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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)

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A- jet black, I think the negatives I've heard about the series are getting to me, but I swear this "looks light for a stout"....

S- Awesome. Everything I want in my BA stouts. Loads of oaky vanilla goodness, with some slight roastiness, but definitely oak vanilla dominant

T- more of the same, the roasted character comes through a bit more in the taste, I actually enjoy how the lightness of the body seems to lend to an urge or sense of need to drink more to coat more of the mouth to understand more of the taste...want..more...

M- Yes, the body is light. to style, not good...but know what? 50/50 makes it work, I enjoyed this part of the beer more than anticipated

O- This is my favorite so far out of the three I've had and would buy more if they weren't soo damn expensive

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2958 aggressively poured into a snifter. Left a spotty lacing around most of the glass.

Pours black with about a half inch of mocha head.

I pick up oak, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla in the nose.

Charred oak, sweet bourbon, chocolate with a notable alcohol burn in the finish. Definitely didn't get much burn once it warmed up to room temperature. I really like the bourbon presence in the beer. Yeah, it tastes somewhat like a half shot of bourbon dumped into a good chocolate stout but slightly more complex. But I really like it!

Slightly syrupy with a medium-low level of carb.

Really makes me want to crack open my 18yr Eclipse tonight.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. This does leave sticky spots of lacing down the glass. Not a particularly heavy or substantial looking stout.

Lovely aroma, especially as the beer inches closer and closer to room temperature. The familiar coconut, bourbon, chocolate, wood, roast, and coffee elements combine here for something quite lovely.

The flavor follows similarly with chocolate, bourbon, and earthy vanilla flavors combining. There is hardly any trace of alcohol harshness. This is incredibly drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. I think I would prefer it be a touch thicker.

Fantastic. This is perhaps the best of the 2011 bottlings.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a pretty dark black, with a small fizzy mocha head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells really quite delicious- like bourbon soaked brownies, hazelnuts, vanilla, and roasted malt.

The aroma's a bit better than the taste on this one. It does taste a bit like a bourbon-soaked brownie sundae- so much chocolate, bready malt, roasted malt, vanilla, cream, and sweet, out-front bourbon. It's not quite as punchy as other Eclipses I've had, but it's certainly really tasty anyway.

This could be a bit thicker, but as it is, it's still substantial. The body can't quite live up to other barrel-aged stouts of similar caliber, though. This is really creamy and silky, almost like it's on nitro.

Not the best Eclipse variant I've ever had, but it's still a really well done barrel aged stout.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Sean9689
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Nate! 22oz bomber into CCB snifter.

A - Pours black, small mocha head, no lacing or retention.

S - Huge vanilla, lots of chocolate, fudge. Dessert. Nice bourbon note that's so smooth and well-blended.

T - Chocolate fudge bourbon brownies, basically. Not overly sweet, just right. There's some coconut notes in here as well.

M - Full, rich, smooth, viscous, no carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Top-notch Imperial Stout worthy of the scores it's been getting. The blend on this beer is phenomial. A sipper, so rich and decedent. A must-try.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - 2012 vintage - thanks Penguin3200

Pitch black pour with a creamy, frothed brownie colored head resting on top. Creamy retention, spotty lacing and wispy film swirl around in the brew while drinking.

Stiff Elijah Craig bourbon scents with toasted oak, vanilla, tobacco and chocolate. Sweet and boozy, roasted dark malts, smoke and a boatload of barrel. Bullseye.

A heavy-handed helping of bourbon right up front with sweet barrel character and oaky tannins. Chocolate, molasses and vanilla lead into the robust backbone with roasted dark malts. Boozy chocolate cake, brownies, tobacco and a dash of smoke. Finishes boozy and warm with lingering vanilla.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy, sticky and smooth on the tongue. It's a toss up between this and the EC 20 year for my favorite Eclipse treatments, both of which have a substantial leg up on the others I've tried. These probably aren't worth the $30 tag they fetch in Philly, but I still seem to keep buying them.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a long stemmed tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very dark black color with no light getting through the edges. An abyss of color. There is a nice dense half inch creamy tan head that forms then recedes down to a nice thing ring around the glass.

Aromas starts off with barrel sweetness. Notes of molasses and caramel are present with some nice notes of vanilla. Then there is some nice chocolatey fudge in the nose along with some great slight roasted coffee notes. Bakers chocolate sweetness can be perceived in the nose as well.

The flavor is exquisite. Notes of chocolatey fudgy syrup with some nice caramel and molasses barrel notes. Slight vanilla spice, mixed in with the cocoa notes. The beer is very rich and complex with delicious mix of chocolate, both dark and milk, and some nice roasted notes complimented by delicious barrel sweentess. Mouthfeel is nice and thick with some mild carbonation to keep it in balance.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
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 IKR
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest beige head that slowly faded. The head appeared to stick around longer than that on my 2012 Evan Williams (same tulip glass).

Smell: Mild Bourbon (less than that in my 2012 Evan Williams), coffee/roasted malt aromas, brown sugar and some vanilla notes.

Taste: Bourbon, roast malts, vanilla, caramel/brown sugar and oak notes. The finish is fairly dry with Bourbon, roast malts notes and mild hop notes. To my tastes, The Elijah Craig had a more restrained Bourbon presence than that of my 2012 Evan Williams.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. It really is interesting to see the impact the different barrels have on the Eclipse series.

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Photo of PerHops
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- "Black, black as Bernie Mac"- Common. Black as Norwegian death metal. Ok, I'll stop with the offensive music analogies now. This one is opaque. Very little head. but good lacing.

S- Lots of bourbon. Oak. Some chocolate. Ripe cherries and other dark fruit as it warms up. Alcohol is noticeable, but not offensive.

T- Boozy at first, but as it warms up it softens. Bourbon and oak are there, but give way to smooth chocolate, christmas spices, figs, molasses, a trace of coffee and a mildly bitter/dry finish.

M- medium to high carbonation, but syrupy at the same time. This is a near perfect mouthfeel for the syle. Lethally drinkable.

O- Really good stout, only going to be better when I crack one in a couple of years. I'm excited to compare this next to the 18 in a few years.

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Photo of CJS
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Not too think nor too lacey. Expected a bit more depth and legs.

S Rich wood aromas off the top, oaky, vanilla and caramel bursting. Def some sugar cooking in there.

T Way better than the initial nose guesses. Great bourbon character married with the chocolate. Nice spicy and herbal complexities in the finish.

M High gravity and very drinkable. Thinner than I thought but it makes no difference.

O A job well done on the brewers part but the not worth the hefty price tag it boast. I think a bottle of Elijah Craig 12 would cost a bit less and go a hell of a lot further.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml purple waxed 2013 bomber bottle run #2 poured into tulip Christmas day 2013

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, lots of tiny bubbles going up the side and feeding a big three finger mocha foam that quickly cuts in half but then sticks around with a slight island, several rings of lace followed by random patches, looks great

S lots of chocolate fudge, vanilla, some sweet soft caramel and I'm getting some of the honey I didn't notice in the other variants, not too heavy on the barrel but has nice mellow bourbon and wood thing going on, booze is there but quite well concealed

T more booze then the nose with some burnt coffee and char, whats on the nose is still there but doesn't mesh together quite as well, still solid don't get me wrong but doesn't quite match the nose

M not very heavy for the color but the tiny bubbles cream it up and like the other 2013's I've had I'd plain and simply be amazed if this clocks in at nearly 12%

O another great beer from the series but I don't think its my favorite, the taste doesn't quite keep up to the nose but still great all-around

everything I've had from the Eclipse series has been great and perhaps the number of reviews has gotten this one in particular on to the top 250 but I don't think its my personal favorite even though its awesome.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, yup black. Coffee colored head, coffee with milk that is. Aroma is muted however what is there is chocolate, vanilla, charcoal and well perhaps a bit of honey. On the palate is where this beer shines! Milk chocolate, vanilla, oh my mint I can actually detect mint. Charcoal is big and I also get some nice bourbon soaked woody oak. Had you never had a beer with honey as an ingredient you wouldn't know, but if you have then it is clear honey is present here and a truly brilliant addition to a stout. A very rich beer it is, thick, slick and chewy. Must say this beer would be a 5 overall, but it is a tad bit too sweet.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle – 2013 purple wax release
Thanks to mdfb79 for this - Split into 2 hotel tumblers

What better way to cap a great day of beer drinking

A: Pours a dark brown body with a real murky look. Nears black at the core and starts to thin out towards the edges. A small film of oatmeal colored fizz forms over and dispels quickly down to a swirl within the glass. Leaves behind only a few mild dots of stick. Has more alcohol legs to it than anything.

S: Smells of bourbon, brown sugar/molasses, chocolate malts and earthy oak up front with lots of dark roasted grains/oats present throughout. Definitely has a sweetness to the nose. I get a touch of soy umami going on and the honey is in fact pronounced in the aroma. Finishes off with a flash of boozy alcohol but it is not stingingly so. Smells very nice with lots of roast grain character.

T: Taste is sweet as well but with a mouth puckering bitterness and astringently dry finish to it that cuts through all the malt syrup. Loads of toasted caramels, dark grains, oats, and a touch of vanilla crème with just a whisper of smokiness to it. The Bourbon is really subdued here but very nice how well it gets incorporated with all the other components. Big molasses presence, a touch of soy, some dark fruit notes like plum and again I find the honey manifests in the flavors as well. Has a wetted wood and charcoal likeness with just a smidge of licorice there. Alcohol is obvious but manageable which is nice. A damn fine brew.

M: Full bodied with a thick and syrupy feel at first. Then comes in an upper amount of constricting bitterness combined with some slightly astringent tannins that pucker and dry the mouth out. Alcohol warmth well noted. Pretty sleek otherwise with a smooth coat feeling in the finish.

D: Not my fav BA stout and it comes with a bit of sticker shock but still a very good one at that and worth checking out for sure. Starts off big and thick with a saving grace of hop bitterness to it. I would say the barrel notes seem pretty mellow here and I am not certain I could differentiate between the other variants without a proper side by side. I am up for the challenge however.

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Photo of rudzud
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade. This is a 2012 batch. Cracking this in honour of Wrestlemania!

A - Poured into my Duvel glass a a nice dark brown with a rich almost two finger dark chocolate hued head that slumped down to leave a nice quarter inch head that left some light side lacing.

S - Very nice chocolate notes here, no sweet malts. The rich bourbon is noteable from a slight distance. Smooth, rich, well rounded with light typical bourbon sweetness, faint vanilla and barrel notes as well. No alcohol on the nose either.

T - Taste is just delicious. Would like more chocolate as there is quite a bit of bourbon. Its tasty, sure, but a bit too bourbon heavy. Would like to see more notes of chocolate like say, cocoa powder, bakers, that sort of thing. Again, its there but its all rather overpowered by the bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome though, super creamy with just a little bit of carbonation. Light bourbon alcohol as well.

O - Overall its a darn tasty beer, but, for the money or going trade rate there are other damn good bourbon aged stouts for a fraction of the cost of one of these. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Solid dark brew, topped by a good size lighter brown head. Very good retention, and wide fields of lacing.

Nutty, boozy aroma. Honey, roasted malts, nuts, caramel, coffee, alcohol, oak, bourbon coming through relatively mild, but building with warmth.

Very smooth flavor. Sweet, but not overmuch. Roasty, but not exceptionally bitter. Strong bourbon notes, but not overpowering or too sickly-sweet.

Chocolate and coffee from the malt; vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel; nuts, honey, and toffee.

Unbelievably smooth mouthfeel; 11.9% and you'd never know it. Silk. Could be a touch thicker, but it's far from thin (think: cheaper, thinner egg-nog, whereas Ten-FIDY is the good stuff).

I guess if I have a complaint, it's that the brew comes across very, very smooth, but not particularly deep or complex. I would love a slightly stronger stout base for the brew; the barrel character in this one is very well integrated, but I don't get as nuanced or complex a flavor profile as I do in FW brews or BCBS.

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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh wow, look how awesome I am, I'm reviewing this super-rarity again. "Jersey Shore," you will rue the day you rejected me from your show, mark my words! Bottle this time, provided at a cigar tasting by Sandstone. Thanks, Roger. This beer was excellent.

Pours jet black with a nicely formed small tan head and a little lacing. Looks a bit better than the tap version.

Aroma is really great, with vanilla, whiskey, sweet rich chocolate, and roastiness.

Flavor is also excellent. You have your typical imperial stout flavors - roast, chocolate, and mild coffee - all really intense and in your face, then you've got your -bal aged flavors - vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Mild hop bitterness as well that I didn't get as much of on tap. All this melds really well together, with just some mild tannins to keep it from a perfect 5.

Fairly full and smooth on the palate with low carbonation and just a slight hint of booziness.

Drinkability is pretty good, and overall, this is really a great beer. Get it if you can. I recommend sending me a bottle of Midnight Sun M in exchange for this.

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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to mini tulip
2011 Vintage, Elijah Craig 12 year barrel, purple wax
Bottle #3147
Sampled 04JUL12
$30 for the single

[A] One half finger of medium dark brown head, bubbly-foamy, with below average retention. A thick bubbly collar remains for quite a while, with a thin whispy cloud of film grazing the surface. The body is a shade lighter than pitch black with transparency only along the edges when the glass is tilted. Gnarled branches of lace cling to the glass and hold on better than expected.

[S] Earthy yet sweet and spicy bourbon upfront. The honey component is prevalent throughout. A deep layer of caramel mixes with a dusting of cocoa. Buttery French toast. Light alcohol. Mild char, earthy and soily.

[T] Incredibly smooth bourbon and barrel up front. Honey and dark caramelized sugars follow suit. Deftly sweet notes linger long into the finish. Alcohol is extremely well concealed. The sweetness is not overwhelming – but possibly overdone a bit. Additional bitterness and/or roast would have worked well on the palate.

[M] Semi thick and creamy at first with fine, persistently tingling carbonation from mid-palate on. Very sticky throughout. The flavor and aroma are my favorite aspects of the brew.

[O] Of the Eclipses I’ve had thus far, the bourbon character in the Elijah Craig 12 Year seems to be the most refined and well integrated. But the sweetness is a little high, so the long term drinkability is limited for me.

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Photo of Tommo
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So when speaking of beers that have a high expectation, this is it. Super high price point. I mean, 25 bucks at the brewery, damn cuz. Expectations met. Huge Bourbon flavor with a great body and wonderful flavor. Maybe a tad thin if i had to complain. Overall excellent. If i was a rich guy, id drink it often, but im not

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Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottle No.: BR/2 2012
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown/black and slightly thin for the style. A super tight and creamy, inch-tall crown of mocha colored foam topped the liquid. Patchy streaks of lacing trickled down the glass. The head eventually faded to a thin, lasting ring.

Bourbon dominated the aroma initially. There was a slight chalky yeast presence as well. Intense vanilla bean and sweet cream notes. Loads of coconut. As the beer sat, the bourbon faded a bit and more subtle nuances came forth. Some molasses and powdered cocoa were noticeable.

The flavor profile was a bit more punchy and complex than the nose. Dark fruits came through super strong. Plums and raisins were most apparent. Loads of brown sugar, vanilla and sweet cream. Mild roasty notes. Touch of anise. Good dose of semisweet chocolate. The finish contained some oaky, woody, slightly tannic notes, along with subtle hints of earthy hops. As the beer warmed, the chocolate flavor intensified and took on a fudge-like presence.

The mouthfeel seemed slightly thin for the style initially, but it somehow turned thicker and richer later in the session. Amazingly creamy and slick on the palate.

Elijah Craig (12 Year) from the FiftyFifty Brewing Co. was the first of the Eclipse series I have sampled to date. Although this beer was quite interesting and surprisingly drinkable, I was anticipating something a bit more remarkable for my $30.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours quite dark but not absolutely black. Moderate light penetration. Head is a burnt tan color. Head dies off to nearly nothing. Small, dark lacing freckles along the glass. The body doesn't look very viscous during the pour (understandable at its ABV).

S-Bourbon is more intricate than intense. Oak and vanilla with dancing spice. Tobacco too. Charred and chocolate but predominantly java-ish. Roasted espresso beans. Warm dark chocolate and baker's chocolate powder.

T-Flavor is very delectable. Much more complex than most Bourbon Stouts but less intense than many as well. The bourbon is again very multifaceted in its flavor offerings. Vanilla and tobacco all over the place. I don't really pick up much honey (noted as an ingredient on the label). The espresso is the heaviest flavor. The various depictions of chocolate don't slouch either.

M-Lighter for the style. Subtle, massaging carbonation. Hints of alcohol. Not overly viscous. The flavor lasts (more coffee than bourbon).

O/D-One hell of a drink. Of course, the $28 price-tag is an absolute killer. Definitely too pricey. I had to grab it when I saw it though. I really loved what the barrel brought to the flavor equation. Flavors are more toned than bulky. When I think of this compared to a $12 bomber of Bourbon County Coffee Brand Stout, this variety of Eclipse just doesn't stand up in both the flavor and price department. Worth a shot one time...unless you got plenty of cash to burn.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at Creekside Brewing Company during a central coast BA gathering last night. bulletrain76 shared this one. Thanks Sam!

Poured into a 4oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Black body with brown edges. A tight, filmy head sits atop for the duration of the tasting. Nice lacing. I wish it was a bit darker, but no real complaints here.

Smell: Sweet caramel and floral bourbon, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder. No fusel notes; alcohol is hidden very well. Smooth and pleasant, but not that complex.

Taste: Dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, caramel, booze, and vanilla. Very little hop character. Rich and very smooth, with gentle sweetness and warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full, a touch syrupy, warm, semi-dry, and lightly carbonated. Very smooth for a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

Overall: Hits all the marks you're looking for in a barrel-aged imperial stout. Smooth and complex without being too dry or hot. Delicious!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2012
Tired Hands glass

A: Pours really deep brown almost black. Reddish hues towards corners. Head is a light tan color. This is more head then other variations, and makes for a prettier appearance in the glass. Some lacing sheeting. Alcohol feet on the swirl.

S: I get the barrel immediately. Big vanilla and oak character coming through. Dark chocolate. Medium roast. Some blueberry underneath, like I have gotten from other ones. Some caramel flavors too.

T: Dark chocolate. Malt sweetness. Some barrel is there too. Vanilla is really nice. Blends well with base. Some bitterness in back end, but it's like a chocolate bitterness not hoppy. The mixture of base and barrel and roast and sweet is really pleasant on this brew.

M: It's full but not epically big.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.44 out of 5 based on 1,829 ratings.
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