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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 21
Gots: 39 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-06-2013

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, light lime green waxed bottle, BR 2 of 2014.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of back-lit basal cola edges, and one skinny finger of weakly foamy and mostly bubbly brown head, which leaves a bit of streaky and windblown ocean spray lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of sugary and bready caramel malt, heady Bourbon barrel notes - edgy vanilla, spicy rye grain alcohol, and an acrid woodiness - black licorice, a touch of roasted day-old coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a soft earthy, musty hop bitterness. The taste is more roasted graininess and dry cocoa powder, before that big-assed rye whiskey barrel comes 'a, um, barreling through my gentle palate - crisp and yet astringent booze-soaked wood staves, dry vanillan, toasted caramel, and spicy rye bread - over some still perky dry anise and coffee bean esters, and a well-sublimated metallic alcohol measure.

The carbonation is still noticeable in its plain and understated frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, and mostly smooth, the rye-ness of it all behaving like a perfect southern gentleman. It finishes on the sweetly caramelized side, and very much like the rye it was aged in - spicy, caramelized, and woody.

For a straight rye whiskey barrel aged imperial stout, this comes off as way more drinkable that it has any right to, IMHO. I guess it helps that said whiskey is one of the higher-end rye products on the shelves of your local liquor purveyor, and keeps (so I've been told) the typical tongue-scraping acerbity to the bare minimum, as such. Yeah, it's clear that I'm not a fan of the guest spirit in toto, but somehow my attitude changes as far as this product is concerned. Good stuff and go freaking figure.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BR/2 2014 batch.

A: Pitch-black pour with a nice tall, dense medium brown head. Head lightens quickly but refuses to fade. Great head retention. Marginal lacing, just tiny little spots here and there.

S: Spicy rye whiskey is noticeable and dominant right off the bat. Good amount of oak with it. A touch of char and hershey's syrup.

T: Oh yeah. Tons of spicy rye whiskey. Huge amount in fact. Initially it tastes like I've sipped on a shot of HW rye (I have some right next to me in fact). Big, sharp and spicy rye character. It fades gradually into the middle where that hershey's syrup shows up again with a bitter coffee backing. Finish and aftertaste are a nice mashup of bittersweet chocolate and spicy rye whiskey. Hint of oak lingers as well.

M: Heavy, spicy and bittersweet all at the same time. Not as heavy as some of the other variants, lots of alcohol to cut it down.

O: Out of all the variants I've had, this one highlights the spiciness of rye whiskey the best. Huge rye notes and a sharpness that has to be experienced to understand. The combination of rye and alcohol bite really cuts down on the thickness and sweetness of the beer, however, balancing it fairly nicely. Well, almost balanced; it's still a rye whiskey bomb no matter how you look at it. Still, once you get past the first few sips it's really enjoyable. Let this one warm up for sure, any amount of coldness only seems to enhance the harshness. It sweetens up and mellows a bit once it's fully warm.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Thin dark brown in color. Appearance of a thin brown head. Good carbonation.
S: Rye on the nose, faint bourbon, chocolate, and grain. Nose is not overwhelming.
T: Slightly sweet but cut by the rye whiskey flavor, hints of vanilla and chocolate, wood, earthy grain. Very little booze and a mild warming.
M: Medium feel on the mouth. Smooth with good carbonation.
O: Very good BA stout. Good representation of rye whiskey barrel aging.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.