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

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

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world-class

1,175 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 723
Gots: 504 | FT: 33
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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ravot

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-13-2013 05:22:31 | More by ravot
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-12-2013 04:59:37 | More by eawolff99
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-12-2013 04:30:53 | More by KiMiRaiK
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littlebeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-11-2013 22:21:01 | More by littlebeer
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Pahn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-11-2013 19:51:01 | More by Pahn
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my friend Bobby for shelling out the $30 for this bottle!

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of tan head and a good amount of foamy lacing.

S: Everything you would expect from a BA stout. Strong suggestions of vanilla and coconut immediately meet your nose. Look past those and you find milk chocolate, coco powder, burnt coffee, and perhaps a touch of soy sauce. Inhale deeply and you may also find a hint of tobacco smoke and a tingle of intense alcohol.

T/M: Upon sipping, my immediate reaction is to how incredibly smooth this brew is for 9.5%—it goes down dangerously easy. Lots of chocolate and molasses character up front transitions to a roasty and slightly burnt-tasting finish. Not as much bourbon character as you would expect, but notes of vanilla and oak are certainly detectable throughout. This could use a little more body, IMO. I would characterize this as barely full bodied. Not quite as thick as I want my BA stouts to be.

O: Overall a fine BA stout. A great nose and incredibly well balanced and drinkable for a 9.5% beer aged in whiskey barrels. It could use just a little more body. More body would also help enhance what is already an impressive flavor experience. Worth the $30? Maybe for the one-time experience, but I will not be running back to the store to drop $30 more.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:22:15 | More by MrDanno96
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-11-2013 03:04:12 | More by beerandcycling88
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Shilt

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-10-2013 15:15:42 | More by Shilt
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-09-2013 22:15:33 | More by GRG1313
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smekermann

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-09-2013 07:42:53 | More by smekermann
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-08-2013 17:47:17 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-08-2013 16:13:37 | More by oriolesfan4
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-08-2013 12:36:18 | More by DRBiser
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averagejake872

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

02-08-2013 03:42:47 | More by averagejake872
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Rau71

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-07-2013 13:58:33 | More by Rau71
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BKArmstrong

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-07-2013 03:42:52 | More by BKArmstrong
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vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

02-06-2013 14:41:31 | More by vonnegut21
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-06-2013 14:31:54 | More by browniewithnuts
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VeggieNugget

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-06-2013 00:28:58 | More by VeggieNugget
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours quite dark but not absolutely black. Moderate light penetration. Head is a burnt tan color. Head dies off to nearly nothing. Small, dark lacing freckles along the glass. The body doesn't look very viscous during the pour (understandable at its ABV).

S-Bourbon is more intricate than intense. Oak and vanilla with dancing spice. Tobacco too. Charred and chocolate but predominantly java-ish. Roasted espresso beans. Warm dark chocolate and baker's chocolate powder.

T-Flavor is very delectable. Much more complex than most Bourbon Stouts but less intense than many as well. The bourbon is again very multifaceted in its flavor offerings. Vanilla and tobacco all over the place. I don't really pick up much honey (noted as an ingredient on the label). The espresso is the heaviest flavor. The various depictions of chocolate don't slouch either.

M-Lighter for the style. Subtle, massaging carbonation. Hints of alcohol. Not overly viscous. The flavor lasts (more coffee than bourbon).

O/D-One hell of a drink. Of course, the $28 price-tag is an absolute killer. Definitely too pricey. I had to grab it when I saw it though. I really loved what the barrel brought to the flavor equation. Flavors are more toned than bulky. When I think of this compared to a $12 bomber of Bourbon County Coffee Brand Stout, this variety of Eclipse just doesn't stand up in both the flavor and price department. Worth a shot one time...unless you got plenty of cash to burn.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 22:03:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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andthevolcano

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-04-2013 21:41:03 | More by andthevolcano
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-04-2013 04:02:23 | More by kevgod
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-03-2013 19:52:42 | More by jegross2
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JonNunes

Nevada

4/5  rDev -10.5%

02-02-2013 08:33:36 | More by JonNunes
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-02-01 in Columbia, PA (BR1 2012 code)

A - Opaque dark brown with a 3-finger head that leaves medium lacing.

S - Sweet aromas of bourbon, coconut, vanilla, medium roasted grain and chocolate malt. . Very appealing.

T - Bold and delicious. Sweet dark roasted grain, bourbon oak, vanilla, chocolate and very dark/dried cherry, The welcome alcohol sweetness and bite compliments the bourbon flavor. It's not too sweet though and is well-balanced with some char, light smoke and peat. Finishes with some lingering peaty/chocolate malt and roasted bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O - Had this served at 60 degrees and it warmed some from there. Gotta say that I like this more than Founders KBS. It is quite expensive and I can't/won't make a habit of having this on a regular basis but I sure am glad I've got another bottle tucked away for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 22:57:15 | More by Tucquan
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,175 ratings.