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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 100
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-06-2013)
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650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice mocha head. Thick collar and lots of wisps.

Smell - Tons of vanilla. Some milk chocolate. Not much if any bourbon.

Taste - Lots of vanilla again. Dark malt, but not quite chocolate up front. Milk chocolate builds into the back end. Vanilla comes back with oak and booziness. Makes it seem like vanilla extract.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - I don't get much bourbon at all, just some oak. The vanilla becomes intrusive.

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Big thanks to DocJ007 for busting this one out last night at his tasting, have wanted to try this one ever since it came out.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving only a few small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense vanilla and marshmallows, bit of caramel and toffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts. Probably the most vanilla heavy beer I have ever had, and usually that might not be such a great thing but here it really is.

T - Starts off just like the nose does with the strong vanilla and marshmallow sweetness slowly being joined by the chocolate, dark roasted malt, oak, caramel and toffee. Finish is pretty sweet with a touch of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Super smooth, sweet feel yet it remains easy to consume. The sweetness is strong thanks to the added vanilla but it isn't all consuming.

O - This might be my favorite variant to date. The pappy is awesome but I just loved how it packed an insane amount of vanilla into it and it can still be this smooth and easy drinking. I would love to have this one again in the future.

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This is by far my favorite eclipse yet, the vanilla is so prominent but not overwhelming. I can't wait until next year when they make more. I was lucky enough to attend the release party and this one stole the show for sure. I even preferred it to the 20yr Pappy Van Winkle. The world needs to try this!

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2013 vintage. Bottle # 124.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and vanilla frosting aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice vanilla forward qualities all around.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.