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

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 1,593
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 5.88%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009

Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.
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Photo of brystmar
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as part of last night's bottle share. Thanks to rlmartin, rmjavanut, hoppymcgee, and whartontallboy for contributing to this 11-bottle Eclipse tasting!

This 2011 EC12 was more raw and bold than any of the others last night. Its stout character came through well, but the bourbon treatment simply wasn't on par with EC18, Buffalo Trace, or '10 HH. A decent stout overall, but a poor value at $25.

Overall, the '11 EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. But honestly, I was unimpressed across the board with most of these beers. Bourbon County Stout is far superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again. (681 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a lucky and expensive run in. having been extensively in 'bourbon country'... or as one would put it in the american beer realm, the midwest. i think i've had enough of this style. most blend to make something that is intense and a sip at best. and granted. there is a time for this... but i'm going to go with my gut on the fact many breweries find it in there best interest to makes this a coined methodology and a heavy handed way of getting a flavor across. few get it right.

this bourbon barrel aging is really something though. not a big head at all. light carbonation. but when agitated bubbles keep coming up. nose is a distinct and pungent bourbon oder at first. one that would make you think this is going to be a slow drink. extremely drinkable. and i would all caps that. nice vanilla that is hinted with a velvety feel. a wonderful balance and a bottle that was gone in about a half an hour.

i recommend at about 50 degrees is best. (949 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly chilled and poured into pint glass.

Beer is brown on the pour, not much of a head... maybe 1cm. Good staying power, though. Nice oatmeal cookie batter color.

The nose on this is simply fantastic... I am adrift on a sea of bourbon. I already know I am going to like this one.

The bourbon is here and it's front and center. It's not that hot, though. Really nutty and a lot of toasted oak. Brewed with honey? I don't taste it. Oh well, I'll just have to sit here and enjoy this fantastic bourbon flavor.

I remember reading that the base beer was being beefed up this year. I had EW, not EC last year, but I think I appriciate this one. It's still fairly light in the broader spectrum but it works well with the bourbon. Actually, I'm quite pleased at the body on this.

This beer is great. I'm jazzed to be sitting on the 18/20 yr. bottle... now I just need to find an excuse to open it!

Thanks, Arbi. I really enjoyed this beer. (943 characters)

Photo of zep9865
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with aasher on 2/28. Poured into aecht schlenterla snifter. Pours an off black with a half finger of mocha foam head

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, and a tad bit of wintergreen mint. Booze is slightly detectable.

Vanilla is more vivid than the bourbon on the palate, with a slight spearmint aftertaste.

You can tell that it's lighter in body than bourbon county stout, but still has a great feel.

This beer is not hot at all, one of it's best qualities. Ready to drink now but would do quite well if cellared. (520 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was acquired in an in person trade with TallPaul07. Thanks man!

This beer pours a medium bodied chocolate brown in color wth a light and soapy beige lacing around the glass. The nose is a vanilla and and toffee masterpiece. There is smooth chocolate, smooth vanilla, tofee, cake, and light barrel. Wow, infinitely smooth and refined. This is exceptionally more balanced than the Grand Cru. The bourbon is exceptionally well meshed with the base beer and very approachable even for the style. This beer is ridiculous, and I don't say that often. the bourbon is so well I integrated that comparing it is tough. Wow, overall this is fantastic and I don't like to gush. This is one of the better barrel aged stouts I've had thus far. I will seek this out again. This is a top performance for a highly rated brewery. I applaud this effort. (848 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was enjoyed at a tasting that included 5 Eclipse variations: Elijah Craig 12 and 18, Four Roses, Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, and Brewmaster's Grand Cru.

2011 Vintage Bottle #2759. $25 for a 22oz bottle.

A: All of them pretty much poured the same. Finger or two of brown to light brown head. The color is black with noticeable bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma here is very interesting. This was the first variation I delved into, so the aroma hit me big time. Crazy sweet with chocolate, honey, and bourbon taking the cake. Light roast and some vanilla in there as well. Really nicely balanced, too.

T: Compared to some of the others, the taste here isn't that big. Chocolate body with bourbon, honey, and vanilla being the main flavors. Oak, Chocolate, and Boozy finish, the alcohol is tasted throughout the entirety of the beer.

MF: Lighter body overall than I expected, and lower than average carbonation. Big booziness on all of them, with a warming alcohol feeling to finish. The dryness on the palate varies with the different bourbons. This was specifically was lighter in body than the Elijah Craig 18 year.

O: This was good, it just didn't hold up to the other Bourbons. Just not as well balanced. I chose it as the 4th best. (1,269 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1100!
22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #2251. Vintage 2011.

(A)- Pours a nice pitch black color. Subtle tan froth and lace.

(S)- A nice bourbon barrel and dry oak bit up front. Some nice caramel, raisin, and more oak. Very subtle cocoa and vanilla. Just a great bourbon character to the nose on this.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Just great bourbon oak characters throughout the taste; both in the background and foreground. Some great raisin, caramel, and cocoa. Just a great barrel notes that blend together well with the stout profile.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and a great balance. The beer makes it very obvious that this is bourbon barrel aged, but its not overly boozy, solvent-like or hot in any way. Extremely well integrated together to create a harmonious barrel aged stout.

(D)- Overall, an excellent stout. A pronounced bourbon barrel profile, but it pulls it off very well into the stout that was put in it. Might be my favorite of the variants. (984 characters)

Photo of Agold
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a short off white heawouldd. Not quite as dark as I would have expected. Aroma is heavy bourbon, a bit fruity, vanilla, mild coco and roast. Flavor is more oaky than bourbon, some mild coconut when it warms and more sweet caramel, mild fruit, some cocoa. Mouthfeel is pretty on point, would like some more creamy carbonation. Medium heavy bodied. Very nice. Don't know if it is worth it, but I really enjoyed this beer. (440 characters)

Photo of bbeane
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 2573

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... dark black liquid starts with a small brown head that all but disappears leaving light spotted lacing

S- Smell is very bourbon forward with some wood and coffee

T- Wow... First off, a huge dose of bourbon. Followed by some coffee, chocolate, and notes of honey

M- Full bodied, yet a bit thin. Light carbonation

O- Awesome beer. Definitely one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've ever had... and should have been considering what I paid for it. All in all... I'd pay it again. Worth ever cent

CHEERS (564 characters)

Photo of phisigben
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage served in a snifter

Its pours pitch black, with a deep dark mocha colored head it leaves only a finger width head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring of lacing. The bourbon is up front but it isn't over powering as other 50/50's I also get some chocolate, a hint of vanilla, and a good oak aroma. The taste is absolutely amazing with most other BA stouts the barrel aging overpowers the other flavors of the stout with this beer the other flavors from the base stout like chocolate, vanilla, and roasted flavor come through and complement the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is good a little viscous but not out of line for the style a little more carbonation could have made this better. Overall this is one of the best aged stouts that I have ever had. (771 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My mate Doops and I were lucky enough to be able to try the entire 2010 - 2008 series. This was the fifth bottle we opened. A big thanks to everyone who made putting this set together possible. This was my favorite of the seven bottle bunch!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Bottle: 986
Wax: Purple

APPEARANCE: Similar to all the 2010 bottles, but with a bubblier head. Thin, transparent pour yields a small, bubbly looking, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly recedes to a faint wisp and bubbly ring. Black body, quite transparent, with no carbonation evident. A bubbly ring remains until the end leaving no lacing. Just too light and transparent for the style, unfortunately, and the head is just too bubbly on this one.

SMELL: Huge nose on this one. Perhaps the biggest and boldest nose of the series. Lots of bourbon aromas and plenty of barrel, such as oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Some nice dark chocolate and licorice notes accompany a hint of roasted notes from the base beer. Lots of barrel and quite impressive. Favorite nose of the series.

TASTE: Big bourbon barrel up front, then a very nice balance between barrel and base beer through the middle into the finish. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and some milk chocolate up front eventually allow room for some dark chocolate and slight roasted notes from the base beer to show through at the swallow. A big and persistent aftertaste of barrel flavors, dark chocolate and licorice linger nicely on the palate. No heat and very, very flavorful stuff. This one probably had the best profile of the series. A bold and enjoyable flavor profile, and the barrel accompanied the base beer very well.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Smooth and silky on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A little watery perhaps, but very silky and smooth with enough body as well.

OVERALL: I hate to say it, but believe the hype. Easily my favorite of the ’08 – ’10 series. The look on this one was even more lack-luster than the rest of the series, which is an accomplishment in itself, but the nose and flavor profile were the most impressive, interesting, complex and well balanced of the series. Lots of barrel flavors and a good showing by the base beer lead to a very tasty brew in the end. I look forward to drinking some of the 2011 vintage of this beer, and would love to track down another ’09 as a comparison. Time will tell. This one was worth the hunt. Highly recommended! (2,506 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple Wax. 2011 Vintage. Bottle #51.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Black with one finger of bubbly espresso coloured head.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front. Roasted malt and some chocolate aromas in the background. The barrel aging qualities are predominant but don't completely drown out the base beer.

T - A great mix of bourbon barrel aging characteristics up front - vanilla, bourbon and oak. The base beer also contributes a lot to the palate with roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of licorice. A slight bitterness is present in the finish. The ABV is very well hidden. Remarkable easy drinking for 9.5% ABV.

M - Medium body but a touch thin at times. Light carbonation. (704 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. 2011 Edition. Bottle #3014. Served in a tulip.

A vigorous pour gave me a pitch black body topped by a finger and a half of dark tan foam. Most of it dissipates but plenty of chunky bubbles cling around the edge. Only hints of lacing left in glass.

Aroma has an immediate hit of dry dusty barrel. Rich sweet chocolate malt quickly follows. Vanilla and woody oak are big in this one. Also get a nice sting of boozy bourbon.

Wow, bourbon flavor really dominates in this version. Sits on top of the malt through the entire flavor. The expected sweet malt is certainly present though, and supports the bourbon flavor. Semi-sweet dusty bakers chocolate notes. Roasty char is present as well. Finishes with a long lingering whiskey note. Big and boozy, but tasty.

Body is full but carbonation is low, so the overall feel is quite oily slick. Goes down quicker than is good for me.

From a personal preference, this isn't my favorite Eclipse, but it is damn good and really shows off what a bourbon barrel can do to a beer. Got another one of these in the cellar and will let it sit longer than the others given the overall aggressive strength. (1,153 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle #880 - 2011 release - Thanks Kurtis

Shared with Schwaeh

A: Black with slight foam when poured that descends into a thin off white lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Slight bourbon with roasted malts , dark fruits.

T: Slight bourbon with sweet dark fruits , roasted malts, hints of slight bitter hop, hues of bitter chocolate and vanilla also.

O: A bit thin , a little sweet but still tasty and not overwhelming, a little burn as it goes down , could use a little more time in the cellar but good non-the-less.
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bottle 27 - 2009 release - Thanks Schwaeh

A: Black with one finger head that descends into a thin frothy lacing - great carbonation considering the age.

S: Vanilla, bourbon , roasted malt, chocolate.

T: A very smooth and mellow flavorful version of the 12 , The heat had mellowed considerably over the 2011, nothing I can think of that is out of place in this one.

O: Overall the 2009 is leaps and bounds above the 2011 , not to say the 2011 won't be as good in time but for now this one is the cats meow.

A- 4
S - 4
T-5
O- 5 (1,052 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Oglmcdgl for popping one of these open.
purple wax bottle into Duvel tulip.

Imperial Eclipse Stout, Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co is a black stout with a dark tan bordering on brown cap that left some splotches on the glass.

Smell is what you would expect from the style, dark chocolate with slight vanilla notes and oak toppled by the blend of bourbon BA'ing resulting in bourbon and stout. Some dark fruit pops out. I May have smelled the honey used, but that could be my mind.

This is nice, not as large than I was expecting in body, yet tons of flavor from the barrel without losing the base beer. Nice hits of oak, vanilla, booze, chocolate, cocco, and some roasted malt.

Feel is a little thin for the style. I kind of like that as it makes it easier for me to drink, and Im sure it helps to pick up more of the barrel in a thinner stout. The carb was a bit lacking, yet not dead. Over time, it dwindled.

Great beer, but let's be real, at 30 dollars per bottle it's insanely expensive, a bit insulting actually. In the end it's another big stout with bourbon. (1,099 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 650 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a black that is cola brown at the edges when help up to the light. A small tan head has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is soft oak, some bourbon, marshmallow, vanilla, honey, caramel, some cherry, and some light alcohol. Initial taste has some sweetness with marshmallow, oak, bourbon, and some light roast. Then some hints of plum and cherry. Finish has a light bitterness and leaves a bit of lingering bourbon flavor. Quite smooth overall. Like the other versions of Eclipse this has a light mouthfeel, although this version has a bit of creaminess. Low carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. (718 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 2292, 2011 vintage. Got this one as a birthday present. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with some very dark red tint towards the top of the glass. A nice caramel color head subsides a bit yet sticks around for awhile. Some nice lacing is seen on the sides of the glass also.

S- Really the strongest smell is the alcohol. Through the alcohol I get hints of chocolate, coffee, malts and maybe some vanilla. The alcohol is very overpowering in the smell though.

T- Starts out nice and smooth followed by the slight warming from the alcohol. It isn't as hot as I would have thought based on the smell. Also gives a nice roasty taste, accompanied by chocolates, coffee, and dark fruits.

M- Heavy yet smooth. Carbonation amount is perfect. A great sipper. Nice alcohol warming.

This is an awesome beer. Not sure any beer is worth a $30 price tag, but an interesting and rare treat. (901 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2273. 2011 Vintage into a snifter.

A - Pours deep brown with half a finger of brown head. Head settles rather quickly, but does leave some lacing behind.

S - Chocolate, quite a bit of vanilla, some dark fruits, some oak, including a small amount of char, and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Chocolate and vanilla lead the way, with some oak notes and roasted malts. Chocolate is semi-sweet. Dark fruits become noticeable midway through, with some char and bitter chocolate on the finish. Subtle bourbon burn, works very well.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a very nice creaminess. Finish becomes more earthy and bitter.

O - This is the first of of the Eclipse beers I have had, and I was impressed. Not too heavy of a mouthfeel, but still a very nice creaminess. Bourbon is prominent but not in your face, and the fruit notes are nice. (839 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purple wax. Bottle number 2521, 2011 vintage. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pretty damn near black, mahogany highlights at the edges when held to light. Capped with a thin creamy tan head that eventually settles to a thin collar. Good lacing.

S- First thing is bourbon, a bit smoky, behind it is some fruit, molasses, and thick roasted malts with coffee and a bit of dark chocolate.

T- Malt and bourbon flavors are competing from the get go. The first thing I'm tasting is chewy, cake-like roasted malts with a lot of chocolate and a bit of coffee, wrestling with a smoky bourbon with vanilla and oak. The bourbon on this beer is perfect, it provides just a bit of alcohol burn towards the finish but doesn't overpower the other flavors, it's really spot-on. Underneath this there's a fruity layer, with raisins, figs and dates.

M- Full-bodied, thick and chewy, smooth feel, carbonation is on the lower side but is perfect for this beer. Alcohol isn't intrusive on the flavor and provides a nice warmth as you drink.

O- I can't remember the last time I had an Imperial Stout like this, take this as a benchmark of what the style should be and how to barrel age a beer. Totally delicious. (1,196 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of MBrausen
4.82/5  rDev +9%
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! (612 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (1,801 characters)

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.