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

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 573
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 4.32%
Wants: 310
Gots: 268 | FT: 11
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California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a very mellow bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon from the 18 year Elijah Craig is very mellow and smooth flavor wise. There is a slight roasty bitterness and a very slight alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a very mellow and smooth bourbon presence. I can only assume the higher quality version of Elijah Craig is the reason why. (802 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 5348. Shared with Amyliz4 and served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near-black with a pretty good light mocha head and a surprisingly-large amount of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap recedes a bit quickly and makes way to a thin collar, which holds throughout. The nose brings bourbon first and foremost, but then has a good dosing of coconut and vanilla. Light oak character. Chocolate there as well.

Flavor has good oak, coconut, and vanilla in addition to the bourbon. Subtle roast and chocolate in the background. Most everything seems to be coming from the barrel and I won't complain one bit. Full body and chewy with just a bit of booze. Low-medium carbonation. Great complexity. Absolutely exceptional. Boom. (731 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 466 or 2011

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a film and some bubbles; very little lacing (particularly compared to the others in the series)

Smell: Chocolate fudge and Bourbon, with vanilla, oak and toasted coconut in the background

Mouthfeel: The Bourbon mingles with the chocolate fudge flavors, adding vanilla, toasted coconut and oak and building to a boozy crescendo in the mid-palate; the flavors mingle, after the swallow, producing a warm finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very nice beer but I was expecting to be overwhelmed; out of the bottles I tasted from my cellar over the past few days my favorites were the Four Roses and the brandy barrel, which were the ones I was expecting to like the least; as they say in the sports world, "That's why they play the games." (879 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)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (2,888 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured at my grandparents 60th anniversary party. The The bottle was split among several of us there. The beer was black as can be, it's very thick looking with a nice looking brown head that fades in time. The smell of the beer is very nice, hints of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. The taste has all that stuff in there as well with this really nice lingering chocolate feeling. The mouthfeel is heavy, like carbonated oil. Overall I think it's great. There is no doubt that these beers kicks ass. I would love to drink it again if it wasn't so expensive. (580 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a Bruery tulip.

Appearance: Looks like Eclipse.

Smell: This stuff smells outrageously good. Coconut, cocoa, boozy amaretto, rich caramel sweetness. Just fucking fantastic.

Taste & mouthfeel: Delicious boozy bourbon, huge depth of flavor, like liquid Almond Joy. Roast and anise help balance the decadent flavors of coconut, chocolate and almond. Full-bodied, more rich and boozy than previous Eclipse vintages. The mix of coconut, chocolate and almond on the palate is pretty mind-blowing, superlative as that sounds. It could use a few months in the bottle to tame some of the alcohol and oak, but overall this is about as good as it gets for the style. (669 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Chris.

Pours viscous and black in color with a finger of tan head. Intense barrel and bourbon aromas, especially charred wood. There is a nice vanilla note to it and plenty of dark chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is also quite heavy on the barrel/char flavors as well as the vanilla. A nice bit of chocolate and roasted malt, minimal coffee notes. Light sweetness of molasses in the background. Medium bodied with smooth, low carbonation. (475 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black and very viscous. There is a half finger of thick tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and roast with some coconut. The bourbon and alcohol are there, but they compliment and don't overwhelm. Very complex.

Taste: A lot like the smell thank goodness. Dark chocolate with some dark fruit and warm bourbon. I'm getting the same coconut note along with the sweetness. Very smooth finish, a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth with tingly carbonation and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is superb.

Overall: This beer is nothing short of awesome. My favorite version I have tried so far. I would love to get a hold of another. (725 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 03/09/12 notes. Huge thanks to Thorep429 for sharing this one; bit Want of mine. 2011 vintage, bottle 3737.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost blac color, with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of whiskey, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some caramel malts. Smell is really great; an awesome blend of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Bourbon is a little bit strong, but I love bourbon forward stouts so I love it.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate vanilla, cream,
marshmallows, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, cocoa, light coconut, and caramel malts. The taste is amazing, pretty perfect in my opinion. More chocolate then the nose and less bourbon, it is just a great blend of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, the body is insanely smooth and creamy. Really a perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic stout; one of the best I've had in a while. I had the 2011 Brandy version 3 nights ago and this blew it away; it's the best Eclipse variation I've had so far (including PVW). The smell was great and the taste and mouthfeel were perfect; exactly what I'm looking for in a stout. Really wish I had made an effort to get some bottles of this, time to go searching for some. (1,309 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, bottle #4287. At the time of this review, this beer is the #29 beer on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list on the best of beeradvocate.com. Yeah, it really is that good. This beer is effing amazing. Served in a DFH snifter.

Beer is black with a nice thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is complex, fudgy, sweet, bourbon, malt, bourbon and more bourbon. Fucking amazing.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet up front, the alcohol cuts through a little but ultimately the bourbon and oak win out over the alcohol, vanilla, creamy mouthfeel, great finish, one of the best stouts I've had in a while. (687 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Deuane for opening his newly purchased bottle for us to try. I was really looking forward to trying this one.

A - Pours black as night with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass. A little light on the carbonation it seems...

S - Smells fairly similar to the 12yr. with a bit more barrel to it. Still has plenty of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee but the bourbon and oak have really taken this bottle over.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bourbon heat slowly giving way to a mix of sweet vanilla and chocolate and day old coffee grounds. Finish is pretty dry with plenty of oak tannins. Like the 12yr., I can only imagine how good this beer will be with some time on it.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Fairly similar to the 12yr. in that has a smooth body, maybe a bit more booze and tannins in this version.

O - This one was pretty good, although not as good as the 12yr. I still have one of these in the cellar and I look forward to revisiting this one in the future. (1,044 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (888 characters)

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

Vintage 2011 white wax. Generously shared by Nick as part of a great line-up we had on New Years Eve. Poured into a snifter.

A: Seems a bit darker than the Four Roses, maybe not. Still had a dark brown color on the pour while it looks completely black in the glass. Nice amount of tan head that faded away into some thick bubbles along the edges. Surprisingly good lacing, too.

S: Dark fruits and dark chocolate up-front, followed by a rich and sweet bourbon element. Certainly more present than the Four Roses, but it still has that sweet nature to it.

T: Bourbon is immediate here, semi-sweet and boozy but not hot really at all. Lots of bitter dark chocolate notes, caramel and raisin towards the middle. The finish brings another wash of bourbon and roasted malts. Really complex, flavorful and delicious. Very very nice.

M: Creamy, mild carbonation - just enough to break up the beer. Not really stick or hot going down, either. Very easy to drink.

Well, only my second ever Eclipse and this one certainly has many of the characteristics the Four Roses did but I found myself enjoying this one more. This had more of a bourbon element to the beer which I really like while still remaining balanced. (1,208 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (958 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Eclipse Stout, Elijah Craig (18 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co is a black stout with a dark tan bordering on brown cap that left some splotches on the glass.

Smell is what you would expect from the style, dark chocolate with slight vanilla notes and oak toppled by the blend of bourbon BA'ing resulting in bourbon and stout. Some dark fruit pops out. I May have smelled the honey used, but that could be my mind.

This is nice, not as large than I was expecting in body, yet tons of flavor from the barrel without losing the base beer. Nice hits of charred oak, vanilla, booze, chocolate, cocco, and some roasted malt. By this time the hops have all but faded leaving for a malty ride.

Feel is a little thin for the style. I kind of like that as it makes it easier for me to drink, and Im sure it helps to pick up more of the barrel in a thinner stout. The carb was a bit lacking, yet not dead. Over time, it dwindled. A great beer but 5oz's are plenty for me. (973 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head. Solid head retention, spotty lace, not as good looking a beer as the 12 year old.

S: Very spiritous, direct bourbon and ethanol notes, not the huge vanilla bomb of the 12. Refined.

T: Good dark chocolate flavour with spiritous bourbon. The ethanol mixes well with the other flavours and never goes overboard. A restrained yet powerful effort.

M: Full-bodied, spiritous I keep saying. Mellow, a sipper, an after dinner drink for sure.

O: The best Eclipse I've had so far. Well made and contemplative. (567 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is very rich with chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla all coming out in it. I get a little bit of roasty coffee to it as well. The bourbon barrel flavors are well done and very complimenting. A lot of bold flavors are there, but it really comes together well and balances the imperial stout and barrel aging characteristics very well.

The taste shows more of the bourbon and chocolate up front. The finish is where I get more of the woody oak and vanilla mixing with some roasted malt bitterness. The oak seems to outshine the bourbon a little for me. Very smooth with some excellent, bold flavors to it. Again it really comes together well and feels very balanced and smooth for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. It did feel a little thin at times, which is probably my biggest criticism of it. A little heavier mouthfeel and lower carbonation like BCS for example would really put this one over the top.

Overall it was a great beer. They really did a good job complimenting the beer with some great bourbon flavors. Very bold and flavorful but also smooth and drinkable. Very nice beer to sip on this evening. This one definitely rivals some of the best barrel aged beers I've had. (1,414 characters)

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4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2577, 2011, shared with Billy and Mike. Third straight day of drinking this beer. yikes.

Pours a near opaque milk chocolate brown with a quickly dissipating dark mocha head. Aroma and flavor are smooth, barrel dominant and nearly beyond nearly any other BA stout. Aroma is barrel sweet and mildly spicy; vanilla, bourbon, butter blend with caramel, burnt sugar and mild alcohol. Body is medium thick, smooth and silky with a soft warming alcohol presence in the finish. Barrel and stout blend together perfectly with layers of vanilla, sugar, roast malt, chocolate, figs, plum and smooth bourbon. My favorite 2011 Eclipse fresh and in my opinion surpasses 2009 EC and this year's 12 EC. Hopefully the increased production will make this beer easier to acquire; seek this out now. (787 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle. Says "Reserve" on the bottle, but I don't know what that means.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Smoother bourbon character than Old Fitz. Nice bourbon and barrel character. Vanilla comes through. Chocolatey.

Taste - Bourbon is smooth here too. Lots of vanilla. Much sweeter. Less bitter chocolate. Bourbon doesn't linger throughout.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - Much nicer barrel character than the Old Fitz. Sweeter though, which I don't love as much as others seem to. (677 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle 4138

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel presence that compliments the base beer without completely obliterating it's characteristics. Lots of dry oak and spicy bourbon along with subtle vanilla and toasted coconut followed by a robust roasted malt presence. Slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate, gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. Nice balance of oak, spirit and roasted malt preventing it from becoming acrid or overly boozy in the nose.

Medium bodied with a strong barrel character that's decently integrated into the flavors of the base beer. Very dry with lots of charred oak and spicy bourbon lingering over the deeply roasted dark malts into a bone dry finish. Unfortunately not as complex as the aroma suggests with the dry wood flavors eliminating the vanilla/coconut notes. Plenty of spicy bourbon flavor but it's not hot or tough to drink. Also, it's not as tasty as the 12 year treatment, tasting like a different bourbon to me all together. Underneath, there is a complex malt backbone with a balance of roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and sweet fudge/chocolate cake notes. This is still a really good beer but the oak presence is a bit too strong for my liking and the bourbon flavor didn't live up to my expectations. (1,487 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
2.76/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12/24/2011

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. (1,265 characters)

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