Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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2.45/5 rDev -45.2%
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.
10-10-2012 04:50:38 | More by Beaver13
2.73/5 rDev -38.9%
Bottle opened by me on Christmas Eve after my box randomly showed up the day before. Luckily I was there to receive it as I had no idea it was coming because I never received a tracking number.
A: Looks like Eclipse. The color is black and there's a not insubstantial light brown head that fades quickly.
S: Chocolate, a ton of licorice and anise, molasses, and somewhat harsh barrel phenolics. There's a little bourbon, but oak, licorice, and fusel alcohol dominate this.
T: This is a letdown. Lots of oak and harsh alcohol notes with a lot of licorice. Chocolate and bourbon are feeble. Astringency accompanies oak and stinging booze in the licorice finish. This tastes like the underwhelming bottles of Eclipse I had last year when they had severe bottle variation. I guess they haven't solved that problem.
M: Full body but somewhat thin and watery. Carbonation is low.
Overall: I had an ounce of EC 18 (not enough for a review) from a bottle shared by a friend that was really outstanding so I was excited for this, but after opening my first bottle I've come to the realization that perhaps this year's Eclipse versions will be riddled with bottle variation like they were last year. Hopefully I have better luck with the rest of my bottles.
12-27-2011 22:46:03 | More by HopHead84
3.23/5 rDev -27.7%
I have had this several times. Usually thanks to Dajtai007 or one of the other generous BAs that I hang with.
A: Pours dark black, not quite opaque. A small tan head forms and recedes in a second. No lace to speak of. Though I do notice some legs.
S: Wood, vanilla, chocolate. Hot alcohol in the throat.
T: Follows the nose but a bit rougher. Grainy malts with lots of rough alcohol. The barrel is very appearent with the alcohol, charred wood, and vanilla dominating. Some roasted ground coffee and chocolate peaks its we through.
M/D: A medium-full body. Low on the carbonation and a bit thin for my tastes. Hot alcohol and a slow sipper. One I have to share with others or this will not get finihsed.
A bit simplisitc with to much barrel and nothing else. I have had it side by side with BCS, and they do not even compare.
03-21-2012 21:01:50 | More by champ103
3.3/5 rDev -26.2%
Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA.
Beer is opaque black with a nice tan head a finger tall.
Aroma is boozy - bourbon, rum and hint of vanilla.
Flavor is almost wholly dominated by the booze. Alcohol warmth suffuses each sip. Aftertaste is salty and woody. Very little character of the base beer makes it through.
Mouthfeel is warm and a little thick.
I prefer the base beer to this one, I'm afraid.
01-14-2012 18:53:12 | More by charlzm
3.44/5 rDev -23%
Not a terrible beer but definitely not worth the hype. 30 dollars a bottle for a low grade stout.
A. Black/brown with a tan head.
S. Like most of the variations you can only smell the stout.
T. Dark chocolate mixed with water and a hint of coffee.
M. Goes down smooth for a thin beer but could be a little more thick.
O. When you think of amazing limited stouts that are high in price you picture Dark Lord, Black Tuesday, Bourbon County ect...Not this one. I would strongly suggest you share this beer with your girlfriend and not bring to a taysting.
01-23-2013 02:15:23 | More by Spectre
3.58/5 rDev -19.9%
651mL 2011 white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
10-02-2012 15:44:22 | More by tarheels86
3.78/5 rDev -15.4%
22oz bottle purchased in 2012. Split a couple ways. Consumed 12-17, reviewed from notes.
A: Pitch black with a very thin mocha lacing. Legs stick.
N: Deep whiff of oak, caramel, and vanilla. Fudge is the backbone, and there is a pronounced brown sugar. The bourbon is the foreground, as it should be.
T: Dominate marshmallows and vanilla. Oak is playing second fiddle. There are traces of coffee and fudge. There is a slight sourness I find distracting, but it’s not an infection.
M: Very intense alcohol. Mouthfeel is much better than the 2010; it’s heavier and fluffier.
O: A marked improvement over the previous year, but for the price, it really lacks the stand out qualities that bring it to the next tier of BA RISes. Good stuff, but I’d rather have Parabola for half the cost.
01-15-2013 17:09:28 | More by writerLJBerg
3.8/5 rDev -15%
Reviewed from notes. Pours typical dark black with a tan head. smell is of bourbon, molasses, chocolate. Taste is a bit sweeter than I prefer, but follows the nose closely. This is not as good as the 12 year in my opinion. taste is a little more subtle and doesn't quite have the same bourbon punch.
04-30-2012 02:10:47 | More by Blanco
3.86/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
02-14-2014 18:54:50 | More by Phyl21ca
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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