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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack DanielsImperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 49
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 21.02%
Wants: 93
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bulletrain76 on 11-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle in the series shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells phenomenal. Smooth roasted malt aromas are joined by solid amounts of milk and dark chocolate. Also present are large amounts of vanilla, smaller amounts of coconut, and smaller still amounts of oak tying everything together.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as well integrated. Equal parts dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the vanilla fades just a bit with the addition of oak. The oak, malt, and chocolate flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this beer is smoother and a bit more refined than the Elijah Craig version however it didn't have the complexity of the Heaven Hill. Still, a great beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1553rd Review on BA
Bottle to stemmed tulip

2009 Release
300 Day- Unwaxed

@City Beer Store, San Francisco, CA

App- Its nice. Its not as dark as some of the Eclipse variants but retains a good dark center and a bit of a creamy shimmery quality as well. Only a small 1/2" off tan head with maybe a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Well it wasnt as aromatic as I thought but at almost 3 years and other reviews I was skeptic. You do get the burn of the whiskey faintly. That seems to make way for the brownie like aroma with a touch of malts and chocolate.

Taste- This was a very fine beer. Again same as every year ive had from Eclipse the bottle issues are there. Thank the lord the $ on this was worth it. The dessert like flavors of the nose carry over well with thick malts, a good dose of barrel from the aging brings some vanilla and a bit grainy oak. The JD has faded a bit and leaves only traces of the alcohol.

Mouth- A pretty solid medium body with a couple pockets of a larger body. The carbonation was about on par for this type of beer. A little bit prickly, a bit smooth and sweet.

Drink- This was hard to pass up in the cabinet. Glad I split the high $$ with some guy named Seth at the bar. Good on ya. Most of the reviews bashed this. I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with gold wax.

Pours a deep, dark brown that's almost completely black except for the light showing through the edges. The head is small and tan and leaves some boozy legs along the sides.

The aroma is probably the booziest of the Eclipse variants. There's lots of vanilla and whiskey but with more than a fair dose of chocolate and caramel. Hint of roasted character, though it's not overly roasty.

Much like the aroma, the whiskey is strong, especially up front where there is lots of vanilla and coconut. The roasted malts are more prevalent and blend with chocolate and tobacco. The finish is drying and has plenty of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and boozy with moderate carbonation. It's not quite as creamy or smooth as the other variants.

All in all, this is an excellent beer. It's the booziest of the Eclipses and, I imagine, will age beautifully. These guys definitely know how to use the barrel-aging process.

Edit, additional review notes from JD 300 version, aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 300 days. Seriously heavy whiskey notes with lots of barrel character, oak as well. It's really in the same mold as the normal JD, much more whiskey than the other versions. I think I preferred the JD300 slightly but it might be because it's had more time to mellow since I tried the JD the first time.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300-day version, with no wax. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a very thin collar, leaving a few tiny specks of lace behind. Dark brown body. Looks like virtually every other Eclipse.

S - The Jack Daniels influence is pretty intense, even after three years. The nose is dominated by fruity whiskey that imparts some berry notes, as well as oaky vanilla. Notes of honey, caramel, and melted chocolate are imparted by the base beer.

T - The taste isn't quite up to the level of the aroma, as there's a bit of oxidation and char in the finish that doesn't quite mesh with the sweet caramel, chocolate, and vanilla that are prevalent mid-palate. Quite sweet, as most Eclipses tend to be, with mild smoke and tangy whisky bite.

M - Smooth medium body, with lower carbonation. No alcohol warmth, and a chewy and sticky finish. Sufficiently hefty for the listed 9.5%, and quite easy to drink at this stage.

D - Surprisingly good - I was expecting a train wreck based on the other reviews. Certainly not the best Eclipse, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Other than the mildly off finish this was a nice beer. Curious how it compares to the 200-day version.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Bistro's 2009 Barrel Aged Festival. Tried this back to back with the 2008 version, and while it is still very good, was not quite up to it's predecessor. Whether this is purely due to the difference in barrels (Jack Daniels vs. Pappy van Winkle) or the additional age, I can't be sure, but I have a feeling that the barrel treatment on this version just didn't come out as smooth as last year. Pours black with a small head of frothy tan bubbles. Oak and whisky are a bit more prominent on the nose than the 2008 version, with a sweet caramel and dark chocolate richness underneath. Decadent chocolate and oak flavors with some whisky bite that dries out the finish a little. The oak lends a light spice that blends in well, and a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and smooth with lower carbonation. Great stout, but I think the original bourbon aging used last year worked out better.

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Photo of JWD
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at FiftyFifty today. I also brought home a growler which was not expected!! This was the final version which i had not tried yet all of which are very different.

A- WOW this was deep dark black with a VERY nice creamy head on it that was similar to a nitro pour. Served in 8oz pours.

S & T - Smells like good old JD!! I really liked this one, i noticed that the whiskey smell was a lot stronger than the actual taste which was a nice suprise.

M & D - Very creamy, alot thicker than the base beer which i sampled side by side with less carb. I could drink quite alot of this due to the overall balance and smoothness this beer has.

Overall great barrel stout from fiftyfifty. I purchased a 64oz growler of it so i will see how that goes, I question the ABV in this beer at 9.5 as it seems more like a 12% beer to me, i have had others mention the same thing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Christmas Day, a chance to enter in some of the backlogged reviews of yesteryear from the notes on the phone. I've had this beer a few times, once at the Bistro Barrel festival and once at the Eclipe release party (1st annual).

Pours the usual black, lighter around the edges as usual, decent head to it. Customary boozy bourbon aroma blended with the heavy roast of the Totality base beer. Aroma just seemed heavier handed on this barreled version than the others, but after sipping on the beer, the aroma mellowed out and was enjoyable and became smoother.

Whiskey and chocolate dominate the palate, thankfully, the boozy aroma wasn't as heavy in the taste, mellowed into a gritty experience. This beer takes some patience and willingness to let it open up, but when you do, it really settles into a decadent chocolate and whiskey tinged experience.

Seeing as JD is the most widely known whiskey, and its relative cheapness, this beer isn't going to get any rarity or spirits aficionados to clammor over it.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching Eclipse snifter. This is supposedly the 300-day version as opposed to the 200-days in the barrel version. The brew appears black in color with brown around edges and a spotty head and lace sticking to the glass. The cap holds firm with a webbing across the top and patchy lace that forms when swirled.

The aroma is tangy from that expected unique JD sourish whiskey note. Some musty oak blends with alcohol and almost a citrus quality all intermingle through the middle. Some stale coffee notes and roast integrate with a mild cardboard-like oxidation towards the back. Unique nose on this to say the least.

The taste is boozy with a tangy alcohol component that is somewhat expected from the unique character of JD. Some earth, must, raw oak and chocolate are caught midpalate while there is a noticasble amount of cardboard-like oxidation blending with the mustiness in the aftertadte. A faint afterthought of soy comes out if you ponder the oxidation too long.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is better than expected but shows the alcohol more vibrantky than most of the other treatments. I can see this one not exactly passing as a crowd favorite especially if you dislike JD. However, the age to this is starting to make it complex and interesting enough to keep you going back sip after sip. We approached this almost ready to laugh and say it sucked after drinking the glorious PVW version but honestly, I was surprised and enjoyed this.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this on-tap at FiftyFifty in Truckee. This is by far the worst of the three versions.

Poured into a great little 8 oz snifter, this thing looks as good as the others. It is dark black in the heart and lighter on the edges. It holds a quarter finger tan head. No real lacing to speak of.

The smell has a very faint chocolate malt and roasted grain characteristic, like all the other versions. The problem with this one is that the smells are backed by a far lesser quality of whisky, Jack Daniels. The type of whisky is so obvious in this that it brings down the overall score for this. Just shows again what a barrel can do. This was also my first taste of any version of Eclipse, and I was a little worried that I was going to be disappointed.

The taste is still really good, for the base beer is a great Imperial Stout. The Jack Daniels brings a more present flavor than the other versions. This does not back the malts, but instead interrupts them. I am going to say that I would rather of had the base beer un-barreled, just to see what it tastes like. I think it also might be a little too fresh. A little age might calm down the JD.

The mouthfeel has a grainy JD flavor. The drinkability is still good, but JD compared to the other versions falls very short. I believe it goes Heaven Hill, Craig, and then JD on terms of rank.

Gotta try it still just to see the contrast in flavors.


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Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer for FiftyFifty day. What do you know - I swore that morning that I wouldn't drink that day, then a couple guys convinced me to go to this, and by 4pm, I was about 5 beers in. FML. This was definitely the least of the three -bal aged Eclipse varieties, which is pretty much like calling someone the dumbest quantum physicist at CERN.

Pours jet black and viscous with a small brown head that fades to some brown bubbles. Not too much lacing to speak of, but you get some "legs" on the glass.

Whiskey and barrel notes really stand out on the aroma in this one, really dominating more than in the other versions. Some chocolate and roast smells hide behind the Jack.

Flavor is also somewhat whiskey-heavy and very good, but not quite as balanced as in the Pappy, Elijah Craig, and Heaven Hill versions. Jack Daniels gets all up in yo' grill, sort of like the person Missy Elliott was referring to in the "all in my grill" song. Hey, a chick gotta live, right? Besides the whiskey, the flavor is somewhat complex. Chocolate, roast, coffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, and booze.

Medium-full bodied, and not quite as smooth as the other varieties. A bit hot - age could probably benefit this quite nicely.

Drinkability is decent but not great. Overall a very solid RIS, but not an elite level one.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waxed bottle so much better than unwaxed.

Smells. Nice. Couldnt tell Jack Daniels whisky, but got some barrel. Bit sharp heat, dark sugars and fruit. Back end light carroway seeds.

Opens sharp Brown sugar, grainy, dark grains. Bitter middle. Dates and cranberries. Finishes nice and.dry. wood barrel is definitely oak like with a light char.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


200 day batch (2009) shared by Chris at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Appears black with brown highlights and a light brown head.

S: Dark chocolate with some green apple and a light roast. Whiskey is evident but well integrated and there's a little vanilla.

T: More apple with vanilla and a lot of chocolate. Booze is evident but not inappropriate. The beer is moderately roasted and there's brown sugar. Whiskey is strong but pretty nice.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: From all I'd heard about this I expected it to suck and it didn't. It was pretty good.

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Photo of femALEist
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at City Beer Store's FiftyFifty event:
On the nose, you get a bit more caramel and sweet flavors coming out, along with the roasted and alcohol notes. It tasted the most bitter out of all of the 3. You get the roasted espresso flavors, caramel & toasted malts. You definitely feel the alcohol the most in this one. It seems like it should be 12% for the flavor of the alcohol, not 9.5%. It's a little rough around the edges still, which is probably why you couldn't buy this bottle to go- you could only buy the other 2. This one just needs some time to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of Chambic
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01.23.10 at City Beer Store

A: sreved in a wine glass, it looks like a deep, dark wine with some tiny bubbles; got some legs, too

S: some sweetness, like caramel and molasses

T: tastes like coffee, and the sweetness is more bourbon than the scents listed above

M: defnitely fizzier than it look

D: quite nice. It's like having an iced Irish coffee

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Photo of jethrodium
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a black that is cola brown at edges when held up to the light with small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big oak, some whiskey, caramel, marshmallow, quite a bit of alcohol, some light cherry, and a hint of plum. This one is certainly barrel heavy. The initial taste is sweet with oak and whiskey. Quite boozy. Then comes some marshmallow and a bit of plum. The finish is boozy and a bit astringent. Leaves a lingering oak taste. Light bodied for an imperial stout. Low carbonation. This is the worst out of the Eclipse series that I have had, but still wasn't a terrible beer. A bit too much barrel that drowns out the other flavors.

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Photo of largadeer
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 edition barrel aged for 200 days, 22 oz bottle with gold wax:

Dark brown, hazy but clear around the edges. Pours with a small head that quickly settles to a collar.

Smells lightly of dark chocolate, whiskey and oak, along with a bit of anise and roasted malt. Fairly light and bland compared to other versions of Eclipse, but not bad.

The palate is decent. Chocolatey with a little caramel and licorice, light on the oak and with a rather simple sweet whiskey flavor. The body is medium-full, carbonation is moderate. Alcohol is very reigned-in, barely noticeable. It's easy to drink but ultimately nothing special.

2009 edition barrel aged for 300 days, no wax:

Same appearance as the 200 day version, but slightly more carbonated, better head retention.

This smells much more strongly of whiskey, though it has the same signature one-dimensional Jack Daniels sweetness. Chocolate, roasted malt. It's a little fatty and tarry too.

The palate has a lot of simplistic whiskey sweetness, caramel candy and chocolate, a little booziness in the finish. The body and carbonation are spot-on, but the flavors aren't impressive.

Having tried this beer several times both on tap and from bottles, I think I can safely say that Jack Daniels barrels and Eclipse simply don't mix well. It's not a bad beer, but it's far from great.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Waxless bottling. Thanks for accidentally opening this, Jeff.

A: Pours like a black hole with a thin dark brown head.
S: Sweet smelling with a bit of Jack Daniels and light cocoa.
T: Big alcohol flavor but the burn is smooth. It’s sweet, but not really from dark fruits or raisins. I get a touch of caramel, but the Jack really dominates everything. It actually boarders on nail polish, but it’s not that bad. This beer definitely tastes –bal aged.
M: Warming alcohol, a creamy mouthfeel with tingly carbonation.
O: Drinkable enough but definitely rough around the edges. Probably my least favorite of the Eclipses that I’ve had.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 11/17/12 notes at our big Eclipse tasting. I brought this one and it was the worst of the night...oh well, was kind of expecting that. 2009 vintage, 300 day version, bottle #33. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with less than an inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Less head and carbonation evident than the other versions but otherwise looks the same.

s - Smells of clay, hot bourbon, nailpolish remover, roasted malts, chocolate, plastic. Nose is not good; lots of offensive alcohol to it. Surprised it doesn't mix very well considering the other versions doso great.

t - Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, clay, and some caramel. MUCH better than the nose, though still not very good. Doesn't taste off really, just very alcohol-y.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Same body as the others with some heat.

o - Overall by far the worst version we had, as it just does not mix well together like all the other versions. The nose is pretty bad, though the taste is much better; nothing offensive in the taste, just not BA'ed well. It tastes to me like a badly barrel aged stout, which is surprising because the other versions and amazing and some of the best I had. Perhaps over the years they have just perfected it and this was one of the earlier versions, but this one is worth skipping.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

300 day version. 2009 vintage. No wax. Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.

The beer appears pretty much the same as the other Eclipse stouts - dark, nearing black, with a small beige head. The aroma brings oak, booze, and an odd, buttery sweetness. The flavor is another step down from the questionable aroma. Buttery toffee, sweet booze, and just not on par with the usual quality one would expect from an Eclipse stout. Medium to full bodied with moderately low carbonation. My least favorite of the series. There were several ounces left in the bottle at the end of the tasting.

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Photo of waltonc
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at City Beer Store and tasted in a side-by-side comparison with EC, HH and PVW versions at the Colorado stoutfest. This was easily the least enjoyable of the four versions. Unlike the others, this one had a stiller appearance, less carbonation. Smell and taste were overwhelming whiskey. Extremely sweet, hot, with lots of vanilla, oak, and what seemed to me an out-of-place vinous quality as well. The JD Eclipse probably would have benefitted from a blend with some non-BA Eclipse as well to take the edge off all the whiskey. Oh well, the other Eclipses have all been great. Interesting to see how different a stout can be when aged in different barrels.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Re-review. There are two versions of this: the official release, which was aged in barrels for 200 days (beige wax), and a "bootleg" version given to brewery volunteers, which was aged in barrels for 300 days. We had a side by side of this thanks to the late chswimmer (RIP) and largadeer. Thanks guys.

A: Pours a nearly opaque mahogany body; it's darker than its cousins, upon first glance. A small beige head covers the brew and lingers for a while, leaving several scattered islands of film on top of the brew. No lacing, no legs.

S: The 200 days version has coconut, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, caramel, roast, and a definite cigar earthiness (it becomes more apparent as the beer warms). It reminds me strongly of the Heaven Hill version, though it's not as balanced and is more sugary. The 300 days version is strongly sherry-like and well oxidized on top of the aromas noted above.

T: Whiskey, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. I pick up hints of coconut and roast. The finish brings out a tannic earthiness that, like the nose, reminds me of a cigar. Again, this is reminiscent of the Heaven Hill version but it is much less complex. It's also sweeter. The 300 days version is well oxidized, producing notes of sweet sherry that, when coupled with the beer's sugar, makes it fairly cloying / unpleasant.

M: Thicker than its cousins, indicating more residual sugar (which you also taste). There's no heat to it, which is nice.

D: I'm a big fan of Eclipse, but this is the obvious disappointment out of the many treatments 50/50 has done. There was plenty of each bottle left and I was not enthused about finishing either one.

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Photo of muttyd
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had side-by-side with the Elijah Craig and the Heaven Hill.

Really disappointed with this beer, since the Elijah was excellent and the Heaven Hill was decent.

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly fades away. Aroma is of Jack Daniels. Not in a good bourbon barrel stout way, but in a Jack'n'Coke kind of way. Little to no roast character in the aroma. Very one-dimensional. Flavor falls flat. Sweet tangy bourbon dominates the flavor profile. Unpleasant soy-sauce flavor strong in this one as well. Little carbonation, but very sticky and chewy. Overall, not too impressed.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"300 day" version, no wax. Bottle shared by Dan, thanks! One of the "rarer" beers of the night, also one of the worst. Sorry Dan, served in a FiftyFifty eclipse snifter.

Beer is black / dark brown with nearly no head, no lacing, no retention, and the lowest carbonation of them all.

Aroma is offensively bad, seriously fucking gross. I described it as apple flavored nail polish remover. I seriously considered whether I should go on with this beer after the aroma. I ultimately did.

At least it doesn't taste as bad as the aroma but this is by far the worst of the night out of all of them. It is mildly solventy and has this OK roast and whiskey flavor in the front and back but the whole thing in the center is sort of a disaster. not a repeat, something went wrong with this beer and its not going to get better.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.19/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

My mate Doops and I were lucky enough to be able to try the entire 2010 - 2008 series. This was the sixth one we opened, and the last of the '09 bottles. A big thanks to everyone who made putting this set together possible, and cheers again to Doops for hunting this one down. She gets some mixed reviews, but like any real beer geek, no Eclipse series is complete without this jack-ass.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
300 day version. No wax.

APPEARANCE: Pours a little darker than the others so far. Pour forms a one finger, medium looking, tan head with better retention. Black body and no carbonation evident. Relatively opaque compared to the others in the series, though still slightly transparent for the style. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring that remain the whole way leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass. First one in the series to at least deserve and average score for looks.

SMELL: Whisky and alcohol disinfectant. Reminds me of the alcohol sanitizer we used at the hospital before going into the preemie ward. Nail polish remover comes to mind as well. There is some oak and mild milk chocolate aromas in there as well, but it’s tough to get past the industrial floor cleaner that blasts you off the pour. Oddly enough, as the beers sits in the glass for a while, the disinfectant mellows and the nose becomes a little more tolerable, which is the only thing keeping it from being totally awful.

TASTE: There’s definitely some whisky there, but there’s also a lot of nail polish remover, disinfectant and cleaning supplies. Toilet bowl cleaner, industrial window cleaner, alcohol disinfectant; take your pick. The initial flavor is quite harsh. The oak barrel does come through after the swallow a bit, adding some oaky wood and milk chocolate flavors to the hospital taste. Aftertaste is pretty big and persistent, unfortunately, with lots of industrial cleaning supplies and, very luckily I might add, some light oak and dark, chocolaty bitterness. That really saved it. In the end, it still tastes rare.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Plenty of weight and quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers as well. This is by far the best part of the beer, and perhaps the best mouth-feel in the series.

OVERALL: Besides the relatively good feel, the unmistakable flavor of rarity was the only thing this beer had going for it. Actually, if it weren’t for the rarity and the pull of the Eclipse series, this beer would just end up getting mixed into various cleaning products. Perhaps that is a little too harsh. It is not as bad as some reviewers before me have described, as there are hints of the barrel and base beer in there, but overall, this one is easily the worst of the series. With the bounty this one commands, only those with a distinct taste for alcohol disinfectant, or those looking to geek out with the whole set, like Doops and I, should bother seeking it out. For those of you with some sense, however, take care to avoid this one. Thanks again for sharing Doops. This was loads of fun!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.15/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this rare tick.

A: The pour is just about black in color with minimal brown head.

S: To say this smells like nail polish remover would be an understatement. It absolutely reeks of it. Other than that, lots of roasted malts, booze, and whiskey. There is just a hint of vanilla and chocolate, which is really the only good thing.

T: An incredibly harsh nail polish remover/acetone flavor, too. Intense green apple and booze, along with a bit of oak, whiskey, and vanilla. Roasted malts and dark chocolate are there in the background.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium.

O: Just atrocious stuff. Very unfortunate, since these are generally some of my favorite imperial stouts.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.