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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)
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Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged 200 days in an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel.

Added by Jmoore50 on 12-29-2009

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Photo of MLDucky
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle, bourbon flavor was retained nicely. Not too thing, not overly viscous. I was very happy with this bottle and hope to try it fresh someday.

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Photo of richj1970
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into taster glass. Bottle date is 2/2013.

A: Pours pitch black with smallish one finger mocha colored head. Some decent retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Bourbon was apparent the second I popped the cap on this one. Very nice bourbon aroma in your face, some vanilla, bitter chocolate, a bit of oak.

T: Following the nose, there is lots of bourbon flavor. A nice alcohol heat mixed with chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy oak goodness.

M: Thick and creamy coating the tongue nicely. A bit of burn from the alcohol.

O: Very nice BA stout. Combines some of my favorite characteristics of a big stout and a nice bourbon. Other than the price point, this brew is a home run.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Delirium Noël glass. Bottle #49. Bottled 2009. This is apparently my 200th review, although I did not plan it. It turns out this is a very fitting (amazing) beer to mark this occasion.

A: Pours a deep black with dark brown highlights. Hardly any head or lace. After a moment this beer is flat looking with just a slight bubbly collar around the glass.
S: Big notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Amazing smelling. Also picking up powdered cocoa and maybe the slightest hint of dark cherries and sweet honey.
T: The barrel really came out in this one with dominant flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. There is an overall honey sweetness and buttery richness to this brew. Aftertaste is full of honey that seems to coat your mouth. Light coffee and chocolate syrup throughout.
M: Fairly thick and sticky. Very viscous but damn near flat with a touch of rough tannins to round out the finish. Alcohol is warm but incredibly smooth. Low carbonation.
D: This one took imperial stout to a new level for me. What an amazingly rich and flavorful yet smooth and drinkable beer. I could easily finish off a bottle of this by myself. What a wonderful beer.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a tulip

Pours an ink black with some tan bubbles around the rim of the glass, no discernable lacing. This is a viscous beer; coats the inside of the glass with a thin oily film when swirled.

On the nose, holy shit. Loads of whiskey and booze. Molasess, butterscotch, raisins, Belgian dark chocolate, oak...extremely rich and robust. Blows the nostrils away.

Molasess, butterscotch, bourbon, dark chocolate, raisins, dry oak, rolled oats, figs....just straight up bourbon barrel goodness. Huge, robust notes with a relentless finish.

Full-bodied, smooth, lush, creamy. Low carbonation, large amounts of ethanol. This guy is big and bad.

Huge, robust stout with heavy bourbon influence. Utterly delicious.

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Photo of Kendo
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Handwritten notation on bottle says "BR/3" and "2012." Consumed on 1/25/2013.

A: Poured from the 22 oz bottle - after cutting through the purple wax seal - into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black. No light is penetrating, not even at the edges. Smallish (maybe a half-finger) light-brown head on top settles pretty quickly to leave a little ring of lace behind. Good splotches of lace on the way down.

S: Bourbon. But not in an over-the-top, in-your-face sort of way. It's integrated nicely, with strong scents of vanilla and a woody, tannic hint as well.

T: Oooooh that's good. First impression is the bourbon. Alcohol heat is definitely felt on the palate and especially on the way down. After a couple sips and a bit of a palate adjustment period, however, I get a good amount of chocolate malt underneath the booze. Don't get me wrong, this is still a big, boozy beer and a sipper rather than a roasty or chocolatey quaffer; but there's more to it than the bourbon. There's a touch of molasses as well, but a nice, tannic bitterness at the finish provides a surprising amount of balance.

M: This is a heavyweight. Carbonation is modest; a slightly slick sipper.

O: This is really good stuff.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review! 22oz bomber into a snifter. Bottle number 1127. 2009 Vintage.

A: Pours a deep/pitch black with a tiny dark brown head that barely rose up after pouring it pretty vigoursly. It disappeared faster than it took to rise up and leave a small bit of lacing.

S: The nose is very similar to GI BCS with tons of vanilla, chocolate, and molasses. I've yet to find a beer close to the intensity of the BCS but I think I found it here.

T: The taste is similar too but it has a buttery element that I've never experienced before. Lots of roasty cocoa and vanilla with a molasses backbone. This is good stuff.

M: This is the surprising characteristic that I wasn't expecting...it's pretty thin. I wouldn't say it detracts from the beer but I'd like to see it a bit thicker. Still I think it sets this one apart from BCS.

D: This is a damn good barrel aged stout and one I would love to drink on a regular basis if it wasn't so expensive and limited. ABV is a bit high as well but I don't see that being a problem.

Great beer and I'm glad I chose this one for my 100th. I'd love to try this in a year or so.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance – A very dark brownish black color that is just slightly translucent. Has a nice thick head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Leaves a medium-light wet lacing.

Smell – Roasted malts, a nicely sweet smelling bourbon, oak and vanilla.

Taste – Sweet bourbon, malts, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, smooth, very little carbonation, with a mild bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – I like bourbon beers best with a little sweetness to them. This one has it.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer, has Big, bold, roasty, malt flavors one excepts from a BA stout such as chocolate and coffee, as well as an equal dose of raisins, caramel and vanilla, to almost comes off as a cross between a barley wine and a stout. Seriously awesome beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2013, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger mocha head.

S- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, some honey, chocolate.

T- Bourbon, oak, some honey, dark chocolate, bitter coffee finish vanilla, bourbon is big, but not harsh or overly boozy.

M- Silky smooth, medium body.

O- Very well done and tasty. I am still not sure if I would pick up again because it is pricey.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle BR 1 2012 into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a half inch beige head. smell is big on bourbon .. this is gonna be a big beer...or is it. taste is extremely smooth and balanced, Damn. the flavor is insane. bourbon , vanilla, oh my god. this is possibly the best tasting imp stout I've ever had. full bodied with light carbonation.

overall you need to drink this beer now. amazing by all accounts.

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Photo of nkersten
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elijah 50

Poured into NB globe black dark brown with tan collar and light edges

Smell is brownies fudge marshmallows raisins dark fruit some alcohol

Burnt malt, barrel, chocolate, bitter bakers chocolate, marshmallow root, cinnamon, some hot bourbon uncredible and complex

Heavy medium and light

An excellent beer, best eclipse I have had so far

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Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Obsidian black hue with a nice 3/4" burnt brown cap...decent lacing falls behind

Smell: Elijah...you are without a doubt present....smooth bourbon notes up front with dark malt and hints of fig in the back

Taste: Smooth chewy..bourbon notes are all over this one...robust but not bitter nor cloying vanilla tanins with rich mocha in the background....great balance with the malts here...very complex and gets better as it warms

Mouthfeel: extremely nice..not too thick....not too hot either...great sipper

Overall: ridiculously good offering....

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass.

My first impression, after having this on tap, was that this is the weakest of the 3 2009 versions. My second impression, upon having the bottled form side-by-side with the Heaven Hill, is Oh My Lord God Thank You For This Bounty.

A: Pours a dark brown, translucent at the edges. It's not really black. The head is short-lived, very thin, a light tan cap. It's easily the weakest part of the beer.

S: Buttery, toasted oak. Caramelly bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, molasses, and some booze.

T: A bourbon bomb, but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. Bourbon, caramel, buttery oak, nuts, vanilla, chocolate, molasses. A hint of anise and dark fruit near the finish. I'm going to guess French oak on the barrels, seeing as how the flavor is softly tannic and nutty in the finish.

M: It's very low on carbonation. Creamy, smooth. Hard to beat, really. Not a thick, chewy stout: it's pretty lacking in viscosity, in fact. Well-attenuated. But it's very full in flavor, and that makes all the difference for me.

D: It's very easy to finish a full bottle of this beer, which isn't something I can say often about a barrel-aged imperial stout. It's $20-$22 a bottle, which is pricey... But this is one of the few beers I've had that is truly worth it. Amazing? You're damn right. On tap, I felt this was inferior to the Heaven Hill version. Out of the bottles, no question: I think this is easily the best of the 3. Where have you been all my life?!??

My only complaint is that they supposedly didn't blend the barrels, so you could potentially have massive bottle variation in this beer. That's very disappointing to hear. However, I've had 6 bottles of this so far, and each one has been amazing (yet slightly different)...

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium brown color with a tan lacing at the edges. I had thought this would be darker than it is , it almost appears to be a brown ale with the lighter hues at the edges.

S: Fresh bourbon, roasted cocoa, coffee and roasted malts.

T: Well, the taste completely makes up for any thing lacking in the appearance. The flavors are extremely well rounded Elijah Craig bourbon notes with American oak barrel and sweet malt flavors. There is a great amount of depth of flavor in here for a 9.5 Imperial stout. There is close to no booze presence and extremely well rounded overall.

M: Light mouthfeel for a stout. Light carbonation which is right for the style.

O: Very impressed with my first 50/50 Eclipse stout. The subtle nuances of the bourbon barrel are really felt and enjoyable. I do not think I have had a bourbon barrel aged stout that had quite this much bourbon flavor without being boozy and I could definitely appreciate this again.

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Photo of mj81
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautiful. Nice creamed coffee color head that stays around for a good while before dissipating to a nice sticky lace. Initial smell and you can really pick up the aromas that the quality of the Elijah Craig barrel gives. At first glance it appears as it would be thicker on the mouthful than it is but that said, the non-syrupy feel actually works perfectly with the quality of the bourbon as it allows the flavors to come through without the viscosity getting in the way. There's a great balance between the slight sweetness of a barrel aged stout and the dark, toasty flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and oak tannins from the barrel. Very smooth. Overall this is very well done and worthy of the praise they receive. Definitely worth the price to try at least once.

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Photo of nataku00
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 766 from 2009 release shared and poured into a snifter glass. Beer pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with some lighter browns at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. No head formation at all, but a bit of alcohol feet after swirling. Not much carbonation visible either.

The bottle was stored cold but even poured cooler than is ideal, the aroma is very nice and strong. Big bourbon influences with vanilla, toasted oak and coconut, dark chocolate, medium roasted fruity coffee, dried dark fruits like prunes and cherry. As it warmed a little, a little more sweetness comes through, dark caramel bordering on burnt sugar, toffee, and molasses.

Taste doesn't disappoint, more of the dark fruit flavor comes through initially with some prune, raisin and cherry upfront, then a good amount of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. As the beer sits on your tongue and warms, the vanilla, toasted and charred oak comes through, roasted malt. Finish is long, with toasted coconut, vanilla and dark chocolate sticking around on your tongue for a long time. Very complex and balanced flavor.

Barely medium body with minimal carbonation, a thinner body that I would expect from a fairly big beer. The alcohol is very well hidden, no heat in the taste or in the back of the throat. Balanced and smooth beer, fantastic aromas and flavor. Well worth the cost of the bottle.

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Photo of rand
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz wax-dripped bomber to oversized wine glass.

I reviewed the Four Roses here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/14936/64055, as good as it was I think I underrated it. Also, at the time I hadn't had as many BA stouts, the ones I had weren't all that impressive. Now I think they're possibly the world's finest beverage, making this one of the best of the best.

As far as how the Elijah Craig is different, it's smoother, more singular on the palate (likely from age), as the licorice notes have made room for vanilla and cocoa.

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Photo of aoampm
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a head that disappears fairly quickly and has a foam that circles around the glass but nothing in the middle. The smell is very sweet. Vanilla, almond, roasted pecans, coffee, and dark chocolate. The taste is even better! The bourbon and honey comes through right away along with brown sugar, more roasted nuts, and chocolate. Also a lingering vanilla flavor makes this one quite sweet which is just fine by me. It is an incredibly smooth beer and has one of the best feels, easily up there with the other world class barrel aged stouts that I've had. Overall it's a special beer and is definitely not worth 30 dollars but for a special occasion this fits the bill perfectly.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a few brown bubbles of head.

S: Bourbon vanilla/oak characte, sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar, some coffee and some alcohol.

T: Starts of with sweet chocolate, bitter coffee, oak and vanilla, the bourbon character shows up more in the finish.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Not as good as the EC 20, Four Roses or Rittenhouse, but still an eclipse, still aged in the barrels of excellent whiskey, and still delicious.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BR 2 2014. rich, smooth, good barrel presence and not hot like some barrel aged stouts can be. nice mouthfeel and even at the end a swirl in the snifter still produced a nice fluffy head. i'm a bit more critical when a bomber is at this price point, but this still impressed. a nice treat and up there with some of the best in the style.

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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this for a good occasion. Long day running around, serving tables. TIME to serve myself up some of that 'treat yo' self!'

Right away pours that inkly black you can only find inside an Elijah Craig bourbon barrel. Smells like I dumped a few drops of that sweet sticky inside my morning joe. BIG roasty, vanilla, cacao. the bourbon notes are so delicate and subtle but right there. Soooo smooth and layered. The oh so mild sweetness lingers on the tongue forever.

LOVE this brew. Can't say enough about it. Would buy time and time again. Even at 27$ a bomber. I'm worth it.

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Photo of vic21234
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 2292, 2011 vintage. Got this one as a birthday present. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with some very dark red tint towards the top of the glass. A nice caramel color head subsides a bit yet sticks around for awhile. Some nice lacing is seen on the sides of the glass also.

S- Really the strongest smell is the alcohol. Through the alcohol I get hints of chocolate, coffee, malts and maybe some vanilla. The alcohol is very overpowering in the smell though.

T- Starts out nice and smooth followed by the slight warming from the alcohol. It isn't as hot as I would have thought based on the smell. Also gives a nice roasty taste, accompanied by chocolates, coffee, and dark fruits.

M- Heavy yet smooth. Carbonation amount is perfect. A great sipper. Nice alcohol warming.

This is an awesome beer. Not sure any beer is worth a $30 price tag, but an interesting and rare treat.

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Photo of billab914
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, tan lacing sticking closely to the edges of the glass. Very dark and still looking.

The aroma shows some very nice chocolate and bourbon flavors to it, but a good amount of alcohol heat is also there. Some notes of brown sugar and vanilla come out in it as well. Very good overall, but a little too much boozy alcohol to be great.

The bourbon barrel flavors really stand out in the taste. I get some great brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors coming out of it. It works very well with the chocolaty, slightly roasty flavors of the base beer. The bourbon seems to steal the show a little, but it's good enough that I can't really complain. The alcohol that seemed so evident in the aroma is also completely hidden making it very smooth and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. It feels a little heavier than the other Eclipse I've had, which I like.

Overall, I thought it was a great beer. The bourbon steals the show a little, but it's also adds some pretty awesome flavors. The flavors come together extremely well in it. Great beer overall, I'd definitely put it up there with an elite group of barrel aged beers.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in trade (2014)

A: Deep black with a lovely creamy medium brown head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, nuts with mild booziness.

T: Superb. Slightly sweet with well integrated alcohol. the chocolate malt is present as is caramel and toffee. Slight pleasant bitterness on the finish.

F: Appropriately full, with a creamy smoothness that finishes a little thinner than expected.

O: This is a great barrel aged imperial stout. Hits all the flavour notes I look for. A big thank you to @Corson for the bottle.

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Photo of rayjay
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened this in the garage, and it was a bit of a struggle to get through the wax with my random tools; the point of this story was that from the second my screwdriver popped the seal (a minute or so before the crown actually finagled off) the garage smelled like booze...sweet, refined, woody, malty whiskey. Good God! Almost Parabola-like amount of sticky sweet bourbon dominate the nose, simply taking over the aroma albeit for a tiny bit of roasted grains.

Poured in a Stone RIS goblet. Lively carbonation but the foam does not persist. Looks like Sweet Stout from Lost Abbey the way it randomly has brown suger cling-ins around the glass.

It's one of those beers, if it's your first beer of the night it may seem a bit overkill with bourbon notes. But if you sample it at a festival, it will stand out as one of the most memorable beers.

Sweet, sticky, malty bourbon, fumes, chocolate malt and roasted barley, really delicious like dessert, and extremely drinkable. 22oz was no problem to drink and required much restraint; Abyss is one of my all time favorites but it's still a challenge to drink a whole bomber. Abyss gets me extremely wasted, but after 22oz of this I am feeling great and refreshed (we'll see about tomorrow morning). Drinkability is a perfect 5.

Creamy mouthfeel. Not the absolute perfect beer, but the more you think about it, the more you can't find anything you'd want to change. Absolutely great!

Glad to be drinking a bottle after discovering it at the Bistro barrel aged beer fest. Thanks go to brewtull for the hookup and the drive to Truckee.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.
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