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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
587
Reviews:
160
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.39%
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
265
For Trade:
10
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Photo of rab53
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyrushire
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Bottle #2882. Consumed on 09/15/16.
Pours opaque near black. A thin beige head forms and quickly disappears completely leaving no lace. The smell is of burnt sugar, oak, spice, leather and pipe tobacco. The taste is of booze soaked plums and apricots, toffee, caramel and faint cocoa. Full texture with low carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of calcnerd
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2015.

Served in a snifter, it pours black as a midnight with a coy moon, for the rim of the glass unveils a dark brown, slightly diaphanous. In fact, if a sunbeam hits the beer directly, it turns ruby-like.
Decent amount of carbonation visible, as the pour formed a one-finger head, dark brown, that dissipated quickly. A small trace of such head is left visible as a thin ring, decorating the rim.
Swirling the glass provokes some very nice lacing combined with alcohol legs.
It definitely looks very peculiar for a BA IS.

The bouquet is delicious.
The bourbon character is definitely there, but subtle. Assertive yet not overpowering, compared to other BA IS's. Such trait makes this bouquet probably the most enjoyable I've experienced so far within this style, as there is an equilibrium to it. The coconut note is also worth mentioning, since it is not as overpowering as it often is.
Bourbon, vanilla, lots of chocolate, oak, charred wood, coconut, espresso, caramel, prune.
Scrumptious.

What an incredible delight.
The subtle character from the bouquet is equally perceivable in the flavors.
They are all there, but at ease, without quarrels for protagonism.
I don’t enjoy a high or decent carbonation in this style, and judging from the look of this beer, I thought this was one of those cases, but the first thing that stands out is a very low carbonation. Somehow they managed to keep the proper look of a beer without hampering the mouthfeel of the style. The high ABV is well disguised.
The bourbon hits first, followed closely by vanilla; then, chocolate overruns your palate. Afterwards, coconut, dark fruit liquor, oak, caramel and molasses.
Another stunning characteristic: after the bevy of sweet notes enrapture your senses, a slight bitterness enters the frame, and then you realize, the sweet notes in this beer are not overly sweet, they are balanced.
The aftertaste has a decaying sweetness in the form of vanilla, bourbon and caramel, but short after, it becomes dry. Such balance and dryness add a layer of complexity to an already superb beer.
Velvety, full body, silky, but not chewy. The texture of the beer is as subtle as its bouquet and flavor.

The complexity, balance, and subtlety of this beer is second to none. Beer at its finest. I liked this even better than BCBS.

World class beer for sure.

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Photo of AndyCowles75
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NJB145
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, cherry cola color head on the top. Mix of chocolate, booze, bourbon, roast that makes up the aroma.

Taste just pours on the decadence, the Elijah Craig barrels always seem to impart the most chocolate of any of the barrels. Plenty of vanilla on this one too. Mouthfeel smooth and chewy. Sticky. Easily one of the best Eclipse beers ever made.

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Photo of pnelting
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheCuriograph
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. In an Other Half snifter.

Same impenetrable black (largely headless) appearance of the other Eclipses I've had. Nose full of vanilla, milk chocolate, hazelnut and oak. The taste is a nice blend of chocolate malt and vanilla barrel. It also has the cola notes I detected in the High West bourbon version. Mouthfeel is full but light for a bit imperial stout. This is a good example of a series I rather love and falls resolutely in the middle of the Eclipse pack. Curious how the 12 Year EC compares. Wouldn't search this out again, but I'd be pleased to see it at a bottle share.

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Photo of mwd57
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eisebeer
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krl2112
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Valleyview06
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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