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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)

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1,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 1062
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%


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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MBrausen

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:20:19 | More by MBrausen
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:02:10 | More by IdrinkGas
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:54:35 | More by DavoleBomb
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 05:03:45 | More by TMoney2591
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mdfb79

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:30:54 | More by mdfb79
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:26:20 | More by brentk56
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:45:37 | More by Vonerichs
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gtermi

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:15:20 | More by gtermi
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dchester

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 17:10:31 | More by dchester
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rawla

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 20:00:24 | More by rawla
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 02:10:19 | More by kiddynamite920
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 04:09:52 | More by Blanco
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koopa

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:02:24 | More by koopa
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Overlord

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 05:36:39 | More by Overlord
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 03:40:38 | More by Halcyondays
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 04:47:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rxdrewthejew

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 01:45:56 | More by rxdrewthejew
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:32:05 | More by cpetrone84
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jsanford

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 18:20:55 | More by jsanford
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waltersrj

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:43:52 | More by waltersrj
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NorCalYeti

California

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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:49:12 | More by NorCalYeti
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nataku00

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 766 from 2009 release shared and poured into a snifter glass. Beer pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with some lighter browns at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. No head formation at all, but a bit of alcohol feet after swirling. Not much carbonation visible either.

The bottle was stored cold but even poured cooler than is ideal, the aroma is very nice and strong. Big bourbon influences with vanilla, toasted oak and coconut, dark chocolate, medium roasted fruity coffee, dried dark fruits like prunes and cherry. As it warmed a little, a little more sweetness comes through, dark caramel bordering on burnt sugar, toffee, and molasses.

Taste doesn't disappoint, more of the dark fruit flavor comes through initially with some prune, raisin and cherry upfront, then a good amount of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. As the beer sits on your tongue and warms, the vanilla, toasted and charred oak comes through, roasted malt. Finish is long, with toasted coconut, vanilla and dark chocolate sticking around on your tongue for a long time. Very complex and balanced flavor.

Barely medium body with minimal carbonation, a thinner body that I would expect from a fairly big beer. The alcohol is very well hidden, no heat in the taste or in the back of the throat. Balanced and smooth beer, fantastic aromas and flavor. Well worth the cost of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:00:30 | More by nataku00
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes: Huge thanks to Jacob.

appearance: pitch black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: bourbon, booze, roast, barley, malts, vanilla,

taste: bourbon, booze, vanilla, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this is one hell of a stout. very well done with the balancing of the ingredients and the incorporation of the barrel.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 19:38:28 | More by THECPJ
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claaark13

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike/Mihir for sending this my way.Poured into a Founders snifter at around 60 degrees. 2009 bottle.

A - Pours fairly black. Light head turns quickly into lacing. Sticks surprisingly well to the side of the glass. The bubbles that appear solely due to the pour ending in the middle of the glass are considered in the score here, as they don't make it look better. Looked the same on both pours.

S - I could smell it with the hiss of the cap. Sweet, smooth bourbon. Not as potent as I'd initially thought from the opening of the bottle. Slightest hints of toffee and chocolate.

T - Smooth, fairly balanced amount of a caramel/toffee, dark malts, slight sweetness and then a nice charred oak finish. Quite enjoyable. I find some dark fruits throughout as well. There is a little bit of hotness still going on, but nothing to deter me at all. The balance that the taste provides, while still being complex, is by far my favorite thing about this beer.

M - Moderate thickness and silky. Has almost a bit of flatness to it though and I find that a little bit off-putting. The mouthfeel grew on me as ounces disappeared. It is like carbonation was sacrificed for a better feeling of thickness. I guess I actually like that.

O - Pretty good one here. It lacks here and there, but I could drink this all day. Due to the carbonation and current balance, I really don't see this getting much better. That won't stop me from waiting another year to open my next bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:30:39 | More by claaark13
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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