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

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 1,597
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 brockdidntslide
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Best imperial stout i have ever had. Had Just the correct amount of the excellent bourbon flavor without making it so overwhelming that you miss the other flavors of the stout in the beer.

Just a terrific job here fifty-fifty. It's a little on the expensive side, but still well worth it in my book. (301 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium thickness on the body, dark brown head with moderate sized bubbles, and a finger worth head. Head settles in and is lightly present only in the edges of the glass. Carbonation is low in glass but present.

Smell: Bourbon forward. The bourbon brings rich tones of vanilla, toffee, and cherries, oak. Slight burn from the alcohol which is not offensive, instead with brings a welcome layer of depth. Milk chocolate tones and lightly roasted coffee grounds. The big barrel character wins out in the end but lets so many other characteristics make an appearance.

Taste: The bourbon seems to have settled a little better on the taste but is still a robust presence. The palate is greeted by a menacing vanilla, milk chocolate, and lingering oak. The body is a slightly alcohol burn, cherries, and some medium to dark chocolate. The finish is some lingering alcohol, easy vanilla, and dry chocolate.

Mouthfeel: This brew doesn't have the huge, rich, creamy body that so many other elite imperial stouts do but all the traditional stout flavors and barrel character still come through so well. For what it lacks in rich heavy body, it makes up for in elite drinkability.

Overall: I would definitely but this in the world class BA stout category. The lighter body give it a very different drinkability but in no way is a negative in the long run. The barrel character is absolutely top notch. I bought a bottle of Elijah Craig 12yr bourbon at the same time as this bottle and I hope it packs this type of punch as well. (1,557 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is very soothing. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium bourbon notes with really rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version. (439 characters)

Photo of nrs207
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start out by saying this beer isn't worth the money.

A - It's a nice looking imperial stout. It has an impressive head for a BA stout. Nothing to detract from appearance.

S - Bourbon dominates. Fairly smooth. I think I get a bit of the honey.

T - Too much booze. It's 9.5%. Come on. The honey finish is nice, but the overall beer isn't very impressive.

M - Too thin, too boozy. It's smooth, but it's not a world class stout mouthfeel.

O - How this sells is beyond me. Such a ripoff. I was hoping this highly rated version would be good. Incorrect. BCBS destroys this on every level at half the cost (if your store marks it up) or 1/3 the cost at reasonable prices. Drinking this makes no sense. It's a decent tick, but that's it. Don't recommend buying any of the eclipse beers. (790 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 5.0 - This is an amazing looking beer. Brown/black opaque beer with a nice mocha head that is very fine and sticks around.
S - 4.75 - Tons of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, sweet cream. It smells very sweet and a little boozy.
T - 4.75 - At first you get a lot of bourbon and booze, but then it gives way to chocolate, cocoa, woody and smokey characteristics. Caramel and vanilla are in there but very faint. You can definitely tell this is barrel aged as it's very smooth despite the ABV.
M - 4.75 - Thick, chocolate milkshake type mouthfeel. Little bit boozy, but at 11.9% ABV it's reasonable. The aftertaste is a nice roasty, chocolate/coffee.
O - 4.75 - I went back and forth on the idea of buying this for a while. It's very readily available but so expensive.

There's two ways to look at this.

FIRST - A lot of people wouldn't think twice about spending this much on a bottle of wine or hard liqour. In addition to that, it's barrel aged for at least 3 months, and then most of the bottles on the shelf are early 2012 or 2013 (they probably sit because they're expensive) so they're already aged for basically another year or two. This could be aged for a long time and would probably only get better. So looking at it like that, it's reasonable.

SECOND - For the price of this beer (28.99 + tax), you could easily make a good batch of homebrew, or buy multiple 22 ounce bombers or six packs of something else. It's really expensive.

IN CONCLUSION - I'd say it's worth it if you really care about trying different kinds of beer. Maybe it's just the mystery of what a 30 dollar beer really tastes like, but I had to get this out of my system to be satisfied. And in addition, I could probably never get an elijah craig barrel to age an imperial stout in, and that's assuming I could make an imperial stout this good in the first place, which I haven't had the patience to do yet. I wouldn't buy it again, but I'm glad I got it to try just once. (1,979 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottle No.: BR/2 2012
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown/black and slightly thin for the style. A super tight and creamy, inch-tall crown of mocha colored foam topped the liquid. Patchy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass. The head eventually faded to a thin, lasting ring.

Bourbon dominated the aroma initially. There was a slight chalky yeast presence as well. Intense vanilla bean and sweet cream notes. Loads of coconut. As the beer sat, the bourbon faded a bit and more subtle nuances came forth. Some molasses and powdered cocoa were noticeable.

The flavor profile was a bit more punchy and complex than the nose. Dark fruits came through super strong. Plums and raisins were most apparent. Loads of brown sugar, vanilla and sweet cream. Mild roasty notes. Touch of anise. Good dose of semisweet chocolate. The finish contained some oaky, woody, slightly tannic notes, along with subtle hints of earthy hops. As the beer warmed, the chocolate flavor intensified and took on a fudge-like presence.

The mouthfeel seemed slightly thin for the style initially, but it somehow turned thicker and richer later in the session. Amazingly creamy and slick on the palate.

Elijah Craig (12 Year) from the FiftyFifty Brewing Co. was the first of the Eclipse series I have sampled to date. Although this beer was quite interesting and surprisingly drinkable, I was anticipating something a bit more remarkable for my $30. (1,517 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a long stemmed tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very dark black color with no light getting through the edges. An abyss of color. There is a nice dense half inch creamy tan head that forms then recedes down to a nice thing ring around the glass.

Aromas starts off with barrel sweetness. Notes of molasses and caramel are present with some nice notes of vanilla. Then there is some nice chocolatey fudge in the nose along with some great slight roasted coffee notes. Bakers chocolate sweetness can be perceived in the nose as well.

The flavor is exquisite. Notes of chocolatey fudgy syrup with some nice caramel and molasses barrel notes. Slight vanilla spice, mixed in with the cocoa notes. The beer is very rich and complex with delicious mix of chocolate, both dark and milk, and some nice roasted notes complimented by delicious barrel sweentess. Mouthfeel is nice and thick with some mild carbonation to keep it in balance. (950 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into taster glass. Bottle date is 2/2013.

A: Pours pitch black with smallish one finger mocha colored head. Some decent retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Bourbon was apparent the second I popped the cap on this one. Very nice bourbon aroma in your face, some vanilla, bitter chocolate, a bit of oak.

T: Following the nose, there is lots of bourbon flavor. A nice alcohol heat mixed with chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy oak goodness.

M: Thick and creamy coating the tongue nicely. A bit of burn from the alcohol.

O: Very nice BA stout. Combines some of my favorite characteristics of a big stout and a nice bourbon. Other than the price point, this brew is a home run. (705 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured aggressively down the middle into a concave pint. Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Extremely creamy and frothy head 2 inches tall and then settling in nicely. Leaves tremendous lacing after each sip. Nose is subtle at first but then breathe in once more and oh my! Chocolate and the slightest back hints of bourbon. Other stouty flavors abound as well. Nice! Taste is superb. Not heavy chocolate in the finish but just thin malty sweet goodness that lasts on the tongue. The bourbon flavor creeps in the back end quite nicely as well. You want more after each sip. At this point it's aged well so dare I say I want to session this?! (638 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Last of four Eclipses of the night. Stoutfest III rolls on.

A- Pitch black pour to seven glasses for all of the great attendees of our annual StoutFest. On top of the black beer there is a small light tan cap to about a finger with decent retention. Falls to a small-ish foamy ring leaving spotty lace and some nice blankets too.

S- Seems a bit deeper than the previous offerings of Eclipse and lacks the huge dark fruity dominance. Whiskey is deep with fresh oak, vanilla and general Bourbon notes. Cocoa, caramel and some sweets in the backdrop.

T- As an Elijah Craig 12 drinker, I can appreciate this. The whiskey feel just reminds me of the greatness that EC12 is for a $30 bottle. Strong, in your face fresh toast oak and peppery Bourbon whiskey with a nice sweet vanilla finish. Base is still a bit weak IMO and that is true in all the Eclipses we had. Cocoa, caramel and some toasted nutty malts.

MF- Medium thick body with moderately high carbonation. Semi-creamy but lacking texture for a, basically, 12% stout. Finishes with some peppery Bourbon heat and faint roasty bitterness.

Probably my favorite Eclipse of the night because I truly recognize the EC12 feel. I love that "in your face" Bourbon character of Elijah Craig and the dilution into this stout works out pretty well. Still wish the base stout had more character but I can appreciate this. (1,367 characters)

Photo of 120minuteman
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer. A MUST try for anyone passionate about barrel aged beers.

A: Rustic black color, lots and lots of lacing, minimal head.
S: Sweet goodness. Notes of caramel, toffee, and butterscotch (the sweet smell of a carnival)
T: WOW
M: Slick and creamy texture, very light carbonation.
O: This beer promises lots of rich and complex flavor, and boy does it deliver. Not for the light of heart, but one of the best beers I've ever had. Pricey at $30 a bottle, but definitely worth trying. Excited to try the java variant in the coming weeks. (545 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a few brown bubbles of head.

S: Bourbon vanilla/oak characte, sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee and some alcohol.

T: Starts of with sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, oak and vanilla, the bourbon character shows up more in the finish.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not as good as the EC 20, Four Roses or Rittenhouse, but still an eclipse, still aged in the barrels of excellent whiskey, and still delicious. (443 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 1/16/2014

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

2013 bottle

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, black at its core - pours with a medium tan head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Big malts and big whiskey - rich malts, with a load of roast, burnt, and chocolate - tons of rich caramel, molasses, and burnt sugar - dark chocolate, with a touch of semisweet chocolate, and some fudge - the bourbon aroma is big, but it's nice - the Elijah Craig is nice, with some nice woody and vanilla notes - sweet, but it works with the overall complexity

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, and bourbon - burnt chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips - very solid, nice stout base (not surprising, as the other Eclipse stouts are great) - burnt, roasty notes, with some coffee - big, cooked caramel, and molasses - the bourbon flavor is quite potent, but it's nice - bourbon, vanilla, wood, and some booze

Mouthfeel: Borderline full body, nice carbonation, smooth, finishes mostly dry with some booze

Overall: Another color of wax, another win

I'm not sure if this is better than the Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, but it's approximately as good. The stout base is great, with a ton of chocolate, and the bourbon is nice. This is definitely a nice sipper. (1,294 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight black. A touch of dark brown. Small creamy tan head. Drops to a small, almost nonexistent cap and slightly larger collar. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Coconut, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a solid roasted malt. A touch fudgy with a solid brownie batter and chocolate push. An touch of alcohol as well. The barrel influence is heavy, dropping all sorts of bourbon. Butterscotch. A touch of cocoa.

Taste: Rich roasted malts. Loaded with chocolate, both sweeter milk and slightly darker cocoa. Bourbon is assertive and makes everything a bit boozy. Layers of vanilla, coconut, butterscotch, a touch of oak. Fudge and some brownie. The bourbon is actually really mellow and adds a nice dimension to the base stout. A touch of cola syrup thrown in the mix.

Mouthfeel: Slick with a full but not syrupy body. Minimal to moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: Light urple.

The Rittenhouse Rye managed to blend better, but the whiskey here is stupid smooth and easy going. (1,017 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 2 bottles from Beers of the World, $ 28.99 each on 1/9/14. Poured into a goblet served between cellar and room temp.

appearance: ebony black with a cappucino head, decent lacing.

aroma: bourbon seems hidden. Smells like malted milk balls, vanilla and honey a little caramel corn and finally some alcohol esters.

taste: molasses leads the way and in a big way followed by coffee and chocolate. Whiskey finally comes out of hiding with an immediate warming sensation

mouthfeel: supple and smooth

overall: expensive but worth it, this is an unbelievably tasty beer. Definitely belongs in the top tier of Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts. I have another of these celaring and am debating going back to the store to see if any is left. (736 characters)

Photo of rjp217
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle poured into taster size snifters

A - Pitch black with a half finger head that holds magnificently long. Huge amounts of lace that stay on the glass throughout. Perfect!

S - Bourbon, chocolate, honey, graham cracker, vanilla, toffee. This has such a good and balanced aroma. I can detect so many smells that all blend together. Perfect!

T - Follows the nose completely with some toasted marshmallow. Fn amazing how the bourbon just comes together with the chocolate notes. You can taste the 12yr Elijah Craig greatness in every sip

M - Silky, frothy type smoothness with no burn at all. The mouthfeel I've always looked for in a big bourbon barrel stout

O - Well, I did it. Perfect 5s. I've never had the pleasure of having this fresh but the year and half put on this has put it in a class of its own. This is truly sublime and a masterpiece. The price point is pretty insane but after tasting this I can almost justify it. Just perfect! (954 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks almost a cola-like consistency as opposed to the motor oil look that a lot of BA stouts have. Slight head and pretty strong lacing. Looks enough to style.

Smell is sweetness, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. No real hop presence. A nice smell.

Taste is very bourbon-y upfront and finishes with a nice sweetness. Oak, vanilla, and chocolate all show up an meld together quite nicely. You taste the EC barrel here for sure. Maybe a slight char taste but no real bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still very smooth. I prefer my BA stouts generally to be a little chewier, but I can't really complain about this one.

Overall this is an interesting experience. You taste the bourbon in this one more than most in the style, I appreciate that a lot. As a whole, this makes me think of a more bourbon-forward Event Horizon. The only problem that that is that EH is less than half the price of this. If you are really into bourbon I can certainly see having a high appreciation for this series. In the end though, I would have a hard time justifying a repeat purchase given the price tag. (1,100 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, purple wax sealed, and 11.9% ABV for bottle run numero 2 of 2013. Is there an online instruction manual, or something, that describes how to open this sort of enclosure, without picking away at the wax with a knife?

This beer pours a fairly deep dark black abyss, yet with prominent basal cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of densely foamy, weakly puffy, and broadly bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some nice low-pressure system lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of mildly astringent rye whisky barrel wood, the titular booze, dry vanilla, crusty caramel, bittersweet chocolate, the hint of the earthy floral honey quietly noted on the label, and some surprisingly prominent herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more woody, boozy barrel notes right up front, some dry, earthy black licorice, a touch of cold java, lightly toasted, but not inherently light caramel malt, a grainy besotted breadiness, a weirdly evolving semi-sour milkiness, and subtle earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are pretty sublimely restrained, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and quite equitably smooth, with a pleasant stab at everyman creaminess. It finishes still almost cripplingly sweet, the caramel, vanilla, alcohol, anise, honey all equally culpable. But recall, I said 'almost'.

I am not at all versed in the spirituous offerings of one Elijah Craig, so all I can discern from this offering is that it is one pleasantly understated example of a Bourbon County staple, based on the thorough, yet inoffensive effects rendered herein. The base RIS is only mildly altered, I presume, and the overall experience is quite agreeable enough - tasty, full, and sweet to a point that dessert pairing is hardly out of the question. (1,760 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml purple waxed 2013 bomber bottle run #2 poured into tulip Christmas day 2013

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, lots of tiny bubbles going up the side and feeding a big three finger mocha foam that quickly cuts in half but then sticks around with a slight island, several rings of lace followed by random patches, looks great

S lots of chocolate fudge, vanilla, some sweet soft caramel and I'm getting some of the honey I didn't notice in the other variants, not too heavy on the barrel but has nice mellow bourbon and wood thing going on, booze is there but quite well concealed

T more booze then the nose with some burnt coffee and char, whats on the nose is still there but doesn't mesh together quite as well, still solid don't get me wrong but doesn't quite match the nose

M not very heavy for the color but the tiny bubbles cream it up and like the other 2013's I've had I'd plain and simply be amazed if this clocks in at nearly 12%

O another great beer from the series but I don't think its my favorite, the taste doesn't quite keep up to the nose but still great all-around

everything I've had from the Eclipse series has been great and perhaps the number of reviews has gotten this one in particular on to the top 250 but I don't think its my personal favorite even though its awesome. (1,314 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into my Darkness tulip. For $30/bomber, expecting this to be really, really good.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a voluminous creamy tan head with great retention and lacing. Expected this to be a darker pour given the reviews, but it really isn't that dark.

Smell: Big barrel character in the nose with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oak. Some charred wood and a bit of roast on the nose as well.

Taste: Barrel character shines with a nicely palatable bourbon taste, sweet vanilla and caramel, with a balancing backbone of roasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. Mild bitterness. A little bit of anise on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with low carbonation, medium body, mildly sticky, but wish the body was bigger.

Overall, I'd say I went into this with high expectations. They were met, but just barely. This could have been better for being 99/100 and 100/100. I'd give it more of a 95/100. Extremely balanced, very drinkable, well-rounded overall. Just doesn't give that extra flavor-punch to push it over the edge. For $30/bottle I might not get this again, but certainly enjoyed the bottle, and it would be a staple if it were more around $18 or so. (1,183 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a little more than a finger's worth of head which has a little retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a opaque, dark chocolate black. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Not as much presence as I've come to expect from barrel aged imperial stouts. Some chocolate, a bit of coffee. Some heat. A bitterness (mostly oaky) that is a little bit astringent, almost like formic acid. Later, some cream and milk shows. Some graham cracker, a little bit of honey. Suggestions of caramel and toffee. Swirling shows a slight sweetness- maybe cherries or raisins.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of chocolate (some cocoa) that has bourbon notes playing off it. Good amount of oak which builds to the finish but is surprisingly rounded. I generally don't enjoy massive oak notes but it's working so far. A little bit of heat which interacts well with the oak. The chocolate is very deep and dark and suggests notes of raisins. Light hints of coconut and vanilla start to emerge. Seems a little subdued but there is the notion that this beer will have a lot more complexity as it opens up. Unfortunately, this notion does not seem to be playing out as the beer seems to be restrained. Very approachable with a lot of balance and integration but lacks the complexity that I desire- I will suffer a bit of messiness for a more interesting flavor profile. Good to really good beer though, most leaning toward really good. Doesn't fare well in comparison to the BCBS I had last night but little does. Some ashiness and small suggestion of tobacco. Could use some sweeter notes.

Mouthfeel- Between medium bodied and heavy bodied with light carbonation. A little chalky on the finish.

Drinkability- Very mellow for a 12% barrel aged beer- perhaps, a little too mellow. The price is certainly steep- I won't be buying another to age. Aging this seems pointless anyway.

Overall- Good to really good beer, mostly good. Definitely worth a try but if the 28 dollar price tag makes you pause, you are correct in your concern. I will not be buying it again. (2,081 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2013, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, some honey, chocolate.

T- Bourbon, oak, some honey, dark chocolate, bitter coffee finish vanilla, bourbon is big, but not harsh or overly boozy.

M- Silky smooth, medium body.

O- Very well done and tasty. I am still not sure if I would pick up again because it is pricey. (392 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BR1, 2012 vintage, poured into a snifter.

Dark cola brown, not as black as some imperial stouts, nice dark mocha head, really thin, recedes quickly to small layer of film, ringing the glass. Opaque.

Smells hot at first, very bourbon forward, but that mellows out. After a few minutes the aroma is incredibly balanced with chocolate, coffee and vanilla, with obvious bourbon notes as well. It's less sweet than boozy.

Taste is similar, and fantastic. It really changes after a few minutes; I was alarmed by my first sip, but things evolved so quickly. Wonderfully balanced, not cloying at all. Perhaps not quit sweet enough.

Feel is smooth and pleasant. Somewhat dry, but really easy to drink. Below average carbonation.

Overall drinkable at 9.5, my advice is to age, but what do I know. Cheers. (801 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"BR3 2012." 9.5% confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass with purple wax-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a bottle shop in Beverly Hills, CA for $27.00 and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the price point and the brewery's reputation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is good - about 5 minutes. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Nontranslucent/nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for an imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. No egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malts, and cream. No real oak barrel character comes through unfortunately - no refined or rich character. No hop or yeast character is detectable. There is some alcohol presence. A mild to moderate clean aroma of well above average strength.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, faint marshmallow, light chocolate, faint vanilla, and very light oak. Decently balanced and cohesive, but not gestalt. I do like it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not particularly intricate or nuanced.

Decent complexity and subtle. Little intricacy/nuance. I've had far deeper and more complex beers,

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and nicely thick. A biteen sticky. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

No real roasted barley, coffee, spices, or yeast. Has some alcohol presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but noticeably boozy. I wouldn't buy it again at this price point. Good but not great. My companion and I will easily kill this bottle, but it's far from exemplary. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's likeable enough. Not worth it.

High B- (2,270 characters)

Photo of rand
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz wax-dripped bomber to oversized wine glass.

I reviewed the Four Roses here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14936/64055, as good as it was I think I underrated it. Also, at the time I hadn't had as many BA stouts, the ones I had weren't all that impressive. Now I think they're possibly the world's finest beverage, making this one of the best of the best.

As far as how the Elijah Craig is different, it's smoother, more singular on the palate (likely from age), as the licorice notes have made room for vanilla and cocoa. (542 characters)

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