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:
1,910
Reviews:
306
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
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Photo of mscottjohnston
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Aged for 2 years at 55 degrees.

Poured into oxbow snifter. 

A: tar black. One finger tan head disappears quickly. No lacing. 
S: heavy bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar
T: big malts and bourbon up front, roasted coffee in the middle, finishing with honey and maple syrup
M: wonderfully chewy, long lingering. Moderate effervescence. Very well balanced
O: by far one of my top rated imperial stouts. Very enjoyable sipping brew

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage

L - Pitch black on all fronts. A finger of brown head with no lacing.

S - Bourbon is so huge even after one year. A tinge of alcohol. Milk chocolate, cherries, and oak.

T - Bourbon and a pure alcohol taste clash, but it isn't exactly "hot". Lacks the usual chocolate, coffee, and overall roasty notes from stouts. Bourbon does lend a subtle sweetness and there is some oak to be had, but overall this is falling flat.

F - Thick enough I guess, but a far cry from what you'd expect from a massive 11% barrel-aged imperial stout. some touches of alcohol, but they don't burn. It actually might be too clean on the finish.

O - It's an ok BA stout, but not worthy the money. Many, MANY other Ba stouts are more readily available and are better in overall quality. Seriously, if I find out you spent $30+ on this I will come to your home and slap you.

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Photo of Tim725
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boudeysbigbrew
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce Bomber into a Wine Glass.

Let's get it under way, I've got the Purple Waxed Fifty/Fifity. I might have to review this brew every season. For this year's tasting let's describe it for the masses. First things first, how did she pour? This year she poured just as exceptional as every year. Nice Dark Black sexy body with a deep Mocha Wig. She is looking Beautiful tonight!

How does she smell? First waves of subtle dark fruits..(light oxidation). Second waves of chocolate covered Almonds. It's deep with the fragrance, yet not holding attention. Light char with notes of malt sweetness. She's aight to the nose!

Ahh! The flavor! This thing hits you harder than some MTX 1200 Watt Subwoofers in a GMC Sonoma playing Frank Sinatra. She hits hard but in a classy way. The first initial flavor is, of course, Honey Sweetness that anchors notes of Chocolate. Second flavor brings that Almond aroma to life. It's that rich toasted almond flavor that I dig in Elijah Craig Bourbon. Third wave of flavors come in with toasted grains and slight Barrel Char. This finishes Sweet, Dry and Boozy with bitterness hitting the palate at full force. The aftertaste though is Banging! Sweet Chocolate covered Almonds with a tight Char note. It's a great aftertaste. The feel is upper tier but not saying anything to add to the brew's greatness. It's feel is Medium-light with so-so carbonation.

Overall: I keep it humble, IMO this brew is worth the coin. It is classy with the right amounts of Roasted Malts, sweetness and Barrel Notes that are not so agressive that you feel like you just got Bourbon Raped! The flavors on point and are to my liking. The only thing I cannot dig is its Boozy finish and its mouthfeel. Even though it's not offensive, it is just not adding dimension to the brew. This brew would be on "OMG" status if it had more heft in its Mouthfeel and a smoother finish. The brew is Outstanding and I will drink again. This Brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Boilerup
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Zatch90
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WontontoIsDrinking
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 CJNAPS
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KT123
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msumike89
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Westmalle318
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.43 out of 5 based on 1,910 ratings.
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