Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
02-02-2012 01:39:26 | More by BARFLYB
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.
Finally getting around to trying this beer. I've been excited about this one for some time. Shared with the group during a FiftyFifty themed tasting.
The beer appears near black with a thin beige head. The aroma is vanilla, perhaps some toasted coconut, roast, chocolate, oak. Lovely. The taste follows suit. Simply delicious. A standout among the FiftyFifty Eclipse series.
It was interesting sipping this side by side with the Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse. I think both are fabulous beers, each offering a myriad of flavors. Highly recommended.
11-18-2012 22:48:27 | More by Huhzubendah
4.68/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. BR 1 - 2012.
A real straightforward textbook looking large stout. Black walnut bodied in color, with a simple microscopic bubbled creamy head that forms. The head color manages a light mocha, light tan brown, and has a good amount of presence. A little tilt and you can see a little bit through it on the edges, and a good swish brings some leopard spotty lacing.
The nose hits with a large amount of fruit. It feels black berry, currant, creme de cassis, or some other dark black fruit, a light honey sweetness matching nicely in the background, I can't even tell this came from bourbon it's so fruity, it smells incredible. A little bit of char hides in the back. It smells incredibly creamy.
The palate feels so incredibly wonderful. The sweetness angle on this beer is just "perfect". High quality milk silky chocolate on the finish. The mid palate brings all that black fruit with a honey kiss of sweetness. There's some playful carbonation on the tip of the tongue at first, but alows the silky character to just come through. There is a wonderful sooty smoke component to this also, like you could blow black ash right out of your mouth.
Overall this drinks so easily, and is one of the most perfect sweet balanced big stouts I've ever had. Finished this bottle in nothing flat. Just a great beer.
01-11-2013 20:32:54 | More by smakawhat
4.48/5 rDev +0.2%
Review from notes. Big thanks to Morgan for hooking me up with this one! Consumed side by side with EC 18.
A: Pours a thick black with a small tan head on top. Decent retention and minimal lacing.
S: Wow, a good amount of bourbon going on mixed with some chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate has both cocoa notes and milk chocolate. There is a little bit of dark fruit, light roast, and oak as well.
T: A nice follow up from the aroma with a nice combination of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. There is a little bit more roasty malt and some caramel. The dark fruit on the aroma didn't really show up.
M: Medium to full bodied, very creamy and smooth. Very easy drinking.
O: Very impressed. Liked this beer a lot, so easy to drink with a lot of flavor. While hard to differentiate with the 18 year, I did like this one a bit more, but would have no problem drinking either one again.
06-04-2012 21:12:59 | More by mdaschaf
4.47/5 rDev 0%
Oil slick black, minimal head on most of the Eclipse beers. Aroma was heavy on the bourbon, as to be expected. Played up the vanilla more than any of the other Eclipses I can recall.
Taste, again, wood, bourbon, vanilla. Dwarves the totality base stout in here. Good charred qualities. Not super viscous, went for subtlety vs. trying to make the biggest stout in the world.
Low carbonation allows the quaint amount of chocolate to come out as it warms. Warming. Had on tap at the 1st annual pre release party Dec. 1, 2010. Chewy, without being over the top in any one area, everything played real nice with each other. Possibly my favorite bourbon version of Eclipse.
EDIT: Damn, the 2011 version was pretty damn nice too.
04-09-2011 19:29:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.63/5 rDev +3.6%
22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, tan lacing sticking closely to the edges of the glass. Very dark and still looking.
The aroma shows some very nice chocolate and bourbon flavors to it, but a good amount of alcohol heat is also there. Some notes of brown sugar and vanilla come out in it as well. Very good overall, but a little too much boozy alcohol to be great.
The bourbon barrel flavors really stand out in the taste. I get some great brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors coming out of it. It works very well with the chocolaty, slightly roasty flavors of the base beer. The bourbon seems to steal the show a little, but it's good enough that I can't really complain. The alcohol that seemed so evident in the aroma is also completely hidden making it very smooth and drinkable.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. It feels a little heavier than the other Eclipse I've had, which I like.
Overall, I thought it was a great beer. The bourbon steals the show a little, but it's also adds some pretty awesome flavors. The flavors come together extremely well in it. Great beer overall, I'd definitely put it up there with an elite group of barrel aged beers.
04-22-2012 01:23:12 | More by billab914
4.47/5 rDev 0%
Bottle shared by Grant, compared to the Heaven Hill he brought last week - many thanks!
Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of vanilla from the barrels. Also present are hints of dark chocolate and traces of alcohol.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by well-integrated dark chooclate and vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the vanilla flavors take over a bit before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall this beer was much more of a bourbon bomb than the HH version. Still a very nice beer but the complexity and nuance of the HH version was lost on this one. Very much worth a shot but thus far my second favorite of the series.
09-10-2010 00:09:21 | More by glid02
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottle #65 of the 2009 vintage poured into my Bruery snifter. Dark brown tinged deep crimson with a one finger light brown head lingers for a minute and leaves a little lacing when it recedes.
Prominent bourbon accompanies rich chocolate and illustrious caramel notes. As the beer warms to room temperature, vanilla and oak are more apparent. Alcohol vapor is quite mellow in the nose, and there's just a shadow of coffee behind the bourbon, chocolate, and caramel.
The flavor opens up with a touch of alcohol that's quickly eclipsed by bourbonic caramel and chocolate. There's something about the flavor of this beer that reminds me a lot of Firestone 13. Perhaps it's the interplay between the caramel and bourbon. Regardless, it's a good thing. The restrained presence of roasted malt and even lighter presence of coffee make this a smooth and mellow bourbon Imperial Stout. The heat is at an ideal level for me, neither too mellow nor stinging. The beer is lightly sweet, but it dries out in the lightly astringent, warming, and caramel bourbon finish.
The mouthfeel is silky and creamy, with a really nice upper low level of carbonation. There's a little astringency and there's a drying woody quality. Overall, this is a top notch bourbon Imperial Stout.
03-23-2010 05:03:25 | More by HopHead84
4.35/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle number 3658 split three ways on a beautiful Kirkland night.
A - Pours a dark tasted bron with a nice thin dark tan head that quickly fades to the edges.
S - Mostly oak at first then some chocolate and carmel with some soy-booze.
T - Similar to th nose. Lots of chocolate and carmel with some booze finish.
D - Decent carbonation for the style and a nice medium to heavy body. As it should be.
O - Another really good Eclipse stout. Not as amazing as the 18 yr, but still very, very nice.
04-23-2012 04:14:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
01-21-2013 02:33:04 | More by johnnnniee
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
Reviewed from notes: Huge thanks to Jacob.
appearance: pitch black with a 1 finger mocha head
smell: bourbon, booze, roast, barley, malts, vanilla,
taste: bourbon, booze, vanilla, malts,
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,
overall: this is one hell of a stout. very well done with the balancing of the ingredients and the incorporation of the barrel.
11-30-2011 19:38:28 | More by THECPJ
4.47/5 rDev 0%
Bottle graciously shared by Dyan last month in DC, very appreciative for the chance to try this. One of these days I'm gonna set up a tasting with a bunch of FiftyFifty Eclipse beers side-by-side, it would be cool to check out the differences from the barrels. By itself this one seemed kind of special to me, my second favorite to PVW.
It pours dark brown with a tan foam, same as the other Eclipse beers I suppose. The nose is very nice, big hits of Elijah Craig along with the sweet malty aromas of the base beer. Some cocoa and oak, but mainly the bourbon.
It tasted really good, large barrel character along with cocoa and dark fruits. Viscous and sticky feeling, the flavors lasted long after my glass was empty. Excellent, I'd be very happy to try this one again any time. I owe you Dyan.
06-21-2011 02:17:23 | More by TurdFurgison
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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