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

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world-class

1,354 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 759
Gots: 528 | FT: 35
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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Photo of Overlord
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
Photo of BeerWorld
4/5  rDev -10.5%

BeerWorld, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

darkmoon66, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of mthomas84
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

mthomas84, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -10.5%

jlb502, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head, very good head retention and lace.

S: Huge amount of bourbon and vanilla, dominated by the barrel.

T: Similar to the smell. Dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A good flavour, though not super complex. Enjoyable for sure.

M: Medium to full-bodied, soft frothy carbonation. Creamy.

O: Another solid beer from the Eclipse series, still waiting for one to wow me though.

Halcyondays, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to an oily film. Thin streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a strong bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon from the 12 year Elijah Craig is very nice and still packs a punch. There is a slight roasty bitterness and a somewhat strong alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a more in your face bourbon presence versus the 18 year Elijah Craig version. On of my favorites for the night.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a flight last night at Blue Palms. Very impressive stuff.

This was taster number 2. The appearance is nothing special, dark black, no head to speak of, but looks a bit syrupy. The smell really jumps out at you. It smells very sweet, boozy, bourbon and vanilla. The smell is great but it did make me a bit concerned that the beer would be oversweet. Not a problem though. The beer is sweet, but not overly so, and a lot of the booze in the nose is gone in the taste. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon and chocolate dominate the flavor. Very little roastyness, which I really like in a stout. The feel is outstanding. Low carbonation, and very smooth and syrupy. Coats the mouth and the flavor lasts. Finish lingers but is not dry. Although it's a sipper, the glass was gone before I even realized it. And the alcohol is surprisingly low considering the flavor...this is practically sessionable as imperial stouts go. Really really good stuff, by far the best of the four Eclipses I had last night.

rxdrewthejew, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

lakersfan16, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 09 vintage. Pour is dark black liquid with a dark tan head. The nose has hints of bourbon, a bit of wood, lightly smoked with dry chocolate and some malt sweetness. The flavor is bourbon up front, lots of wood, notes of dry chocolate with a fair bit of rich cake and some additional fruity malt sweetness in back. Fully bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry. One of the best in the tasting of the eclipse beers, rich and balanced with good integration.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

leschkie, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 90.

Poured a dark black with a thin khaki-colored haze and slight ring. Big, sweet aromas of dark roasted malt, brownie batter, and caramel, vanilla, and oak from the Bourbon barrels. Taste is similar to the nose, tons of dark chocolate, malt, and high-quality Bourbon character. Incredibly smooth and drinkable, the Bourbon has none of that "fiery" quality and is so nicely integrated into the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium mouthfeel (a bit thinner then I hoped/expected) and lowish carbonation. Overall an amazing barrel-aged Stout, glad to be able to crack it with good friends!

jsanford, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

rudeboy916, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

PaulStoneAnchor, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

klipper, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

ipa247, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

marieow, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of StoutFest
4/5  rDev -10.5%

StoutFest, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Destral
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Destral, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

HopStoopid120, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage shared at our Seattle BA Imperial Stout Tasting.

Pour: Pitch black with a dark espresso head and moderate carbonation.

Nose: Fantastic. The sweet, fudge, chocolate, and vanilla base beer gets a great treatment of toasted coconut, oak, toffee, and more vanilla.

Taste: Pretty similar to the nose, the bourbon is so well integrated that it blew my mind. People liked this better than the PvW version.

Mouthfeel: Dense, decently carbonated.

Overall: Really fantastic stuff here. I believe eNIGma gave it an "OMFG" and I concur.

waltersrj, Dec 05, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

taste- maple syrup, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, bourbon, raisins, cinnamon

color- deep brown

clarity- pours clear but is opaque in the glass

smell- toast, vanilla, oak, alcohol

body- syrupy and smooth, warmth from the alcohol, bitterness from the hops tends to hit at the front of the mouth, lingering finish, sweet mid-palate

appearance- completely flat, the faintest hint of lace on the glass, no noticable active carbonation

overall impression- a bit disappointed...i was expecting a much fuller beer with a little more complexity. very nuanced and balanced just didn't pack the punch i was hoping for.

notes and comments- bottle 987/2009. probably shouldn't wait much longer on this bottle unless you like your beers with less spontaneity. little to no audible carbonation upon opening. pretty boozy and will catch up with you in a hurry

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, 2011, $22.99, 22oz

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Dec 04, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.