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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year)
BA SCORE
98%
Liked This Beer
4.47 w/ 587 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
587
Liked:
575
Avg:
4.47/5
pDev:
8.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
305
Gots:
265
Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of AgentMunky
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottle 770, vintage 2011.

A: Black, with light head and decent lacing. Completely opaque.

S: Rich and wonderful. I really enjoy this one. Nougat, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Incredibly rich. Soft, sweet, and distinguished. Great bourbon is telling. Even fruity. Delicious.

M: Super-soft, but kind of flat.

O: Delicious. Definitely one of my favourite bourbon-aged stouts.

 428 characters

Photo of bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BAsbill
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fifty Fifty Eclipse Elijah 18 (white wax), bottle courtesy of JRod1969, a good guy. Thanks for the exchange!

It took forever to get the wax out, and the bottle even fell on the floor while trying to open it.

Appearance: Once the wax was conquered, this thing pours beautiful. Thick, black and oily as you expect it to be. A first serving did not yield any head, barely a mantle, but my second pour did come with a more sizable head, thick lacing and good retention.

Smell: As I let it warm, the nose becomes more and more complex. Honey and sharp bourbon right away, then a bit of booze and cocoa nibs. I imagine Elijah Craig with hot chocolate, and voila, Eclipse! A whiff of vanilla at the end.

Taste: Chocolate is the dominant profile here, followed by some wood and spice. A tad of high-quality soy sauce as it goes down the throat. Mellow hoppiness at the end, like frolicking on an open field in Nova Scotia, gorgeous summer morning. Cigar ashes.

Mouthfeel: Thumbs a bit down here. Rather thin for such a big beer (although we can't forget this is "only" 9.5% instead of the 14% of other big stouts like Bourbon County.) Full flavor, though, and low-but-adequate carbonation. Great thick creaminess, and such a pleasant bourbon-y chocolaty finish.

Overall: This is truly outstanding. A beautiful sipper. The kind of beer I want to drink all day long!!! Better than porn, if I may say so.

 1,404 characters

Photo of THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of xnicknj
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks

Pours a completely blacked out color with a thin collar of tanned head. Fades out into a few splotches of film with little lacing on the glass.

Very rich, smoothed out bourbon in the nose with nice warming heat and vanilla. Oak and peat from the booze with some dark chocolate, brownie and softer dark fruit. A bit sweet and boozy.

Layered flavors of dark malt, bourbon and oak flow across the tongue, tempered by sweetness from dark chocolate, cake and a splash of dark fruit. I can taste the Elijah on this one, which packs a very pleasant punch. Heavy malt backbone with a bit more dark fruit and bourbon soaked cake. Finishes boozy with a kiss of vanilla.

Full bodied, nice carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue with a nice creaminess. This is easily my favorite of the Eclipse's so far (although I have a few more left to try). I'm guessing it's no coincidence that the Elijah appeals to me since it's one of my favorite (still affordable) bourbons.

 982 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours near black with a quarter inch dark mocha brown head that bubbled away into a faint collar.
S: I get strong notes of vanilla, coffee and smooth butter. I get a hint or two of wood and dark fruits as well. Overall the nose is smooth and integrated. I would say this is the most mellow and creamy of them all aside from PvW.
T: The flavors are so buttery in this one. This beer is crazy rich and smooth. The bourbon is just barely warm, and flavors or caramel, vanilla, oak and wood dominate and blend well with the bourbon. I’m not getting as much coffee as the nose. Oak and buttery barrel bring up the finish, and the aftertaste is rich and lingers forever.
M: Thick, full body, mellow carbonation and smooth and lightly greasy mouthfeel. The alcohol is just a touch warm at this point but it is hardly hot. Overall very smooth, rich and drinkable.
O: One of the better stouts in the world and probably the best or second best Eclipse. Another couple months on this and the tiny bit of warmth that is left from the bourbon will be all but integrated. A very rich, smooth and well done beer.

 1,131 characters

Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch, bottle 882.

A: Pours pitch black with a mid-sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Zero lacing.

S: Wonderful bourbon and chocolate aroma. Bourbon is pretty mellow. Strong aroma but just not a sharp, stinging aroma. Age has probably calmed it down a little. Caramel, brown sugar and toasted sugars. Lots of cocoa in there too. Hint of charred oak. A little stinging alcohol when swirled.

T: More bourbon up front, similar to the aroma in that it is strong but mellowed out. Smooth caramel and toasted sugars with some dark fruits here now. Good bit of dark chocolate floating around, especially as the bourbon fades. Strong dark fruits give it a chocolate covered raisin type flavor into the finish. A little bit of toasted sugar, dark fruits and a hint of oak in the aftertaste.

M: Nice medium-heavy body. Ultra smooth, mellow and viscous.

O: Interesting variant. I've had several others, fresh and aged and this is definitely unique. Bourbon is much mellower and smooth. That can probably be attributed to the age of the bourbon and also the age of the beer itself (which is now about 3 years old). Base beer comes out quite a bit now, with loads of dark fruits that you don't get in any of the other variants. Very distinctive raisinets flavor which is a nice touch. I'm not sure if I prefer the sharper, fresher variants - they are definitely a bit bolder but this one is easily the the best drinking. So smooth and mellowed out, it just drinks great.

 1,509 characters

Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of hilgart1
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of thagr81us
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. If you were to ask me what I thought an Imperial Stout should be, this is one of those brews that I would describe without hesitation. I can honestly see why this one has made the Top 100 list and doesn’t look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. If you call yourself a stout lover and have not had this brew before, you don’t know what you are truly missing.

 952 characters

Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #4016. White wax so I have the correct listing.

This is my third version of this year (EC 12 and BT blend) and fourth overall ('10 EW).

4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a big ring of lacing is left. Like the others, this one looks good.

4.0 S: This is as smooth as the EC 12 was, but it's much more lively. First, the bourbon brings out the chocolate in the stout much like the BT blend did. The bourbon itself is leathery, mildly fruity, and earthy. Booze is in check and there are no signs of astringency or off-flavors. The barrel gives a soft vanilla that complements well. Soft roastiness from the stout. I very much like the aroma, but I still want more from the stout.

4.5 T: I must say I'm impressed with the taste. I expected all of the variants to be let downs due to the simplicity of the base beer, but this is too tasty not to love. The EC works magic in this. The strongest flavor is creme brulee with leather, melon, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Slightly boozy, but it's actually a nice addition and super smooth. Soft roast and moderate chocolate from the base stout.

4.0 M: Hell, even the mouthfeel is better. It's the same medium body, but there's a noticeable increase in the creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I'm very glad to have had this and so far this is the only variant I've had that is worth what I paid. Very tasty beer. If the base stout was better, this would be a favorite of mine for sure.

 1,560 characters

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with white wax.

Pour is consistent with all the 09 and 10's I've had, which is to say it's a little lighter than most impy stouts, dark chocolate brown with a small beige head that sticks to the sides on the way down.

Aroma is sublime, big on the bourbon, possibly the most whiskey-forward of any of the versions I've smelled before. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the barrels with the underlying chocolate malts taking a bit of a back seat.

The taste is a little different but almost as good. The bourbon is there but doesn't have quite the same vanilla and coconut character. It's more oak and booze with a heavier dose of roast than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is trademark Eclipse, crazy smooth but not overly thick.

Todd consistently makes some of the most drinkable and well-integrated barrel-aged stouts and this is no exception. This particular iteration is a little heavier on the bourbon than I would prefer (HH09 is damn near ecstasy) but is still excellent. Can't wait to try the other 2011 versions.

 1,024 characters

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of illidurit
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. I don’t have a lot of notes, but this one really stood out as tasting like a ridiculous melange of See’s candy flavors. Heaps of chocolate, vanilla, toffee and iced coffee. Very sweet and delicious.

 254 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98% out of 100 with 587 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston 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.