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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4.4
Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing Bottle #2516. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Oaky bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Rich and smooth body with flavors of vanilla, oak, caramel malt and dark chocolate. Booze is rather subtle throughout. The finish is woody with a lingering dark malty aftertaste. Very good beer all around.

4.5
kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, wood, malt, fudge, chocolate, light coffee, molasses. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium thick and sticky mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.6
crossovert (12629) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 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. 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.

4.1
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
22oz, white waxed bottle. 2011 vintage, bottle # 5350. Poured a black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, some caramel, and some bourbon. Tastes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some dark fruits.

4.6
Camons (12296) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle @ The Forge Publick House. A stop on grand tour of Fort Collins breweries and bars with Tim, Aaron and Armin, Thanks !! Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla, filled dark chocolate. Taste is malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, caramel, toffee. Full body, low carbonation, long lasting bourbon finish.Simply put = fantastic beer. 250212

4.5
slowrunner77 (11912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"FiftyFifty is a good brewery with hit and (more often) miss service, but damn do they know how to make a stout. The iced eclipse and now this, the (older) elijah craig eclipse have been two of the best beers I’ve had in 2012. I need me some of this bourbon! Great balance between the wonderful sweet bourbon aromas, vanilla, malted chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some bittersweet hops in the aftertaste. Super smooth and deeeelicious!"

3.9
mR_fr0g (11901) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2017
Bottle shared at Cotteridge convention 05/03/2016. Many thanks to the Osprey. A dark brown coloured pour with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is brown sugars, vanilla, spicy bourbon, smooth oak. Flavour is composed of full on dark choc, toasteed cocout, bounty bar, smoothy bourbon and oak. Slightly tangy in the finish. Palate is full and viscous, moderate carbonation, . Lingering toasted coconut. Really nice.

3.8
deyholla (11486) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head that dissipates immediately to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains with notes of barrel, and vanilla. Flavor is is sweet with barrel and vanilla that is balanced by bitter dark chocolate.

3.8
Meilby (11366) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 650ml @ TFODRBSG12
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate, oak and vanilla finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.5
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Nice black pour, brown head. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, big bourbon notes, oak, molasses. Damn good!


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