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

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world-class

1,204 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 730
Gots: 513 | 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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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Shared bottle at a tasting.

A: Pours motor oil with a nice dark brown khaki 1.5 finger head.

S: Barrel characteristics really come through on this one. Surprisingly, no coffee or chocolate notes on the aroma which is usually a staple on Imperial Stouts. Some vanilla is present.

T: Taste for me was smooth, barrel taste. Some brown sugar and molasses creamy-ness. Really surprised by the lack of chocolate or coffee taste.

M: Smooth, medium to fuller bodied but not overly thick. First few sips left my mouth with a strong whiskey taste, as if I had taken a shot of whiskey and not beer. This dissipated as I drank more.

O: A fantastic and unique brew. We had a discussion that as we drank it, we weren't focused on the beer, but rather on table talk. We were surprised by this and decided this is a sessionable beer. This beer is all about showcasing the barrel characteristics and not the characteristics of Imperial Stouts. Really unique and I would recommend trying a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 17:15:20 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed today but reviewed from notes later. Split two ways. Cellar temp bottle poured into my CBS snifter.

Appearance- Poured black with a tan, surprisingly fluffy head. Head fades fairly quickly but leaves a nice persistent ring. Thick lacing coats the glass. Looks like a bourbon barrel-aged stout should.

Smell- Notes of chocolate, alcohol, and molasses dominate. Moderate fragrance level.

Taste- Chocolate again, surprisingly some nuts. Bourbon lends alcohol heat and vanilla. Decent amount of oak and roasted coffee bitterness on the back-end that was missing from the aroma. Very solid, but doesn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel- Very soft carbonation, and not dry at all. Definitely a viscous component. This beer is somehow both thin and chewy, but I like it.

Overall- The alcohol was well hidden in this (I'm told its higher than listed 9.5% abv), and the flavors were good, if not mind-blowing. A nice interplay of chocolate and vanilla. Pretty drinkable. Probably not worth the $, but splitting it made it worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 04:13:53 | More by Auror
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DrJoe82

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-24-2013 01:44:07 | More by DrJoe82
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-23-2013 15:50:53 | More by cbeer88
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-22-2013 20:17:19 | More by ncaudle
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-22-2013 18:04:06 | More by bennetj17
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.5%

01-22-2013 17:10:52 | More by phingdong
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JohnnieQuest

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-22-2013 00:07:08 | More by JohnnieQuest
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danoeltico

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-21-2013 20:46:10 | More by danoeltico
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottling Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma coming out of my glass is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey with a touch of ethanol burn lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout, the bourbon adds a nice sweetness that really compliments this version.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:33:04 | More by johnnnniee
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-20-2013 22:35:20 | More by jsilva
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kaseydad

California

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

2009 Vintage Bottle #250

Three years of sitting? Time to take her down.

Pours an extremely dark brown...or black. Either way, it's dark. No head to view except a few bubbles. Worried about it being flat but was a false alarm. Read on.

The smell is molasses, brown sugar, leather, apple, dark chocolate, bakers chocolate and toffee. Great smelling even after sitting for a number of years. Light booze as well but its masked rather well.

The taste is still banging. Milk chocolate, light coffee, burnt toast, booze, medicine, smoke and dark fruit. It all still hear. Slight alcohol burn on the swallow. Somewhat hoppy.

The only negative....the mouthfeel is way thin. Wish that could somehow be remedied and knock this beer outta the stratosphere.

Overall this is a great blend. The barrel does wonders to this and if you cellar it right, you can get an amazing experience out of the session. This could have probably sat for awhile longer, but imo now is the time. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:58:38 | More by kaseydad
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass with a one finger tan head.

S-Bourbon, vanilla are prominent, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

T-Great balance of bourbon, slight vanilla, nice chocolate, tad coffee, nothing overpowering.

M-Heavy, thick and not much carbonation.

O-What balance, so smooth. A wonderful stout. The vanilla and bourbon notes went together so perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 16:06:20 | More by rlee1390
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kevindp9

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-20-2013 04:27:35 | More by kevindp9
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hannydawg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-19-2013 22:12:34 | More by hannydawg
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CJS

Florida

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Not too think nor too lacey. Expected a bit more depth and legs.

S Rich wood aromas off the top, oaky, vanilla and caramel bursting. Def some sugar cooking in there.

T Way better than the initial nose guesses. Great bourbon character married with the chocolate. Nice spicy and herbal complexities in the finish.

M High gravity and very drinkable. Thinner than I thought but it makes no difference.

O A job well done on the brewers part but the not worth the hefty price tag it boast. I think a bottle of Elijah Craig 12 would cost a bit less and go a hell of a lot further.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 05:51:08 | More by CJS
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

01-18-2013 04:49:44 | More by BarrytheBear
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SDG1070

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-18-2013 03:31:37 | More by SDG1070
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-17-2013 19:06:47 | More by arniepnminne
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Davit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-16-2013 05:50:42 | More by Davit
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-16-2013 02:42:00 | More by injuredreserve
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-14-2013 20:16:12 | More by theGlasstronaut
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 1029/2011 labeled. Thanks, cvm4!

A: Blackish brown, no head, some bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Bourbon strong. Dark fruits chimed in as well.

T: So smooth and sweet. Bourbon dominates with a nice backing of chocolate. Goes down easy. Even better as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium Not much carbonation. But with a taste like this, who cares?

O: One of the best imperial stouts I've had. A celebratory sipper. Well done, fiftyfifty! Superior.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 16:59:03 | More by brewskifan55
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pirmannt1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-13-2013 23:31:05 | More by pirmannt1
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vitters03

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2013 22:33:12 | More by vitters03
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.