Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
01.23.10 at City Beer Store
A: dark and opaque; the barely-there head is kinda filmy
S: faint syrup, this thing promises to be sweet, although there are cocoa flavors that hopefully balances it
T: yum, it IS sweet, although it's more like chocolate
M: really nice, stays on the tongue a bit
D: highly quaffable for something that seems (IS!) so dangerous
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2010 19:08:54 | More by Chambic
4.35/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Oh wow, look how awesome I am, I'm reviewing this super-rarity again. "Jersey Shore," you will rue the day you rejected me from your show, mark my words! Bottle this time, provided at a cigar tasting by Sandstone. Thanks, Roger. This beer was excellent.
Pours jet black with a nicely formed small tan head and a little lacing. Looks a bit better than the tap version.
Aroma is really great, with vanilla, whiskey, sweet rich chocolate, and roastiness.
Flavor is also excellent. You have your typical imperial stout flavors - roast, chocolate, and mild coffee - all really intense and in your face, then you've got your -bal aged flavors - vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Mild hop bitterness as well that I didn't get as much of on tap. All this melds really well together, with just some mild tannins to keep it from a perfect 5.
Fairly full and smooth on the palate with low carbonation and just a slight hint of booziness.
Drinkability is pretty good, and overall, this is really a great beer. Get it if you can. I recommend sending me a bottle of Midnight Sun M in exchange for this.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2010 07:50:53 | More by nickd717
4.08/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to my buddy Jmoore50 for picking this up and letting me have a glass. As a disclaimer, I will say that the rating I've given it reflects what I believe it deserves, but not what I think of the beer. What I mean is that this beer has HUGE potential (A+ for sure), but is a little rough around the edges.
The appearance is a little lighter than I like my imperial stouts and the body looks thin. There is little to head to speak of, but some milk-chocolate colored bubbles do break the surface. The smell is the best part of the beer. The barrel aging has done wonders for this beer. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, sweet dark fruits (chocolate covered cherries), among other things.
The flavors follows the smell closely, and I'm torn between a 4.5 and 4 rating (can I give it a 4.25?). It's pretty hot and the whiskey profile gives makes me think of it as the little brother of BCS. Lots of chocolate throughout, and a nice (almost coffee) roast in the finish. Hints of vanilla and hazel-nut (which I absolute love in imperial stouts), with an imposing sweetness up front that levels out the bitter roastiness in the finish. It has its fair share of alcohol throughout, but especially on the back of the palate and in the esophagus. It almost tastes a little watered down. Good beer that could be seriously great.
The moutfeel is that of a porter (much too thin for an imperial stout) and is the biggest disappointment of the beer. However, this adds to drinkability as this one goes down VERY easily.
Looking forward to (hopefully) trying the other versions, and to seeing how the brewing of this beer evolves over the next few years.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2010 17:59:55 | More by jdklks
4.55/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Just got back form snowboarding at North Star, stopped by FiftyFifty on the way home to give the RIS a try. When I sat with my brother I noticed 4 barrels of the RIS aging next to the hostess stand with Jack Daniels brazed on to the face of the barrel.
A - Came in a rather tasty looking package of an 8 OZ tulip glass, the head was a nice mocha brown and the body of the beer was a thick viscus black. As I drank it down the Stout coated the walls of the glass with a thick brown residue and lased fairly well.
S - There was a good amount of roasted barley with Bourbon coming through. Slight Notes of Honey and Vanilla.
T - Wonderful RIS. The Strong Chocolate and toffee notes play strong against the Bourbon. The beer is pleasantly sweet while not being too cloying. Lots of Roasted Barley and dark malts come through. There seems to be a hint of dark fruit that lingers towards the giving a complex profile.
M - Perfection here. The right amount of carbonation and thickness of the beer make it feel so creamy. Just the right aftertaste is left behind.
O - This beer is wonderful, its very complex yet so very drinkable. Cant wait to try some more.
Serving type: on-tap
01-06-2010 06:52:53 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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