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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

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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Ratings:
1,911
Reviews:
306
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -77.4%

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2.46/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This was ok but nothing too special.

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2.99/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This is very light in comparison to the 4 roses variant.

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3.48/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2012 bottle, drunk on January 31st, 2016.

Pitch black, no head to speak of.

Aroma is alcohol spirits.

Flavor is boozy and lacking stout character. Just kind of a sweet, malty, boozy thing.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and dead still.

This is the last time I'm boarding this hype train.

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3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"BR3 2012." 9.5% confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass with purple wax-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a bottle shop in Beverly Hills, CA for $27.00 and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the price point and the brewery's reputation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is good - about 5 minutes. Even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Nontranslucent/nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for an imperial stout, but isn't unique or special. No egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malts, and cream. No real oak barrel character comes through unfortunately - no refined or rich character. No hop or yeast character is detectable. There is some alcohol presence. A mild to moderate clean aroma of well above average strength.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, faint marshmallow, light chocolate, faint vanilla, and very light oak. Decently balanced and cohesive, but not gestalt. I do like it. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not particularly intricate or nuanced.

Decent complexity and subtle. Little intricacy/nuance. I've had far deeper and more complex beers,

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, and nicely thick. A biteen sticky. Suits the flavour profile pretty well. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Not astringent, oily, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

No real roasted barley, coffee, spices, or yeast. Has some alcohol presence.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but noticeably boozy. I wouldn't buy it again at this price point. Good but not great. My companion and I will easily kill this bottle, but it's far from exemplary. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's likeable enough. Not worth it.

High B-

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is way overrated IMO. Too boozy with no depth of flavor. Glad I didn't pay $30 for it. It was a gift.

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3.51/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #3609. Purple wax, so I have the right listing.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and glass covering lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: Compared to the BT blend, this is surprisingly mellow. There's less of everything. Less chocolate from the base beer, less bourbon, less intensity overall. Like the BT, the barrel aging is very good. No hints of astringency or off-flavors. Also, the booze is incredibly well hidden. The bourbon itself is leathery, lightly earthy, and superbly smooth. Less vanilla and oak in this one. Overall this is about as well put together as it can get, but it's lacking any sort of intensity or complexity.

3.5 T: The taste follows the nose in that this is super mellow, but not as impressive as it could be. There isn't much going on from the base beer except for a light chocolate and roastiness. Rather, this is just a showcase for the bourbon. Unfortunately, the bourbon isn't strong enough for this to be much of a success. Leathery with melon fruitiness, a light earthiness, and a mild booze. A lot more well rounded that the BT blend, but also not as potent. Thus, it ends up with the same score.

3.0 M: Medium body. Maybe a touch heavier than the BT blend. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it's within the acceptable range. Also lacking with creaminess.

3.5 D: This beer (and I assume the rest of what I'll drink) suffers from the same problems as the previous variants I've had. Great barrel aging, but they started with a less than impressive stout. Put a little more effort in there, and this would be a gangbusters horizontal. As an aside, EC must be some good stuff since it came off so mellow, well rounded, and complete in this beer. I might have to pick up a bottle.

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3.52/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For the record, Elijah Craig 12 Year is my go to bourbon, so there might be a bias. The aroma is nicely nuanced with the bourbon all the same. Notes of coconut, vanilla, and oak barrel show up, but conceal the base stout somewhat. Flavors of vanilla opens it, closes it, and do everything else in between. There are gentle touches of smoke and roast also near the back end, but otherwise the simplistic nature of the base beer really lets things down. At least the bourbon presence rocks (duh!) I also like how easygoing it is for 11%, however - the honey creates a dry finish that counteracts the sweetness some. Oak tannins also keeps the mouthfeel dry (but slightly astringent). This one is a decent barrel-aged stout that showcases one of my favorite bourbons nicely, but is a letdown in most other aspects. At $30 a bottle, I don't need to have it again.

3.52/5: Good, but at $30 I may as well just buy regular Elijah Craig bourbon

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3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as expected

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