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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1,904
Reviews:
306
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to an oily film. Thin streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a strong bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon from the 12 year Elijah Craig is very nice and still packs a punch. There is a slight roasty bitterness and a somewhat strong alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout with a more in your face bourbon presence versus the 18 year Elijah Craig version. On of my favorites for the night.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this was an awesome, although brutally expensive, bottle of brew. the pour is a nice rich dark brown, black chocolate color, with an inch of mocha colored lace that doesnt last long at all. the nose is my favorite part. you can really smell the bourbon in this, vanilla, charcoal, oak, and alcohol, along with honey and burnt malt. not used to honey in my stouts, but i think it adds a whole new element here that just jives perfectly with the barrel notes. flavor is just as complex as the nose. surprisingly, the alcohol isnt really present, even at room temperature. amazingly well disguised. the malt profile is huge, brown sugar, burnt oats, tobacco, and spiced rum all seem to come in waves here, flashing about. i enjoyed trying to pick out more and more flavors, i got to the point where i could pick up toasted coconut, as well as smoke. this is a beer of unrivaled depth of flavor. very very impressive stuff. a little more runny than i thought itd be in terms of feel. could maybe use a touch more oomph on the body, but then again maybe not, it seems to be complete enough as it is. decent carbonation, and a finish that is sort of bitter, sort of sweet, and sort of neither. it is quicker than the style usually allows, and i think this is chemically perfect in that regard. overall a splendid beer, makes me want to try some of the other colored wax tops, but man this stuff is pricey!

edit: i just had a bottle from last year, and it honestly drinks quite a bit better fresh. it seemed thinner, less dynamic, and no more easy on the booze front. if youve got one, break it out of the cellar and drink it now, its time.

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

This beer poured out as a nice looking semi-thick black beer. The head on top was a dark shade of tan with some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was full of roasted malts, chocolate notes, bourbon and wooden aromas. The taste of this beer was very good, the flavors of some chocolate and vanilla with the warmth of the bourbon. The sweetness of the honey and the roasted malts balance out nicely along with the bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side but still not as heavy as some imperial stouts. There is a subtle creaminess to the beer also which is really nice. The carbonation is low but has just enough to liven up the brew. Overall it's a killer beer, I've enjoyed each one that I've had from this series... Wishing I could afford more but I'm happy with the three types I picked up.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, purple wax sealed, and 11.9% ABV for bottle run numero 2 of 2013. Is there an online instruction manual, or something, that describes how to open this sort of enclosure, without picking away at the wax with a knife?

This beer pours a fairly deep dark black abyss, yet with prominent basal cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of densely foamy, weakly puffy, and broadly bubbly chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some nice low-pressure system lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of mildly astringent rye whisky barrel wood, the titular booze, dry vanilla, crusty caramel, bittersweet chocolate, the hint of the earthy floral honey quietly noted on the label, and some surprisingly prominent herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more woody, boozy barrel notes right up front, some dry, earthy black licorice, a touch of cold java, lightly toasted, but not inherently light caramel malt, a grainy besotted breadiness, a weirdly evolving semi-sour milkiness, and subtle earthy, musty hops.

The bubbles are pretty sublimely restrained, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and quite equitably smooth, with a pleasant stab at everyman creaminess. It finishes still almost cripplingly sweet, the caramel, vanilla, alcohol, anise, honey all equally culpable. But recall, I said 'almost'.

I am not at all versed in the spirituous offerings of one Elijah Craig, so all I can discern from this offering is that it is one pleasantly understated example of a Bourbon County staple, based on the thorough, yet inoffensive effects rendered herein. The base RIS is only mildly altered, I presume, and the overall experience is quite agreeable enough - tasty, full, and sweet to a point that dessert pairing is hardly out of the question.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 128 of the 2011 release

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a very modest head that leaves a trail of dots behind

Smell: Roasty and slightly smoky, with chocolate fudge, bourbon and vanilla elements

Taste: Chocolate fudge, up front, with the roasty/smoky elements building into a full Bourbon character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the vanilla builds to smooth out some of the harshness of the beer's relative youth though the finish still has some rough edges

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; slightly creamy but also slightly thin; warmth in the gullet from the abv

Overall: A very nicely balanced bourbon-barrel aged IS; other than the appearance and slightly thin mouthfeel, this is really a top drawer example of the style

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4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to try the 2009, 2011, and 2012 versions side by side. Served from the bottle into a tasting goblet. This review is of the 2009 bottle with some differenced noted.

The beer pours a very dark brown/almost black color. There isn't much head to speak of. The smell of the 2009 was very different from the newer versions. There was hardly any alcohol, but I was getting lots of dark fruit and some mild roast. I thought there was a strong raisin presence in the nose. The taste is very smooth. You can tell this beer has some age on it, but it hasn't fallen apart too much. There is a roasted malt sweetness with the bourbon mainly showing up in the finish. I'm also getting some dark fruit and mild caramel/vanilla notes. I thought there was a mild peppery note as well. The body wasn't particularly thick and there was only a little carbonation.

I liked the 2012 version of this beer more than the 2011 even though it was hotter. I thought the depth of flavor was better in the 2009 version.

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is very soothing. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium bourbon notes with really rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version.

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4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch.

Dark and opaque chocolate brown in color, topped by a tiny 1/4 inch head that quickly settles to the thinnest of rings. There's faint translucency around the edges.

The Elijah Craig bourbon barrel imparted a huge mark on this beer - it absolutely reeks of sweet caramel, vanilla and oak. While the Heaven Hill Rye and Jack Daniels versions of this beer have well-integrated and somewhat balanced barrel characters, this one is dominated by bourbon. The chocolatey, roasty, bready base beer is still present, but it's more of a foundation for the incredible aromas the barrel has imparted.

It's equally bourbon-forward on the tongue, opening with flavors of maple syrup, dark fruit, vanilla and honey. The mid-palate brings out a balancing roastiness, hints of licorice and burnt toast. The body is medium-full and creamy, though not especially viscous or oily. The finish is bittersweet and hot, like a liqueur-filled chocolate.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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