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

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 574
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 4.32%
Wants: 308
Gots: 269 | FT: 12
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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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Reviews: 156 | Hads: 574
Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown to black, not very viscous, very nice tan head with excellent retention creating a froth on top.

S: vanilla, nuts, wood, cream, and slight alcohol smell with the bourbon scent.

T: more bitter than expected, which creates a nice balance with the sweet malt and dark fruit notes. Roasty flavors are more hidden beneath the dark fruit and vanilla and bourbon.

M: missing some body, but overall very good. Well carbonated.

O: excellent beer. When I first opened it, I didn't think it would be very good. Wrong. Hope they make it again, and make it at a less steep price ($30/22 ounce bottle at most places). (625 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a quarter inch dark mocha brown head that bubbled away into a faint collar.
S: I get strong notes of vanilla, coffee and smooth butter. I get a hint or two of wood and dark fruits as well. Overall the nose is smooth and integrated. I would say this is the most mellow and creamy of them all aside from PvW.
T: The flavors are so buttery in this one. This beer is crazy rich and smooth. The bourbon is just barely warm, and flavors or caramel, vanilla, oak and wood dominate and blend well with the bourbon. I’m not getting as much coffee as the nose. Oak and buttery barrel bring up the finish, and the aftertaste is rich and lingers forever.
M: Thick, full body, mellow carbonation and smooth and lightly greasy mouthfeel. The alcohol is just a touch warm at this point but it is hardly hot. Overall very smooth, rich and drinkable.
O: One of the better stouts in the world and probably the best or second best Eclipse. Another couple months on this and the tiny bit of warmth that is left from the bourbon will be all but integrated. A very rich, smooth and well done beer. (1,131 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #4016. White wax so I have the correct listing.

This is my third version of this year (EC 12 and BT blend) and fourth overall ('10 EW).

4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a big ring of lacing is left. Like the others, this one looks good.

4.0 S: This is as smooth as the EC 12 was, but it's much more lively. First, the bourbon brings out the chocolate in the stout much like the BT blend did. The bourbon itself is leathery, mildly fruity, and earthy. Booze is in check and there are no signs of astringency or off-flavors. The barrel gives a soft vanilla that complements well. Soft roastiness from the stout. I very much like the aroma, but I still want more from the stout.

4.5 T: I must say I'm impressed with the taste. I expected all of the variants to be let downs due to the simplicity of the base beer, but this is too tasty not to love. The EC works magic in this. The strongest flavor is creme brulee with leather, melon, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Slightly boozy, but it's actually a nice addition and super smooth. Soft roast and moderate chocolate from the base stout.

4.0 M: Hell, even the mouthfeel is better. It's the same medium body, but there's a noticeable increase in the creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I'm very glad to have had this and so far this is the only variant I've had that is worth what I paid. Very tasty beer. If the base stout was better, this would be a favorite of mine for sure. (1,560 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch, bottle 882.

A: Pours pitch black with a mid-sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Zero lacing.

S: Wonderful bourbon and chocolate aroma. Bourbon is pretty mellow. Strong aroma but just not a sharp, stinging aroma. Age has probably calmed it down a little. Caramel, brown sugar and toasted sugars. Lots of cocoa in there too. Hint of charred oak. A little stinging alcohol when swirled.

T: More bourbon up front, similar to the aroma in that it is strong but mellowed out. Smooth caramel and toasted sugars with some dark fruits here now. Good bit of dark chocolate floating around, especially as the bourbon fades. Strong dark fruits give it a chocolate covered raisin type flavor into the finish. A little bit of toasted sugar, dark fruits and a hint of oak in the aftertaste.

M: Nice medium-heavy body. Ultra smooth, mellow and viscous.

O: Interesting variant. I've had several others, fresh and aged and this is definitely unique. Bourbon is much mellower and smooth. That can probably be attributed to the age of the bourbon and also the age of the beer itself (which is now about 3 years old). Base beer comes out quite a bit now, with loads of dark fruits that you don't get in any of the other variants. Very distinctive raisinets flavor which is a nice touch. I'm not sure if I prefer the sharper, fresher variants - they are definitely a bit bolder but this one is easily the the best drinking. So smooth and mellowed out, it just drinks great. (1,509 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (863 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, black, black. Very small head. Only a ring in fact. No lace to speak of.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate chip cookies.

T - Taste matches smell for the most part. Some tobacco notes as well.

M - The big boozy choco-sweet center is nicely checked by coffee and hops. Good carb and fairly clean finish. Pretty large body.

D - Could drink to excess. (360 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass. Quite pretty.

Lovely aroma, especially as the beer inches closer and closer to room temperature. The familiar coconut, bourbon, chocolate, wood, roast, and coffee elements combine here for something quite lovely. I can hope that all the other variations are similar, because this is wonderful!

The flavor follows similarly, with toasted coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and earthy vanilla flavors combining into something very special. There is hardly any trace of alcohol harshness. This is incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. I think I would prefer it be a touch thicker, but I think the body of this beer actually adds to it's drinkability. I look forward to drinking a bottle of this with me, myself, and I.

Great execution of an often imitated style. That being said, these guys nailed it. (1,053 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, oak, Bourbon, vanilla, black licorice, dark cocoa, raisin, coffee, booze.

T - Sweet chocolate and bit of caramel malts, smooth Bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet.

D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon and oak are very present, but very smooth and balanced. (594 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (792 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.5/5  rDev -43.2%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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... (1,209 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (#4736). Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours dark black with a medium tan head that quickly dissispates into a thin lacing that lasts well throughout. Aromas of roast nuts, some bourbon, brown sugar, and oak. Light Elijah Craig bourbon heat upfront in the flavor along some coffee and perhaps figs. There is a distinct sweet smell that is difficult for me to pinpoint. Slightly bitter back finish. Medium mouthfeel. Damn smooth and tasty beer. I will have this beer again and do want to try the other Eclipse variants. (546 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Update on 03/09/2012: I've drank 7 bottles of Elijah Craig 18 so far, and I've settled on my current score. The heat is not taming as much as I would like. It's still a good beer, just not $30 good. I'd say it is priced exactly at the point where I wouldn't take the gamble if I saw it on the shelf. But at futures prices I don't regret the purchase. I have 5 left and will be enjoying them over the next couple of months.

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Chilled bottle into a glass. I've been a fan of Eclipse for a few years now; Elijah Craig '09 blew me away, and I've been anticipating a re-release of it ever since. FiftyFifty went one better and landed the distillery's premium barrels for this treatment.

It's damn good.

It's also inconsistent. So far I have opened 3 bottles, and each one has been slightly different from the last. Thankfully, none have been outright bad, like some of last year's worst bottles were. But since these are in the range of $30 a pop, you better believe I will scrutinize each bottle carefully and update my review.

A: Pours a semi-clear cola brown that darkens to black in the center of the glass. Pours with a half-finger of mocha foam that barely rises to a thin film. It leaves a modest collar around the edges of the glass. No lace.

S: Baker's chocolate, licorice, caramel. The barrel flavors are bold and brash, with a nose-singing heat accompanying waves of vanilla, toasted coconut, hazelnut, bourbon, oak.

T: The barrel complements the base beer very well; bourbon lends an interesting undercurrent of citrus and leather. But the biggest contributions are vanilla, toasted coconut, hazelnut, and oak; they make their presence known right from the beginning, blending seamlessly with the base beer's chocolate, licorice, and caramel. This is bolder than any of the other Eclipses were fresh; it is instantly a standout.

One of the bottles I opened had all this plus a noticeable ashy, over-tannic barrel presence. It threw the balance of flavors out of whack slightly, though it was still enjoyable. I'd give that a 4 on taste, but the others I have opened were substantially better. They'd be 5s if it weren't for the heat.

M: Medium-plus bodied. It's not a viscous, heavy stout along the lines of Black Tuesday, and I don't want that. I'd say this hits my sweet spot for the body. It is thicker than the previous iterations of Eclipse, and that helps it stand up to (or perhaps pick up?) bolder barrel flavors. There is a definite heat to the beer, which is a drawback. I expect this will subside in a few months. It is my personal goal to finish my bottles of Eclipse within 6 months; I've come to feel that they don't age well, so I'll give this only a little time to cool off before consuming it all.

Unrelated note: I strongly suspect that the Eclipses are much higher in ABV than the bottle indicates. The bottle has always claimed 9.5%; in past years I'd say they were probably around 11% in truth. I am pretty certain that this year's approach 13%, particularly the EC18.

O: The best bottle of this that I opened was a 4.7. The other two were 4.3 and 4.1 in my estimation. I'm leaving the score at 4.35 for now (approximately the average). As I consume more bottles, I will update my score.

I will say, however, that this and Elijah Craig 12 are my favorites of the 2011 treatments, with EC 12 being a tad more consistent (based on a very limited sample size). I don't begrudge the cost as long as the quality remains high. I would hate to find that a bottle this pricey is not consistent, especially since I know what this beer is capable of being. (3,599 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is opaque black with a nice tan head a finger tall.

Aroma is boozy - bourbon, rum and hint of vanilla.

Flavor is almost wholly dominated by the booze. Alcohol warmth suffuses each sip. Aftertaste is salty and woody. Very little character of the base beer makes it through.

Mouthfeel is warm and a little thick.

I prefer the base beer to this one, I'm afraid. (443 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +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. (1,771 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (1,159 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle #5268.

A-Dark opaque brown black with a frothy black cherry mocha head that has great retention and good lacing.

S-Bourbon sweetness, lots of vanilla and oak but not overly boozy. Pretty approachable.

T-Reasonably hot but not unpleasant in any way. Lots of oak and toasted marshmallow, just a great bourbon character with a nicely flavorful stout underneath. I like the relative lightness of the stout but that it is still strong enough to hold its own with the barrel.

M-Medium bodied, not syrupy or cloying, heat is kept nicely in check.

O-Really excellent. Very well put together.

HV (605 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,404 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Forgot to right the bottle number down that night. Poured into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black RIS style color. Didn't get a ton of head on this one. About a quarter finger of lighter tan head, that faded pretty darn quickly.

S: This smells delicious. Lots of sweet vanilla. Definitely pulling some of those BA notes along with the vanilla: Caramel and Toffee. Deep flavors.

T: Up front I got the nice dark chocolate bitterness. In the middle of the mouth you really start to get those barrel notes. That EC 18yr is no joke. You get a smooth vanilla and caramel sweetness. It's not overly sweet and blends nicely with the chocolate/coffee bitterness that you initially got. As it warmed, I was also pulling some toffee for sure. Long finish on this one. Wanted more immediately.

M: It's full bodied, but not completely thick an cloying. Perfect mouthfeel. (896 characters)

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.