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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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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 126
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 24
Gots: 54 | FT: 17
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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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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2014 22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: pure darkness very little head soapy

S: bourbon some alcohol light roast

T: very smooth light on the tongue nice roast some bourbon very soft

M: Have to combine the mouth with taste I talked a lot about how it feels

O: Its a good beer but lacks the depth and character that the Elijah Craig version does. I would pick this version up again.

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2014 Vintage
11.9% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a moderate sized dark beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking Imperial Stout

Smell: Brown sugar, mild Whiskey, and mild roasted malt aromas. Not a bad nose but the barrel aromas are fairly mild.

Taste: The rye Whisky bal-aging features prominently with some spicy notes not present in the Bourbon bal-aged Eclipses. The profile also features roast malts, faint vanilla, brown sugar and tannic oak notes. The tannic oak notes feature prominently in the taste profile and the finish is a bit drier than the Bourbon bal-aged variants. Fairy restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: This was a good Eclipse variant with the spicy rye whiskey notes featuring prominently.

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Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Vintage 2014, lime green wax.

Deep classic and simple walnut dark brown body. Head manages half a finger of off tan brown, slightly into mocha, but dissolves to a fine, and slightly bubbled collar. A bit of a slick top, but not too much. Some fine big bubbles manage to stick around on the top as well.

Excellent aroma. Spicy notes and a real sense of sweet and grainy fig quality. There's even an interesting tropical note going on in here, that sort of hints at a bit of soft papaya or mango. Light notes of chocolate and woody grain touches. Soft dark chocolate aromas and almost with the tropical goes to sweet orange as well which is a great combination. Very complex, very varied, and just fantastic.

Palate continues the solid goodness. Hints almost at fudgy character but takes a step back in thickness but complete oak round flavors and feel. Mid palate fills with fruited spice, hitting an almost sharp peppered fruit and spicy cinnamon. Chewy almost lime hop finish, with a crushing and oozy chocolate and char roast character. First sip feels like a fruited stout, then comes an almost a heavy robust black IPA on the finish. Light tastes of orange, tangerine, oils and mild bitter zest. Hardly any sense of booze, and some cocoa powder dryness and honey lip smacking stickiness on the front.

What a great play and use of sweetness, unexpected fruity quality, and delicious spice and whiskey character. Another great feather in the cap for these guys and the Eclipse series.

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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

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