Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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2.15/5 rDev -35%
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.
07-19-2011 18:04:47 | More by womencantsail
3.3/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-06-2011 02:47:25 | More by largadeer
4.08/5 rDev +23.3%
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.
11-16-2012 16:45:02 | More by MasterSki
2.45/5 rDev -26%
"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.
11-18-2012 23:49:16 | More by drabmuh
2.95/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-19-2012 15:41:15 | More by mdfb79
3.93/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
10-18-2013 18:36:59 | More by stakem
District of Columbia
2.68/5 rDev -19%
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.
11-18-2012 18:54:02 | More by Huhzubendah
3.95/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
12-25-2011 19:32:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5 rDev +28.4%
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.
10-06-2010 02:15:36 | More by glid02
3.68/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
09-01-2011 04:02:55 | More by HopHead84
4.1/5 rDev +23.9%
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.
09-21-2010 01:13:47 | More by gford217
4.2/5 rDev +26.9%
1553rd Review on BA
Bottle to stemmed tulip
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.
10-07-2012 04:09:22 | More by FosterJM
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
07-22-2011 03:03:21 | More by scottfrie
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.