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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.28%


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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3268

A- Oily, midnight black pour with a finger width of short lived light tan head. Recedes to several swirls and gobs and a ring around the glass. Lacing is decent and the alcohol will not let go of the glass.

S- Bourbon, oak, slight char that mingles with coffee, brown sugar, espresso, molasses and a touch of licorice. The bourbon is mild and not overpowering. Smooth and warming in the nose.

T- Whoa mamma that is good. Right off the bat you get a super mellow, slightly warm bourbon followed by a light char taste and a touch of leather. Than the sweetness of vanilla and brown sugar kick in. Followed by bakers chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a lingering bitter finish. The alcohol is turned way down in this. The bourbon really shines and lights the way for the rest of the beer to be as impressive.

M- Medium to full bodied. Creamy, velvety, smooth with a touch of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

O- This is remarkable. It's complex, and hearty and smooth and just luxurious. I set out to find any bottle of these variations and I think this was the one to get.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:56:07 | More by korguy123
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rand

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 07:24:04 | More by rand
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GregSVT

Texas

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

White waxed bomber into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice brown head that fades to a ring and leaves lacing all over the glass as you drink.

S: The nose is an amazing mix of vanilla, chocolate, honey, and barrel.

T: The taste is superb! Lots of vanilla, chocolate fudge, honey, roasty malt, and bourbon. The barrel has been toned down a bit here to let the chocolate and honey come forward more but it's still close to the forefront.

M: The feel is creamy and on the lighter side of medium...par for the course for the Eclipse series.

O: This is definitely one of the best variants. The barrel compliments the base beer perfectly and isn't overpowering at all. Age has done it some wonders as well. I had one fresh and it was a bit boozy but this is fudgy/vanilla heaven.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 23:00:38 | More by GregSVT
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:40:02 | More by Heavenisbeer
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:35:58 | More by DarthKostrizer
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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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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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afksports

New York

4.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 19:36:40 | More by afksports
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:16:11 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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billab914

Virginia

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

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is very rich with chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla all coming out in it. I get a little bit of roasty coffee to it as well. The bourbon barrel flavors are well done and very complimenting. A lot of bold flavors are there, but it really comes together well and balances the imperial stout and barrel aging characteristics very well.

The taste shows more of the bourbon and chocolate up front. The finish is where I get more of the woody oak and vanilla mixing with some roasted malt bitterness. The oak seems to outshine the bourbon a little for me. Very smooth with some excellent, bold flavors to it. Again it really comes together well and feels very balanced and smooth for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. It did feel a little thin at times, which is probably my biggest criticism of it. A little heavier mouthfeel and lower carbonation like BCS for example would really put this one over the top.

Overall it was a great beer. They really did a good job complimenting the beer with some great bourbon flavors. Very bold and flavorful but also smooth and drinkable. Very nice beer to sip on this evening. This one definitely rivals some of the best barrel aged beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:31:50 | More by billab914
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oline73

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours black and very viscous. There is a half finger of thick tan head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet chocolate and roast with some coconut. The bourbon and alcohol are there, but they compliment and don't overwhelm. Very complex.

Taste: A lot like the smell thank goodness. Dark chocolate with some dark fruit and warm bourbon. I'm getting the same coconut note along with the sweetness. Very smooth finish, a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth with tingly carbonation and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is superb.

Overall: This beer is nothing short of awesome. My favorite version I have tried so far. I would love to get a hold of another.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:03:05 | More by oline73
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 07:22:28 | More by WillCarrera
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kevanb

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 15:13:09 | More by kevanb
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yamar68

Minnesota

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

Really a nice looking big stout - dark oily black body with a spotty finger of light brown head, large gauge carb, tons of really interesting thick lacing.

Beautiful smooth bourbon character, some butterscotch, honeycomb, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, musty wood notes, insanely well balanced smelling beer. Needless to say it's quite similar to the EC12 variation.

Perfect velvet mouthfeel, not as sweet as I remember the other one being, soft chocolate, some brown sugar, a lot of vanilla, the honey plays such a delicate but integral role in the overall flavor profile, bourbon-soaked oak lingers forever on the finish, zero heat - this beer is just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:00:03 | More by yamar68
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 9,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an oversized wine glass
2011 Vintage - White Wax
Bottle No: 5209

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one, not a beer I thought I would get the chance to try!

Appearance: As expected, 5050 Eclipse pours thick and black with only faint red edges visible when back lit. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, dark tan coloured head that lasts amazingly well for a barrel aged imperial stout and even leaves a thick coat of lace as it recedes.
If I couldn't already smell delicious notes of chocolate and bourbon coming off of the beer, I would be quite happy to just sit and look at it for a while!

Smell: Mmmmm, Elijah Craig Eclipse smells absolutely divine! As expected bourbon dominates the nose, along with rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, sweet caramel and toasted coconut. Warming and further inspection of the nose yields notes of almond, floral honey, oak, sweet dark fruit (cherries?), a hint of salty liquorice, a touch of roasted malt and nose tingling bourbon like alcohol.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is delicious! The initial flavour is of sweet caramel, vanilla and quality bourbon. Sweet dark fruits, oak, butterscotch, chocolate fudge and coconut soon join the picture. The finish is lightly bitter with a cocoa note and a ton of bourbon like alcohol. As the beer warms the alcohol flavour grows a little too much and detracts slightly from the other flavours.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually quite a bit lighter than I expected; being just under full; the carbonation is also a little higher than I expected (and than I generally prefer in imperial stouts), but it is stunningly smooth and makes 5050 Eclipse supremely drinkable and I find my self wanting to gulp rather than sip! The finish is lightly bitter, quite dry and gives quite a bit of alcohol warmth in the throat and down to your stomach.

Overall: Another stunning bourbon-laced imperial stout from California. I am going to have to go hunting for the other barrel aged Eclipse variants as well as a few more bottles of this!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 09:27:46 | More by Thehuntmaster
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 03:00:39 | More by sommersb
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 5348. Shared with Amyliz4 and served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near-black with a pretty good light mocha head and a surprisingly-large amount of lacing as it goes down. Thin cap recedes a bit quickly and makes way to a thin collar, which holds throughout. The nose brings bourbon first and foremost, but then has a good dosing of coconut and vanilla. Light oak character. Chocolate there as well.

Flavor has good oak, coconut, and vanilla in addition to the bourbon. Subtle roast and chocolate in the background. Most everything seems to be coming from the barrel and I won't complain one bit. Full body and chewy with just a bit of booze. Low-medium carbonation. Great complexity. Absolutely exceptional. Boom.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:21:11 | More by Thorpe429
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:25:01 | More by InebriatedJoker
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black with a thick light tan head. Head sticks around and lingers. Very good looking beer.

S - I can just smell the inside of that barrel. A malty, warm, bourbon smell. Chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit come to mind. Pretty much exactly how I love a wonderfully aged imperial stout to smell.

T - The bourbon is so well melded to the stout, it's impeccable. Up front, the stout tries to shine through a little with some maltiness and sweet candied flavors, but then the barrel comes up. Not that I'm complaining. The oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors are on point and warming without being hot. A complex marriage of taste that makes you ponder each sip.

M - The first thought was velvet. It's got a little heat as a barrel aged stout should have, but in no way hot and seems to go down so smooth. Malt gives some body, and along with the barrel, can make this a sipper. Carbonation is there, but not too much, not too little, right on point.

O - I realized, that everything I thought about above, I kept thinking about how well FiftyFifty nailed this. So good. Really. This is one best enjoyed with that barrel still present to show the full body and complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 03:51:04 | More by Scrumtralecent
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MrVonzipper

California

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich brown color with a mild vanilla colored head with decent retention and spotty lace.

Nose is big, bright and robust. Big bright toasted brown sugar. A touch of vanilla. Fantastic!

Flavor is fantastic as well. Just short of the nose though it follows the characterics very well.

Mouth is pretty full and a bit tacky. Low carb.

Overall one of my favorite variations by far. A very well made beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:20:30 | More by MrVonzipper
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:55:26 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with almost no head. Light lacing.

S: Sweet bourbon, chocolate, fig. A strong and dynamic nose.

T: Chocolate and bourbon upfront. Strong dark fruits mid-sip, yielding to a mildly roasty finish with hints of bourbon.

M: Medium body, slightly slick. Not heavy.

O: Awesome BA stout. Well-integrated bourbon. The finish is a bit too roasty for my taste, but overall the beer really kills it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:51:34 | More by Hophead717
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage with white wax. Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with one finger of medium mocha brown head.

S - Sweet bourbon and toasted oak up front with a hint of vanilla as the barrel qualities come through. Chocolate, fudge, char and roast aromas are also present. A wonderful nose.

T - A big sweetness at first: bourbon, charred oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrel shine. A big chocolate fudge presence enters mid-palate with roast, molasses and light char notes. The big bitter roast profile and a touch of warming alcohol cut through the sweetness nicely, creating a superbly balanced beer.

M - Full body. Thick and chewy with a nice silky texture. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:35:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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wd40

New York

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 3140/2011
Sampled August 2013

Excellent chocolate brown stout. Pours a thin one finger head with a vigorous pour. Lots of vanilla and chocolate and bourbon in the nose. Taste is similar with a few hints of coffee in the background. Just a little bit of heat from the alcohol, but it actually is kind if nice. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Not very carbonated but not flat. A nice and subtle carbonation the lifts and dries the thick viscous liquid that coats the inside of the mouth. Overall a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:45:12 | More by wd40
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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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.