Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by KFBR392:
4.35/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: Pours with a rich, thick body. Tan head of a quarter finger which quickly settled in around the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.
Smell: Vanilla, milk chocolate, and big barrel character. The bourbon accents come off with an edge of heat which adds a menacing tone to the aroma. There are some subtle rye spices on the undertones of this brew. Waves and waves of vanilla and bourbon keep coming at the drinker throughout and dominate.
Taste: Complex front of grains, spices, vanilla, dairy, whiskey, and chocolate. The body evens out with a creamier, smoother malt and you get a touch of the honey. Continuing waves of vanilla and barrel character wash over the palate. The finish dries out a bit and the drinker gets the most of the rye character here.
Mouthfeel: Not as rich and heavy as other elite imperial stouts but this brew makes up for with an incredibly easy drinking mouthfeel which really lets all the flavors and accents stand out.
Overall: My second eclipse brew and I have loved both of them so far. I personally preferred the bourbon barrel Elijah Craig but this is certainly the best rye barrel aged brew I've ever had. Balanced spices and rye with plenty of traditional delicious whiskey tones. Won't hesitate to try any others from the Eclipse line.
03-20-2014 15:20:19 | More by KFBR392
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
A: in a snifter, pitch black body under a fat finger of dark tan head; lace motes trail after each sip
S: rye whiskey spice, dry and oaky; dark malt coffee and char; hints of herbal spice and bittersweet cocoa
T: roasted dark malts bring predictable chocolate and espresso, running under currents of dry rye whiskey, with flavors of wood and earth; maybe suggestions of anise and tobacco, honey and hoppy flowers
M: smooth and mellow across the palate, with the slight sting of rye spice and alcohol; medium-full body, low carbonation, slightly sticky; drying finish
O: another excellent Eclipse stout - a bit tough at a $33 bottle, but for the extravagant, frivolous, or dedicated BAs, well-worth the try.
01-06-2014 00:50:48 | More by Greywulfken
4.21/5 rDev -2.5%
A-Clear amber brown when pouring, black in the glass and tries to leave some lacing.
S-Good deal of rye spice, whiskey and chocolate.
T-Lots of rye, good deal of spice, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. The whiskey is present as well.
M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation tad creamy.
O-Easily better than the High West Bourbon, possibly worth a repeat purchase.
05-04-2014 21:37:03 | More by rlee1390
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
Bottle opened on 4.21.14
Barrel Run #1 2013
A - Pours a very dark brown with a fine light brown head with good retention.
S - Sweet rye and chocolate, subtle and nice.
T - Swwet rye, barrel, chocolate, a touch of toffee.
D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.
O - Sweet, but nice balance. Rye is there. Good stuff.
07-01-2014 05:50:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.31/5 rDev -0.2%
22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 release.
A: Pours a deep black with a thin dark brown head that quickly disappeared into a faint, bubbly film. A ton of tiny, spotty, soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, warming booze, and spicy rye. Smells rich and potent, and a bit sweet.
T: Toasted and sweet notes of dark chocolate, rye whisky barrel, toasted coconut, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and woody barrel. Very smooth and decadent, and sweeter than I remember some of the other variants being. The finish is full of spicy rye, toast, and sticky sweet candied sugar and honey, and the finish has a lingering toastedness, mild tobacco, leather, and bitter earthy hops.
M: Full bodied, chewy and very sticky-sweet mouthfeel, soft and smooth carbonation. The alcohol is very mild and only slightly warming.
O: An all-around great stout and one of the beer, thicker, and sweeter eclipse variants in recent memory. Drinks very well, especially at room temp.
08-05-2014 02:08:37 | More by scottfrie
Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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