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

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1,393 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 761
Gots: 546 | FT: 39
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 orangesol
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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BeerImmediately
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.

Photo of MBrausen
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!

Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of IdrinkGas
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mdfb79
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!

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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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%

Photo of Vonerichs
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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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.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.