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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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BA SCORE
99
world-class

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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Davit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-29-2012 22:21:07 | More by Davit
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3Hops

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-17-2012 06:04:39 | More by 3Hops
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-09-2013 23:07:07 | More by mjw1200
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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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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

White waxed bottle, #2906. Out of my HFS stemware.

A- Pitch black. Pours with a nice tannish head that sticks around forever. Great lacing that just coats the glass.

S- Rich smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. A very pleasant hint of oak, with a slight bit of heat. The barrel to base beer smell wise is pretty much perfect.

T- A thick sweet flavor initially fills the mouth. Intense notes of oak and bourbon come in, with well matched chocolate malt and roasted backbone. Really not much heat in the taste, just brilliant bourbon pairing.

M- Not sure how, but this is thicker than all of the other Eclipses. Carbonation is perfect, but it still could be just the slightest bit thicker. Certainly not bad by any means though.

O- Overall, this is one of the best barrel aged beers I've had in a while. The Buffalo Trace bottles really made me weary of the rest of the 2012 bottles, but this one is friggin stellar. After having almost all of the rest of the Eclipse series, this is definetly a stand out.

-Gfunk

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 04:09:18 | More by Gfunk720
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours black with a half inch thick of creamy tan colored head. Long head retention for a barrel ages stout. Sticky lacing remains along the sides of the glass.

The smell is nothing short of divine. Bourbon, vanilla and honey notes are rich and plentiful. They all blend together to create an insanely rich and balanced barrel aged profile. The honey contributes sweetness while the bourbon oak adds an oaky, vanilla bouquet.

Tastes follows the smell and it is certainly an awing sensation. Sweet bourbon flavor followed by vanilla and bitter oak. Rich and chocolaty with some warming heat at the back end. I love the infusion if honey in the flavor profile. It is a perfect compliment to bourbon and all the other rich flavors going on here.

Medium-full in body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Very drinkable considering all the bold, complex flavors. I'm taking my time, however, to savor every drop.

This is the only version I've had so far of the Eclipse stouts, and it certainly lived up to all the high marks. Every ingredient and flavor has a purpose. I would not imagine this getting any better with age. This beer is really aided by the fresh hot bourbon. Not sure about all the bottle variation talk, but this was a world class drinking experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:09:18 | More by dgugliuzza
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2011 Version, Bottle Number 3668

Thanks to injuredreserve for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Black with some browning on the edges. A very aggressive pour yields approximately 1/2 fingers width of mocha colored head, which quickly dissipates down and leaves only the faintest hints of lacing.

S: Aroma is an incredibly strong sweetness, matched by few beers Ive ever had, coupled with boozy ethanol. Its a cake batter sweetness, along with vanilla, and rich chocolate fudge. I also get barrel notes with oak and bourbon, and dark fruits. This smells amazing, I think I could just smell this beer for an hour and be completely satisfied with the beer. Rich, bold, and complex aroma. Near perfect.

T: "Holy shit". Literally what I thought to myself after I took the first sip. There is a rich, decadent, chocolate fudge flavor up front, that gives way to bourbon notes coupled with cocoa and a bit of roasted malt. And all that from the first sip. I also get hints of black coffee, some booze, dark fruits, subtle hint of anise, and oak. The combination of a huge sweetness, balanced by bourbon barrel notes, and some booze make for an almost perfect flavor profile.

M/D: Full bodied, thick, chewy, smooth, low carbonation. ABV present, but adds depth to the beer rather than detracting from it, and there is no heat at all. Drinkability is good, but its a sipper for sure. Really nice mouthfeel, only downside is its a touch syrupy at times.

O: Overall, a fantastic beer. The aroma alone is enough to make this worth the price tag, and then you taste it and someone it lives up to the aroma! Just a phenomenal combination of flavors that make for a complex brew thats bordering on perfection. Ive had 250plus reviews and this is the first one Ive given a perfect 5 for all three categories of Smell, Taste, and Overall. One of the top 5 beers Ive ever had. World class.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 03:24:04 | More by zac16125
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BierJager89

California

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black, with almost no head, just a few brown bubbles.

S: Nose is all bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coffee, toffee.

T: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, roasted malt, a touch of alcohol, but it's necessary to cut the sweetness. I like sweet things, but this is too sweet.

M: Full bodied, rich, and creamy. vanilla notes, caramel, bourbon, roasted malt, a touch of alcohol, but it's necessary to cut the sweetness.

O: This would be the perfect beer for my taste, if it weren't so sweet. Worth $30? No, but I'd buy it again anyways. Can't wait to try the 12. It is better than Four Roses in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 06:02:33 | More by BierJager89
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:12:42 | More by BeerImmediately
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mdfb79

New York

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 03/09/12 notes. Huge thanks to Thorep429 for sharing this one; bit Want of mine. 2011 vintage, bottle 3737.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost blac color, with one inch of light tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of whiskey, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some caramel malts. Smell is really great; an awesome blend of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Bourbon is a little bit strong, but I love bourbon forward stouts so I love it.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate vanilla, cream,
marshmallows, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, cocoa, light coconut, and caramel malts. The taste is amazing, pretty perfect in my opinion. More chocolate then the nose and less bourbon, it is just a great blend of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, the body is insanely smooth and creamy. Really a perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic stout; one of the best I've had in a while. I had the 2011 Brandy version 3 nights ago and this blew it away; it's the best Eclipse variation I've had so far (including PVW). The smell was great and the taste and mouthfeel were perfect; exactly what I'm looking for in a stout. Really wish I had made an effort to get some bottles of this, time to go searching for some.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 16:21:09 | More by mdfb79
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Fux

France

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:59:17 | More by Fux
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. 2011 vintage. #453. Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

.5 finger dark mocha head with no retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Oily, thick legs. Average.

Nose blows me away. Dense, yet rich and aromatic booziness. Barrels are very apparent but they really enhance the molasses, chocolate, fudge, dark fruit, and roast. Really nice.

Opens sweet dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, and fudge. Booziness lingers in the back, sharpening each flavor and enhancing it. More sweetness at the back end with some roast and more chocolate. End is molasses sweetness. Slight booze on the finish. Perfect.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily, slick, and smooth in the mouth and goes down warm, yet silky. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. A perfect complement to the flavor.

This is a close contender for the best of the 50/50 Imperial Eclipses and that's saying a lot given the quality of all these beers. This beer is incredible from beginning to end. From the nose, to the flavor, to the feel that ties it all together. Gotta get more of these!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 23:48:41 | More by SpeedwayJim
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brotherloco

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bomber. 2011 Edition. Bottle #2932. Served in a snifter.

A vigorous pour gave me a very dark, opaque brown body topped by half a finger of dark tan foam. Dissipates to a frothy ring. A few strands of lacing.

Aroma of chocolate cherry cordial, banana, a bit of drywall dust from the wood. Melted vanilla-caramel swirl ice cream. Bourbon is at a real nice medium level, integrates with the sweet aroma and gives a booze kick. Smells amazing.

Flavor is stunning. Semi-sweet bakers chocolate meets sweet chocolate marshmallow. All of the melted icecream notes from the aroma are here too. Bourbon is present, tasty, and super well integrated. Dark fruit, smores, and roasted bitterness linger on in the aftertaste. Alcohol flavor emerges through the finish, but is nicely integrated. Definite heat after several sips.

Body hits a little above medium and carbonation a touch below. Velvety smooth and slick. Goes down way too easy.

I've had the pleasure to drink 7 variations of Eclipse and this is one is definitely my favorite so far. The booze is assertive, and the overall aroma and flavor is bourbon forward, but so damn well integrated with the base beer.

2012 Eclipse futures here I come...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:42:34 | More by brotherloco
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jvillefan

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: An extremely dark beer with a half finger white head.

S: A very intensely bourbon-y aroma with a ton of malt character.

T: Very hot with dark malt, bourbon, and oak in the foreground ground of the beer. In the back ground of the beer there is a subtle mint character. The high alcohol is noticeable in this beer.

M: Excellent retention. A slightly undercarbonation beer but that is to be expected from such a highly alcoholic beer.

O: Get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 07:04:45 | More by jvillefan
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

 Bottle 2854

A: Pours a deep ass black with a dark brown head. Lasts throughout drinking session.

S: Wonderful, just wonderful. This beer smells like gods vagina if it resembled vanilla, oak and light honey.

T: The main flavors im getting are really really deep chocolate with hints of gram cracker like a s'mores whiskey bomb that is smooth as butter.

M: Really weird, like thick as you first drink it then thinner at the finish  

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:16:06 | More by PatrickSwayze
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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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megamass

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

01-21-2014 04:51:26 | More by megamass
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mjtiernan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-10-2012 02:29:49 | More by mjtiernan
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JeffNev

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-21-2013 04:32:16 | More by JeffNev
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

02-04-2012 02:25:43 | More by bpfrush
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DJButters

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-08-2012 18:47:58 | More by DJButters
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

05-19-2013 13:34:13 | More by Photekut
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EfilsGod


4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

04-16-2012 08:53:18 | More by EfilsGod
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sammo

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

06-23-2012 19:46:16 | More by sammo
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

03-20-2013 22:56:34 | More by cistercian12
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.