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

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world-class

1,244 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 730
Gots: 514 | FT: 31
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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theminutemen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-08-2013 22:22:49 | More by theminutemen
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Brad007

Vermont

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a shade of charcoal with a huge brown head into my glass. Takes a while to settle, leaving a ton of lacing on the sides.

Bourbon, tobacco and cocoa come through on the nose. Obviously, age has mellowed the bourbon presence.

Cocoa, tobacco and dark fruits dominate the taste upfront with a faded bourbon note. Again, very mellow, almost too mellow for me. I find myself searching for more flavors but can't seem to find anything else.

Mouthfeel gets creamy towards the back with a lingering cocoa presence. A bit of searching brings up the tobacco/dark fruit flavors. Clean, creamy finish.

A marvelous imperial stout. Was it worth $26.99? Honestly, I've had better examples for half that price or even less. Still, if you're into aging imperial stouts for a very long time, this is a good investment. I bought this bottle back in December of 2012 and it's been in the fridge since. I do want to try the other varieties available. If you're a fan of imperial stouts and want something different, check this out.

06-08-2013 14:40:01 | More by Brad007
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Bluecane

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-08-2013 02:55:58 | More by Bluecane
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HoppyLuckyGoGo

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-06-2013 18:36:21 | More by HoppyLuckyGoGo
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Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-06-2013 18:04:12 | More by Matthewpakula
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allied713

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-04-2013 18:28:57 | More by allied713
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myersk27

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-04-2013 15:57:53 | More by myersk27
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle 2964 of the 2011 batch.

A: Pours a pitch black with a large, dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly, leaving nice solid walls of lacing behind. Great head retention too.

S: Wonderful sweet bourbon aroma with lots of caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Toasted sugar too. Chocolate from the roasted malt melds in nicely. Maybe even hints of coconut from the barrels? Sweet and rich smelling. Wonderful.

T: Oh yeah, really nice bourbon up front. Sweet and heavy caramel and toffee and even some molasses it seems. Lots of charred oak in there too. Heavy on the dark chocolate, kinda fudgy in a way. Chocolate turns a bit bitter in the finish with some oak from the barrels and a little burnt sugars to boot. Lingering oak in the aftertaste with just a little alcohol burn between sips.

M: Nice medium-heavy bodied. Smooth and thick.

O: One of the nicer Eclipse variants. This one is a bit heavy on the wood with lots of charred oak. I'll have to try this one fresh sometime, I wonder if the bourbon has faded a bit - this is definitely the oldest eclipse I've had (at least 18 months old now I'm guessing). Strong in the aroma but not as strong as some of the fresher variants I've had. Hard to say. Still quite good, don't get me wrong but it makes me wonder.

06-04-2013 04:14:08 | More by Dope
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blkcld

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%

06-03-2013 22:34:17 | More by blkcld
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Beerdy

Heard & McDonald Islands

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-03-2013 21:05:17 | More by Beerdy
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Knocksvil

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

06-03-2013 15:59:40 | More by Knocksvil
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JayAre46

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

06-01-2013 06:31:46 | More by JayAre46
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sukwonee

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%

2011 Vintage (so about 1.5 years old), purple wax, served at slightly colder than room temperature

A: Black, looks a tad bit thin from the way it swirls, half a finger head, mocha head that retains for a few minutes. It's aight

S: Vanilla and coconut forward (very nice!), I also get quite a bit of alcohol, roasted malt... that's about it.

T: Alcohol is a bit too much for me but it really follows the nose. I am a bit surprised though that after a year and a half, it's still this hot (and it's only 9.5%). I also taste honey towards the middle/end. It's delicious, but slightly disappointed? I think EC18 was better.

M: It's chewy alright, but a bit on the thinner side. Alcohol burn is felt for sure.

O: It's a very very good barrel aged stout, but not among the best I've had. I am glad I got to try it though! (I will be sticking to Parabola, which is cheaper and easier to obtain for me)

05-31-2013 02:59:39 | More by sukwonee
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Hophead717

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.5%

05-31-2013 01:38:40 | More by Hophead717
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dannyhead

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-30-2013 16:36:24 | More by dannyhead
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craftbeerasian

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-30-2013 00:18:08 | More by craftbeerasian
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woodchopper

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-29-2013 18:23:15 | More by woodchopper
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pisano

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

05-29-2013 13:36:23 | More by pisano
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-27-2013 22:52:08 | More by dcloeren
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coffygrinder

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-27-2013 10:58:34 | More by coffygrinder
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%

22oz bottle into a snifter
2012 Vintage, bottle number Br3

A big thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours black with some browning on the edges. 1.5 finders width of light mocha colored head dissipates down at a moderate rate to a thin film. That film remains throughout the majority of the drink though, and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Dark fruits, cocoa, roasted malt, booze, chocolate fudge, cinnamon. Barrel notes are presents with oak, vanilla, and bourbon but not nearly as strong as I remembered the EC 18 year being. Still very nice though, and only improves as it warms.

T: Lots of sweetness up front. There is a honey sweetness, then a rich chocolate fudge character. This is followed by oak and roasted malts on the finish. I get bourbon next, bitter black coffee, and vanilla. There is an aftertaste of oaky-vanilla that lingers forever after each sip.

M/D: Nice and smooth, thicker than it looks during the pour, and fairly chewy. Carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum for the style. ABV well masked. Drinkability is good.

O: This is an excellent beer, but its not as good as the 2011 FiftyFifty EC 18yr I had a little while back. That being said the EC 18 was one of the best beers Ive ever had. This one, although still great, had noticeably less barrel notes, and less of the chocolate fudge/cake batter sweetness that I got in the 2011 EC 18 (same base beer I believe so not sure what the difference was, different vintage, different batch, more time?). That being said, still a hell of a beer. Glad I got to try this one. Thanks again fatbeats for sending it my way!

05-27-2013 00:18:26 | More by zac16125
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -10.5%

05-27-2013 00:01:26 | More by ajzy
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-25-2013 17:54:47 | More by Hallertau
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

05-24-2013 01:54:30 | More by derkfromwi
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-23-2013 14:40:29 | More by TheRuss9585
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.