Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
A: pours charcoal black body, with a deep dark brown top layer. Creates a ½ fingers worth of head. Minimal lacing that leaves so spotting bubbles that hugs the side of the glass. 4.25
S: big dark fruits… plums, raisins, with a big burnt wood aroma. Theres some sugary malt present, with a light touch of chocolate and hops.
T: my God the sweetness! Enormous sugar, molasses, figs and cocoa nibs front and center. Big alcohol presence as well. big and bold bourbon right up front, semi-sweet dark chocolate, slight touch of hops. There is a nice vanilla touch in the finish. But don’t really like this balance.
M: lighter than I would like for the style. Leaves quite a sugary film on the teeth and the slight bourbon and oak on the palate.
O: decent, but definitely not worth the price to be honest. Maybe this would have been better fresh?
09-09-2013 00:29:13 | More by tut2528
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
From my notes at the West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Fest at the Bistro.
Freshly poured from the tap into a pitcher and then into my tulip tasting glass. Dark brown with hints of orange at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Opaque enough so that I can't see the carbonation. The finger of initial dark brown head dissipated very quickly, with little lacing.
The nose of this one was a bit weaker that the Heaven's Hill version of the beer also at the fest. Woody vanilla presence, with dark roasted malt and some burnt sugar/caramel sweetness.
Taste followed the nose, the nice vanilla from the barrel aging playing nicely with the burnt sugar sweetness and roasted malt backbone. Bitter initially, but finishes very smooth, with a nice lingering combination of the aromas and flavors in your throat. Very tasty.
The body was a bit on the thin side, maybe barely medium bodied. Body was noticeable as the carbonation was barely there, which didn't help.
Overall, a very nice imperial stout.
11-21-2010 23:23:03 | More by nataku00
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #1063. Red wax so I have the right listing.
This is my fifth variant this year (EC12, EC20, BT, RR) and sixth ever ('10 EW).
4.0 A: This one falls between RR and all of the others in terms of appearance. Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is about average and a thick ring of lacing is left behind.
3.0 S: Everything about the nose in this one screams (or maybe whimpers) average. As always, the stout is low octane in flavor and ofters only scant chocolate and roastiness. The bourbon isn't as powerful as the other variants and I'm left with small amounts of leather, earth, and light fruits.
4.5 T: The taste is more legit, but it isn't too legit to quit. Still, quite legit. The stout offers the same minor chocolate and roast, but the bourbon adds a variety platter of tastes. The strongest note in this chorus is strangely whipped cream. It's like a something you'd find atop a fancy coffee beverage. After that I get coffee itself, a tangy almost persimmon like fruitiness, melon galore, coconut, and carmelized sugar. Barrel adds a good bit of vanilla. Moderately boozy. Aftertaste is a sugary sweetness, but until that point it isn't overly sweet. I don't know how the nose is so weak after tasting it.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy, but not as much as I like. Like usual, I wish this had more body.
4.0 D: This is my second favorite variant. Mighty tasty. If a better stout had been used with 50's pinnacle barrel aging, this would be something to remember. In any case, it's still quite good.
01-27-2012 01:23:47 | More by DavoleBomb
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.
Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Very small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a very mellow bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon is somewhat astringent flavor wise. This beer has a roasty bitterness and has a very high alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged stout but definitely my least favorite of the night. The bourbon flavors from the Four Roses was a bit too harsh in my opinion.
12-18-2011 04:55:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
4/5 rDev -6.1%
This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! 2011 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark reddish brown with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, earth, subtle vanilla, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, earth, wood, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Based on have both of the Elijah Craigs just before this one, you definitely tell the Four Roses barrel treatment from the other. This one carried a nice earthy note along with it while still carrying over a lot from the others as well. It was rather enjoyable and definitely worth getting your hands on if you do not have any in your possession currently.
07-10-2012 10:48:37 | More by thagr81us
4/5 rDev -6.1%
A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head with some lacing.
S-Bourbon, rather sweet, some chocolate.
T-Rather sweet, Almost too sweet, some bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate.
M-Medium bodied and slight carbonation.
O-Too sweet the barrel flavors were not allowed to come through.
06-03-2014 03:03:15 | More by rlee1390
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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