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Fifty Fifty 2011 Eclipse Imperial Stout Elijah Craig 18 Year

  • I have had the Eclipse Imperial Stout before. Back in 2008 I had a bottle of the 2008 Eclipse Pappy Van Winkle Imperial Stout (original bottling - no wax) and I have been to Fifty Fifty in person. Both are something everyone should do and as often as possible. After a brief twitter conversation with @5050Brewing this version of the Eclipse Imperial Stout can be referred to as either the Elijah Craig 20 Year Barrel Or 18 year. On Fifty Fifty's site it does say 20 year. The barrels are now 20 years old and they were 18 year old Elijah Craig barrels when the brewery purchased them. Anyway, on to the beer.

     

    The Eclipse Imperial Stout (bottle #5072) pours out pitch black, no light making its way through, and is topped with a two finger, mocha colored head that is comprised of tightly knit, fine bubbles that slowly reduce down to a film. On the nose, sweet bourbon is the predominant aroma with hints of vanilla, spice and a little alcohol. In the mouth, this is delicious. Almost feels luxurious. Immediately you taste the bourbon with just a touch of sweetness as the beer coats your mouth with a creamy mouthfeel. This is boozy but there is no discernible alcohol heat. Towards the end the roast grain flavors seem to peak but never surpass the bourbon. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Sticky lacing on the glass. The finish is incredibly long and while you are wishing to take another sip of the beer from the glass you also just want to let the tastes languish in your mouth.

     

    A stellar Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Craft beers like this are what Chateau Petrus is to Bordeaux. Expensive but meant to be savored and enjoyed. I whole heartily recommend this to all my craft beer friends.

     

    22 ounce bottle, 9.5% ABV

    Beer 9 of 366 for 2012

     

    Previous Eclipse Vintages & Eclipse Wax Guide:

     

    2007

    Old Fitzgerald = No Wax (RARE!)

     

    2008

    Pappy Van Winkle...

    Original bottling = No Wax

    2nd = No Wax, marked '2nd'

    3rd = Pink & Signed

     

    2009

    Elijah Craig = Purple

    Heaven Hill = Green

    Jack Daniels = Gold

     

    2010

    Evan Williams = Black

    Heaven Hill = Green

    Four Roses = Red

    Brandy = Purple/Brown

     

    2011

    Elijah Craig 12 year Barrel = Purple

    Four Roses Single Barrel = Red

    Rittenhouse Rye Barrel = Green

    Elijah Craig 20 year Barrel = White

    Brandy Barrel Blend = Burgandy

    Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend = Yellow

    Brewmaster’s Grand Cru Blend = Copper

     

    Fifty Fifty 2011 (White Wax) Eclipse Imperial Stout Elijah Craig 18 Year Barrel

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