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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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570 Ratings
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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 309
Gots: 270 | FT: 12
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

White wax.
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Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lighting was low, but from what I can tell the color is an inky black. There's very little head.

Smells heavily of vanilla and oak, with lighter notes of chocolate and lighter yet, roasted marshmallow.

The vanilla and oak dominate the taste and is a little bit more harsh than the 12 year, but still very good. Chocolate and coffee roasts finish it.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. It leaves a pleasant burn in the back of the throat.

I liked this slightly less than the 12 year, but still an outstanding beer nonetheless. The price point is a bit high, though.

Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
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  

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of crbooher
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Fifty Fifty Eclipse Elijah 18 (white wax), bottle courtesy of JRod1969, a good guy. Thanks for the exchange!

It took forever to get the wax out, and the bottle even fell on the floor while trying to open it.

Appearance: Once the wax was conquered, this thing pours beautiful. Thick, black and oily as you expect it to be. A first serving did not yield any head, barely a mantle, but my second pour did come with a more sizable head, thick lacing and good retention.

Smell: As I let it warm, the nose becomes more and more complex. Honey and sharp bourbon right away, then a bit of booze and cocoa nibs. I imagine Elijah Craig with hot chocolate, and voila, Eclipse! A whiff of vanilla at the end.

Taste: Chocolate is the dominant profile here, followed by some wood and spice. A tad of high-quality soy sauce as it goes down the throat. Mellow hoppiness at the end, like frolicking on an open field in Nova Scotia, gorgeous summer morning. Cigar ashes.

Mouthfeel: Thumbs a bit down here. Rather thin for such a big beer (although we can't forget this is "only" 9.5% instead of the 14% of other big stouts like Bourbon County.) Full flavor, though, and low-but-adequate carbonation. Great thick creaminess, and such a pleasant bourbon-y chocolaty finish.

Overall: This is truly outstanding. A beautiful sipper. The kind of beer I want to drink all day long!!! Better than porn, if I may say so.

Photo of IdrinkGas
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.

Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of afksports
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this while watching the second half of a painful Superbowl (I don't like either team). The beer saved the game for me. Fantastic rich bourbon aroma, red ring of lace on top of the beer, deep black viscous liquid that makes it a sipper. What's nice is that it's dialed back a notch from some of these crazy bourbon barrel beers. Not overly sweet or thick, not overly alcoholic. It's still... a drinkable beer. The malt notes are rich, too, with a good roast presence of coffee and carbon. There's enough bitterness to allow it a clean finish. Balanced.

It's a badass beer, and if I weren't watching the booze level, I'd have polished the bomber off solo. Fantastic job, Todd.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with scoand.

Bottle #5546
2011

A- Really attractive looking stout, really nice one finger foamy brown colored head, dark dark brown almost pitch black color, opaque, splotchy lacing.
S- Booze is apparent in the nose, dark fruit notes come out, dark malt, some earthy notes, the bourbon is very mellow in the aroma, hard to pick out.
T- Really impressed with the taste, big buttery vanilla taste, really nice chocolate notes come out, the bourbon is perfect in the beer, really balanced, really smooth, really unique bourbon taste that I have not had in other Bourbon barrel aged stouts, absolutely love it.
M- Big mouth feel, silky smooth drinking, really lush, coats the palate, big body, love the mouth feel.
O- This beer really impressed me, only the third Eclipse beer I’ve had the pleasure of drinking and I’m absolutely impressed, the aroma was a little of a letdown, the taste absolutely blew me away, would love to get my hands on another bottle.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of smurfbeer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

bottle 1983 - 2011 release -Thanks Kurtis

Shared with Schwaeh

A: Black with minimal head , light off white lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Vanilla , slight bourbon, roasted malts.

T: Strong Vanilla hints with slight bourbon burn, roasted malts, slight chocolates with minimal hop hints smooth dark fruits.

O: I enjoyed the 18 much more than than 12, smooth and creamy texture and the bourbon had mellowed more compared between the two. Recommended!

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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 Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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 SkiBum22
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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a dark brown, black colored body; coffee/tan colored head; no visible carbonation; small amount of lacing; liquid/watery pour appearance; very small head formed

S - Vanilla; brown sugar; very high ABV nose; back-end has a nice dark chocolate and coffee taste; cream; scotch whiskey; dark fruit; prunes; raisin

T - Very boozy; liquor taste; barley any taste of honey; bourbon barrel flavor; strong vanilla; figs and dates; prunes; dry oak barrel taste

M - Medium build; heavy lingering coffee bourbon aftertaste; kind of creamy

D - Pleasurable and certainly unique; great idea to age these beers in barrels from different years;' I think the bourbon taste is great and the beer has just the right amount of flavor where it doesn't completely overwhelm every other ingredient

Photo of Sideswipe
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 169. 2011

The beer is a dark brown color, bordering on pitch black. A wisp of tan bubbles floats on the surface for a moment, then disappears. The nose is booze, dark fruit and molasses. Taste starts out sweet with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and dates. Hints of oak vanilla, and bourbon come through mid-palate. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering boozy aftertaste. The beer is full bodied, thick and viscous, with minimal carbonation. Overall this is really well done. Great flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon, all integrated seamlessly to provide a smooth drinking, incredibly tasty imperial stout. Highly recommended

Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of claaark13
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.