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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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542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 320
Gots: 274 | FT: 11
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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:50:35 | More by orangesol
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #4016. White wax so I have the correct listing.

This is my third version of this year (EC 12 and BT blend) and fourth overall ('10 EW).

4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a big ring of lacing is left. Like the others, this one looks good.

4.0 S: This is as smooth as the EC 12 was, but it's much more lively. First, the bourbon brings out the chocolate in the stout much like the BT blend did. The bourbon itself is leathery, mildly fruity, and earthy. Booze is in check and there are no signs of astringency or off-flavors. The barrel gives a soft vanilla that complements well. Soft roastiness from the stout. I very much like the aroma, but I still want more from the stout.

4.5 T: I must say I'm impressed with the taste. I expected all of the variants to be let downs due to the simplicity of the base beer, but this is too tasty not to love. The EC works magic in this. The strongest flavor is creme brulee with leather, melon, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Slightly boozy, but it's actually a nice addition and super smooth. Soft roast and moderate chocolate from the base stout.

4.0 M: Hell, even the mouthfeel is better. It's the same medium body, but there's a noticeable increase in the creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I'm very glad to have had this and so far this is the only variant I've had that is worth what I paid. Very tasty beer. If the base stout was better, this would be a favorite of mine for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 01:28:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-24-2012 00:03:01 | More by sisuspeed
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (#4736). Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark black with a medium tan head that quickly dissispates into a thin lacing that lasts well throughout. Aromas of roast nuts, some bourbon, brown sugar, and oak. Light Elijah Craig bourbon heat upfront in the flavor along some coffee and perhaps figs. There is a distinct sweet smell that is difficult for me to pinpoint. Slightly bitter back finish. Medium mouthfeel. Damn smooth and tasty beer. I will have this beer again and do want to try the other Eclipse variants.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 21:17:11 | More by CuriousMonk
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RohoMech

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-23-2012 20:03:34 | More by RohoMech
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notchucknorris

California

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Oily and black with a thin light brown head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Really good stuff.

S: Rich aromas of coconut, milk chocolate, bourbon, toffee and fudge. I could smell this all day. Truly incredible.

T: Nearly as good as the aroma. Coconut and some chocolate sweetness upfront, caramel, some honey and a touch of roasted malt and coffee on the finish. The slightest touch of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Slick and velvety without being syrupy. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 07:40:26 | More by notchucknorris
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-22-2012 02:43:28 | More by Khazadum
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seeswo

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

01-21-2012 18:23:43 | More by seeswo
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:27:16 | More by gford217
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stageseven

Delaware

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-18-2012 20:10:46 | More by stageseven
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keanex

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 2011 650ml bottle.

A: Deep opaque brown, only seen through on the edges. Thin tan head quickly disappears leaving a small coating.

S: Mellow, but mostly bourbon and oak, slight sweetness comes through.

T: Same as the smell, huge alcohol bourbon sweetness with vanilla mixing in and out. Slight chocolate notes, but very subtle. Easy to sip.

M: Full bodied with light fizzy carb, syrupy.

O: The price of this is my biggest gripe, my second gripe is the price. I like this, but for $30.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 17:35:22 | More by keanex
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White waxed bottle poured into a snifter after being pulled from the wine cooler set to 55'F.

Obsidian black and topped by a creamy hot chocolate colored head that is well retained for a stout of this gravity. Additionally, as it dissipates and I drink, swirls of lace are deposited all over the walls of the glass.

The nose is surprisingly devoid of any bourbon character. Sweet clover honey, deep ashy tobacco, and roasted malts mix with warm alcohol in the background to round out the aroma. The flavor is more on par with what I was expecting. Toffee, caramel, and molasses all come out where they were completely lost in the aroma. As the beer opens up, so do the barrel notes. Bourbon, a ton of vanilla, and toasted oak balance some of the ashy tobacco that was so overpowering in the aroma. The finish ends with some sweeter chocolate and hints of the clover honey, as well as the warm alcohol.

In my previous experience with the PVW Eclipse, I found the texture thin and disappointing. Not so here. Creamy and full-bodied, this is much more what I expect to see from an Imperial Stout. Looking forward to drinking the rest of the varieties, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:16:19 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-17-2012 22:37:29 | More by kevwcamp
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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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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
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-17-2012 00:01:18 | More by Mark000
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-16-2012 16:09:59 | More by gafferjohn
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Sparger

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-16-2012 15:03:42 | More by Sparger
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-15-2012 19:24:28 | More by Urbancaver
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-15-2012 19:14:15 | More by ColdPoncho
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charlzm

California

3.3/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is opaque black with a nice tan head a finger tall.

Aroma is boozy - bourbon, rum and hint of vanilla.

Flavor is almost wholly dominated by the booze. Alcohol warmth suffuses each sip. Aftertaste is salty and woody. Very little character of the base beer makes it through.

Mouthfeel is warm and a little thick.

I prefer the base beer to this one, I'm afraid.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 18:53:12 | More by charlzm
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-14-2012 03:13:28 | More by wagenvolks
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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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tvanr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

01-13-2012 21:56:34 | More by tvanr
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Schade

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-13-2012 20:22:30 | More by Schade
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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