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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 267
Gots: 227 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Red wax identifies the Four Roses version.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 11-14-2010)
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3.79/5  rDev -11%

Thanks Chico1985, bring on the Eclipses for the night. Stoutfest III beastmode.

A- Pitch black bomber pour to seven glasses with a black as night complexion. Light mocha tan head forms to about a finger with a frothy, creamy texture. Good retention and it falls to a thick pillow and ring. Thick lace blankets at the top continue to coat the glass most of the way down.

S- Fairly tame and quite relaxed compared to the other Stouts of the night so far. Fresh toasted oak and Four Roses whiskey bite, almost subdued a bit to pruney fruits, is nice above a smooth malty, semi-sweet roasted base. Nice dark fruits too.

T- Again, the Four Roses bite is there but actually kind of blended nicely into the dark fruity yeast and roasty, cocoa base malts. The Bourbon is strong but it doesn't really offset the rest of the beer, strength without killing balance. Fresh oaky, peppery, dark fruity feel to the whiskey. Slight honey sweetness.

MF- Moderately thick body on the palate but lacks a creaminess I have come to expect in most big stouts, seems just a bit thinned out, maybe from the bourbon. Carbonation at a medium level with a slight warmth in the finish.

The whiskey feel is more on the peppery, fruity (almost like a brandy) side with the fruity yeast and dark cocoa roast malt base. The base itself is a bit lacking and it hurts a bit overall. Not much vanilla I have come to find in BA RIS but this is a nice change. I have had a good amount of Four Roses and you can tell it has that feel. Solid. PRICE IS STEEP THOUGH.

02-01-2014 05:42:11 | More by cbutova
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle 2613; 2011 Vintage

A - Pours deep brown with one and a half fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves some rings of lacing.

S - Aroma is somewhat subtle, but consists of sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some char and mild booze.

T - Taste is a big improvement on the nose. Bourbon is prominent up front, quickly followed by a big chocolate taste. Vanilla and more bourbon in the middle. Also seems to be a faint hop presence. A bit too much char on the finish, but still very enjoyable.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit lighter than I would like, but good.

O - I enjoyed the EC 12 version quite a bit more, but this is still a very nice barrel-aged stout. Wish the char (and price) could be turned down just a bit.

04-17-2012 02:16:27 | More by warnerry
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3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

22oz bottle, bottle 1385/2011. Pours dark brown / black with a bit creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is oaty chocolate malts with some dark fruit, black licorice and light bourbon. There's some alcohol as well. It's a bit more subdued than expected.

The flavor is sweet sugary (honey?) chocolate malts and dark fruits and some grain that leads to a bitter warming alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, some harsh boozy bitterness early on, but it mellows and becomes pretty well balanced. As it warms up all the way, it becomes a bit boozy again.

04-29-2012 05:44:39 | More by Beaver13
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-21-2011 03:34:43 | More by Callmecoon
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-21-2014 04:54:41 | More by megamass
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-02-2014 03:29:02 | More by aquazr1
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-08-2012 15:01:34 | More by bpfrush
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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Very dark brown, nearly black in color, without a lot of visible carbonation and not much head. Eventually, however, this does leave sticky spots and sheets of lacing down the glass. That being said, this has significantly less carbonation than any of the other Eclipse variations I've opened this year.

The familiar coconut, bourbon, chocolate, wood, roast, and coffee elements combine here for something quite nice. Nearly as good as the white wax Elijah Craig variation, but not quite.

The flavor follows similarly, with toasted coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and earthy vanilla notes rounding this out. There's also a noticable ashey/char note to it as well, unfortunately. This is the third Eclipse variation I've tried so far, and it's unfortunately my least favorite.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A terrific variation, but not quite as good as the Elijah Craig 18 nor the Brewmaster's Grand Cru.

01-15-2012 05:32:34 | More by ehammond1
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

50/50 Eclipse aged in Four Roses is a really great bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. These beers are often hit and miss for me, but I think this is a really great rendition of the style that hits the nail right on the head. The only beer that I have had that has the balance of bourbon and stout flavors is Black Ops. The bourbon barrel aging contributes a warm, earthiness in the form of vanilla, oak, burnt caramel, while the stout has plenty of rich coffee, bitter chocolate and toasted malt, rounded molasses and maple sweetness. The beer was very smooth and adequately carbonated. Teh alcohol is definitely present, but it isn't blaring or hot just warm in the throat on the swallow. This was very tasty and I'd love to have again, but it's not exactly the easiest to get a hold of.

Thanks Dan for sharing.

02-17-2011 08:03:37 | More by Soonami
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at the Eclipse release party. Pours black, reddish brown head to this one, better than the other varieties I thought. Smell was unremarkable, not necessarily the biggest fan of 4 roses bourbon.

Good taste, as expected, bourbon, oak, good roast feel. Very similar to the EW version. Charred feel to the beer. Tiny amount of vanilla. Creamy, very easy to drink, not an alcohol bomb by any means. Goes with coffee chocolates that they had out for sampling. Dark chocolate comes out more and more the longer you sip on it.

04-26-2011 18:13:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-25-2013 22:01:50 | More by SPRichard
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-27-2012 12:37:51 | More by mocktm
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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

Bottle as part of Eclipse sampling

A - Dark brown with light chestnut aspects to it. Small off white foam head 3.25

S - Slight bourbon with light vanilla and caramel

T - Dark bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and vanilla. There is a light amount of oak in the finish. Overall, there is a good amount of bitterness in this one. The sweetness from the 4 roses bourbon tries to cut the overall bitterness but cannot.

M - Creamy slightly sticky body with bitterness that makes the finish slightly astringent

O - Decent eclipse with good bourbon sweetness from the 4 Roses that adds a good amount vanilla and caramel to it; however, it can't manage to cut the overall bitterness.

03-19-2013 02:39:27 | More by jeonseh
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-07-2012 19:23:31 | More by daveytheformer
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-02-2012 01:19:57 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-04-2014 06:19:00 | More by ste5venla
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Bomber of 2011, drank in August 2014.

Pitch black body with thick, light brown head; persistent ring of bubbles around the glass.
Smells of dry cocoa, oak, and bourbon.
Taste is sticky sweet, a muted swish of bourbon, and a long, dry finish like dark chocolate.
Oil slick mouthfeel with bubbly carbonation at the very end and a lot of residual sugar. Alcohol is well disguised.

08-30-2014 02:29:38 | More by RichardMNixon
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Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz red wax ensconced bottle, 2013 version, and now 11.9% ABV. Can't say that I've ever tried the titular Bourbon - I'll save that for a future date.

This beer pours a solid light-sucking black hole, with the slightest of basal cola 'highlights', and a teeming tower of puffy, thickly foamy, and duly rocky light brown head, which leaves a pleasant web of sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly wilts away.

It smells of grainy milk chocolate, woody alcohol, vanilla, and caramel Bourbon barrel notes, field honey, molasses-heavy malt, besotted dark bread, a touch of cold coffee, and weak earthy, weedy hops. The taste is bittersweet cocoa, sugary Bourbon essences - watery vanilla, a more sturdy toffee and caramel, and an ethereal rye grain spiciness - lightly roasted pale, chocolate, and caramel malt, herbal honey, a hint of earthy hops, and a middling booze warmth.

The bubbles are pretty low-key overall, the body actually a bit on the light side of medium weight for this sort of offering, and equitably smooth at the same time. It finishes sweet, in the, 'gee someone poured a shot of top-shelf Yankee whiskey into my already heady Imperial Stout' kind of way, so thanks, Drunk Uncle, or whoever had the wherewithal to engender such an act.

One of the more approachable versions of this onslaught of Bourbon County aged stouts from this particular California mountain brewery that have suddenly made their way up north to we, um, northerners. Tasty, and still more than a wee bit challenging to the average palate, I would venture to presume, though I did quite enjoy the dual upsides of lush chocolate and a subtle alcohol perception a little too much, especially given the near 12 points of hooch.

01-09-2014 06:17:56 | More by biboergosum
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-04-2012 01:46:58 | More by MrVonzipper
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-10-2011 02:10:55 | More by ipa247
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-09-2014 01:18:54 | More by Griffith
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2011 19:32:22 | More by twowheelssoar
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 17:14:48 | More by jh1982
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-19-2014 00:18:52 | More by whatname
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-18-2014 18:59:19 | More by tdm168
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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