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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
White wax.

Added by MasterSki on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 159 | Ratings: 582
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 vintage, tasting alongside 12 year, bernheim wheat, old Fitzgerald, makers mark, and pappy. By far the best of the group, only to be topped by the previous mekers mark I was able to enjoy very fresh. Still haven't been disappointed by the series. Cheers

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4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of pperrecone
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell is of foral honey and dark malts of roast and sweetness.

Taste is of dark fruits and honey with the carmel and vanilla from the bourbon. Perfect balance of everything in play here.

body is very nice not too thick but it is an imperial stout. thick

Overall one of the best beers I have had in my life!

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Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2015.

Served in a snifter, it pours black as a midnight with a coy moon, for the rim of the glass unveils a dark brown, slightly diaphanous. In fact, if a sunbeam hits the beer directly, it turns ruby-like.
Decent amount of carbonation visible, as the pour formed a one-finger head, dark brown, that dissipated quickly. A small trace of such head is left visible as a thin ring, decorating the rim.
Swirling the glass provokes some very nice lacing combined with alcohol legs.
It definitely looks very peculiar for a BA IS.

The bouquet is delicious.
The bourbon character is definitely there, but subtle. Assertive yet not overpowering, compared to other BA IS's. Such trait makes this bouquet probably the most enjoyable I've experienced so far within this style, as there is an equilibrium to it. The coconut note is also worth mentioning, since it is not as overpowering as it often is.
Bourbon, vanilla, lots of chocolate, oak, charred wood, coconut, espresso, caramel, prune.
Scrumptious.

What an incredible delight.
The subtle character from the bouquet is equally perceivable in the flavors.
They are all there, but at ease, without quarrels for protagonism.
I don’t enjoy a high or decent carbonation in this style, and judging from the look of this beer, I thought this was one of those cases, but the first thing that stands out is a very low carbonation. Somehow they managed to keep the proper look of a beer without hampering the mouthfeel of the style. The high ABV is well disguised.
The bourbon hits first, followed closely by vanilla; then, chocolate overruns your palate. Afterwards, coconut, dark fruit liquor, oak, caramel and molasses.
Another stunning characteristic: after the bevy of sweet notes enrapture your senses, a slight bitterness enters the frame, and then you realize, the sweet notes in this beer are not overly sweet, they are balanced.
The aftertaste has a decaying sweetness in the form of vanilla, bourbon and caramel, but short after, it becomes dry. Such balance and dryness add a layer of complexity to an already superb beer.
Velvety, full body, silky, but not chewy. The texture of the beer is as subtle as its bouquet and flavor.

The complexity, balance, and subtlety of this beer is second to none. Beer at its finest. I liked this even better than BCBS.

World class beer for sure.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.