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
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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1,878
Avg:
4.43
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purple Wax. 2011 Vintage. Bottle #51.
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Black with one finger of bubbly espresso coloured head.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front. Roasted malt and some chocolate aromas in the background. The barrel aging qualities are predominant but don't completely drown out the base beer.

T - A great mix of bourbon barrel aging characteristics up front - vanilla, bourbon and oak. The base beer also contributes a lot to the palate with roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruit and a hint of licorice. A slight bitterness is present in the finish. The ABV is very well hidden. Remarkable easy drinking for 9.5% ABV.

M - Medium body but a touch thin at times. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. 2014 release.

Pours nearly black with faint ruby highlights and 1.5 fingers of brown head that leaves a solid sheet of melting ice cream lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark fudge, toasted brown sugar, coffee grounds, dried dark fruit, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and fireplace smoke.

Tastes of more rich fudge and strong coffee, candied dried cherry, plum and raisin, melted brown sugar, boozy bourbon barrel, charred wood, dried vanilla and faint bitter hops.

Feels big and strong. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Aging this one was a good idea.

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Photo of fx20736
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 2 bottles from Beers of the World, $ 28.99 each on 1/9/14. Poured into a goblet served between cellar and room temp.

appearance: ebony black with a cappucino head, decent lacing.

aroma: bourbon seems hidden. Smells like malted milk balls, vanilla and honey a little caramel corn and finally some alcohol esters.

taste: molasses leads the way and in a big way followed by coffee and chocolate. Whiskey finally comes out of hiding with an immediate warming sensation

mouthfeel: supple and smooth

overall: expensive but worth it, this is an unbelievably tasty beer. Definitely belongs in the top tier of Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts. I have another of these celaring and am debating going back to the store to see if any is left.

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Photo of smanson56
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color into my snifter glass with almost no head. Lots of great bourbon in the nose with hints of some sweetness. The taste is actually fairly mellow not over blown with bourbon. The mouth feel is smooth and has a nice viscosity. Another great variant from 50/50.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011, Bottle 350

A - Pitch black pour, foamy brown one inch head

S - Raisins, chocolate, cocoa, leather, oak, vanilla, bourbon and licorice

T - Lots of bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and charred oak barrels. Alcohol is well masked for the strength; a great sipper.

M - Mouth is silky smooth, carbonation in the low to medium range with a dry cocoa powder finish.

O - My first Eclipse and I can't wait to try more! This beer reminded of me of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, which is to say damn good! A strong beer but the alcohol is relatively well hidden. I really like the chocolate and relative lack of alcohol. It's there but not over the top. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of black, brown head 1/3" like most of the Eclipse beers. Aroma was bourbon forward in a good way. A lot of vanilla there, plenty of chocolate.

Lots of wood bourbon and vanilla. Good roast and char. Carbonation nice and soft. Every year is reliable. The best version they make every year for sure.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle on my 40th birthday. Pours a solid black with a thin layer of tan head with no lacing. Nose is a delicious blend of caramel, roasty attributes, and whiskey. Taste is an even better blend of the nose attributes. Mouthfeel is surprisingly a bit thin for the ABV, carbonation good, and the finish sweet and bitter that doesn't linger. Good, very much so. Worth the price, debatable.

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Photo of GJ40
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle.

A - Black with a moderate tan head that fades quickly leaving only a nice dusting.

S - Greta bourbon and vanilla without overpowering the other notes of cocoa, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

T - Much like the aroma. Such strong flavors yet so balanced and coordinated. A slight a sweetness which helps it stand up to those strong flavors. The medley of flavors lingers nicely.

M - Thick and chewy with a low carbonation.

O - Fantastic! I love this beer!!!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What is it with this tasting and purple wax? Surly Four, now this. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Black body with a thin dark tan head of rich foam. Looks good, but not quite great.

S: Sweet, oaky, vanilla, caramel goodness. Amazingly well-integrated barrel notes, with the bourbon only noticeable in a subdued, nuanced way. I can't really imagine a better-smelling stout.

T: Bourbon takes over more here, but not to an irredeemable point. Impressive, but not quite as splendid as the nose.

M: Very sweet, sticky, and rich. I'm loving it.

D: Intense bourbon flavor isn't necessarily the most drinkable aspect a beer can have, but this one is drinkable nonetheless.

Notes: Gigantic thanks to Tony for being so generous as to share this rare and delicious -bal aged awesomeness. I don't know what else to say about this one - it's great. I wish I had the ammo to put together a horizontal tasting of all the Eclipse beers, as that would be the definition of epicness.

Cheers!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with two friends at Apex in Portland OR. 2011 vintage.

It pours a little weak looking for a stout of this level of aroma and taste. Dark brown with some lighter brown highlights, decent lacing.

The smell is nice with molasses, smoke, subtle in a good way bourbon, cereal malt, ice cream vanilla oak. Very nice.

The taste really pops with flavor, it strikes all the right notes of a barrel aged stout: a great balance of the barrel, stout and bourbon from the barrel, it really has a perfect balance and is not hot at all. Also has some nice salt water taffy and fudge flavors on top of everything else.

Feel is a little above good but not great, wish it was thicker but it has a nice roast and carbonation level for a beer like that.

I can see why this is rated so high. Great stuff.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Shared bottle at a tasting.

A: Pours motor oil with a nice dark brown khaki 1.5 finger head.

S: Barrel characteristics really come through on this one. Surprisingly, no coffee or chocolate notes on the aroma which is usually a staple on Imperial Stouts. Some vanilla is present.

T: Taste for me was smooth, barrel taste. Some brown sugar and molasses creamy-ness. Really surprised by the lack of chocolate or coffee taste.

M: Smooth, medium to fuller bodied but not overly thick. First few sips left my mouth with a strong whiskey taste, as if I had taken a shot of whiskey and not beer. This dissipated as I drank more.

O: A fantastic and unique brew. We had a discussion that as we drank it, we weren't focused on the beer, but rather on table talk. We were surprised by this and decided this is a sessionable beer. This beer is all about showcasing the barrel characteristics and not the characteristics of Imperial Stouts. Really unique and I would recommend trying a bottle.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

slightly chilled and poured into pint glass.

Beer is brown on the pour, not much of a head... maybe 1cm. Good staying power, though. Nice oatmeal cookie batter color.

The nose on this is simply fantastic... I am adrift on a sea of bourbon. I already know I am going to like this one.

The bourbon is here and it's front and center. It's not that hot, though. Really nutty and a lot of toasted oak. Brewed with honey? I don't taste it. Oh well, I'll just have to sit here and enjoy this fantastic bourbon flavor.

I remember reading that the base beer was being beefed up this year. I had EW, not EC last year, but I think I appriciate this one. It's still fairly light in the broader spectrum but it works well with the bourbon. Actually, I'm quite pleased at the body on this.

This beer is great. I'm jazzed to be sitting on the 18/20 yr. bottle... now I just need to find an excuse to open it!

Thanks, Arbi. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of zep9865
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with aasher on 2/28. Poured into aecht schlenterla snifter. Pours an off black with a half finger of mocha foam head

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, and a tad bit of wintergreen mint. Booze is slightly detectable.

Vanilla is more vivid than the bourbon on the palate, with a slight spearmint aftertaste.

You can tell that it's lighter in body than bourbon county stout, but still has a great feel.

This beer is not hot at all, one of it's best qualities. Ready to drink now but would do quite well if cellared.

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

A big thanks to waltonc for this great beer. Shared with fellow BA’s at the CBS release. Taken from notes. Bottle #1142, 2009 version.

Appearance – Pours as one would expect a vicious black into a tulip. About a half finger of dark chocolate head is achieved with a sloppy pour which dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight brown lacing.

Smell – A luscious chocolaty vanilla aroma up front. The bourbon is there ever so slightly, though through the entire sniff. Oak, char, roasted malts, sweet fruits.

Taste – As with the nose, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and oak. The smooth Pappy comes in midway and refuses to be told what to do, and thus stays till the end of the sip. A wonderful char and roasted malt character toward the finish, and ends with a slight dryness. As the beer warms more dark fruits can be tasted, though they are not the focal point whatsoever. So smooth.

Mouthfeel – Thick, though not enough to take away from the beer. Lower carbonation; creamy.

Overall – I really wish I could have had this side by side with the Pappy version I had at Zwanze day. A fantastic beer, and right up there with the Pappy. Sadly, I feel this may be right there WITH the Pappy but I was so damn cold from standing outside for CBS that I did not get to properly enjoy this as I was able to with the Pappy. I would love to try this version again.

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

Having had a handful of Eclipse stouts, I can say that this is a good one. Aged in whiskey barrels and brewed with honey, it had a thick body and rich aromas off the pour - chocolates, vanilla and coffee, something vaguely tannic... The feel is smooth and dense, with honey's sweetness melding into a caramel/molasses complex that builds on the warm rich roasted malts. Sweet and decadent, augmented nicely with booziness. The only detractor, if you didn't know, is the price-point - these bombers run about $32 around here. Worth it, but tough to make repeat buys.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/22/2010

Bottle #65 of the 2009 vintage poured into my Bruery snifter. Dark brown tinged deep crimson with a one finger light brown head lingers for a minute and leaves a little lacing when it recedes.

Prominent bourbon accompanies rich chocolate and illustrious caramel notes. As the beer warms to room temperature, vanilla and oak are more apparent. Alcohol vapor is quite mellow in the nose, and there's just a shadow of coffee behind the bourbon, chocolate, and caramel.

The flavor opens up with a touch of alcohol that's quickly eclipsed by bourbonic caramel and chocolate. There's something about the flavor of this beer that reminds me a lot of Firestone 13. Perhaps it's the interplay between the caramel and bourbon. Regardless, it's a good thing. The restrained presence of roasted malt and even lighter presence of coffee make this a smooth and mellow bourbon Imperial Stout. The heat is at an ideal level for me, neither too mellow nor stinging. The beer is lightly sweet, but it dries out in the lightly astringent, warming, and caramel bourbon finish.

The mouthfeel is silky and creamy, with a really nice upper low level of carbonation. There's a little astringency and there's a drying woody quality. Overall, this is a top notch bourbon Imperial Stout.

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

2009 Vintage shared at our Seattle BA Imperial Stout Tasting.

Pour: Pitch black with a dark espresso head and moderate carbonation.

Nose: Fantastic. The sweet, fudge, chocolate, and vanilla base beer gets a great treatment of toasted coconut, oak, toffee, and more vanilla.

Taste: Pretty similar to the nose, the bourbon is so well integrated that it blew my mind. People liked this better than the PvW version.

Mouthfeel: Dense, decently carbonated.

Overall: Really fantastic stuff here. I believe eNIGma gave it an "OMFG" and I concur.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz purple waxed bottle shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours almost completely black with hints of light showing through the mahogany edges. Head recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

The aroma has more whiskey presence than the Pappy and Heaven Hill. It's got whiskey, vanilla and lots of chocolate on top of the heavily roasted black malts. Some hints of leather and tobacco.

Again, the bourbon really comes out in the taste up front. Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and maybe even some dark fruits hiding underneath. The finish is boozy and a bit dry, certainly compared to the other treatments I've had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost slick with some soft carbonation and definitely influenced by the bourbon.

As usual for Fifty Fifty, this is barrel aging at it's very best. I think I like the more nuanced character of the Heaven Hill but, hey, that's a seriously high bar. Outstanding.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a fat, foamy, long-lasting, light mocha head. Head retention is about average. Wood, coconut, and chocolate syrup were noted in the aromas. Heavy viscous, creamy mouthfeel that becomes a little astringent at the finish. Chocolate syrup forward with some coconut and ample bourbon. A very, very good imperial stout. Much better than the Vanilla Bean Dark Lord that I'd had moments earlier.

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

Serving Type: Bottle (2013)
Consumed: 12.19.15

A: 4.5 Pours nearly black with a bit of reddish-brown around the edges. Small, light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a bit of lace in the glass.

S: 4.5 Lots of dark and milk chocolate on the nose with a pretty strong oak presence, bringing bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Roasted malt aromas and molasses are pretty mild by comparison, but it’s still there. Some raisin and toffee come through as the beer warms.

T: 4.5 Flavors start off sweet with marshmallow, vanilla, caramel, and strong bourbon. Roasted malt and coffee build and seamlessly start to take over the experience from the sweeter flavors. Blackberries, molasses, and a tiny bit of oxidation work in before a light lingering bitterness and coffee finish things off.

M: 4.5 Good body and really nice carb. Not the thickest imperial stout, but not too thin either.

O: 4.5 Definitely an exceptional BA stout. Lots of really great flavors, but also nothing too unique, which is kind of this beer’s downfall. For the price, you would hope it would be substantially different from BA stouts that are half the price, but it’s not. Definitely worth trying, but not something to stock up on.

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

I had this with a very nice cigar and they both complimented each other very well. The thick sweetness of this stout tamed the cigar burn in the mouth. It was almost like peanut butter and jelly. Very good stout

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

Reviewed from notes: Huge thanks to Jacob.

appearance: pitch black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: bourbon, booze, roast, barley, malts, vanilla,

taste: bourbon, booze, vanilla, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this is one hell of a stout. very well done with the balancing of the ingredients and the incorporation of the barrel.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Specual thanks to Ultraman9000 for providing this one in trade.

Bottle 559 from 2011

The tan head sits like a coffee milkshake. Deep shiny dark brown, not quite black. A surprising amount of frothy thick lace.

Aroma is thick, sweet chocolate, coconut with a smidge of alcohol/bourbon.

More bourbon in the flavor and some more coconut. A lovely chocolate dark malt flavor. The aftertaste is almost the highlight here. Stays with you and is wonderful. The more I play with this glass, the more I enjoy the bourbon flavors here.

Fairly bold body and quite slick. Slippery and oily, but nice. Rounded edges.

Very good beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Shaun, for bringing this one to our latest tasting today, 11/26/2013. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Review #298.

Pours a nice viscous dark brown/black body, minimal mocha head with minimal retention. Lacing is spotty. Standard bourbon barrel stout here.

Smells incredible. There's that customary bourbon barrel scent- oaky, almost on the verge of fungal, but overwhelmed by a delicious smelling chocolate brownie scent. Very rich. Phenomenal nose here.

Flavour is a notch below the nose; however I get a lot of that bourbon barrel ala Bourbon County. There's a lot of similarities to BCBS, although this tastes a little more like chocolate fudge brownies than anything else. Quite decadent.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation. A decent bit of heat accompanies the beer, but otherwise very smooth and complex.

Thanks for bringing this one, Shaun. This is the first 50/50 Eclipse beer I've ever had, and after this one I kind of want to see what else is out there from that same brewer. Well-done, very well-constructed and nicely chocolatey with a good mix of bourbon.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark with a small tan-mocha head and whisps of lacing.

S: Nice characteristics of roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some booze.

T: The bourbon really shines through against the rest of the flavors. Underneath are vanilla, some oak tannin, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Very nice combination.

M: Beautifully boozy with plenty of bourbon; just the right territory for an imperial stout.

D: Very drinkable all around. Had this side by side with the Heaven Hill version and this one was just a tad bit better.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.43 out of 5 based on 1,878 ratings.
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