Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kevanb:
4.65/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage, shared at DLD, reviewed from notes
Pour is a nice deep brown color, not quite as black as other stouts, a faint head appears and fades quickly but leaves a lot of film atop the beer with swirls of brown, white and caramel. Complex aromas jump out, vanilla, chocolate, mild coffee as well, but quite muted. The barrel expression is perfect, not overpowering, but still distinct and complimentary to the other aromas. The flavors are perfect, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coffee, coconut, hazelnut all come to mind, chocolate and bourbon came out the most on my tongue, balanced in harmony. It felt like each sip brought out another flavor. The body is a bit thin, something I've noticed with every variant, but the carbonation is spot on for the style.
Verdict: Amazing. One of the best variants to date, and also one of the best fresh variants I've had.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2012 15:13:09 | More by kevanb
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3.86/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is harsher than ion the 12 year version. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium rye whiskey notes with rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout but some of the harsher notes don’t really comes out clean. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version. I preferred the 12 year old Elijah version to this one base on overall taste being not as smooth as the other version.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 18:54:50 | More by Phyl21ca
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.