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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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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%
Wants: 317
Gots: 273 | 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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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
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass. Quite pretty.

Lovely aroma, especially as the beer inches closer and closer to room temperature. The familiar coconut, bourbon, chocolate, wood, roast, and coffee elements combine here for something quite lovely. I can hope that all the other variations are similar, because this is wonderful!

The flavor follows similarly, with toasted coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and earthy vanilla flavors combining into something very special. There is hardly any trace of alcohol harshness. This is incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. I think I would prefer it be a touch thicker, but I think the body of this beer actually adds to it's drinkability. I look forward to drinking a bottle of this with me, myself, and I.

Great execution of an often imitated style. That being said, these guys nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 14:22:11 | More by ehammond1
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MrFootstones

California

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

Pours with a thin cappuccino colored head, black, yet clear dark brown around the edges.

Dark and sweet milk chocolate covered dark fruit that was soaked in whiskey come to mind. Marshmallows and coffee make appearances as well. Fantastic.

Whiskey and a dry charred oak meet you at first sip. Not quite as luscious and supple as the nose would have you believe. Sweet alcohol, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate show themselves as you take your next taste. Harshness from oak and booze are overtaken by the rich deliciousness as you warm the beer and continue to enjoy. Had to bump from 4-4.5 here.

Does not come across thin to me, and certainly not viscous. While it is definitely dry, it still has nice body and richness. A very pleasant and inviting mouthfeel.

Very tasty beer. Perhaps could use a year or so to let the flavors settle and meld, temper the brash booze and char, but it's very tasty right now. Tasting partner mentioned it being somewhere between BCBS and Parabola, fairly apt way to put it. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 06:26:06 | More by MrFootstones
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manjanai

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-14-2011 10:46:06 | More by manjanai
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jodan

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-13-2011 04:17:39 | More by jodan
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rudeboy916

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-12-2011 18:00:37 | More by rudeboy916
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l3ilbo84

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to fragilesaison for sharing the bottle.

I haven't had every stout, but I can't imagine a better one.

A: Very thick and viscous. Not much head. I know stouts are not known for their head, but this is the only place that I could take points off.

S: Vanilla and burbon. Doesn't really smell like a beer.

T: More vanilla and burbon. Of course a lot of burnt malt flavor.

M: Very thick, yet smooth at the same time. This is why I am rating the beer so highly. Any beer that can be heavy and smooth at the same time deserves a high rating.

O: Amazing. Best stout I have ever had - superior to all other eclipse stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 06:41:39 | More by l3ilbo84
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leschkie

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-12-2011 06:40:48 | More by leschkie
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2577, 2011, shared with Billy and Mike. Third straight day of drinking this beer. yikes.

Pours a near opaque milk chocolate brown with a quickly dissipating dark mocha head. Aroma and flavor are smooth, barrel dominant and nearly beyond nearly any other BA stout. Aroma is barrel sweet and mildly spicy; vanilla, bourbon, butter blend with caramel, burnt sugar and mild alcohol. Body is medium thick, smooth and silky with a soft warming alcohol presence in the finish. Barrel and stout blend together perfectly with layers of vanilla, sugar, roast malt, chocolate, figs, plum and smooth bourbon. My favorite 2011 Eclipse fresh and in my opinion surpasses 2009 EC and this year's 12 EC. Hopefully the increased production will make this beer easier to acquire; seek this out now.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 06:39:50 | More by yourefragile
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JWD

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-12-2011 02:55:39 | More by JWD
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Rckmo10

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-11-2011 19:25:13 | More by Rckmo10
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huadog

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-11-2011 09:03:23 | More by huadog
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juhl31

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-10-2011 21:02:59 | More by juhl31
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-10-2011 04:05:07 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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klipper

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-10-2011 02:53:49 | More by klipper
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ipa247

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

12-10-2011 02:10:01 | More by ipa247
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JoshVandy

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-06-2011 05:51:47 | More by JoshVandy
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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-02-2011 03:07:23 | More by jh1982
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.