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

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world-class

1,197 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 728
Gots: 508 | 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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 01:39:26 | More by BARFLYB
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SourMeTimber

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-09-2014 15:45:42 | More by SourMeTimber
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

05-09-2013 05:47:19 | More by beernads
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-07-2013 07:42:22 | More by dhbiker0889
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mendonza

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-19-2013 16:33:33 | More by mendonza
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

02-25-2013 08:41:13 | More by RobertColianni
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jw1978

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

02-02-2014 02:05:59 | More by jw1978
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beefsquatch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-22-2014 03:19:25 | More by beefsquatch
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carlitosbronson1

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-15-2013 05:08:03 | More by carlitosbronson1
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 16:17:56 | More by gueuzedreg
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

03-10-2012 20:51:46 | More by sludgegnome
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matto4444

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

01-10-2014 06:30:06 | More by matto4444
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Alpar

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

07-08-2013 05:35:25 | More by Alpar
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

11-29-2013 17:44:41 | More by vinny21bal
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kevrice88

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

02-23-2014 23:27:32 | More by kevrice88
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CuddleZombie6

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

06-11-2013 16:29:06 | More by CuddleZombie6
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brystmar

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:24:08 | More by brystmar
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:32:05 | More by cpetrone84
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 01:43:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a small tan head but still leaves some super lacing as your swirl the beer around.

Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. As it warms you get some toffee, bitter espresso and light caramel maltiness. A much more dry, bitter dark chocolate aroma than the other Eclipse series that I have sampled.

The tastes follow the nose and begin with sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. The roasty/smoky elements continue to build as it warms into a full Bourbon character by leaving some rough boozy edges.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Finish is dry and biting due to the emerging Bourbon presence.

Overall this is my least favorite of the 5 variations I have sampled to date. Too smoky and acridly bitter with too much emerging straight bourbon flavor overpowering the base beer elements.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 16:07:14 | More by claspada
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iadler

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Open during a recent tasting. 2011 bottle. Forgot to write bottle number.

A- Pours a pitch black with a small mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S- Bourbon upfront followed by oak, vanilla, plumb, fig, dark chocolate, roasted malt, burnt caramel and a hint of coffee.

T- Again lots of bourbon with oak, subtle vanilla bean, dark chocolate, roasted malt and burnt caramel.

M- Medium carbonation with a thin body, especially for a stout. Has some heat the finish. Could use a bit more body.

O- After having several Eclipses, I'm ready to say that I'm not willing to throw another $30 for any of the variations. Not a bad beer, but nothing really memorable and a middle of the road BA stout IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 18:56:40 | More by iadler
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was enjoyed at a tasting that included 5 Eclipse variations: Elijah Craig 12 and 18, Four Roses, Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, and Brewmaster's Grand Cru.

2011 Vintage Bottle #2759. $25 for a 22oz bottle.

A: All of them pretty much poured the same. Finger or two of brown to light brown head. The color is black with noticeable bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: The aroma here is very interesting. This was the first variation I delved into, so the aroma hit me big time. Crazy sweet with chocolate, honey, and bourbon taking the cake. Light roast and some vanilla in there as well. Really nicely balanced, too.

T: Compared to some of the others, the taste here isn't that big. Chocolate body with bourbon, honey, and vanilla being the main flavors. Oak, Chocolate, and Boozy finish, the alcohol is tasted throughout the entirety of the beer.

MF: Lighter body overall than I expected, and lower than average carbonation. Big booziness on all of them, with a warming alcohol feeling to finish. The dryness on the palate varies with the different bourbons. This was specifically was lighter in body than the Elijah Craig 18 year.

O: This was good, it just didn't hold up to the other Bourbons. Just not as well balanced. I chose it as the 4th best.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:15:20 | More by russwbeck
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rtaps

California

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours black with a nice deep khaki to brown like head with decent retention leaving spotty lacing behind

not a very big head here, rich chocolate and the bourbon from the barrel

taste is much better than the nose, rich chocolate a bit nutty and some heat.
medium to light bodied medium carb nice viscous and smooth

overall very nice and tasty

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:05:18 | More by rtaps
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MrChopin

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'09 Elijah Craig - 1yr old. jet black, thin large-bubbled head is coaxed with a vigorous pour but remains. Nose at first shows a dusty, oxidized malt, some unsweet bourbon, and a light soy. Reminds of aged 7000 without as much of the robust malt. Flavor is hotter up front, a thin but delicate body reminds of a nice rum-candy with warmth on the mid-palate, with some wood and cocoa through the lengthy finish, dry finish. Body and malt profile are a bit washed out but also chewy and overly sweet, some unfermented sugars remaining amidst near-balance. Still, I personally find the light body and lack of strong malt to be a trend growing too common from stout experimenters like CCB, Bruery, and now 50-50. And yet there is a ton of bourbon in this, which I've hardly mentioned, and I think this is because the bourbon blends so well with the base beer flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 19:33:39 | More by MrChopin
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks poonamibaxter for the trade. Thanks for hosting Kevin.

Looks thin and not as syrupy as some others of its creed. Initially chocolaty with mellow roast and some vanilla; the barrels seem to be only in supporting role at first but the beer opens up with warmth. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Would have been more enjoyable had it not been somewhat offputtingly tart.

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Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 05:21:25 | More by tewaris
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.