Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #113
Ranked #286
4.46 | pDev: 7.4%
Jan 09, 2022
Dec 29, 2009
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)
Notes: Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.
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3.8 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2022
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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

2016 vintage
Pours a dark brown fizzy head covering, lower retention, little lacing, dark basically black color, decent legs

Nose thick fudgey dark chocolate, chocolate cookie dough, baking spices, light roast, vanilla barrel and some sweet bourbon but not a lot, little smooth alcohol, little biscuity wafer cookie

Taste thick fudge and some roasted malt, chewy creamy chocolate ganache, bitter roast and spicy hop notes, smooth alcohol into bitter spices, light vanilla oak and barrel spice with some sweet bourbon juice but not a ton, little caramel and nougat, and little toasted wafer cookie, moderate spicy hops and spicy roast on the semi sweet finish

Mouth is full bod, rich chewy thick, med carb, light warming smooth alcohol

Overall nice beer but not a ton of barrel

Dec 05, 2021
4 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2021
4.75 by MJSFS from Florida on Sep 08, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Purchased at Church Key. A 22 oz bottle capped and waxed (purple), 11.9% ABV. Brewed with honey and aged in oak barrels. Bottle Run #2/2014. Poured into a small-stemmed tulip.

This beer was past its prime before I purchased it from Church Key. And they probably realized it as well. The carbonation on the palate was lacking and there was no viscosity to compensate. Spirits were not excessive but no depth, no complexity, not a good mouthfeel. This is one of those “what could have been beer.” 4.0

A – Pours black with a one-finger rocky brown head. Thin consistency, no viscosity in the pour. Decent carbonation. Some lacing and some minor legging. 4.0

S – Aromas of brown sugar, spirits, vanilla, and some spiciness with roasted maltiness in the background. The roastiness is secondary and almost hidden by the other aromas. 4.75

T – Roasted malts with some burnt malt bitterness. A good amount of spirits with a strong oak flavor. Very faint sweetness up front that fades very quickly. Also, dark fruits – raisin, dates, and prunes. 4.25

MF – Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Starts faintly sweet but ending with burnt malt bitterness. A flat mouthfeel. 3.25

Jul 25, 2021
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4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas


Jul 02, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured jet black, it was the color of oil.

Smell - Bourbon came through in the nose, it was sweet.

Taste - I have had this before, but this version had eight years on it. Initially, I noticed sweet rich chocolate. Light booze, was coupled with sweet honey overtones but continued into the finish.

Mouthfeel - With low carbonation, the beer was smooth and sweet.

Overall - I am not sure how this will be fresh, but it was excellent after eight years.

Jun 28, 2021
4.48 by SharkNado from Pennsylvania on Jun 19, 2021
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Jun 01, 2021
4.75 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
4 by blackcloud from Alaska on Feb 26, 2021
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4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2014 bottle, for BA Review #4,000

22 oz bottle, purple wax

Pours jet black, thin tan colored head. The bourbon flavors are really deep but mellow - vanilla, toasted marshmallow, honey, a little toffee. Nice dark malt flavors as well, bittersweet cocoa and espresso. Really smooth mouthfeel

Jan 23, 2021
4.73 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Oct 31, 2020
4.23 by izzyismyrott from Indiana on Oct 09, 2020
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4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin dark khaki head that dissipates to a few patches with a slender ring around the glass; nearly still. Aroma of dark toasted malt, whiskey, molasses, mild dark stone fruit and caramel. Flavor is rich dark toasted malt, whiskey, caramel, dark chocolate and oaky vanilla. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess; light carbonation, but silky mouth feel. Wow, I'm a bit in shock. This was one a number of nearly ten year old stouts I found in the back of the basement. Most were drinkable, but all were clearly over the stage of improvement from aging. Not this one. I wasn't even going to review it due to its age until I tasted it. Although the near still pour was expected from great age, the aroma and flavor are outstanding. There is little or no oxidation nor other over-age flavors. The malt, chocolate and whiskey are all nicely integrated and fresh tasting. Whiskey is at a perfect level. I now wish I had continued to save this for the "special occasion" it was set aside for, this would have been an excellent bottle to share. I see that I paid a lot for this in 2012, but it was well worth it and now I wish I hadn't passed up other more recent versions due to the price point. This is a worthwhile splurge that held up superbly. Extra points for tasting so good at 8 years old.

Sep 21, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

This is from a 2015 edition of the 12-year Elijah Craig...

Ink black body; relatively thin yet dense and creamy light tan head. Light aroma of whiskey; faint traces of cocoa and roasted malt. Rich, malty flavor dense with milk chocolate, oak, and bourbon; vanilla. Heavy body; dense and oily; chewy and sweet tempered with a nice whiskey warmth.

I believe the aroma may have suffered some with five years of age, but the taste and mouthfeel really shine on this beer. The boozy character adds a nice balancing quality to the thick, rich sweetness of this imperial stout. I'm sure the honey greatly adds to the feel and taste. I must admit that this has been around for a few years, but at nearly $35.00 a pop, I wasn't too keen on taking a stab at this. In this case, I probably should have sucked it up and gone for it. Chances are I'll be checking out some of their other versions, plus there are some newer versions of the Eclipse stouts that are now calling my name. Oh, the humanity...

Sep 08, 2020
4.83 by JoeMarinello from Ohio on Aug 30, 2020
4.5 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Aug 24, 2020
4.13 by Hopelessly0 from California on Jul 06, 2020
4.25 by wshinevar from Massachusetts on Jun 19, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Loved this at 2-3 years old but a 5-year old bottle tasted phenomenal. Still well-carbonated and a bit more honey presence than I remember previously. On the whole kind of on the sweeter side but what an amazing bourbon barrel. Loads of flavor and very smooth for nearly 12%, considering the age on it this surpassed expectations on all fronts. Wish I had another cuz the 2015 vintage will keep on truckin for sure.

Jun 04, 2020
4.25 by Beerbom from California on May 30, 2020
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 13, 2020
4.5 by -Rick from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2020
4.59 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Feb 11, 2020
4.25 by codytwo from Connecticut on Feb 07, 2020
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4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Bruno74200 from France

2015 vintage enjoyed in december 2019.
Very dark brown and very still.

Nose on the walnut, the chocolate, woody bourbon

The taste follows with honey, roasted espresso, chocolate, nuts like walnut and almonds. Lots of bourbon

Fine carbonation, velvety and semi-dry

Amazing stuff.

Dec 08, 2019
4.02 by Joenap419 from Rhode Island on Dec 06, 2019
5 by tgdavis from Tennessee on Dec 05, 2019
4.19 by Ajlvt from Washington on Nov 17, 2019
4.29 by rbrefbeerman from California on Sep 25, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sandis from Minnesota

2014 version poured into a snifter. I'm generally a fan of the Eclipse variants and this one, for me, does not disappoint. This version is well balanced. As others I am sure have noted, these beers don't come cheap but the quality warrants trying a version once in your life.

Aug 01, 2019
4.3 by ArtAttackEd from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jul 06, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

Bottle from 2015

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, oak, vanilla and caramel.
T: Taste is fairly chocolatey up front with some coffee mixed in, some nice smoke and charred wood with some oak, caramel and vanilla and some burnt sugar. On the swallow there's more oak, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and slight smoke.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is good for the style and slightly effervescent while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors and complexity while also striking a great balance between all the different flavors. Nothing really stands out too tall over the other flavors. This is one to try if you can find it. It may be on the expensive side but it's worth it.

Jun 12, 2019
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
4.44 by Greeny87 from Pennsylvania on Apr 03, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2012 vintage (BR/3"); drank 3/5/16 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

Small tan head; minimal lace.

Milk chocolate, bourbon & oak notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Black coffee, oak & milk chocolate flavors up front; mild raspberry notes on the finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed.

A complex, rich treat that was easy to quaff. Well done!

Mar 09, 2019
4.24 by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin on Mar 07, 2019
4.5 by scxcrunner from Massachusetts on Feb 08, 2019
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2038 ratings