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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,898
Reviews:
305
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
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768
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Photo of mschrei
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage. Poured into a stout snifter. Dark black/brown with thick creamy brown head that sticks around with healthy lacing. Exquisite smelling beer-sweet roasty chocolate with strong barrel presence. Tastes great too-bold sweet chocolate notes, backed by boozy barrel flavor that comes with a mild tang. Only complaint is the slight thin feel to it, but otherwise, this is an outstanding barrel aged stout.

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

Photo of neutralaction
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopsputin
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: silky black color that lets a little light through, which gives the top of the glass a muddy brown color. very shiny. no head - there is a dark tan film on top

s: aroma on this is incredible. roasted malts, dark chocolate, rich oak, leather, vanilla, molasses, leather, bourbon, dark cherry, an almost coffee-like presence, and finishes the nose with more dark chocolate

t: slightly bitter dark chocolate, chewy coffee, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, a dash of honey sweetness, cola. i'm glad to see that dark cherry also made its way into the taste as well. there is a silky molasses sweetness as well (a touch darker tasting than honey). there is a real nice dark, earthy flavor coming from the wood in here as well. the bourbon is laying in the background here - just a faint hint, adding a real nice layer of complexity and depth to this. a real treat

m: medium mouthfeel - a tad lighter than i was expecting, but it really works well with the way the beer has been made

o: this is a delightful beer to drink. the flavor has great depth, and is extremely well harmonized. price tag is high, for sure, but this is a fantastic sipper, and a great one to share

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

Photo of cducap
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kash2112
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 motoxrdr21
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Duffman79
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nerdboy19
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black, tan head - 4/5
Aroma : Vanilla, oak, wood, whiskey, chocolate, roasted, coffee, very well balanced aroma - 4/5
Mouthfeel : Full bodied, low carbonation. Thick. - 5/5
Flavor : Bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, little bit sweet but bitterness balances it well - 4.5/5
Overall : Very well balanced Eclipse, I prefer Woodford Reserve to this, but this beer is the second best among the Eclipse I've tried. Great beer! - 4.25/5

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Photo of maljay26
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rhong187
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.43 out of 5 based on 1,898 ratings.
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