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

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573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 311
Gots: 267 | FT: 10
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 dbossman
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to a great tasting group!

A: Black with a thin head and nearly no retention on the head; some slight film for lacing

S: Really woody with some anise; really boozy; a touch of chocolates and lots of maltiness and a bunch of bourbon of course throughout

T: So rich and bourbony and woody and malty and spicy and licoricey--sorry, I'm just making up words left and right; there is also vanilla and dark fruits and pepper; delicious

F: Creamy and thick--great, nearly perfect mouth feel

O: This is a boozy, thick, bourbon-heavy awesome beer with subtle anise, which for me pushes it over the top; nice, nice beer

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

I had this one on tap at the release party but this review is of the bottle serving. Thanks Alucard4 for sharing

Look: Pours a dark brown almost black in color with a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention and leaves behind a nice film on the glass

Smell: The nose on this is exception the chocolate and Elijah bourbon create a sweetness that is just exception.

Taste: Again the Elijah bourbon just shines and is just exception when mixed with the semi sweet chocolate. Hidden behind those flavors are notes of oak, vanilla and honey

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body could be a touch thicker. Mild carbonation and just velvety smooth and creamy

Overall: This beer is just exceptional and I wish now I would have purchased more than I did. Definitely worth getting several bottles if you can

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

Thanks to Shane for bringing this one down to share! Review from notes, consumed side by side with EC12. Most of the attributes were very similar to EC12.

A: Pours a dark black with a small khaki/tan head on top. Moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: A nice blend of chocolate (dark and sweet), vanilla, and bourbon. Some roasted malt, a little bit of dark fruit, and caramel.

T: Again, similar to EC 12 with a great combination of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt. A touch of caramel and toffee finish it off.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth and easy drinking.

O: A very good beer, I found 12 and 18 to very similar, and probably wouldn't be able to pick them apart, or even tell that they are different beers. Score will be the same, even though I liked 12 more because the difference in scoring is too large to reflect how close they beers were for me.

Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Company out of California
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle, number 4733. Served in a Kate the Great snifter, shared with Robbie Moy and enjoyed on 06/03/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger and a half of foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Amazing lacing, amazing retention, excellent cling. 5/5

Smell: Super smooth, inviting and balanced. Rich milk chocolate, fudge, raisin and sweet vanilla. A modest amount of red licorice too. A lesser amount of caramel, touch of coffee and a hint of sweet honey. A lot of complex chocolate flavors dominate the nose. 5/5

Taste: Upfront is sweet chocolate and a little licorice, following by fig and raw chocolate. There's some nice honey sweetness on the midpalate. There's some fudge mixed in throughout, and some brown sugar towards the finish. Not a whole lot of vanilla, maybe just a hint. A lot less licorice in the flavor compared to the nose. Chalky sweet fudge flavor aftertaste. A really excellent

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, minimal carbonation. Not quite oily, not quite creamy, not quite syrupy, but some combination of all three for the mouthfeel. Extremely dry, almost chalky, finish with mild chocolatey sweetness lingering. 4.5/5

Overall: This is a knock out imperial stout. At $30 a bottle, it is not cheap, but if you are going to drop that kind of bread on a beer this is exactly how you would expect and want it to taste. I would not hoard this beer, but I would absolutely trade for another to replenish my cellar before it's impossible to find.

Recommendation: Everyone should seek a bottle out.

Pairings: Poundcake or s'mores.

Cost: $30 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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

I'm finally getting around to reviewing my 2011 allotment of Eclipse. Thanks, Chris.

Black with brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head with excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose is great. Sweet as always, with caramel, and an initial intense expression of coconut that gives way to char, bourbon, vanilla and more coconut. This has such a fleshy coconut aroma, it's awesome. Pairs well with the caramel and cocoa too.

The palate opens moderately boozy, with bourbon, vanilla, coconut, which lead into the blend of caramel and cocoa from the base beer. The char from the barrel lends a little bitterness, and some nice oak and tannin character, especially on the finish. Moderately fruity as well, with a light grape character. In fact, the fruitiness coupled with the moderate alcohol character makes this almost brandy-like in some ways. Beautiful medium-full body with moderate carbonation, this beer is excellent.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally ready to crack this while on vacation in STL.

Pours a dark dark brown color with a cola edging. There is an unusually large amount of light tan head that leaves a ton of lace.

The nose is rich and luxurious. The is vanilla, oak tannin, chocolate, butterscotch, licorice, and butter. Very dessert-like and sweet. Inviting would be putting it lightly. I'm ready to dive head first into this beer.

The flavors are a cornucopia of the nuances listed above. The bourbon barrels provide a lavish combination of vanilla and oak, while the base stout still contributes cocoa, milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Very tasty and balanced .

The mouthfeel is amply carbonated and has a medium-thick mouthfeel. Sticky and sweet.

Overall, amazingly smooth, delicious, and just out-right fantastic. Can't wait to try the 12yr awaiting my thirst from the basement.

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

Big thanks goes out to mkorpal for sharing this with Bitterbill and myself at the Library Bar in Laramie, WY. Didn't catch the bottle number. (short review)

A nice typical looking stout, excellent lacing. Nose is all vanilla and oak with a slight chocolate and toffee profile mixed in there. Flavor is a huge vanilla, exceptionally smooth bourbon, chocolate melange. Really enjoyable beer.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Forgot to right the bottle number down that night. Poured into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black RIS style color. Didn't get a ton of head on this one. About a quarter finger of lighter tan head, that faded pretty darn quickly.

S: This smells delicious. Lots of sweet vanilla. Definitely pulling some of those BA notes along with the vanilla: Caramel and Toffee. Deep flavors.

T: Up front I got the nice dark chocolate bitterness. In the middle of the mouth you really start to get those barrel notes. That EC 18yr is no joke. You get a smooth vanilla and caramel sweetness. It's not overly sweet and blends nicely with the chocolate/coffee bitterness that you initially got. As it warmed, I was also pulling some toffee for sure. Long finish on this one. Wanted more immediately.

M: It's full bodied, but not completely thick an cloying. Perfect mouthfeel.

Photo of sommersb
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 05-14-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is jet black in color, opaque, topped by a dark tan head of a half a finger in height. Both retention and lacing are low, but its not a surprise given the alcohol content.

Aromas are complex -- very boozy with bourbon and whiskey taking center stage, followed by oak/woody notes, chocolate, caramel, molasses, licorice and sweet, dark fruits.

Taste is very rich and thick, with a strong warming from the alcohol. Other flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and overripe fruits.

Mouthfeel is chewy and incredibly smooth, on a thick body. Carbonation is medium. Finish is malty, sweet and boozy. The alcohol is strong, but not overdone.

Overall, this is an amazing an excellent beer.

Thanks to slowjohn for this one!

Photo of kevanb
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, shared at DLD, reviewed from notes

Pour is a nice deep brown color, not quite as black as other stouts, a faint head appears and fades quickly but leaves a lot of film atop the beer with swirls of brown, white and caramel. Complex aromas jump out, vanilla, chocolate, mild coffee as well, but quite muted. The barrel expression is perfect, not overpowering, but still distinct and complimentary to the other aromas. The flavors are perfect, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coffee, coconut, hazelnut all come to mind, chocolate and bourbon came out the most on my tongue, balanced in harmony. It felt like each sip brought out another flavor. The body is a bit thin, something I've noticed with every variant, but the carbonation is spot on for the style.

Verdict: Amazing. One of the best variants to date, and also one of the best fresh variants I've had.

Photo of rfgetz
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
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 rand
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 650 mL bottle to my Tobin James wine glass, which looks a lot like a larger version of FiftyFifty's sifter

A: Deep dark brown in color, small carbonation forms a small, tightly-bubbled head. Tiny patches of lacing adorn the glass after a gentle swirl.

S: The nose is bourbon-forward, quickly followed by all of the enticing aromas expected from a big craft stout - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice. The alcohol is pretty strong and seems to propel the big bouquet to the nose.

T: Surprisingly, the bourbon is much more subdued than you'd think from its aromas. Instead of a hot bourbon-y blast, you get a nearly seamless package of flavors that wash over your palate. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there, licorice and coffee. But there's also rich buttery anchor to the flavor profile, almost like butterscotch. And the alcohol takes a back seat - it's there, but unlike most barrel-aged imperial stouts, this doesn't deserve the "boozy" descriptor. Finishes with a trace of lingering sweetness and alcohol warmth.

M: Rich and creamy, full-bodied. Carbonation is low, but the flavors are so harmonious you don't really need a big carb scrub.

Well, what can I say? I'm glad I popped this open, I've got a bunch of these cellared but I wanted to try their most coveted, this 18 year Elijah Craig (which is a delicious bourbon, I'm more of a Scotch buy, but EC bourbon is amazing) fresh. Absolutely lives up to the hype and price, this brew is a piece of art.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the low 50's, warming into 60s by the end.

Pours with a very short brown head over an opaque black body with brown edges. No real lacing to speak of.

Aromas - wow. Loads of bourbon, but balanced nicely with caramel, ad cocoa-to-milk chocolate. The sweetness is not dissimilar to some chocolate protein bars.

Flavor is wow-squared. Gets one of my rare 5's. Thick, malted-milk chocolate, marshmallow, smooth kiss of bourbon and oak. Special.

Mouthfeel is as smooth as a baby's butt. Just a touch of carbonation. Slight stickiness on the palate.

Giving it an overall 5, as I really, really enjoyed this one. Simply an awesome beer.

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a almost black dark brown, some clarity present at the edges, somewhat thin appearance for the style

S: nose features licorice, sweet waves of malts followed by dark chocolate, mellow vanilla, and a heavy amount of oak

T: lots of chocolate and vanilla present on the palate with plenty of oak that follows it up, terrific balance, a touch of booziness on the finish

MF: somewhat thin for the style, medium carbonation

O: nice balance, great flavor, this is probably the thinnest of the 50/50 variants I have tried which doesn't detract from the overall enjoyability

Photo of jethrodium
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark cola brown with small light tan head settles to a ring, and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big cocoa, bourbon, some marshmallow, vanilla, and toffee. The initial taste is sweet with mashmallow, cocoa, some bourbon and vanilla, toffee, caramel, and a bit of roastiness. A hint of alcohol on the finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Quite awesome. The flavors all come together quite nicely here. This was quite enjoyable, especially after the big letdown from the brandy.

Photo of Fux
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of Blanco
3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pours typical dark black with a tan head. smell is of bourbon, molasses, chocolate. Taste is a bit sweeter than I prefer, but follows the nose closely. This is not as good as the 12 year in my opinion. taste is a little more subtle and doesn't quite have the same bourbon punch.

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

Poured an opaque black into a wine glass.

Scents of vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel sweetness, dark chocolate, and wisps of roast.

On the palate the alcohol is very well integrated. Creamy, carbonation is at a medium level, with a nice lingering flavor of dark chocolate and bourbon. This beer is extremely rich, and the Elijah Craig 18yr really adds depth without distracting from the flavors of the stout itself. Overall the desire to continue to drink this beer only increased as the the beer warmed up.

A pleasure to drink and well worth the purchase; definitely meant to be shared with others.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White waxed neck, part of an Imperial Stout tasting on DL day 2012.

Appearance: Poured almost jet black with a fine tan head leaving modest lace.

Nose: Very rich with vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and fruit notes, along with a hint of hops. Complex and balanced.

Taste: Very nicely balanced, subtle bourbon flavor, coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nice and heavy, the best mouth-filling imperial stout of the night.

Overall: this beer brings it all together, one where the total is greater than the sum of the parts. I enjoyed it more and scored it higher than the average of the individual scores. Would like to get my hands on more of this fine brew.

Photo of axeman9182
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, courtesy of FunkyMacGroovin. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The Elijah Craig 18 year treatment of 50/50 Eclipse pours an intimidating black. Maybe a finger of dark mocha foam slowly manages to come together atop the beer. There's barely any opportunity for head retention, or lacing, and as a result neither distinguishes itself. The nose is just a little heavy on bourbon, but what lurks behind that opening salvo of aroma is definitely intriguing. There's dark chocolate and vanilla and a touch of caramelized sugar and coconut. The flavor profile is definitely a bit smoother. The boozy bourbon, while still present, is muted. The caramelized sugar steps up along with vanilla to help fill the void, with a still solid dark chocolate presence, and coconut again lurking in the background. If anything, I just wish the chocolaty notes from the base beer shone through a little more. The body is full, and a little bit creamy, but not as flabby and heavy as some big stouts can be. It's pared with a subtle carbonation that leads to an overall great mouthfeel. This Elijah Craig 18 version of Eclipse is noticeably better than the Evan Williams batch that I tried a few months ago. It's impressively robust in flavor for a beer its size, and would have no problems hanging with a 12-13% stout.

Photo of mattsander
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2012 version bottle number 4425, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with only a very thin layer of mocha head, leaves good lacing.

S- Very nice aroma, excellent balance of sweet chocolate and dark fruit with roasted espresso and grain. Has additional layers of caramel and molasses as well as vanilla and bourbon.

T- Absolutely delicious. Lots of dark chocolate and dark fruit, has a slight acidic twang from dry, roasted grains, nice coffee and espresso bean flavor as well as bourbon and vanilla. Caramel and molasses as well. Balances a lot of sweet flavors that all work together very well with roasted flavors. Flavors have deep complexity.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, palate-coating and thick, has a very rich, decadent feel.

O- An outstanding stout, I'm not sure how it compares to EC 12, I would say they're very close, no joke this is a hell of a stout, just further testament to 50/50's skill with the barrel. Really pick this one up, it's a treat.

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2518/2011

It's not everyday that such a strong and lush stout crosses my path and commands so much attention. Chocolate, bourbon, malt, coffee culminate in a rich and velvety taste... so much finesse built into such a bullyish recipe.

Even as the most aggressive pour was administered in the decanting of the beer, there's an oily and inky viscosity that renders the head character of the beer dainty and creamy, much like the creme of espresso as a thin and intermittent sheet retains well and the lacing also sparse and broken. But it's the sheer thick aesthetics that give this beer its onyx-like sheen and brandy-like legging.

Absolute succulence emits from the glass with the first aromatic draw of the nose in the shape of chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. Caramel and vanillans are stripped from the barrel and delivered from the nose in firm and sultry fashion and seem to inform the malty-rich aromas of malted candies, heavy cream, and molasses. Alcohol and esters combine for the impressions of cherry, licorice, and vinous grapes but do so in much lesser intensity as other aromatics.

Flavors are even more savory and seductive than even the nose implies. As others have mentioned, a heavy taste of chocolate fudge becomes the dominant flavor that all others circulate about. Very chocolaty with melded flavors of molasses, walnuts, dark roast coffees, moderate roasted grains and heavy toast- the beer has a very rich taste but forbids the harsh dry roast that can sometimes prove too dry or harsh. The bourbon flavors sometimes remind me of sweet rums but the influx of woody oak, rich caramel, vanilla, mild coconut, and cherry-like alcohols allow for the alcohols to have as much a pleasant placement in taste as it would texture.

The low-lying alcohol allows the beer to coat the mouth evenly and fully which allows for full appreciation of flavor as the carbonation doesn't lift the liquid from the taste buds. Instead, the creamy, velvety, silky feel of the stout is felt in its entirety- covering the surfaces of the mouth like heavy cream. This highly robust texture has a long and lingering finish of growing warmth, slight heat, and malty richness. Dryness and drinkability doesn't come into play as this beer is a savory sipper to conclude the best of tasting sessions.

While any big stout can be highly roasty and boozy, it's the finesse of this beer that executes the balance of sweetness, bourbon, roast, and complementary chocolates and coffees that rise to such high proportions without introducing the any smoky, ashy, or rogue fusals that often become gremlins to otherwise formidable imperial stouts. There's only the slightly more flavor intensity of Bourbon County Rare Stout, along with the magical Pappy Van Winkle intangible wood-tannic character that keeps this beer from competing with the superior Goose Island varietal.

Thanks Ynot2

Photo of cosmicevan
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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 573 ratings.