Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
02-28-2012 17:51:34 | More by Gary779
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
This was enjoyed at a tasting that included 5 Eclipse variations: Elijah Craig 12 and 18, Four Roses, Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, and Brewmaster's Grand Cru.
2011 Vintage Bottle #5450. $30 for a 22oz bottle.
A: All of them pretty much poured the same. Finger or two of brown to light brown head. The color is black with noticeable bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma is very similar, but more rich than the 12 year. Vanilla, chocolate, booze, and bourbon are just perfectly married here. Sweet, boozy, wonderful.
T: Very rich taste. The vanilla and chocolate are on a different level. Bourbon and booze take up big parts of the base of the taste. Honey is no where near as prevalent as it was in other variations. The booze is much more noticed than it was on the 12 year.
MF: Lighter body overall than I expected, and lower than average carbonation. Big booziness on all of them, with a warming alcohol feeling to finish. The dryness on the palate varies with the different bourbons. This one was thicker and boozier than the average of the variations.
O: Voted the best of the Eclipse tasting (albeit not unanimous). The balance just puts it up above the rest. Deliciously impressive.
02-26-2012 21:47:20 | More by russwbeck
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-26-2012 14:47:37 | More by sweemzander
4.28/5 rDev -4.3%
2011 vintage, bottle no. 3470. Poured into Delirium snifter at cold cellar temp.
A: Deep brown--almost black, with tan highlights. The coffee foam head recedes quickly with a little hiss.
N: Notes of coffee and sweet hot bourbon bellow forth at the rim. Further back, hints of chocolate, coffee, coconut and fresh fig and honey waft up.
T/M: The tastes follow the nose, with the addition of sweet caramelized sugar. The beer is hot and boozy, but not too heavy or syrupy. The carbonation is perfect, reminding you that, although there is a bourbon presence, this is in fact beer. There is a defined dryness to the beer, which compliments the heat.
Overall, the Eclipse is my favorite display of bourbon barrel-aged beer. Although this EC18 is the first Eclipse that I have reviewed, it is not my first one enjoyed. This version does seem to be a bit more hot than the others, which could imply that there is room to improve over time. I really like this one and look forward to future enjoyments.
02-22-2012 03:14:07 | More by peacebone116
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
02-22-2012 01:27:51 | More by Huhzubendah
4.43/5 rDev -0.9%
22oz into Duck Rabbit snifter from Dajtai007 in a recent trade, thanks Daniel.
Great brew, really enjoyed all three phases here - first glass, through 3rd glass. As it warmed it opened considerably and a lot of the stout came forward.
Very creamy in the body despite a strong EC presence in the nose, and the taste. No bourbon in the body, not a hint of watery/oily - full bodied, creamy across the middle and crisp at the end with sharp bitterness and the caramel/alcohol flavors of the liquor.
The EC is strong in the nose, but there is also the strain of malt, a richness that comes through, a bit of bitter chocolate, slight dark fruit in the finish; dates.
02-20-2012 02:59:26 | More by CooperEllis
4.18/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured into my Darkness tulip.
Thick rich looking pour. Two full fingers of mocha head. Dissipates at a snail's pace. Some lacing is evident.
Smell is quite nice. Sweet molasses, vanilla, some light spice. Faint bourbon and some slight toasted coconut. Very appealing.
Fairly thick on the tongue. Almost chewy. Not as sweet as the smell. Roast is prominent up front, but not overly done. Some wood is picked up. Followed by dark chocolate. Booze warms the back of my throat, but I don't taste any. The aftertaste holds all the sweetness that I was looking for. Very drinkable.
I'm going to finish this bottle and see what else I can pick up. I tasted a little more of the toasted coconut I got in the nose after my bottle opened up. Very tasty beer. Looking forward to my next bottle to see how this develops.
02-20-2012 01:46:40 | More by TheDudeRules
4.63/5 rDev +3.6%
650ml bottle 9,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an oversized wine glass
2011 Vintage - White Wax
Bottle No: 5209
Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one, not a beer I thought I would get the chance to try!
Appearance: As expected, 5050 Eclipse pours thick and black with only faint red edges visible when back lit. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, dark tan coloured head that lasts amazingly well for a barrel aged imperial stout and even leaves a thick coat of lace as it recedes.
If I couldn't already smell delicious notes of chocolate and bourbon coming off of the beer, I would be quite happy to just sit and look at it for a while!
Smell: Mmmmm, Elijah Craig Eclipse smells absolutely divine! As expected bourbon dominates the nose, along with rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, sweet caramel and toasted coconut. Warming and further inspection of the nose yields notes of almond, floral honey, oak, sweet dark fruit (cherries?), a hint of salty liquorice, a touch of roasted malt and nose tingling bourbon like alcohol.
Taste: As the nose suggested, this is delicious! The initial flavour is of sweet caramel, vanilla and quality bourbon. Sweet dark fruits, oak, butterscotch, chocolate fudge and coconut soon join the picture. The finish is lightly bitter with a cocoa note and a ton of bourbon like alcohol. As the beer warms the alcohol flavour grows a little too much and detracts slightly from the other flavours.
Mouthfeel: The body is actually quite a bit lighter than I expected; being just under full; the carbonation is also a little higher than I expected (and than I generally prefer in imperial stouts), but it is stunningly smooth and makes 5050 Eclipse supremely drinkable and I find my self wanting to gulp rather than sip! The finish is lightly bitter, quite dry and gives quite a bit of alcohol warmth in the throat and down to your stomach.
Overall: Another stunning bourbon-laced imperial stout from California. I am going to have to go hunting for the other barrel aged Eclipse variants as well as a few more bottles of this!
02-19-2012 09:27:46 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.5/5 rDev +0.7%
Cracked this bad boy in celebration of the wife getting an awesome new job.
A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent, and there is some sticky lace that coats the glass...
S - Oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate, dark fruits, and a good dose of Bourbon. Scent is very enticing...
T - Delicious. Chocolate, and caramel up front. Oak/vanilla, lingering chocolate, and smooth Bourbon in the finish. Excellent balance of flavors...
M - Rich and creamy, but as with the other Eclipse variants, a tad thin. On the higher end of the medium bodied scale. Carbonation is moderate...
O - Definitely my favorite of the Eclipse series thus far. Looking foward to revisiting my other bottle after a little time has passed...
02-18-2012 04:28:50 | More by comfortablynumb1
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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