Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)
588 Ratings
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
White wax.

Added by MasterSki on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DJButters
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Photekut
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of EfilsGod
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of sammo
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kooredaan
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Initial taste was a bit hot and syrup like but as the beer warmed in a snifter the sweetness of Totality and EC20 came to the forefront.

Poured dark with a hint of amber. Nose was polite with a hint of booziness but dissipated as it warmed.

 242 characters

Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Company out of California
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle, number 4733. Served in a Kate the Great snifter, shared with Robbie Moy and enjoyed on 06/03/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger and a half of foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Amazing lacing, amazing retention, excellent cling. 5/5

Smell: Super smooth, inviting and balanced. Rich milk chocolate, fudge, raisin and sweet vanilla. A modest amount of red licorice too. A lesser amount of caramel, touch of coffee and a hint of sweet honey. A lot of complex chocolate flavors dominate the nose. 5/5

Taste: Upfront is sweet chocolate and a little licorice, following by fig and raw chocolate. There's some nice honey sweetness on the midpalate. There's some fudge mixed in throughout, and some brown sugar towards the finish. Not a whole lot of vanilla, maybe just a hint. A lot less licorice in the flavor compared to the nose. Chalky sweet fudge flavor aftertaste. A really excellent

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, minimal carbonation. Not quite oily, not quite creamy, not quite syrupy, but some combination of all three for the mouthfeel. Extremely dry, almost chalky, finish with mild chocolatey sweetness lingering. 4.5/5

Overall: This is a knock out imperial stout. At $30 a bottle, it is not cheap, but if you are going to drop that kind of bread on a beer this is exactly how you would expect and want it to taste. I would not hoard this beer, but I would absolutely trade for another to replenish my cellar before it's impossible to find.

Recommendation: Everyone should seek a bottle out.

Pairings: Poundcake or s'mores.

Cost: $30 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

 1,771 characters

Photo of cistercian12
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of kk73
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Big_Dave
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of billyshears
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of analogchainsaw
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of MinorThreat
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of liamt07
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of scottiethebody
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Kaydogg
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jdklks
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of CGMLS3
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BRoss242
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of IHyphySF
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of JRod1969
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of HALB
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 588 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.