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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
99
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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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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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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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sommersb

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 05-14-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is jet black in color, opaque, topped by a dark tan head of a half a finger in height. Both retention and lacing are low, but its not a surprise given the alcohol content.

Aromas are complex -- very boozy with bourbon and whiskey taking center stage, followed by oak/woody notes, chocolate, caramel, molasses, licorice and sweet, dark fruits.

Taste is very rich and thick, with a strong warming from the alcohol. Other flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and overripe fruits.

Mouthfeel is chewy and incredibly smooth, on a thick body. Carbonation is medium. Finish is malty, sweet and boozy. The alcohol is strong, but not overdone.

Overall, this is an amazing an excellent beer.

Thanks to slowjohn for this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:00:39 | More by sommersb
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kevanb

Illinois

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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, near black with brown highlights, minimal cap of brown froth, gone quickly, little spotty lace left on glass. Great initial whiffs of cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, espresso bean, tart dark fruit, oak, coconut, toffee, light char... really opens up as it approaches room temperature. First thing i noticed was actually a slightly thinner than preferred medium mouth feel, sips as it was still cool were quite mellow with only faint notes of bourbon. Really opens up as it wars, rich vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso bean, lightly sweet toffee, bourbon not overly boozy but offers wood, char and coconut with its faint kiss of booze, dark pitted fruit. Fuller side of medium bodied, lightly sticky, no real lingering notes. Fantastic taste, bourbon aging done right without too much unneeded booziness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 15:03:10 | More by rfgetz
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rand

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 650 mL bottle to my Tobin James wine glass, which looks a lot like a larger version of FiftyFifty's sifter

A: Deep dark brown in color, small carbonation forms a small, tightly-bubbled head. Tiny patches of lacing adorn the glass after a gentle swirl.

S: The nose is bourbon-forward, quickly followed by all of the enticing aromas expected from a big craft stout - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice. The alcohol is pretty strong and seems to propel the big bouquet to the nose.

T: Surprisingly, the bourbon is much more subdued than you'd think from its aromas. Instead of a hot bourbon-y blast, you get a nearly seamless package of flavors that wash over your palate. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there, licorice and coffee. But there's also rich buttery anchor to the flavor profile, almost like butterscotch. And the alcohol takes a back seat - it's there, but unlike most barrel-aged imperial stouts, this doesn't deserve the "boozy" descriptor. Finishes with a trace of lingering sweetness and alcohol warmth.

M: Rich and creamy, full-bodied. Carbonation is low, but the flavors are so harmonious you don't really need a big carb scrub.

Well, what can I say? I'm glad I popped this open, I've got a bunch of these cellared but I wanted to try their most coveted, this 18 year Elijah Craig (which is a delicious bourbon, I'm more of a Scotch buy, but EC bourbon is amazing) fresh. Absolutely lives up to the hype and price, this brew is a piece of art.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 07:24:04 | More by rand
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the low 50's, warming into 60s by the end.

Pours with a very short brown head over an opaque black body with brown edges. No real lacing to speak of.

Aromas - wow. Loads of bourbon, but balanced nicely with caramel, ad cocoa-to-milk chocolate. The sweetness is not dissimilar to some chocolate protein bars.

Flavor is wow-squared. Gets one of my rare 5's. Thick, malted-milk chocolate, marshmallow, smooth kiss of bourbon and oak. Special.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as a baby's butt. Just a touch of carbonation. Slight stickiness on the palate.

Giving it an overall 5, as I really, really enjoyed this one. Simply an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:12:42 | More by BeerImmediately
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a almost black dark brown, some clarity present at the edges, somewhat thin appearance for the style

S: nose features licorice, sweet waves of malts followed by dark chocolate, mellow vanilla, and a heavy amount of oak

T: lots of chocolate and vanilla present on the palate with plenty of oak that follows it up, terrific balance, a touch of booziness on the finish

MF: somewhat thin for the style, medium carbonation

O: nice balance, great flavor, this is probably the thinnest of the 50/50 variants I have tried which doesn't detract from the overall enjoyability

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 07:31:33 | More by homebrew311
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jethrodium

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark cola brown with small light tan head settles to a ring, and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big cocoa, bourbon, some marshmallow, vanilla, and toffee. The initial taste is sweet with mashmallow, cocoa, some bourbon and vanilla, toffee, caramel, and a bit of roastiness. A hint of alcohol on the finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite awesome. The flavors all come together quite nicely here. This was quite enjoyable, especially after the big letdown from the brandy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 09:05:26 | More by jethrodium
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Fux

France

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours oily and black as hell. Creamy brown head with quite a good retention.

S: Smell is delicious, sweet, deep and balanced. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon.

T: Taste is wonderful. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate upfront, then sweet aromas from the barrel, vanilla, bourbon, cherry, candied red fruits, milk chocolate. The aromas are going by waves. Really long aftertaste on bitter dark chocolate.

M: Mouthfeel is really nice, creamy, smooth, not sticky. Strong body and long long aftertaste. Still very easy to drink.

O: Excellent BA stout, balanced, smooth, dense. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:59:17 | More by Fux
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 02:10:47 | More by Blanco
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TheJollyHop

California

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque black into a wine glass.

Scents of vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel sweetness, dark chocolate, and wisps of roast.

On the palate the alcohol is very well integrated. Creamy, carbonation is at a medium level, with a nice lingering flavor of dark chocolate and bourbon. This beer is extremely rich, and the Elijah Craig 18yr really adds depth without distracting from the flavors of the stout itself. Overall the desire to continue to drink this beer only increased as the the beer warmed up.

A pleasure to drink and well worth the purchase; definitely meant to be shared with others.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 23:37:05 | More by TheJollyHop
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White waxed neck, part of an Imperial Stout tasting on DL day 2012.

Appearance: Poured almost jet black with a fine tan head leaving modest lace.

Nose: Very rich with vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and fruit notes, along with a hint of hops. Complex and balanced.

Taste: Very nicely balanced, subtle bourbon flavor, coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nice and heavy, the best mouth-filling imperial stout of the night.

Overall: this beer brings it all together, one where the total is greater than the sum of the parts. I enjoyed it more and scored it higher than the average of the individual scores. Would like to get my hands on more of this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 06:45:17 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, courtesy of FunkyMacGroovin. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The Elijah Craig 18 year treatment of 50/50 Eclipse pours an intimidating black. Maybe a finger of dark mocha foam slowly manages to come together atop the beer. There's barely any opportunity for head retention, or lacing, and as a result neither distinguishes itself. The nose is just a little heavy on bourbon, but what lurks behind that opening salvo of aroma is definitely intriguing. There's dark chocolate and vanilla and a touch of caramelized sugar and coconut. The flavor profile is definitely a bit smoother. The boozy bourbon, while still present, is muted. The caramelized sugar steps up along with vanilla to help fill the void, with a still solid dark chocolate presence, and coconut again lurking in the background. If anything, I just wish the chocolaty notes from the base beer shone through a little more. The body is full, and a little bit creamy, but not as flabby and heavy as some big stouts can be. It's pared with a subtle carbonation that leads to an overall great mouthfeel. This Elijah Craig 18 version of Eclipse is noticeably better than the Evan Williams batch that I tried a few months ago. It's impressively robust in flavor for a beer its size, and would have no problems hanging with a 12-13% stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 04:52:55 | More by axeman9182
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black with a thin skin of mocha colored head.

S: Wow... The aroma starts with TONS of barrel character and it's absolutely beautiful. Oak, vanilla, some booze, earth, sweet bourbon, forest. Doesn't exhibit a ton of malt character on the nose because the barrel is so pungent. I am having a hard time taking my nose out of the snifter.

T: The barrel has permeated every molecule of this beer. Intricately balanced malt and bitterness. The fudgy dark cocoa center is highlighted with a bit of dark fruit. I've never tasted a stout with a more delicious aftertaste: A silky caramel vanilla orgasm. I actually find myself at a loss for words that will convey how much I love this beer.

M: The use of honey keeps this at a perfect silky mouthfeel, never too heavy from excessive malt. Creamy and frictionless. Extraordinarily rich yet highly drinkable.

O: I cant imagine a more perfect stout. Never ever hesitate to buy this, it's an absolute masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:30:46 | More by mattsander
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2012 version bottle number 4425, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with only a very thin layer of mocha head, leaves good lacing.

S- Very nice aroma, excellent balance of sweet chocolate and dark fruit with roasted espresso and grain. Has additional layers of caramel and molasses as well as vanilla and bourbon.

T- Absolutely delicious. Lots of dark chocolate and dark fruit, has a slight acidic twang from dry, roasted grains, nice coffee and espresso bean flavor as well as bourbon and vanilla. Caramel and molasses as well. Balances a lot of sweet flavors that all work together very well with roasted flavors. Flavors have deep complexity.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, palate-coating and thick, has a very rich, decadent feel.

O- An outstanding stout, I'm not sure how it compares to EC 12, I would say they're very close, no joke this is a hell of a stout, just further testament to 50/50's skill with the barrel. Really pick this one up, it's a treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 07:22:28 | More by WillCarrera
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1218th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz White Wax
Bottle #3043

App- A very dark brown. Bordered on black but never reached it. An amber/garnet edge formed and then was gone when the small aggressive 1/2 finger brown head poured and was gone. Made way to a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- An aromatic beer with strong chocolate on a large whiff. The ensuing notes bring a bit of roasty malts and a bit of oak. The booze is very heavy but adds too much sting to the nose. Not as smooth as the other but for good reason with which barrels were used on this treatment.

Taste- As it warmed to over 55F, it became a bit more creamy and tastier. However, was a bit harsh with the booze and sting. Had a bit of molasses and chocolate on the back but doesnt go down as smooth as the rest. As I breath I get whisps of alcohol coming out lf my nose.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a large creamy body to it and a low- medium carbonation. The after taste leaves residual booze and some oaky chocolate.

Drink- Its an eclipse stout for sure. Has that underlying flavor that each variant had. This just wasnt as smooth as the others as I mentioned but was still better than most.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:29:09 | More by FosterJM
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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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cosmicevan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle #2160. 2011 vintage, white wax (billed as Elijah Craig 20 yr on the futures). enjoyed from a southampton ris snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with just shy of a finger's worth of creamy tan head. the milky head slowly bubbled away leaving a thin skin of head on the surface of the brew. lacing was spotty. in the glass, the beer looked much fuller than when poured.

s - really nicely balanced stout and bourbon. there are nice malty chocolate notes in there, but they are dipped in woody booze. VERY nice and appetizing.

t - some vanilla notes. chocolate. char. cream. booze. sweetness. gets much tastier as it goes. the vanilla notes really help make the flavor masterful. rich and decadent. hell of a beer.

m - smooth and surprisingly not as thick as i had expected. boozy.

o - overall, nice. not my absolute favorite barrel aged stout of all time, but damn close. this beer is VERY good. as far as flavor, as this one warms, it is top notch...i look forward to tasting this in a side-by-side with others in the series. i dig a boozy barrel aged stout and this one is boozy for certain. a fun series. really nicely integrated vanilla. if you don't like the heat, then this is one that you should stay out of the kitchen with.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 01:17:33 | More by cosmicevan
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer itself has a dark brown hue with lighter, transparent brown edges. A small tan head forms on the initial pour but fades away without really leaving any lace.

Smell: The 18 year Elijah Craig comes through first, like my experience with the other barrel aged Eclipse beers. Molasses, vanilla, and oak are strong as well, with chocolate and coffee behind.

Taste: The Elijah Craig is a little bit more nuanced in the flavor. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee start a fairly strong imperial stout flavor. As soon as it starts turning sweet with vanilla and molasses notes, the bourbon and oak dry the flavor out and prevent it from moving too far in that direction. The bourbon really carries through to the finish. Interestingly, when I first tasted the Eclipse beers, I thought the flavor of the beer was quite strong, with the barrel flavor adding further depth. Now I notice the barrel flavor and feel the underlying stout might leave a little bit on the table.

Mouthfeel: For the style, the body feels to be in the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation is on the light side, trying to be creamy and smooth, but it could use some more carbonation.

Overall: This is another solid Eclipse that I am glad to have tried.

I am curious whether people who have given this beer such a great score have sampled it side by side with the Eclipse - Elijah Craig 12 year. There is not that big of a difference.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 22:51:52 | More by KickInTheChalice
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3268

A- Oily, midnight black pour with a finger width of short lived light tan head. Recedes to several swirls and gobs and a ring around the glass. Lacing is decent and the alcohol will not let go of the glass.

S- Bourbon, oak, slight char that mingles with coffee, brown sugar, espresso, molasses and a touch of licorice. The bourbon is mild and not overpowering. Smooth and warming in the nose.

T- Whoa mamma that is good. Right off the bat you get a super mellow, slightly warm bourbon followed by a light char taste and a touch of leather. Than the sweetness of vanilla and brown sugar kick in. Followed by bakers chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a lingering bitter finish. The alcohol is turned way down in this. The bourbon really shines and lights the way for the rest of the beer to be as impressive.

M- Medium to full bodied. Creamy, velvety, smooth with a touch of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

O- This is remarkable. It's complex, and hearty and smooth and just luxurious. I set out to find any bottle of these variations and I think this was the one to get.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:56:07 | More by korguy123
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jvillefan

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: An extremely dark beer with a half finger white head.

S: A very intensely bourbon-y aroma with a ton of malt character.

T: Very hot with dark malt, bourbon, and oak in the foreground ground of the beer. In the back ground of the beer there is a subtle mint character. The high alcohol is noticeable in this beer.

M: Excellent retention. A slightly undercarbonation beer but that is to be expected from such a highly alcoholic beer.

O: Get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 07:04:45 | More by jvillefan
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with almost no head. Light lacing.

S: Sweet bourbon, chocolate, fig. A strong and dynamic nose.

T: Chocolate and bourbon upfront. Strong dark fruits mid-sip, yielding to a mildly roasty finish with hints of bourbon.

M: Medium body, slightly slick. Not heavy.

O: Awesome BA stout. Well-integrated bourbon. The finish is a bit too roasty for my taste, but overall the beer really kills it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:51:34 | More by Hophead717
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle #2300 split three ways.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Decent retention and lots of lacing.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, toffee, coffee.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, toffee. Super complex and delicious.

D - Decent carbonation for the style and heavier nice body.

O - So good and complex. Very nice.

Edit:
2012 Version as well.
Reserve BR1
Tons of toffe, carmel, vanilla, barrel and a touch of anise. I think 12 is maybe even better than the 11. Great stuff. Scores Updated for the 2012 version.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 07:06:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
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brotherloco

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bomber. 2011 Edition. Bottle #2932. Served in a snifter.

A vigorous pour gave me a very dark, opaque brown body topped by half a finger of dark tan foam. Dissipates to a frothy ring. A few strands of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate cherry cordial, banana, a bit of drywall dust from the wood. Melted vanilla-caramel swirl ice cream. Bourbon is at a real nice medium level, integrates with the sweet aroma and gives a booze kick. Smells amazing.

Flavor is stunning. Semi-sweet bakers chocolate meets sweet chocolate marshmallow. All of the melted icecream notes from the aroma are here too. Bourbon is present, tasty, and super well integrated. Dark fruit, smores, and roasted bitterness linger on in the aftertaste. Alcohol flavor emerges through the finish, but is nicely integrated. Definite heat after several sips.

Body hits a little above medium and carbonation a touch below. Velvety smooth and slick. Goes down way too easy.

I've had the pleasure to drink 7 variations of Eclipse and this is one is definitely my favorite so far. The booze is assertive, and the overall aroma and flavor is bourbon forward, but so damn well integrated with the base beer.

2012 Eclipse futures here I come...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:42:34 | More by brotherloco
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.