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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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BA SCORE
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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

2011 vintage, bottle 4138

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a prominent barrel presence that compliments the base beer without completely obliterating it's characteristics. Lots of dry oak and spicy bourbon along with subtle vanilla and toasted coconut followed by a robust roasted malt presence. Slightly smokey with hints of dark chocolate, gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. Nice balance of oak, spirit and roasted malt preventing it from becoming acrid or overly boozy in the nose.

Medium bodied with a strong barrel character that's decently integrated into the flavors of the base beer. Very dry with lots of charred oak and spicy bourbon lingering over the deeply roasted dark malts into a bone dry finish. Unfortunately not as complex as the aroma suggests with the dry wood flavors eliminating the vanilla/coconut notes. Plenty of spicy bourbon flavor but it's not hot or tough to drink. Also, it's not as tasty as the 12 year treatment, tasting like a different bourbon to me all together. Underneath, there is a complex malt backbone with a balance of roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and sweet fudge/chocolate cake notes. This is still a really good beer but the oak presence is a bit too strong for my liking and the bourbon flavor didn't live up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:15:57 | More by corby112
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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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Beaver13

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, bottle 3768 / 2011. Pours brown black with a small dark brown head that quickly foes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet molasses and dark fruits with a lot of sharp whiskey.

The flavor is roasted malts and sweet sugary dark fruits with a lot of sharp burnt alcoholic whiskey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's too sweet and boozy for me. It does mellow some as it warms, but still very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 04:50:38 | More by Beaver13
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Treebs

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. white waxed bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle # 4685.

A: Pours a dark black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Very smooth bourbon, some nice roasted malts, toasted marshmallow and sweet milk chocolate. Very balanced and the barrel is well integrated.

T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Really nice smooth and semi sweet bourbon. Some milk chocolate with a great barrel presence. Some light oak, but nice vanilla and caramel sweetness. There is a great roasted malt bitterness as well. The finish is nice and sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sweet finish.

O: The is definitely the best of Eclipse variants. Great barrel presence and everything is perfectly integrated. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:57:47 | More by Treebs
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml white waxed bomber poured into tulip 5/10/12 thanks Sean9689 and Masterski for sending the bottle

A black liquid with a thin dark cola edge, just a finger of dark tan head that fizzes out fairly quickly and leaves zero lace

S boozy smokey bourbon, woody, licorice, chocolate fudge is strong, just a little coffee, and sweet chocolate

T just a little dark fruit and chocolate covered raisin, everything I smells still there but stronger and its very rich, some charred wood and lots of barrel in general, only booze keeps this one from perfection

M silky with low-medium carbonation, thick but not as thick as I expected, warming booze almost hot, slightly sticky and almost floats your teeth with a slightly numbing effect

O tasty stuff for sure but I should've sat on it for another year or two, looks basic but all other areas are solid

a big boozy brew with nice qualities from the barrel, easy enough to drink but if I had another I'd sit on it for a while. Stoked to try it but top 100? maybe in a year or two

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:38:07 | More by wordemupg
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tarheels86

California

3.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

651mL 2011 white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:44:22 | More by tarheels86
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release (white wax). Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a shimmer of dark tan head, leaving a razor thin ring around the glass. Looks pretty still. No lace to speak of.

S: Bourbon and oak in the forefront, lots of vanilla and roast and dark chocolate, and tobacco and char.

T: Lots of vanilla, roundish bourbon and oak, a little drying tannins and alcohol burn fruitiness, slight bitter black espresso finish with some more bourbon showing through.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation, the perfect level.

O: Very good flavor, balance, and complexity. Very well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 05:53:10 | More by pmarlowe
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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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adamette

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed by me from a bottle at Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois July 26th, 2012 in the presence of my brother in law Mat. I believe the place had been renamed simply “Bavarian Lodge” but I still refer to it as “Chef Paul’s.” By any name this is a world class BeerAdvocate place. Anyone reading this should seek it out.
Review from notes taken while I enjoyed the beer. Price of the bottle was $48.00 and Mat and I were treated to it by a fellow Beer Nerd named Neil. Thanks so very much Neil!
"4709" 2011 stamped on the bottle (or possibly the label, my notes do not specify)

A Dark, deep body but Mahogany colors show in front of direct light. Very little head which is understandable with the elevated ABV. 4.0

S Bourbon, malt. Who could ask for anything more? Really though, the bourbon presence is obvious. Personally, I love the smell combination of bourbon and a nice stout. This particular one has a great, classic smell to it. 5.0

T Unbelievable taste! Bourbon notes, dark roast malt all in a wonderful blast of tastes. 4.5

M Thick with the hefty dark roast malt and bourbon tastes. 4.0

D Great drinkability for being such an elevated ABV. Really, I wanted to continue to sip this one over and over. I did use the work "sip" here because one should not really "drink" this beer. It is far to big with too much going on to simply "drink" it. Overall this just might be a world class beer. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 03:54:33 | More by adamette
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sukwonee

Washington

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, white wax bottle, poured into a snifter

Bottle# 4659

A: Black body with 1 finger mocha head

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar,

T: Follows the nose, bourbon, vanilla, bitterness from hops. I can't really taste the honey - very subtle. I would say this beer is on the sweet side compared to other beers in this ABV range but yet still a bit hot and boozy (in a good way). Very nicely done.

M: Smooth and sticky (maybe honey is contributing to this). Good amount of carbonation.

O: Excellent BA stout. This is the first bottle of 50/50 for me. I have EC 12 in the cellar that I will crack open next week.

Edit: After it warmed up, I do taste the honey.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:15:06 | More by sukwonee
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Eclipse Stout, Elijah Craig (18 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co is a black stout with a dark tan bordering on brown cap that left some splotches on the glass.

Smell is what you would expect from the style, dark chocolate with slight vanilla notes and oak toppled by the blend of bourbon BA'ing resulting in bourbon and stout. Some dark fruit pops out. I May have smelled the honey used, but that could be my mind.

This is nice, not as large than I was expecting in body, yet tons of flavor from the barrel without losing the base beer. Nice hits of charred oak, vanilla, booze, chocolate, cocco, and some roasted malt. By this time the hops have all but faded leaving for a malty ride.

Feel is a little thin for the style. I kind of like that as it makes it easier for me to drink, and Im sure it helps to pick up more of the barrel in a thinner stout. The carb was a bit lacking, yet not dead. Over time, it dwindled. A great beer but 5oz's are plenty for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:43:52 | More by BARFLYB
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Bottle 4489. Poured from a 22 oz bottle nto a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 figner brown head. Nice spotting and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Big vanilla and bourbon, oak, chocolate and leather.

T- Honey, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, slight roast and bitterness.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slick and creamy feel.

O- Very good BA RIS. Not sure if any beer is worth $30 but this beer has everything you would look for in this style. Have a 12 yr old also so looking forward to try that soon also!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:36:16 | More by kawilliams81
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Brabander

Netherlands

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

I took this bottle home after a tasting at The Kulminator in Antwerps, Belgium. I was there with some of my closest BA's. Unfortunatly i had to drive but i got the last of the bottle to take home with me.

What can i say about this beer what hasn't been said...what a great BA stout. Thick and juicy. It almost feels like you are drinking a 17 abv stout.

Great beer, thanks ForgetFu!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 22:31:23 | More by Brabander
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claspada

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with a small tan head but still leaves some super lacing as your swirl the beer around.

Aromas of sweet Bourbon upfront followed by oak, vanilla, plum, dark chocolate, roasted malt and burnt caramel. As it warms you get some toffee, bitter espresso and light caramel maltiness.

The tastes follow the nose and begin with sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. The flavor is also quite heavy on the barrel/char flavors as well as the vanilla. Light sweetness of molasses in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Finish is dry and biting due to the emerging Bourbon presence.

Overall this Eclipse falls in the middle of the road of the 5 variations I have had. The smoky aspect which also I did not enjoy in the EC 12 is also here which hinders my enjoyment as I sip. The other barrel variations just seem to blend more effortlessly with the base beer compared to the EC ones which seem to overpower the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 16:12:22 | More by claspada
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Gobzilla

California

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of boozy bourbon barrel heat in the aroma with lots going on consisting of chocolate roastiness, caramel, vanilla, hints of coconut, caramel and a little dark fruit as well.

T: the chocolate roastiness was more prominent on the taste alongside caramel, molasses, vanilla, lots of bourbon barrel booze heat, dark fruit accents and a touch of maple syrup.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had sweet, very mild fruity bourbon barrel, boozy, roasty, chocolatey, silky and rich finish.

O: very delicious beer with great characteristics and curious to see how it does with a little age on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 09:42:36 | More by Gobzilla
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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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. If you were to ask me what I thought an Imperial Stout should be, this is one of those brews that I would describe without hesitation. I can honestly see why this one has made the Top 100 list and doesn’t look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. If you call yourself a stout lover and have not had this brew before, you don’t know what you are truly missing.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 10:48:34 | More by thagr81us
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks

Pours a completely blacked out color with a thin collar of tanned head. Fades out into a few splotches of film with little lacing on the glass.

Very rich, smoothed out bourbon in the nose with nice warming heat and vanilla. Oak and peat from the booze with some dark chocolate, brownie and softer dark fruit. A bit sweet and boozy.

Layered flavors of dark malt, bourbon and oak flow across the tongue, tempered by sweetness from dark chocolate, cake and a splash of dark fruit. I can taste the Elijah on this one, which packs a very pleasant punch. Heavy malt backbone with a bit more dark fruit and bourbon soaked cake. Finishes boozy with a kiss of vanilla.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue with a nice creaminess. This is easily my favorite of the Eclipse's so far (although I have a few more left to try). I'm guessing it's no coincidence that the Elijah appeals to me since it's one of my favorite (still affordable) bourbons.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 18:00:03 | More by xnicknj
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased from the source.

A - Pours black, light mocha-colored head, thin ring.

S - EC booze, chocolate brownies, oak, burnt sugars, light roast. Very sweet and rich, no dark fruit sweetness (which I like), booze is pretty amped but doesn't detract.

T - Chocolate, vanilla, oak, booze, caramel. Again, pretty heavy on the booze but settles down after it warms up a bit. The chocolate sweetness and rich and sweet, much like a syrup. Really good stuff. Finish is light roast & molasses sweetness.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Excellent beer right now, but has some room to improve with some more cellar time. The booze is a bit high at the moment, and another 6 months or so would do this beer a lot of good. Drink now, drink later, doesn't matter...Todd continues to make some of the best barrel-aged beers available today.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 15:24:31 | More by Sean9689
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Auracom

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Jeff, huge thanks for saving this bottle for me for nearly 8 months now. 4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 8th, 2012.

A - Looks like the other Eclipses. Thin, semi-dark brown coloring. Lacking any sort of considerable carbonation but showing a decent amount of alcohol legs.

S - A bit subtle overall. Soft milk chocolate, touches of oak bourbon barrel - vanilla bean, roasted cashews, wood grains.

T - Picks up strength here. The Elijah Craig oak note is massive, with underlying espresso, roast, and dark chocolate. About as barrel-forward as you can get while curtailing any and all sweetness.

M - Medium body, semi-dry and super tannic finish. Fairly smooth and very little residual heat.

D - My mind is not blown as I'd hoped, but another great Eclipse variant with perhaps the most intriguing barrel character I've had. Would revisit without question.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 16:07:27 | More by Auracom
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, an oily black pour with a thin beige head that left streaking on the glass, rather than lacing; just about no carbonation to be seen. Much like its 12-year counterpart, aromas of bourbon, fudge, black cherries. Taste is full of dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, vanilla and subdued oak, hints of sweet cherry, licorice and/or mint. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, or very nearly so, well-integrated alcohol. Great beer overall. I liked it slightly better than the 12-year because it was just a tad bit more smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 05:56:22 | More by Rifugium
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 04:04:51 | More by dbossman
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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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mdaschaf

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 21:20:29 | More by mdaschaf
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jegross2

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:42:26 | More by jegross2
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.