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

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

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BA SCORE
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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%


Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

White wax.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2011)
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Gary779

South Africa

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #5209

A: Beer pours majestically black, and forms a huge tan coloured head. The head leaves quite a fair amount of lace. Beer seems to be pitch black, but closer inspection yields red edges.

S: The smell is deceptively dark. You can just smell that this beer is ultra-mellow and grown-up. Dark chocolate and cherrywood are quite dominant flavours, and finer inspection yields red apples, bourbon, vanilla, roasted coconut, oak, almonds and an alcohol presence.

T: This beer is extremely mellow on the tongue, just pleasing your taste buds to the point where they are reluctant to identify flavours. The bourbon presence can be felt, and is accompanied by oak, chocolate and cherrywood flavours. The alcohol is distinctly present, but not bothersome.

M: Very smooth carbonation coupled with a light mouthfeel makes this imperial stout very drinkable, but makes it feel a tad watery.

O: An extremely easy-to-drink beer. I had to throttle myself to take time for reviewing. This is saying quite a lot for an imperial stout, which tends to be a slow-drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 17:51:34 | More by Gary779
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, maltballs, coffee and a hint of anise. The beer is every bit as terrific on the palate, and the flavor profile seemed to be dominated by chocolate fudge, vanilla, noticeable bourbon and light licorice. There was also a hint of bitterness in the finish that, along with the licorice, seemed to help counter the sweetness in this beer. This beer has quite a presence in the mouth, and is almost decadently smooth, creamy, rich and long. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can definitely tell it's up there a bit in this beer.

Just a great beer. Really a lot going on in this one. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 16:04:20 | More by johnmichaelsen
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Forgot to right the bottle number down that night. Poured into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black RIS style color. Didn't get a ton of head on this one. About a quarter finger of lighter tan head, that faded pretty darn quickly.

S: This smells delicious. Lots of sweet vanilla. Definitely pulling some of those BA notes along with the vanilla: Caramel and Toffee. Deep flavors.

T: Up front I got the nice dark chocolate bitterness. In the middle of the mouth you really start to get those barrel notes. That EC 18yr is no joke. You get a smooth vanilla and caramel sweetness. It's not overly sweet and blends nicely with the chocolate/coffee bitterness that you initially got. As it warmed, I was also pulling some toffee for sure. Long finish on this one. Wanted more immediately.

M: It's full bodied, but not completely thick an cloying. Perfect mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 15:23:46 | More by inlimbo77
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mkorpal for sharing this with Bitterbill and myself at the Library Bar in Laramie, WY. Didn't catch the bottle number. (short review)

A nice typical looking stout, excellent lacing. Nose is all vanilla and oak with a slight chocolate and toffee profile mixed in there. Flavor is a huge vanilla, exceptionally smooth bourbon, chocolate melange. Really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 23:50:27 | More by pokesbeerdude
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shane for bringing this one down to share! Review from notes, consumed side by side with EC12. Most of the attributes were very similar to EC12.

A: Pours a dark black with a small khaki/tan head on top. Moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: A nice blend of chocolate (dark and sweet), vanilla, and bourbon. Some roasted malt, a little bit of dark fruit, and caramel.

T: Again, similar to EC 12 with a great combination of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. A touch of caramel and toffee finish it off.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth and easy drinking.

O: A very good beer, I found 12 and 18 to very similar, and probably wouldn't be able to pick them apart, or even tell that they are different beers. Score will be the same, even though I liked 12 more because the difference in scoring is too large to reflect how close they beers were for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 21:20:29 | More by mdaschaf
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, an oily black pour with a thin beige head that left streaking on the glass, rather than lacing; just about no carbonation to be seen. Much like its 12-year counterpart, aromas of bourbon, fudge, black cherries. Taste is full of dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, vanilla and subdued oak, hints of sweet cherry, licorice and/or mint. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, or very nearly so, well-integrated alcohol. Great beer overall. I liked it slightly better than the 12-year because it was just a tad bit more smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 05:56:22 | More by Rifugium
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks

Pours a completely blacked out color with a thin collar of tanned head. Fades out into a few splotches of film with little lacing on the glass.

Very rich, smoothed out bourbon in the nose with nice warming heat and vanilla. Oak and peat from the booze with some dark chocolate, brownie and softer dark fruit. A bit sweet and boozy.

Layered flavors of dark malt, bourbon and oak flow across the tongue, tempered by sweetness from dark chocolate, cake and a splash of dark fruit. I can taste the Elijah on this one, which packs a very pleasant punch. Heavy malt backbone with a bit more dark fruit and bourbon soaked cake. Finishes boozy with a kiss of vanilla.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue with a nice creaminess. This is easily my favorite of the Eclipse's so far (although I have a few more left to try). I'm guessing it's no coincidence that the Elijah appeals to me since it's one of my favorite (still affordable) bourbons.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 18:00:03 | More by xnicknj
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Bottle 4489. Poured from a 22 oz bottle nto a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 figner brown head. Nice spotting and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Big vanilla and bourbon, oak, chocolate and leather.

T- Honey, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, slight roast and bitterness.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slick and creamy feel.

O- Very good BA RIS. Not sure if any beer is worth $30 but this beer has everything you would look for in this style. Have a 12 yr old also so looking forward to try that soon also!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:36:16 | More by kawilliams81
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release (white wax). Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a shimmer of dark tan head, leaving a razor thin ring around the glass. Looks pretty still. No lace to speak of.

S: Bourbon and oak in the forefront, lots of vanilla and roast and dark chocolate, and tobacco and char.

T: Lots of vanilla, roundish bourbon and oak, a little drying tannins and alcohol burn fruitiness, slight bitter black espresso finish with some more bourbon showing through.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation, the perfect level.

O: Very good flavor, balance, and complexity. Very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 05:53:10 | More by pmarlowe
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Treebs

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. white waxed bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle # 4685.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Very smooth bourbon, some nice roasted malts, toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate. Very balanced and the barrel is well integrated.

T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Really nice smooth and semi sweet bourbon. Some milk chocolate with a great barrel presence. Some light oak, but nice vanilla and caramel sweetness. There is a great roasted malt bitterness as well. The finish is nice and sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

O: The is definitely the best of Eclipse variants. Great barrel presence and everything is perfectly integrated. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:57:47 | More by Treebs
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared, thanks to scud. Poured into a snifter.

Pour: Completely black. Pours a little splashy, with a finger of khaki head that hangs around for a little bit. Little bit of lacing.

Smell: Really nice bourbon vanilla up front, with some toasted marshmallow. Chocolate and a light dark honey in the background.

Taste: Wow. Really nice, smooth combination of toasted marshmallow and bourbon. Nice vanilla and milk chocolate in there too. Some caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, yet very smooth and goes down very easily. No trace of alcohol for me.

Overall: Awesome beer. I've always been skeptical of the Eclipse series, but this was amazing. Highly recommend

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 14:24:56 | More by cfrances33
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (#4736). Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark black with a medium tan head that quickly dissispates into a thin lacing that lasts well throughout. Aromas of roast nuts, some bourbon, brown sugar, and oak. Light Elijah Craig bourbon heat upfront in the flavor along some coffee and perhaps figs. There is a distinct sweet smell that is difficult for me to pinpoint. Slightly bitter back finish. Medium mouthfeel. Damn smooth and tasty beer. I will have this beer again and do want to try the other Eclipse variants.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 21:17:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this bad boy in celebration of the wife getting an awesome new job.

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent, and there is some sticky lace that coats the glass...

S - Oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate, dark fruits, and a good dose of Bourbon. Scent is very enticing...

T - Delicious. Chocolate, and caramel up front. Oak/vanilla, lingering chocolate, and smooth Bourbon in the finish. Excellent balance of flavors...

M - Rich and creamy, but as with the other Eclipse variants, a tad thin. On the higher end of the medium bodied scale. Carbonation is moderate...

O - Definitely my favorite of the Eclipse series thus far. Looking foward to revisiting my other bottle after a little time has passed...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 04:28:50 | More by comfortablynumb1
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm finally getting around to reviewing my 2011 allotment of Eclipse. Thanks, Chris.

Black with brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is great. Sweet as always, with caramel, and an initial intense expression of coconut that gives way to char, bourbon, vanilla and more coconut. This has such a fleshy coconut aroma, it's awesome. Pairs well with the caramel and cocoa too.

The palate opens moderately boozy, with bourbon, vanilla, coconut, which lead into the blend of caramel and cocoa from the base beer. The char from the barrel lends a little bitterness, and some nice oak and tannin character, especially on the finish. Moderately fruity as well, with a light grape character. In fact, the fruitiness coupled with the moderate alcohol character makes this almost brandy-like in some ways. Beautiful medium-full body with moderate carbonation, this beer is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:10:40 | More by DefenCorps
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DovaliHops

California

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Bottle 1942. Pours a beautiful pitch black color with a very tiny tan head that turn to bubbles instantly. Scent is very inviting with chocolate cocoa, bourbon, espresso, roasted malts, and some sweet honey. Lovely oak and vanilla as well. Scent is a bit on the sweet side. Taste is absolutely delicious. Just as the nose implies, there is a a hefty amount of chocolate...chocolate fudge to be exact. Sweet chocolate fudge with a bit of saltiness to it. Smooth bourbon and oak flavors that leave a sweet honey flavor on the back of the tongue. A bit of alcohol, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and slightly boozy. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is so damn tasty. Hard to compete with the 12-year, but this one may beat it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 07:21:40 | More by DovaliHops
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22oz bottle into a snifter. My first sample out of my big box of 2011 futures; time to see if they live up to the hype.

A - Pours a dark brown, not black, with auburn highlights and a couple of fingers of mocha-colored head. Decent retention given the abv, and some wispy lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is pretty straightforward chocolate cake, with just a hint of bourbon and bits of spicy hoppiness. I'm surprised at how well the barrel is integrated in this bottle -- you know it's there, but it doesn't smack you in the face the way something like a BCS does.

T - Lots of fudgy chocolate, vanilla, almond, and toffee. Like in the nose, the barrel is at once both very subtle and very obvious, bringing lots of toasted coconut to the party. I was a little surprised at first at the apparent sweetness, then it turned to something more dry and cocoa-like. I'm loving this beer, and I can't stop sipping on it. At this rate the entire bomber will be gone in a few minutes.

M - Maybe a bit thinner than I would've thought, but all in all it's nice enough. It lacks the creaminess that a Zhukov has, which would really make this beer something special. Finish is medium-dry.

O - Yeah, I'm in love with this one. It's not perfect, but definitely up there with some of my favorites. I can't wait to work my way through the other variations.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 14:48:30 | More by djmichaelk
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with Thorpe and Thorpette after they brought over a steak dinner recently (they're total ballers). Amy was holding and ogling my newborn son, so she drank hers with a crazy straw. Anywho...

The beer is dark brown with a nice beige head. Noticeably more carbonation than the Brewmaster's Grand Cru I opened recently.

Nice aroma - bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak. A lot of wood character.

The best of the series to this point, though I still have many to work through. Surprisingly pleasant notes of toasted marshmallow, coconut, vanilla. Really digging the subtle complexities at work here. This was served at 60 degrees, so many of the more delicate characteristics jumped out right away. Of course, bourbon, chocolate and oak are front and center, but the nuances steal the show in this beer.

Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Still a bit on the low side. Silky and smooth on the palate.

A winner. I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 01:27:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 #5450. $30 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 is very similar, but more rich than the 12 year. Vanilla, chocolate, booze, and bourbon are just perfectly married here. Sweet, boozy, wonderful.

T: Very rich taste. The vanilla and chocolate are on a different level. Bourbon and booze take up big parts of the base of the taste. Honey is no where near as prevalent as it was in other variations. The booze is much more noticed than it was on the 12 year.

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 one was thicker and boozier than the average of the variations.

O: Voted the best of the Eclipse tasting (albeit not unanimous). The balance just puts it up above the rest. Deliciously impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:47:20 | More by russwbeck
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2518/2011

It's not everyday that such a strong and lush stout crosses my path and commands so much attention. Chocolate, bourbon, malt, coffee culminate in a rich and velvety taste... so much finesse built into such a bullyish recipe.

Even as the most aggressive pour was administered in the decanting of the beer, there's an oily and inky viscosity that renders the head character of the beer dainty and creamy, much like the creme of espresso as a thin and intermittent sheet retains well and the lacing also sparse and broken. But it's the sheer thick aesthetics that give this beer its onyx-like sheen and brandy-like legging.

Absolute succulence emits from the glass with the first aromatic draw of the nose in the shape of chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. Caramel and vanillans are stripped from the barrel and delivered from the nose in firm and sultry fashion and seem to inform the malty-rich aromas of malted candies, heavy cream, and molasses. Alcohol and esters combine for the impressions of cherry, licorice, and vinous grapes but do so in much lesser intensity as other aromatics.

Flavors are even more savory and seductive than even the nose implies. As others have mentioned, a heavy taste of chocolate fudge becomes the dominant flavor that all others circulate about. Very chocolaty with melded flavors of molasses, walnuts, dark roast coffees, moderate roasted grains and heavy toast- the beer has a very rich taste but forbids the harsh dry roast that can sometimes prove too dry or harsh. The bourbon flavors sometimes remind me of sweet rums but the influx of woody oak, rich caramel, vanilla, mild coconut, and cherry-like alcohols allow for the alcohols to have as much a pleasant placement in taste as it would texture.

The low-lying alcohol allows the beer to coat the mouth evenly and fully which allows for full appreciation of flavor as the carbonation doesn't lift the liquid from the taste buds. Instead, the creamy, velvety, silky feel of the stout is felt in its entirety- covering the surfaces of the mouth like heavy cream. This highly robust texture has a long and lingering finish of growing warmth, slight heat, and malty richness. Dryness and drinkability doesn't come into play as this beer is a savory sipper to conclude the best of tasting sessions.

While any big stout can be highly roasty and boozy, it's the finesse of this beer that executes the balance of sweetness, bourbon, roast, and complementary chocolates and coffees that rise to such high proportions without introducing the any smoky, ashy, or rogue fusals that often become gremlins to otherwise formidable imperial stouts. There's only the slightly more flavor intensity of Bourbon County Rare Stout, along with the magical Pappy Van Winkle intangible wood-tannic character that keeps this beer from competing with the superior Goose Island varietal.

Thanks Ynot2

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 05:30:21 | More by BEERchitect
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adamette

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed by me from a bottle at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer. Price of the bottle was $48.00 and Mat and I were treated to it by a fellow Beer Nerd named Neil. Thanks so very much Neil!
"4709" 2011 stamped on the bottle (or possibly the label, my notes do not specify)

A Dark, deep body but Mahogany colors show in front of direct light. Very little head which is understandable with the elevated ABV. 4.0

S Bourbon, malt. Who could ask for anything more? Really though, the bourbon presence is obvious. Personally, I love the smell combination of bourbon and a nice stout. This particular one has a great, classic smell to it. 5.0

T Unbelievable taste! Bourbon notes, dark roast malt all in a wonderful blast of tastes. 4.5

M Thick with the hefty dark roast malt and bourbon tastes. 4.0

D Great drinkability for being such an elevated ABV. Really, I wanted to continue to sip this one over and over. I did use the work "sip" here because one should not really "drink" this beer. It is far to big with too much going on to simply "drink" it. Overall this just might be a world class beer. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:54:33 | More by adamette
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 18:56:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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illidurit

California

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. I don’t have a lot of notes, but this one really stood out as tasting like a ridiculous melange of See’s candy flavors. Heaps of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and iced coffee. Very sweet and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:46:48 | More by illidurit
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flexabull

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Christmas treat for myself courtesy of a very generous BA, maximum12, thanks again!!!

Pours a thick flat black color with a pretty nice tan head, good lacing too.

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

Taste is chocolately up front, bitter dark cocoa, light sweetness, some vanilla, cream, coconut, and some dark fruit notes. Finish is bitter, warm, and boozy, but not overly so. This beer is no joke, its big, very complex, tasty, and well crafted.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, maybe a touch thin though. I like big stouts to have a bit more body.

Overall, an excellent beer. I can see why people like this so much. The barrel flavors match really well with the big stout. This is well crafted, and top notch.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:48:48 | More by flexabull
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mkotsayfan

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with a nice half finger dark mocha colored head. Very nice aroma, with coconut, licorice, along with some dark fruits and chocolate. The taste has similar characteristics as the aroma, along with some bourbon from the barrel aging. There is a slight amount of heat but it's not overwhelming by any means. Mouthfeel is fantastic, nice and silky smooth with just enough chewiness/thickness that an imperial stout should have. Also has a medium amount of carbonation, just enough but not too much.

A fantastic beer, always a fan of the silky smooth stouts with nice complex flavors. There is a little bit of heat, this could be an even more amazing beer with a year on it (this review was for a 2011 vintage, which has only been on shelves about a month).

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:51:06 | More by mkotsayfan
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SkiBum22

New York

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 13:11:53 | More by SkiBum22
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.