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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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world-class

535 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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claaark13

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Founders snifter, thanks to drink__ for making this a nice little back end of our interesting trade.

A - Pours fairly dark with a great looking head. Wow, I really didn't expect this at all in comparison to many under-carbonated bottles I've consumed. The head fades into thin lacing with a little bit of lacing and some small bubbles. Sticks to the side of the glass well enough.

S - Mild fudge, strong oak aroma. Light vanilla, slightly more of a toffee/caramel aroma in the middle. Then oak again. I'm confused by what seems to be virgin oak surrounding the entire nose.

T - Fudge, light vanilla and toffee. Somewhat expected by the aroma, although the dry oak doesn't come out until the end. No real booziness evident...maybe a slight amount about 3/4 through the flavor. There is some sweetness in the backbone as well that seems to help carry the vanilla/toffee flavors. More fudge battles light vanilla in the dry finish. The dryness seems to come on just a bit too early. That is a shame, because the rest of the flavors are great. (4.25)

M - Medium to, dare I say, full body? Interesting. It does seem thicker than previous releases. There is carbonation and a thicker body that really adds to the flavors. It starts off a little light on the tongue, but then sticks very well.

O - This is an improvement on the 2010 releases in body and head retention. I also like the look of the white wax, but that should be irrelevant. It is a good beer, but I don't really know how it will hold up with time. With the exception of the early-onset dry finish, the rest of the beer is great. I'm having a tough time dropping the taste down to the 4.0, as I think it is lower than a 4.5 but higher than a 4.0.

I just opened bottle #1848 and noticed some different flavors. There is a dark fruit aroma/taste element that I didn't find before.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 04:59:43 | More by claaark13
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Azurescens

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage bottle number 4470 poured into snifter on 3/4/2012

A: Pours black with light brown head. Decent head retention that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Oak, alcohol, sweet dark malt, and a hint of dark fruit. The dark fruit aroma is interesting and was not present in the Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 I just had, this is also more roasty and intense. Some vanilla, bourbon and caramel are present as well.

T: Quite rich and flavorful, loaded with roasted malt, oak, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit. Some nice creaminess, bourbon and caramel towards the finish.

M: Smooth but with a slight sharpness that was not present in the EC12 version. Low-moderate carbonation and finishes slightly sweet.

O: Great barrel aged imperial stout, I prefered the Elijah Craig 12 version ever so slightly more than this one. While this has some nice dark fruit notes and is slightly more intense, it is not quite as smooth or drinkable. Enjoyed both versions a lot and very glad I got the chance to sit down and review these.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 06:05:35 | More by Azurescens
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tarheels86

California

3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:44:22 | More by tarheels86
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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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rxdrewthejew

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was third in my series of 50/50 tasters at Blue Palms last night.

Appearance is basically the same as that of the 12 year. Nothing special, just looks like the average stout. The nose is actually pretty mild, not nearly as sweet smelling as the 12 year. Deep heavy scent with bourbon and chocolate. The first sip is startling though. The boozyness really jumps out, almost to the point of being harsh. I was initially a bit shocked at just how strong the whisky character was in this beer. However, as I got used to it, the flavor mellowed out and revealed a slightly darker, more mature and less sweet version of the 12 year. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sharp and boozy side, but not unpleasantly so. I thought the 12 was better, but this was really good and I wonder if aging would serve this one well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 01:49:01 | More by rxdrewthejew
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xpimptastikx

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 White waxed bottle

A - Darkness with a finger of milk chocolate head, a thin sheet that sticks around and leaves some legs.

S - Alcohol heat, oak, vanilla, cocoa.

T - Nice roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, and a light dark fruit that falls perfectly into place.

M/D - smooth and creamy, slightly tannic from the barrel. A great treatment for the base beer, one of my favorites to date, and the only real complaint would be the alcohol present in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:32:12 | More by xpimptastikx
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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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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to finally try this. Picked up at City Beer store in SF.

A: Cue-ball black, with a two-finger mocha head fading to a Millennium logo/Lucent Technologies ring (I know, odd 90s references) gripping the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: There's not much layering to this, or a linear story line to the smell. It just all hits you at once, but it's still very complex. Dark fruits stand out (figs, raisins, prunes), brown sugar, sweet espresso, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, lots of oak, whisky tannins (leathery), boozy heat, tobacco, and probably a hundred other notes that I just can't discern.

T: Bigger than the nose, but similarly simultaneous. Huge dark fruit flavor, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, espresso, whisky barrel, oak, soy sauce, tobacco, and some light grassy hop notes in the finish. Lots of boozy heat throughout, and especially in the finish, which sticks with you for a spell.

M: Has a lighter body than I'd expect, but still overshadows any regular stout. Very little carb. Has a ton of boozy heat in the finish--has the best aspects of whisky without the bite.

Well worth the $28 price tag. I enjoyed every sip of it, and I'll remember this one for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:40:02 | More by Heavenisbeer
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #5501 poured slighty cooler than cellar temperature into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of head.

Picking up bitter chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. All nicely proportioned Some alcohol is also detectable.

Dark chocolate, brown sugar and molasses up front. Much less oak compared to the 12yr and a little more alcohol heat. Finishes with a little burn. As it warmed it had a wonderful fudge brownie flavor.

Great carbonation and mouthfeel. This one was the most carbonated of all the variants I've tried thus far.

I'm glad I picked up a few bottles of this one! Can't wait to try it again with some age.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 01:44:22 | More by IdrinkGas
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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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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black with a thick light tan head. Head sticks around and lingers. Very good looking beer.

S - I can just smell the inside of that barrel. A malty, warm, bourbon smell. Chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit come to mind. Pretty much exactly how I love a wonderfully aged imperial stout to smell.

T - The bourbon is so well melded to the stout, it's impeccable. Up front, the stout tries to shine through a little with some maltiness and sweet candied flavors, but then the barrel comes up. Not that I'm complaining. The oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors are on point and warming without being hot. A complex marriage of taste that makes you ponder each sip.

M - The first thought was velvet. It's got a little heat as a barrel aged stout should have, but in no way hot and seems to go down so smooth. Malt gives some body, and along with the barrel, can make this a sipper. Carbonation is there, but not too much, not too little, right on point.

O - I realized, that everything I thought about above, I kept thinking about how well FiftyFifty nailed this. So good. Really. This is one best enjoyed with that barrel still present to show the full body and complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:51:04 | More by Scrumtralecent
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle aged a little over 1 year.

A - Black body, slim tan head.

S - Oak, vanilla , chocolate, boozy

T - A lot of bourbon, good amount of bitterness, chocolate, oak ,vanilla , molasses. Slightly harsh finish.

M - Medium to full, decent amount of carbonation.

Didn't enjoy this as much as the Elijah Craig 12 yr though they are very similar. After having the Rittenhouse Rye version, which was a lot smoother, this came off as a little harsh.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 18:51:52 | More by s1ckboy
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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
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours black with a half inch thick of creamy tan colored head. Long head retention for a barrel ages stout. Sticky lacing remains along the sides of the glass.

The smell is nothing short of divine. Bourbon, vanilla and honey notes are rich and plentiful. They all blend together to create an insanely rich and balanced barrel aged profile. The honey contributes sweetness while the bourbon oak adds an oaky, vanilla bouquet.

Tastes follows the smell and it is certainly an awing sensation. Sweet bourbon flavor followed by vanilla and bitter oak. Rich and chocolaty with some warming heat at the back end. I love the infusion if honey in the flavor profile. It is a perfect compliment to bourbon and all the other rich flavors going on here.

Medium-full in body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Very drinkable considering all the bold, complex flavors. I'm taking my time, however, to savor every drop.

This is the only version I've had so far of the Eclipse stouts, and it certainly lived up to all the high marks. Every ingredient and flavor has a purpose. I would not imagine this getting any better with age. This beer is really aided by the fresh hot bourbon. Not sure about all the bottle variation talk, but this was a world class drinking experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:09:18 | More by dgugliuzza
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wd40

New York

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 3140/2011
Sampled August 2013

Excellent chocolate brown stout. Pours a thin one finger head with a vigorous pour. Lots of vanilla and chocolate and bourbon in the nose. Taste is similar with a few hints of coffee in the background. Just a little bit of heat from the alcohol, but it actually is kind if nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Not very carbonated but not flat. A nice and subtle carbonation the lifts and dries the thick viscous liquid that coats the inside of the mouth. Overall a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:45:12 | More by wd40
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PatrickSwayze

California

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

 Bottle 2854

A: Pours a deep ass black with a dark brown head. Lasts throughout drinking session.

S: Wonderful, just wonderful. This beer smells like gods vagina if it resembled vanilla, oak and light honey.

T: The main flavors im getting are really really deep chocolate with hints of gram cracker like a s'mores whiskey bomb that is smooth as butter.

M: Really weird, like thick as you first drink it then thinner at the finish  

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:16:06 | More by PatrickSwayze
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2378GCGTG

Texas

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

22oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: Black in color with a 0.5 inch mokah head, no retention, but noticeable lacing

Nose: Molases, caramel, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Taste: Roasted malt, toffee, bourbon and oak, all followed by light chocolate and a coffee finish

Mouth: Velvetty and flowing on the palate though there is a slight acerbic note on the finish

Overall: An excellent stout, wish the mouthfeel was a bit smoother, but all in all I would definitely re-visit this if not for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 13:06:38 | More by 2378GCGTG
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MrFootstones

California

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin cappuccino colored head, black, yet clear dark brown around the edges.

Dark and sweet milk chocolate covered dark fruit that was soaked in whiskey come to mind. Marshmallows and coffee make appearances as well. Fantastic.

Whiskey and a dry charred oak meet you at first sip. Not quite as luscious and supple as the nose would have you believe. Sweet alcohol, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate show themselves as you take your next taste. Harshness from oak and booze are overtaken by the rich deliciousness as you warm the beer and continue to enjoy. Had to bump from 4-4.5 here.

Does not come across thin to me, and certainly not viscous. While it is definitely dry, it still has nice body and richness. A very pleasant and inviting mouthfeel.

Very tasty beer. Perhaps could use a year or so to let the flavors settle and meld, temper the brash booze and char, but it's very tasty right now. Tasting partner mentioned it being somewhere between BCBS and Parabola, fairly apt way to put it. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 06:26:06 | More by MrFootstones
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Cinderbike

Nevada

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

A - black, opaque, thin tab head that easily fades.
S - oak, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, almond
T - roast, dark chocolate, vinous / port wine, alcohol heat
M - thankfully, thicker than the 2010. Not syrupy but very thick
O - a great RIS. This is up there with Parabola and Black Tuesday in my top 3.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:08:48 | More by Cinderbike
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Spectre

California

3.44/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:15:23 | More by Spectre
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rawla

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse on 12/27/2011

Served in a snifter.

A: Jet black silky appearance with little head. Slight lace along the side of the glass.

S: WOW. A very resonant french toast, presence with strong cognac, toasted oat, and french vanilla notes. This things smells amazing. No more words. A noticeable alcohol presence, but that is expected with something of this caliber

T: Tastes like a bourbon stout should. Silky, yet strong chocolate, toasted coffee bean, and bourbon/vanilla throughout. Not for the faint of heart, this things packs a taste and profile punch.

M: Feels like a very fine aged Tequila/Rum. Small bite to the feel, but eases out with the vanilla/chocolate profile.

O: A great wintertime warmer. It may be a bit boozy for some, but a few snifters of this will lessen the chill this winter. A-.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 02:38:27 | More by rawla
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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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HoppySuds

California

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

Had this on tap at the Blue Palm's Eclipse release party

A - Black, thick looking, a thin head leaves as much lacing as it can on the glass. It looks like a great imp stout

S - Sweetness of brown sugars, a great bourbon smell, more then the 12yr but diffidently not too much. Roasted malts and vanilla finish off the nose.

T - Flavors blend so nicely! Roasted malt, vanilla and a clean bourbon hint rounds out the sweetness.

M - The mouthfeel on this stout is by far one of the best I've had. Creamy, full bodied, and very rich.

O - This beer was amazing! I tasted the 12yr, 18yr, and the Four Roses. All were great, with just slight differences in flavor and levels of bourbon. This one has slightly more bourbon flavors which I really enjoyed. I'm sure this beer will cellar well and continue to get better with age.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 20:11:23 | More by HoppySuds
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pperrecone

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell is of foral honey and dark malts of roast and sweetness.

Taste is of dark fruits and honey with the carmel and vanilla from the bourbon. Perfect balance of everything in play here.

body is very nice not too thick but it is an imperial stout. thick

Overall one of the best beers I have had in my life!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 07:19:03 | More by pperrecone
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.