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

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

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563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 313
Gots: 273 | FT: 14
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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Photo of Gobzilla
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of boozy bourbon barrel heat in the aroma with lots going on consisting of chocolate roastiness, caramel, vanilla, hints of coconut, caramel and a little dark fruit as well.

T: the chocolate roastiness was more prominent on the taste alongside caramel, molasses, vanilla, lots of bourbon barrel booze heat, dark fruit accents and a touch of maple syrup.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had sweet, very mild fruity bourbon barrel, boozy, roasty, chocolatey, silky and rich finish.

O: very delicious beer with great characteristics and curious to see how it does with a little age on it.

Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this several times. Usually thanks to Dajtai007 or one of the other generous BAs that I hang with.

A: Pours dark black, not quite opaque. A small tan head forms and recedes in a second. No lace to speak of. Though I do notice some legs.
S: Wood, vanilla, chocolate. Hot alcohol in the throat.
T: Follows the nose but a bit rougher. Grainy malts with lots of rough alcohol. The barrel is very appearent with the alcohol, charred wood, and vanilla dominating. Some roasted ground coffee and chocolate peaks its we through.
M/D: A medium-full body. Low on the carbonation and a bit thin for my tastes. Hot alcohol and a slow sipper. One I have to share with others or this will not get finihsed.

A bit simplisitc with to much barrel and nothing else. I have had it side by side with BCS, and they do not even compare.

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with white wax.

Pour is consistent with all the 09 and 10's I've had, which is to say it's a little lighter than most impy stouts, dark chocolate brown with a small beige head that sticks to the sides on the way down.

Aroma is sublime, big on the bourbon, possibly the most whiskey-forward of any of the versions I've smelled before. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the barrels with the underlying chocolate malts taking a bit of a back seat.

The taste is a little different but almost as good. The bourbon is there but doesn't have quite the same vanilla and coconut character. It's more oak and booze with a heavier dose of roast than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is trademark Eclipse, crazy smooth but not overly thick.

Todd consistently makes some of the most drinkable and well-integrated barrel-aged stouts and this is no exception. This particular iteration is a little heavier on the bourbon than I would prefer (HH09 is damn near ecstasy) but is still excellent. Can't wait to try the other 2011 versions.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 4828. 2011 vintage.

(A)- Pours a nice pitch black color. Some subtle tan froth and lace.

(S)- A very pronounced bourbon barrel and oak profile. Really stinking good though. Bits of raisin and caramel behind it, but otherwise the bourbon and oak is the main focus. . . an awesome focus. Right at the end/finish, there is some small bits of coffee and cocoa.

(T)- A nice richness to it. Still the same great barrel characters from the smell. A bit more raisin and caramel poke through. Even almost just the tiniest bit of a brine-like salty bourbon note you can get sometimes.

(M)- A mellow/smooth carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well, but just not as harmonious as I thought the 12year was. Again, though, great barrel character throughout.

(D)- Another great barrel variant from FiftyFifty. However, I think I preferred the 12year to this one.

Photo of illidurit
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of rfgetz
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to flexabull for passing these along from his compound in California. Nothing better than an Eclipse stout on a lazy Wednesday night in globally-warmed Minnesota. Bottle #2331, white wax, 2011 version.

Pours big stout black, which really should be a brownie or something. Nose is huge bourbon notes sullied with sweet, chocolate, malts. Wildly stronger than the Buffalo Trace.

Elijah Craig 18 Year Eclipse is a crazy good. The bourbon & the base stout are wedded with precision that would do an atomic clock proud. The bourbon is out front & wielding a mace - so as not to draw blood, but you all knew that. Beautiful bourbon, strong oak notes, underwire of vanilla. All laid on top of a stout that bring sweet malts, lush chocolate. Bits of black, shriveled fruits. Tummy, throat, mouth are all warmed & grinning. As all the Eclipse stouts, I strongly believe they should come in bottles the size of small swimming pools.

Wow. Fantastic. I'd be hard-pressed to say this is better or worse than any of the others, but it's brilliant. Excellent beer that runs right up to the line of overdoing the bourbon, then steps back smartly. Love.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this one; always a treat to try a new Eclipse variant!

A: Black with faint dark-brown highlights. Thin dark tan head. Ok retention and spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Sweet, nougaty, lightly spicy bourbon at first; some coffee, chocolate, and vanilla follow behind. Very nice.

T: Vanilla, caramel, and bourbon up front; milk chocolate and peppery spicy thereafter. Very smooth, balanced, and terrific.

M: Creamy medium-full body. Moderate but mouth-filling carbonation. Yes.

O: Yet another terrific beer in this series. A little more nuanced than the 12, and a great pairing with actual EC 18 bourbon. Good times!

Cheers!

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of FosterJM
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.

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

A: dark brown to black, not very viscous, very nice tan head with excellent retention creating a froth on top.

S: vanilla, nuts, wood, cream, and slight alcohol smell with the bourbon scent.

T: more bitter than expected, which creates a nice balance with the sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Roasty flavors are more hidden beneath the dark fruit and vanilla and bourbon.

M: missing some body, but overall very good. Well carbonated.

O: excellent beer. When I first opened it, I didn't think it would be very good. Wrong. Hope they make it again, and make it at a less steep price ($30/22 ounce bottle at most places).

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of tommyguz
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Forms a thin off-tan head. Leaves some very mild lacing.

S: Lots of booze and quite bourbon-y. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a little molasses.

T: Fairly oaky and mildly sweet. Lots of roasted malts, some dark caramel, brown sugar, and light vanilla.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a mild bitterness and lower carbonation levels.

O: A good to very good beer that offers up a nice balance between the imp stout itself and the strong flavors of the barrel, while still being pretty damn smooth.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottle 770, vintage 2011.

A: Black, with light head and decent lacing. Completely opaque.

S: Rich and wonderful. I really enjoy this one. Nougat, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Incredibly rich. Soft, sweet, and distinguished. Great bourbon is telling. Even fruity. Delicious.

M: Super-soft, but kind of flat.

O: Delicious. Definitely one of my favourite bourbon-aged stouts.

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.