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:
1,906
Reviews:
306
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
7.67%
 
 
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Photo of TravisMason
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mandypants11
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bob_roberts
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10th release edition

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

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spud762
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian74
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bferber
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Virby44
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with a finger of dark, rusty brown head.

Smells of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, hazelnuts, black liquorice , whipped cream and a light smoky quality.

Tastes of black liquorice, coffee, vanilla, hazelnuts, dark chocolate, and hints of scotch. There's a light sweetness to this one. The wood notes from the barrel age come through more as I sip it.

Thick and slightly oily body, with a moderate amount of foamy, dry carbonation. Quite smooth for the style.


This bottle is a 2015 vintage, bought at Whole Foods in Davis California. Drinking in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Nov 14th, 2016. Really complex, very noteworthy and smooth, really growing on me as I drink it.

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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Snig623
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (12 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.43 out of 5 based on 1,906 ratings.
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