparent, but still, this Elijah Craig stuff is just too damn smooth.

M - The feel is very nice; as silky as I recall a brew being.

O - This beer, though quite nice, is over-hyped. It is not mind-blowing, it is just very very good. The barrel is too subdued, and the base beer is not dynamic enough to push it to the highest level.

ktrillionaire, May 13, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009.

A-Pitch black with a thin, coffee colored head. No lacing.

S-Bourbon oak, vanilla, espresso bean, raspberry, bittersweet chocolate.

T/M-Just gorgeous. Thin on the tongue, but lush and silky on the back of the throat. Strong coffee bean/bourbon flavors, complemented by a touch of vanilla and honey. There is an off flavor of charred wood/chalkiness that gets distracting after awhile. Full bodied with low carbonation.

O-A great beer, but WAY too expensive. Loses some points for the ludicrous price.

DaveHS, May 07, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.