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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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gregmoscetti

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-28-2011 18:04:57 | More by gregmoscetti
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MrHirschybar

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-27-2011 22:55:45 | More by MrHirschybar
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HopHead84

California

2.73/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12/24/2011

Bottle opened by me on Christmas Eve after my box randomly showed up the day before. Luckily I was there to receive it as I had no idea it was coming because I never received a tracking number.

A: Looks like Eclipse. The color is black and there's a not insubstantial light brown head that fades quickly.

S: Chocolate, a ton of licorice and anise, molasses, and somewhat harsh barrel phenolics. There's a little bourbon, but oak, licorice, and fusel alcohol dominate this.

T: This is a letdown. Lots of oak and harsh alcohol notes with a lot of licorice. Chocolate and bourbon are feeble. Astringency accompanies oak and stinging booze in the licorice finish. This tastes like the underwhelming bottles of Eclipse I had last year when they had severe bottle variation. I guess they haven't solved that problem.

M: Full body but somewhat thin and watery. Carbonation is low.

Overall: I had an ounce of EC 18 (not enough for a review) from a bottle shared by a friend that was really outstanding so I was excited for this, but after opening my first bottle I've come to the realization that perhaps this year's Eclipse versions will be riddled with bottle variation like they were last year. Hopefully I have better luck with the rest of my bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 22:46:03 | More by HopHead84
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-27-2011 16:28:52 | More by Callmecoon
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JohnPhillippi

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-26-2011 05:10:56 | More by JohnPhillippi
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flexabull

California

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

Christmas treat for myself courtesy of a very generous BA, maximum12, thanks again!!!

Pours a thick flat black color with a pretty nice tan head, good lacing too.

Aromas are great, boozy bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar.

Taste is chocolately up front, bitter dark cocoa, light sweetness, some vanilla, cream, coconut, and some dark fruit notes. Finish is bitter, warm, and boozy, but not overly so. This beer is no joke, its big, very complex, tasty, and well crafted.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, maybe a touch thin though. I like big stouts to have a bit more body.

Overall, an excellent beer. I can see why people like this so much. The barrel flavors match really well with the big stout. This is well crafted, and top notch.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:48:48 | More by flexabull
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usofar

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-25-2011 03:43:33 | More by usofar
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spamages

Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-25-2011 03:03:15 | More by spamages
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Chebyshev

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-24-2011 18:59:29 | More by Chebyshev
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Christmas beer! Split 3 ways between my boyfriend, dad, and I. White wax-Fantastic and unexpected christmas gift from uncle jedi.

A- Body is a nearly black opaque hue. I cannot get any light to show through it. Pours with a miniscule 1/2 finger or so head. Head quickly fades to a thick collar and only traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is excellent. Plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon sweetness, molasses, anise, and a hint of alcohol astringency and oak barrel. Quite complex.

T- Flavor is not quite as complex as the nose. Bourbon is definately there with some plum and anise overtones. The oak barrel presence is subtle but adds a smooth base for the initial flavor. The bouron coms through for the finish-but is not overdone. The dark fruit really shows for the finish, and is, IMO, a tad overripe. A lot of chocolate comes through for the finish as well. Left to linger is a good dose of chocolate, a mild alcohol heat, and a hint of anise.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a nice dense, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

0- Overall this is a great beer-I had a taste of the Heaven Hill at the Jackie O's realease-but this Elijah Craig version is far better. The barrel is subtle and the bourbon is there but not overdone. Not life changing or anything like that-but a very good stout and a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 18:41:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

12-24-2011 14:52:25 | More by Kaydogg
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DoesntMatter46

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-24-2011 07:32:57 | More by DoesntMatter46
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madpentzer

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-24-2011 06:50:17 | More by madpentzer
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waltonc

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened and shared with myself. Pours the color of Eclipse. Smell is roasty malt and Elijah Craig bourbon. Nice rich aroma. Lots of roast and char on the palate, along with EC bourbon, some vanilla, and slightly bitter chocolate. A little too bitter of a flavor for my liking, but quite good. Body is medium/thick with an appropriate level of carbonation. Overall, a good bourbon barrel stout but not one of my favorites. Still, this is considerably better than most bourbon barrel stouts. However, I enjoyed the 2009 EC12 Eclipse more.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 17:53:14 | More by waltonc
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

2011 Vintage, bottle #4287. At the time of this review, this beer is the #29 beer on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list on the best of beeradvocate.com. Yeah, it really is that good. This beer is effing amazing. Served in a DFH snifter.

Beer is black with a nice thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is complex, fudgy, sweet, bourbon, malt, bourbon and more bourbon. Fucking amazing.

Beer is medium bodied, sweet up front, the alcohol cuts through a little but ultimately the bourbon and oak win out over the alcohol, vanilla, creamy mouthfeel, great finish, one of the best stouts I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 00:41:10 | More by drabmuh
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StonePhil

Delaware

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-21-2011 05:31:52 | More by StonePhil
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mthomas84

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-21-2011 04:58:39 | More by mthomas84
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largadeer

California

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

Bomber into a Bruery tulip.

Appearance: Looks like Eclipse.

Smell: This stuff smells outrageously good. Coconut, cocoa, boozy amaretto, rich caramel sweetness. Just fucking fantastic.

Taste & mouthfeel: Delicious boozy bourbon, huge depth of flavor, like liquid Almond Joy. Roast and anise help balance the decadent flavors of coconut, chocolate and almond. Full-bodied, more rich and boozy than previous Eclipse vintages. The mix of coconut, chocolate and almond on the palate is pretty mind-blowing, superlative as that sounds. It could use a few months in the bottle to tame some of the alcohol and oak, but overall this is about as good as it gets for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 06:14:54 | More by largadeer
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%

12-20-2011 05:02:13 | More by drewone
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HoppySuds

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Blue Palm's Eclipse release party

A - Black, thick looking, a thin head leaves as much lacing as it can on the glass. It looks like a great imp stout

S - Sweetness of brown sugars, a great bourbon smell, more then the 12yr but diffidently not too much. Roasted malts and vanilla finish off the nose.

T - Flavors blend so nicely! Roasted malt, vanilla and a clean bourbon hint rounds out the sweetness.

M - The mouthfeel on this stout is by far one of the best I've had. Creamy, full bodied, and very rich.

O - This beer was amazing! I tasted the 12yr, 18yr, and the Four Roses. All were great, with just slight differences in flavor and levels of bourbon. This one has slightly more bourbon flavors which I really enjoyed. I'm sure this beer will cellar well and continue to get better with age.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 20:11:23 | More by HoppySuds
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jlb502

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-19-2011 17:16:24 | More by jlb502
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skkskd

California

1/5  rDev -77.6%

12-19-2011 04:24:56 | More by skkskd
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours black with a medium tan head. Solid head retention, spotty lace, not as good looking a beer as the 12 year old.

S: Very spiritous, direct bourbon and ethanol notes, not the huge vanilla bomb of the 12. Refined.

T: Good dark chocolate flavour with spiritous bourbon. The ethanol mixes well with the other flavours and never goes overboard. A restrained yet powerful effort.

M: Full-bodied, spiritous I keep saying. Mellow, a sipper, an after dinner drink for sure.

O: The best Eclipse I've had so far. Well made and contemplative.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 03:45:18 | More by Halcyondays
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a very mellow bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon from the 18 year Elijah Craig is very mellow and smooth flavor wise. There is a slight roasty bitterness and a very slight alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a very mellow and smooth bourbon presence. I can only assume the higher quality version of Elijah Craig is the reason why.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 04:42:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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rxdrewthejew

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was third in my series of 50/50 tasters at Blue Palms last night.

Appearance is basically the same as that of the 12 year. Nothing special, just looks like the average stout. The nose is actually pretty mild, not nearly as sweet smelling as the 12 year. Deep heavy scent with bourbon and chocolate. The first sip is startling though. The boozyness really jumps out, almost to the point of being harsh. I was initially a bit shocked at just how strong the whisky character was in this beer. However, as I got used to it, the flavor mellowed out and revealed a slightly darker, more mature and less sweet version of the 12 year. Mouthfeel was a bit on the sharp and boozy side, but not unpleasantly so. I thought the 12 was better, but this was really good and I wonder if aging would serve this one well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 01:49:01 | More by rxdrewthejew
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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