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:
264
For Trade:
10
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Photo of notchucknorris
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Oily and black with a thin light brown head. Tons of lacing down the glass. Really good stuff.

S: Rich aromas of coconut, milk chocolate, bourbon, toffee and fudge. I could smell this all day. Truly incredible.

T: Nearly as good as the aroma. Coconut and some chocolate sweetness upfront, caramel, some honey and a touch of roasted malt and coffee on the finish. The slightest touch of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Slick and velvety without being syrupy. I love this beer.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of stageseven
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of keanex
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 2011 650ml bottle.

A: Deep opaque brown, only seen through on the edges. Thin tan head quickly disappears leaving a small coating.

S: Mellow, but mostly bourbon and oak, slight sweetness comes through.

T: Same as the smell, huge alcohol bourbon sweetness with vanilla mixing in and out. Slight chocolate notes, but very subtle. Easy to sip.

M: Full bodied with light fizzy carb, syrupy.

O: The price of this is my biggest gripe, my second gripe is the price. I like this, but for $30.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White waxed bottle poured into a snifter after being pulled from the wine cooler set to 55'F.

Obsidian black and topped by a creamy hot chocolate colored head that is well retained for a stout of this gravity. Additionally, as it dissipates and I drink, swirls of lace are deposited all over the walls of the glass.

The nose is surprisingly devoid of any bourbon character. Sweet clover honey, deep ashy tobacco, and roasted malts mix with warm alcohol in the background to round out the aroma. The flavor is more on par with what I was expecting. Toffee, caramel, and molasses all come out where they were completely lost in the aroma. As the beer opens up, so do the barrel notes. Bourbon, a ton of vanilla, and toasted oak balance some of the ashy tobacco that was so overpowering in the aroma. The finish ends with some sweeter chocolate and hints of the clover honey, as well as the warm alcohol.

In my previous experience with the PVW Eclipse, I found the texture thin and disappointing. Not so here. Creamy and full-bodied, this is much more what I expect to see from an Imperial Stout. Looking forward to drinking the rest of the varieties, for sure.

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Photo of kevwcamp
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: Black in color with a 0.5 inch mokah head, no retention, but noticeable lacing

Nose: Molases, caramel, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Taste: Roasted malt, toffee, bourbon and oak, all followed by light chocolate and a coffee finish

Mouth: Velvetty and flowing on the palate though there is a slight acerbic note on the finish

Overall: An excellent stout, wish the mouthfeel was a bit smoother, but all in all I would definitely re-visit this if not for the price.

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

Smell is of foral honey and dark malts of roast and sweetness.

Taste is of dark fruits and honey with the carmel and vanilla from the bourbon. Perfect balance of everything in play here.

body is very nice not too thick but it is an imperial stout. thick

Overall one of the best beers I have had in my life!

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Photo of Mark000
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gafferjohn
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Sparger
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA.

Beer is opaque black with a nice tan head a finger tall.

Aroma is boozy - bourbon, rum and hint of vanilla.

Flavor is almost wholly dominated by the booze. Alcohol warmth suffuses each sip. Aftertaste is salty and woody. Very little character of the base beer makes it through.

Mouthfeel is warm and a little thick.

I prefer the base beer to this one, I'm afraid.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 White waxed bottle

A - Darkness with a finger of milk chocolate head, a thin sheet that sticks around and leaves some legs.

S - Alcohol heat, oak, vanilla, cocoa.

T - Nice roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, and a light dark fruit that falls perfectly into place.

M/D - smooth and creamy, slightly tannic from the barrel. A great treatment for the base beer, one of my favorites to date, and the only real complaint would be the alcohol present in the nose.

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Photo of tvanr
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Schade
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of djmichaelk
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 22oz bottle into a snifter. My first sample out of my big box of 2011 futures; time to see if they live up to the hype.

A - Pours a dark brown, not black, with auburn highlights and a couple of fingers of mocha-colored head. Decent retention given the abv, and some wispy lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is pretty straightforward chocolate cake, with just a hint of bourbon and bits of spicy hoppiness. I'm surprised at how well the barrel is integrated in this bottle -- you know it's there, but it doesn't smack you in the face the way something like a BCS does.

T - Lots of fudgy chocolate, vanilla, almond, and toffee. Like in the nose, the barrel is at once both very subtle and very obvious, bringing lots of toasted coconut to the party. I was a little surprised at first at the apparent sweetness, then it turned to something more dry and cocoa-like. I'm loving this beer, and I can't stop sipping on it. At this rate the entire bomber will be gone in a few minutes.

M - Maybe a bit thinner than I would've thought, but all in all it's nice enough. It lacks the creaminess that a Zhukov has, which would really make this beer something special. Finish is medium-dry.

O - Yeah, I'm in love with this one. It's not perfect, but definitely up there with some of my favorites. I can't wait to work my way through the other variations.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into an oversized snifter

Pours black with a half inch thick of creamy tan colored head. Long head retention for a barrel ages stout. Sticky lacing remains along the sides of the glass.

The smell is nothing short of divine. Bourbon, vanilla and honey notes are rich and plentiful. They all blend together to create an insanely rich and balanced barrel aged profile. The honey contributes sweetness while the bourbon oak adds an oaky, vanilla bouquet.

Tastes follows the smell and it is certainly an awing sensation. Sweet bourbon flavor followed by vanilla and bitter oak. Rich and chocolaty with some warming heat at the back end. I love the infusion if honey in the flavor profile. It is a perfect compliment to bourbon and all the other rich flavors going on here.

Medium-full in body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Very drinkable considering all the bold, complex flavors. I'm taking my time, however, to savor every drop.

This is the only version I've had so far of the Eclipse stouts, and it certainly lived up to all the high marks. Every ingredient and flavor has a purpose. I would not imagine this getting any better with age. This beer is really aided by the fresh hot bourbon. Not sure about all the bottle variation talk, but this was a world class drinking experience for me.

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Photo of TJBurgess
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was the very first beer I had at the release party. Looked like a good beer, like they thickened it up a little, black pour, good amount of cherry cola like head on the top of it, something most Eclipses haven't been able to accomodate. Aroma was a blast of alcohol at first, but mellowed into a nice chocolate and bourbon blend that is what puts butts in seats at this place.

Taste was even better, alcohol blast was gone, really gone, chocolate made totality's heavy roast base fall into the background while vanilla lay prominent. Good chewy mouthfeel on it, bigger than any other Eclipse I had enjoyed up until this point. Oak impact slight. Sometimes the beer got silky. Ended up going back for this a few more times at the end of the night. It kept getting better. Can't wait for the first bottle of this one.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black, subtle tan head, no lacing.

Smell: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, licorice.

Taste: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, honey.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, smooth.

Overall: A tasty bourbon barrel aged beer. Lots of vanilla/chocolate flavors. Pretty complex. Well balanced. Very drinkable.

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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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