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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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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,354 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 759
Gots: 528 | FT: 35
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

powz87, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

N3ptune, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

BarrytheBear, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Oglmcdgl for popping one of these open.
purple wax bottle into Duvel tulip.

Imperial Eclipse Stout, Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co is a black stout with a dark tan bordering on brown cap that left some splotches on the glass.

Smell is what you would expect from the style, dark chocolate with slight vanilla notes and oak toppled by the blend of bourbon BA'ing resulting in bourbon and stout. Some dark fruit pops out. I May have smelled the honey used, but that could be my mind.

This is nice, not as large than I was expecting in body, yet tons of flavor from the barrel without losing the base beer. Nice hits of oak, vanilla, booze, chocolate, cocco, and some roasted malt.

Feel is a little thin for the style. I kind of like that as it makes it easier for me to drink, and Im sure it helps to pick up more of the barrel in a thinner stout. The carb was a bit lacking, yet not dead. Over time, it dwindled.

Great beer, but let's be real, at 30 dollars per bottle it's insanely expensive, a bit insulting actually. In the end it's another big stout with bourbon.

BARFLYB, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

SourMeTimber, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

beernads, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

dhbiker0889, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

mendonza, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

RobertColianni, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

jw1978, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

beefsquatch, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

rdooley, Oct 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Norseman, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

carlitosbronson1, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was a little harsh for my palate, but I can see why many people enjoy it.

A- Kinda transparent for a BA Stout. Thank You Mr. Minor lacing.

S- Kinda musty. It almost smells sour, but the barrel characteristic comes out.

T- I get a harsh rye bite out of this one. Not as smooth as I like it. Barrel character is present, some charred dark fruit and molasses is present.

M- Thin like the appearance. Leaves a nice coat of barrel after drinking it though!

O- I have yet to be impressed by 50/50, but I also have not had the pappy or vanilla

gueuzedreg, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

matto4444, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

Alpar, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

vinny21bal, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

kevrice88, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

CuddleZombie6, Jun 11, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev -15.9%

Lfty357, Aug 21, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as part of last night's bottle share. Thanks to rlmartin, rmjavanut, hoppymcgee, and whartontallboy for contributing to this 11-bottle Eclipse tasting!

This 2011 EC12 was more raw and bold than any of the others last night. Its stout character came through well, but the bourbon treatment simply wasn't on par with EC18, Buffalo Trace, or '10 HH. A decent stout overall, but a poor value at $25.

Overall, the '11 EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. But honestly, I was unimpressed across the board with most of these beers. Bourbon County Stout is far superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again.

brystmar, Mar 05, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 09 vintage. Pour is dark black liquid with a dark tan head. The nose has hints of bourbon, a bit of wood, lightly smoked with dry chocolate and some malt sweetness. The flavor is bourbon up front, lots of wood, notes of dry chocolate with a fair bit of rich cake and some additional fruity malt sweetness in back. Fully bodied, smooth and creamy, semi dry. One of the best in the tasting of the eclipse beers, rich and balanced with good integration.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
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3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's start with- this is an extremely well made beer. That said, it didn't blow me away like some other bourbon barrel beers have, especially for the price. I actually preferred the four roses to this one. My problem is that it just has way too much of a caramel note to it from the whiskey barrel. Too sweet, and to cloying- like caramel corn. That just makes the beer too heavy and one dimensional for me. I'm still enjoying it, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.