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

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 308
Gots: 270 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

White wax.
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Ratings: 571 | Reviews: 155
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: The beer itself has a dark brown hue with lighter, transparent brown edges. A small tan head forms on the initial pour but fades away without really leaving any lace.

Smell: The 18 year Elijah Craig comes through first, like my experience with the other barrel aged Eclipse beers. Molasses, vanilla, and oak are strong as well, with chocolate and coffee behind.

Taste: The Elijah Craig is a little bit more nuanced in the flavor. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee start a fairly strong imperial stout flavor. As soon as it starts turning sweet with vanilla and molasses notes, the bourbon and oak dry the flavor out and prevent it from moving too far in that direction. The bourbon really carries through to the finish. Interestingly, when I first tasted the Eclipse beers, I thought the flavor of the beer was quite strong, with the barrel flavor adding further depth. Now I notice the barrel flavor and feel the underlying stout might leave a little bit on the table.

Mouthfeel: For the style, the body feels to be in the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation is on the light side, trying to be creamy and smooth, but it could use some more carbonation.

Overall: This is another solid Eclipse that I am glad to have tried.

I am curious whether people who have given this beer such a great score have sampled it side by side with the Eclipse - Elijah Craig 12 year. There is not that big of a difference.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lighting was low, but from what I can tell the color is an inky black. There's very little head.

Smells heavily of vanilla and oak, with lighter notes of chocolate and lighter yet, roasted marshmallow.

The vanilla and oak dominate the taste and is a little bit more harsh than the 12 year, but still very good. Chocolate and coffee roasts finish it.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. It leaves a pleasant burn in the back of the throat.

I liked this slightly less than the 12 year, but still an outstanding beer nonetheless. The price point is a bit high, though.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special Christmas beer! Split 3 ways between my boyfriend, dad, and I. White wax-Fantastic and unexpected christmas gift from uncle jedi.

A- Body is a nearly black opaque hue. I cannot get any light to show through it. Pours with a miniscule 1/2 finger or so head. Head quickly fades to a thick collar and only traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is excellent. Plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon sweetness, molasses, anise, and a hint of alcohol astringency and oak barrel. Quite complex.

T- Flavor is not quite as complex as the nose. Bourbon is definately there with some plum and anise overtones. The oak barrel presence is subtle but adds a smooth base for the initial flavor. The bouron coms through for the finish-but is not overdone. The dark fruit really shows for the finish, and is, IMO, a tad overripe. A lot of chocolate comes through for the finish as well. Left to linger is a good dose of chocolate, a mild alcohol heat, and a hint of anise.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a nice dense, smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

0- Overall this is a great beer-I had a taste of the Heaven Hill at the Jackie O's realease-but this Elijah Craig version is far better. The barrel is subtle and the bourbon is there but not overdone. Not life changing or anything like that-but a very good stout and a must try.

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a almost black dark brown, some clarity present at the edges, somewhat thin appearance for the style

S: nose features licorice, sweet waves of malts followed by dark chocolate, mellow vanilla, and a heavy amount of oak

T: lots of chocolate and vanilla present on the palate with plenty of oak that follows it up, terrific balance, a touch of booziness on the finish

MF: somewhat thin for the style, medium carbonation

O: nice balance, great flavor, this is probably the thinnest of the 50/50 variants I have tried which doesn't detract from the overall enjoyability

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White waxed neck, part of an Imperial Stout tasting on DL day 2012.

Appearance: Poured almost jet black with a fine tan head leaving modest lace.

Nose: Very rich with vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee and fruit notes, along with a hint of hops. Complex and balanced.

Taste: Very nicely balanced, subtle bourbon flavor, coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nice and heavy, the best mouth-filling imperial stout of the night.

Overall: this beer brings it all together, one where the total is greater than the sum of the parts. I enjoyed it more and scored it higher than the average of the individual scores. Would like to get my hands on more of this fine brew.

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

Enjoyed as part of last night's bottle share. Thanks to rlmartin, rmjavanut, hoppymcgee, and whartontallboy for contributing to this 11-bottle Eclipse tasting! Beerporn is here: http://i.imgur.com/e9auu.jpg

Aroma was more pungent, complex, and stout-like than the EC12 or '09 EC. Chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, booze, and bourbon all play nicely together.

Similar results from the taste: this EC18 was significantly more refined and balanced than its Elijah Craig siblings (or any of the other Eclipse variants, for that matter). Everything from the nose shows up in due time, dances on my tongue, then fades cleanly and smoothly back into the stout backbone. Bourbon character is well-balanced, which was a serious problem for many of its peers.

This EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. Buffalo Trace & '10 Heaven Hill tied for 2nd place IMO. But honestly, I was unimpressed across the board with most of the Eclipses. Bourbon County Stout is far superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev -6%
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.

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

Poured into my Darkness tulip.

Thick rich looking pour. Two full fingers of mocha head. Dissipates at a snail's pace. Some lacing is evident.

Smell is quite nice. Sweet molasses, vanilla, some light spice. Faint bourbon and some slight toasted coconut. Very appealing.

Fairly thick on the tongue. Almost chewy. Not as sweet as the smell. Roast is prominent up front, but not overly done. Some wood is picked up. Followed by dark chocolate. Booze warms the back of my throat, but I don't taste any. The aftertaste holds all the sweetness that I was looking for. Very drinkable.

I'm going to finish this bottle and see what else I can pick up. I tasted a little more of the toasted coconut I got in the nose after my bottle opened up. Very tasty beer. Looking forward to my next bottle to see how this develops.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 466 or 2011

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a film and some bubbles; very little lacing (particularly compared to the others in the series)

Smell: Chocolate fudge and Bourbon, with vanilla, oak and toasted coconut in the background

Mouthfeel: The Bourbon mingles with the chocolate fudge flavors, adding vanilla, toasted coconut and oak and building to a boozy crescendo in the mid-palate; the flavors mingle, after the swallow, producing a warm finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very nice beer but I was expecting to be overwhelmed; out of the bottles I tasted from my cellar over the past few days my favorites were the Four Roses and the brandy barrel, which were the ones I was expecting to like the least; as they say in the sports world, "That's why they play the games."

Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Forms a thin off-tan head. Leaves some very mild lacing.

S: Lots of booze and quite bourbon-y. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a little molasses.

T: Fairly oaky and mildly sweet. Lots of roasted malts, some dark caramel, brown sugar, and light vanilla.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a mild bitterness and lower carbonation levels.

O: A good to very good beer that offers up a nice balance between the imp stout itself and the strong flavors of the barrel, while still being pretty damn smooth.

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

2011 vintage bottle number 4470 poured into snifter on 3/4/2012

A: Pours black with light brown head. Decent head retention that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Oak, alcohol, sweet dark malt, and a hint of dark fruit. The dark fruit aroma is interesting and was not present in the Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 I just had, this is also more roasty and intense. Some vanilla, bourbon and caramel are present as well.

T: Quite rich and flavorful, loaded with roasted malt, oak, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit. Some nice creaminess, bourbon and caramel towards the finish.

M: Smooth but with a slight sharpness that was not present in the EC12 version. Low-moderate carbonation and finishes slightly sweet.

O: Great barrel aged imperial stout, I prefered the Elijah Craig 12 version ever so slightly more than this one. While this has some nice dark fruit notes and is slightly more intense, it is not quite as smooth or drinkable. Enjoyed both versions a lot and very glad I got the chance to sit down and review these.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle. Says "Reserve" on the bottle, but I don't know what that means.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Smoother bourbon character than Old Fitz. Nice bourbon and barrel character. Vanilla comes through. Chocolatey.

Taste - Bourbon is smooth here too. Lots of vanilla. Much sweeter. Less bitter chocolate. Bourbon doesn't linger throughout.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - Much nicer barrel character than the Old Fitz. Sweeter though, which I don't love as much as others seem to.

Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

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