Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 573
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 4.32%
Wants: 310
Gots: 269 | FT: 12
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

White wax.
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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 573
Reviews by CADMixes:
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber #4046 from 2011 poured into a matching Eclipse snifter. The brew appears a dark brown color with lighter brown seen around the edges. A thin film of khaki bubbles collects around the edge of the glass and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma includes vanilla and caramel with a touch of fruity bourbon and toffee-like burnt sugars extracted from the barrel during aging. Some roast elements and a bit of bourbon accents that already warming fruity alcohol edge.

The taste has some raw woody elements and earth with oak barrel flavoring and an alcohol burn that is slightly raisony. Some earth and more solvent booze towards the back with a bit of herbal hop kick before blending into a roasty coffee-like aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth yet boozy and bitey. Dare I say the aroma is significantly better than the flavor but still very good and warming. A pleasantly complex sipper that is not showing its 2 years of aging at all. (1,010 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

One of the white wales in this series for me, this is a 2012 bottle that pours a rustic murky thick sludgy dark brown with a dark tan head and spider web lacing as it drinks. Dynamic nose of oaky sweet bourbon, way more dramatic than the other bourbon editions, less boozy, more vanilla bean, and a very good platform for the chocolate notes in the malt to launch from. Time has done this well as the booze is nonexistent and while the honey flavor is all time, there is little residual sugar. It's just so well integrated, and the better bourbon barrel has predictably produced a better beer. This is as good as any other version I have had, and may even be my favorite of the lot! A must for fans of the series (712 characters)

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4.12/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours near black with a quarter inch dark mocha brown head that receded to almost nothing quick.

S - Aromas are great, boozy bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar.

T - Roasted malt, vanilla and a clean bourbon hint rounds out the sweetness.

M - The mouthfeel on this stout is exactly what I look for in a stout. Creamy, full bodied, and very rich.

O - This is a great beer that exceeded my expectation. The bar is now set high for the 12 Year Elijah I have waiting in the closet. (511 characters)

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, bottle 3768 / 2011. Pours brown black with a small dark brown head that quickly foes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet molasses and dark fruits with a lot of sharp whiskey.

The flavor is roasted malts and sweet sugary dark fruits with a lot of sharp burnt alcoholic whiskey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's too sweet and boozy for me. It does mellow some as it warms, but still very sweet. (469 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass. Quite pretty.

Lovely aroma, especially as the beer inches closer and closer to room temperature. The familiar coconut, bourbon, chocolate, wood, roast, and coffee elements combine here for something quite lovely. I can hope that all the other variations are similar, because this is wonderful!

The flavor follows similarly, with toasted coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and earthy vanilla flavors combining into something very special. There is hardly any trace of alcohol harshness. This is incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. I think I would prefer it be a touch thicker, but I think the body of this beer actually adds to it's drinkability. I look forward to drinking a bottle of this with me, myself, and I.

Great execution of an often imitated style. That being said, these guys nailed it. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was the very first beer I had at the release party. Looked like a good beer, like they thickened it up a little, black pour, good amount of cherry cola like head on the top of it, something most Eclipses haven't been able to accomodate. Aroma was a blast of alcohol at first, but mellowed into a nice chocolate and bourbon blend that is what puts butts in seats at this place.

Taste was even better, alcohol blast was gone, really gone, chocolate made totality's heavy roast base fall into the background while vanilla lay prominent. Good chewy mouthfeel on it, bigger than any other Eclipse I had enjoyed up until this point. Oak impact slight. Sometimes the beer got silky. Ended up going back for this a few more times at the end of the night. It kept getting better. Can't wait for the first bottle of this one. (821 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jeonseh
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared as part of Eclipse tasting

A - Dark chocolate with small milk chocolate head

S - Boozy nose with light vanilla and caramel to it.

T - Chocolate up front with a good bourbon presence that adds warming alcohol, vanilla and caramel. There is a nice oaky barrel presence as well as dark chocolate and black licorice. The bourbon comes through in the finish as well

MF - Light body with slight boozy stickiness to it. Slightly watery

O - Best of the 3 eclipses we had of the night. This one had a good bourbon presence that added a nice sweetness and complexity to the base beer which balanced well with the slight bitterness (640 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.