FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel

 
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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Imperial Eclipse Stout aged in special release Elijah Craig 20 Year Bourbon Barrels

Note from the brewer: The white wax 2011 Eclipse was all 20 year. There was no such brand when we acquired barrels, so we called it 18 year. We have since found out that the 20 year old barrels were dumped for a 20yo Elijah Craig special bottling.

Vintages:
2011 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 18/20 Year Barrel) = White Wax
2012 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) = White Wax

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3.7
Boutip (6397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and rich black chocolates is harsher than ion the 12 year version. Taste is also dominated rich black chocolate notes with some medium rye whiskey notes with rounds off the rough or bitter edge of the base stout but some of the harsher notes don’t really comes out clean. Body is full with nice oily and creamy texture with good carbonation with alcohol not that apparent in this version. I preferred the 12 year old Elijah version to this one base on overall taste being not as smooth as the other version.

3.9
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
It pours a dark cola brown with a tan/orangy head. The aroma is an intense bourbon blast with alcohol, vanilla, caramel, raisins, plums and chocolate. Not as much roasted malt and more fruit forward. The flavor was a tiny bit of a letdown compared to the awesome aroma. It had delicious notes of bourbon, vanilla and some sweet caramel with hints of dark fruitness but it was a bit overly sweet lacking a second level of depth. Lots of sugary cola. There is a bit of roasted malt in the finish but not enough for my liking. The body is not as big as some stouts but very oily on the palate. Overall, this was a great beer. I loved the massive bourbon flavors, but the beer itself lacked the complexity of a world class imperial stout.

4
jfb (6360) - GERMANY - FEB 22, 2014
(bottle) pours black in colour with no head. aroma of vanilla, brown sugar and boiled lobster, fudge, barnyard, some light milk chocolate and lots of marzipan. flavour is heavy brown sugar and fudge, with a medium sweetness and notes of toasted malts, marshmallow, chocolate cornflakes, espresso and hazelnuts. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.9
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
(22oz bomber during RBWG) clear dark brown with oily tan bubbles. Nose fo vanilla, whiskey, milk chocolate, decadent. Taste of graham cracker, vanilla, rich chocolate, so decadent, maybe a bit too sweet, even for a malthead.

3.8
tom10101 (6150) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
How: Bottle (22 oz) at tasting. Shared by hackobock, thanks!

>>> A tasty fudge forward bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

+ Fudge/chocolate is the dominant flavor but it is well surrounded by bourbon, vanilla and caramel
+ Interesting palate with a full body and soft carbonation that add to the thick oily impression of the mouthfeel. Nice alcohol warmth
There’s some ashes notes that doesn’t fit well in the flavor profile
It doesn’t have the depth and cohesion from the best of the style

Flavors: Chocolate / fudge, bourbon, vanilla, ashes, coffee, caramel, alcohol

3.9
sonnycheeba (6126) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is scotch, dark chocolate, roasted malt, woody notes, dark fruit, and some earthy notes. Flavor is balanced malt and fruit esters with scotch undertones throughout; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.

4
Pyrmir (6126) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bomber bottle vintage 2012. Near black with tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, soft roasted notes and bourbon. Taste is thick, sweet, rich, very pleasant chocolate notes, bourbon and raisins.

4.3
TimE (5953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
P itch black color. Tons for bourbon from start to finish. Big bad all the way through. Very smooth and rich. My fav of the Eclipses.

4.5
Cybercat (5894) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Pours opaque sable with a thin buff head. Aroma delivers intense roast malt, oak, honey, bourbon and coffee tones. Flavor features roasted malt, bourbon-infused oak, coffee and subtle honey tones. Mouthfeel offers firm body and strong, lively fizz. Get eclipsed!

4.1
Christos (5860) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
(FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout - Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9.5% printed on the bottle. White wax, marked BR1/2012 Black coloured body, small and a bit thin dark beige head on top, with average retention. Aroma has heavy bourbon, liquorice, soy sauce, alcohol. The taste has lots of bourbon too, wood, liquorice, plenty of alcohol, roasted malts on the finish, soy suace again, quite sweet all in all. Thick body, soft carbonation, very sticky on the palate. Pretty good.


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