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%
 
 
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305
Gots:
265
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of peacebone116
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottle no. 3470. Poured into Delirium snifter at cold cellar temp.

A: Deep brown--almost black, with tan highlights. The coffee foam head recedes quickly with a little hiss.

N: Notes of coffee and sweet hot bourbon bellow forth at the rim. Further back, hints of chocolate, coffee, coconut and fresh fig and honey waft up.

T/M: The tastes follow the nose, with the addition of sweet caramelized sugar. The beer is hot and boozy, but not too heavy or syrupy. The carbonation is perfect, reminding you that, although there is a bourbon presence, this is in fact beer. There is a defined dryness to the beer, which compliments the heat.

Overall, the Eclipse is my favorite display of bourbon barrel-aged beer. Although this EC18 is the first Eclipse that I have reviewed, it is not my first one enjoyed. This version does seem to be a bit more hot than the others, which could imply that there is room to improve over time. I really like this one and look forward to future enjoyments.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with Thorpe and Thorpette after they brought over a steak dinner recently (they're total ballers). Amy was holding and ogling my newborn son, so she drank hers with a crazy straw. Anywho...

The beer is dark brown with a nice beige head. Noticeably more carbonation than the Brewmaster's Grand Cru I opened recently.

Nice aroma - bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak. A lot of wood character.

The best of the series to this point, though I still have many to work through. Surprisingly pleasant notes of toasted marshmallow, coconut, vanilla. Really digging the subtle complexities at work here. This was served at 60 degrees, so many of the more delicate characteristics jumped out right away. Of course, bourbon, chocolate and oak are front and center, but the nuances steal the show in this beer.

Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. Still a bit on the low side. Silky and smooth on the palate.

A winner. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of nightwing002
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of CooperEllis
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into Duck Rabbit snifter from Dajtai007 in a recent trade, thanks Daniel.

Great brew, really enjoyed all three phases here - first glass, through 3rd glass. As it warmed it opened considerably and a lot of the stout came forward.

Very creamy in the body despite a strong EC presence in the nose, and the taste. No bourbon in the body, not a hint of watery/oily - full bodied, creamy across the middle and crisp at the end with sharp bitterness and the caramel/alcohol flavors of the liquor.

The EC is strong in the nose, but there is also the strain of malt, a richness that comes through, a bit of bitter chocolate, slight dark fruit in the finish; dates.

(175th)

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness tulip.

Thick rich looking pour. Two full fingers of mocha head. Dissipates at a snail's pace. Some lacing is evident.

Smell is quite nice. Sweet molasses, vanilla, some light spice. Faint bourbon and some slight toasted coconut. Very appealing.

Fairly thick on the tongue. Almost chewy. Not as sweet as the smell. Roast is prominent up front, but not overly done. Some wood is picked up. Followed by dark chocolate. Booze warms the back of my throat, but I don't taste any. The aftertaste holds all the sweetness that I was looking for. Very drinkable.

I'm going to finish this bottle and see what else I can pick up. I tasted a little more of the toasted coconut I got in the nose after my bottle opened up. Very tasty beer. Looking forward to my next bottle to see how this develops.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 9,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an oversized wine glass
2011 Vintage - White Wax
Bottle No: 5209

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one, not a beer I thought I would get the chance to try!

Appearance: As expected, 5050 Eclipse pours thick and black with only faint red edges visible when back lit. A rough pour yields a massive, creamy, dark tan coloured head that lasts amazingly well for a barrel aged imperial stout and even leaves a thick coat of lace as it recedes.
If I couldn't already smell delicious notes of chocolate and bourbon coming off of the beer, I would be quite happy to just sit and look at it for a while!

Smell: Mmmmm, Elijah Craig Eclipse smells absolutely divine! As expected bourbon dominates the nose, along with rich chocolate fudge, vanilla, sweet caramel and toasted coconut. Warming and further inspection of the nose yields notes of almond, floral honey, oak, sweet dark fruit (cherries?), a hint of salty liquorice, a touch of roasted malt and nose tingling bourbon like alcohol.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is delicious! The initial flavour is of sweet caramel, vanilla and quality bourbon. Sweet dark fruits, oak, butterscotch, chocolate fudge and coconut soon join the picture. The finish is lightly bitter with a cocoa note and a ton of bourbon like alcohol. As the beer warms the alcohol flavour grows a little too much and detracts slightly from the other flavours.

Mouthfeel: The body is actually quite a bit lighter than I expected; being just under full; the carbonation is also a little higher than I expected (and than I generally prefer in imperial stouts), but it is stunningly smooth and makes 5050 Eclipse supremely drinkable and I find my self wanting to gulp rather than sip! The finish is lightly bitter, quite dry and gives quite a bit of alcohol warmth in the throat and down to your stomach.

Overall: Another stunning bourbon-laced imperial stout from California. I am going to have to go hunting for the other barrel aged Eclipse variants as well as a few more bottles of this!

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Photo of Swervine44
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this bad boy in celebration of the wife getting an awesome new job.

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent, and there is some sticky lace that coats the glass...

S - Oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate, dark fruits, and a good dose of Bourbon. Scent is very enticing...

T - Delicious. Chocolate, and caramel up front. Oak/vanilla, lingering chocolate, and smooth Bourbon in the finish. Excellent balance of flavors...

M - Rich and creamy, but as with the other Eclipse variants, a tad thin. On the higher end of the medium bodied scale. Carbonation is moderate...

O - Definitely my favorite of the Eclipse series thus far. Looking foward to revisiting my other bottle after a little time has passed...

Cheers...

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured at my grandparents 60th anniversary party. The The bottle was split among several of us there. The beer was black as can be, it's very thick looking with a nice looking brown head that fades in time. The smell of the beer is very nice, hints of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. The taste has all that stuff in there as well with this really nice lingering chocolate feeling. The mouthfeel is heavy, like carbonated oil. Overall I think it's great. There is no doubt that these beers kicks ass. I would love to drink it again if it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of sholland119
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle #5268.

A-Dark opaque brown black with a frothy black cherry mocha head that has great retention and good lacing.

S-Bourbon sweetness, lots of vanilla and oak but not overly boozy. Pretty approachable.

T-Reasonably hot but not unpleasant in any way. Lots of oak and toasted marshmallow, just a great bourbon character with a nicely flavorful stout underneath. I like the relative lightness of the stout but that it is still strong enough to hold its own with the barrel.

M-Medium bodied, not syrupy or cloying, heat is kept nicely in check.

O-Really excellent. Very well put together.

HV

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Photo of crossovert
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml white-waxed bottle. Bottle # 4224.

It pours a thick, viscous dark blackish brown with a tall foamy but frothy tan head that dissipates with a few skids of lacing. A thick tan froth sits atop the beer.

The smell is amazing. It is hot but in a pleasant bourbony way. The bourbon explodes in the smell, nice hints of wood, caramel, and vanilla dominate. There is a noticeable pronounced fruitiness that is rich and intoxicating. The base stout comes through as well with some cocoa richness and bready but dark, roasty malts.

The flavor is dominated by bourbon in a good way, but the stout isn't lost. The initial flavor is bourbon and wood, rich, complex layers of wood and vanilla project over a nicely bitter stout base. The heat isn't overwhelming, but it is a key component in the flavor profile. There is a fruitiness again here that is devilishly good. Mid to late palate brings the chocolate and roastiness and it is fantastic, the finish is sweet.
edit: initially I flossed over the honey part but I have to say somehow this also has a hint of Baerenjaeger in it.

I have never had a barrel aged beer that had this pronounced and fresh of a bourbon flavor. Normally I hate beers because the bourbon-forward, but this one has changed my mind or something, maybe it just speaks to the expertise of this particular brewery with barrel aging.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lighting was low, but from what I can tell the color is an inky black. There's very little head.

Smells heavily of vanilla and oak, with lighter notes of chocolate and lighter yet, roasted marshmallow.

The vanilla and oak dominate the taste and is a little bit more harsh than the 12 year, but still very good. Chocolate and coffee roasts finish it.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. It leaves a pleasant burn in the back of the throat.

I liked this slightly less than the 12 year, but still an outstanding beer nonetheless. The price point is a bit high, though.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

 Bottle 2854

A: Pours a deep ass black with a dark brown head. Lasts throughout drinking session.

S: Wonderful, just wonderful. This beer smells like gods vagina if it resembled vanilla, oak and light honey.

T: The main flavors im getting are really really deep chocolate with hints of gram cracker like a s'mores whiskey bomb that is smooth as butter.

M: Really weird, like thick as you first drink it then thinner at the finish  

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #5501 poured slighty cooler than cellar temperature into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of head.

Picking up bitter chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. All nicely proportioned Some alcohol is also detectable.

Dark chocolate, brown sugar and molasses up front. Much less oak compared to the 12yr and a little more alcohol heat. Finishes with a little burn. As it warmed it had a wonderful fudge brownie flavor.

Great carbonation and mouthfeel. This one was the most carbonated of all the variants I've tried thus far.

I'm glad I picked up a few bottles of this one! Can't wait to try it again with some age.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig (20 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.41 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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