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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year)
BA SCORE
98.4%
Liked This Beer
4.46 w/ 1,920 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#168
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
1,920
Liked:
1,889
Avg:
4.46/5
pDev:
7.4%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
836
Gots:
769
Trade:
56
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,920 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a thin webbing of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with hints of honey.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging—once it stats to warm up the bourbon also becomes prominent as well. Notes of honey are present in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This imperial stout is big and bold. It tastes strong, but does a good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste.

Note: 2016 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of smithj4
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ikeithbot
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Daveshek28
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SierraFlight
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Azpittil57
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukiluka
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JKasten988
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.52/5  rDev -21.1%
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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Photo of dyjuan8
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BR 3, 2015 opened Jan 2017

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Photo of TravisMason
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mandypants11
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bob_roberts
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2016 poured into a snifter on 1-1-17.

L - Very dark with mahogany edges. A finger of brown head that dissipates to a ring on the edge with decent amount of lacing.

S - Bourbon and oak, not a lot of sweetness. Drier than a lot of other BA stouts I've had initially but some caramel roast as it warms.

T - I get a lot of bourbon and black pepper. Gets a little sweeter as it approaches room temp. Surprisingly clean taste as flavors don't linger on the palate which is unexpected from something as heavy and slick. Lacks the usual roasty chocolate and coffee notes experienced with other BA stouts. Flavor is definitely not what I had expected. Not in a bad way, but different than other BA imp stouts. The bourbon/alcohol here is also different than I've experienced from other BA stouts. There's a certain astringency present that one would get from a neat bourbon. A lot of very subtle and mellow flavors going on. Interesting.
Side note: I'm getting a very intriguing, very slight and fleeting, taste of lavender. Could be attributed to the honey..? Maybe I'm just making it up.... who knows.

F - Beautiful mouth-feel. Not as thick as other imp stouts but it's not a bad thing here. SG and viscosity work perfectly with the carbonation. Pretty awesome, really.

O - Very interesting flavor profile. Really enjoyable as it's unexpectedly different from any BA stout I've had to date. Highly enjoyable, but hard to justify the price tag.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10th release edition

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Photo of edthehead
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark pour with a tan head, leaves some lacing.

aromas of woody oak, vanilla, leather, subtle bourbon & chocolate, caramel. not overly pungent but quite nice.

taste follows nicely, molasses, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, honey, vanilla, roast, touch of booze on the fish. medium bodied with a nice creamy texture, gives hint of marshmellowy sweetness.

overall definitely a class BA stout, but its still hard to justify the over the top price.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thomasarose
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98.4% out of 100 with 1,920 ratings
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