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

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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%


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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comfortablynumb1

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while observing Mars for the first time through my telescope. Viewing the red planet while drinking the red wax Eclipse.

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent, and lacing is minimal...

S - Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roast, and a good dose of Bourbon...

T - Molasses, toasted coconut, cocoa, and roast. Finishes with vanilla and smooth Bourbon kick. Very well ballanced...

M - Rich and creamy, but as with the other Eclipse variants a little thin. On the higher end of the medium bodied scale with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Not my favorite from the lineup, but damb solid. Would be interested to see how this one holds up with a little time...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 08:19:19 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Retsinis

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this beer, even though I have two bottles of the Evan Williams in the cellar.

Thanks to Mrbubbler for bringing this over.

Red Wax dipped bottle, 22oz bomber poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

The beer pours a dark, deep, mocha black, with a chocolate brown hue at the edges. A tiny 1/10 of an inch of head, that was more of bubble floating on top, so no real lacing as a result.

I actually picked up honey first and foremost on the aroma. But the bourbon notes definitely come through strong as well. Layers of roasted oak, chocolate, vanilla, and a little booze.

The honey gave the backbone for me in the taste, followed by roasted chocolate notes up front. In the middle, the oak and vanilla come through a bit, bound by the bourbon notes, which is well blended in with all of these flavors, and the alcohol does not come off too much, although these days 9.5% is not as high as a lot of Barrel Aged Imperial stouts.

Mouth feel was smooth, heavy, and rich. Some warming from the alcohol, and just subtle carbonation.

Overall, more than anything I'm curious what the subtle or perhaps not so subtle differences will be when I get the chance to try some of the other versions. It is up there with some of the best barrel aged Imperial Stouts though, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:44:48 | More by Retsinis
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 18:13:49 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dbmernin83

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at blue palms.
Looks like thin motor oil. Head? Nope!
Smells like hot, sexy bourbon.
Holy coffee! The bourbon is mellow on the tongue and let's the coffee shine through. Toffee sweetness and bourbon on the back end. Vanilla and oak hiding in there too. Gets better with warmth. A little heat, but not overpowering.
Thick and viscus. Light carbonation.
Pretty delicious! ready to try the next!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 05:26:44 | More by dbmernin83
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011, bottle #118. Opened with Nick for purposes of a video review, transcribed from the footage. 22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown on the pour, looking completely black sitting in the glass. Some blood red hues throughout. A small tan head with moderate retention and a bit of lace.

S: Bitter bakers dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon and certainly a bit of heat from the alcohol. You can tell it might be a little hot.

T: Like the aroma, rich dark chocolate and dark malts are up front with a sweet character to them. Middle of the palate is tons of bourbon, not necessarily boozy or hot but very flavorful. Back end brings some toffee and vanilla, and ends with more bourbon in the linger. Extremely a complex and layered flavor profile.

M: Nicely carbonated without being overdone, slight creaminess. Sticky in the linger with some residual sweetness and booze.

For my first Eclipse beer, this was great. It had a great complexity to it with the flavors ever changing to keep things interesting. I'm very excited to try out the rest of the beers in the series.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 15:26:18 | More by ShanePB
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

800TH REVIEW

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - 2011 vintage, bottle 894

Pours a viscous black with a one-finger tanned head resting on top. Fades into some spots of film, leaving a few patches of lacing behind.

Nice barrel character in the nose with some vanilla and oak tones. Honey with roasted malts and dark sweetness and a touch of chocolate. A few hints of candied fruit as well.

Slightly sweet up front with a nice flair of dark fruit. Some candied tones with raisin and dates. The barrel felt subdued at first, but opens up as the beer sits and warms. Pleasant oak with vanilla and bourbon tones on a layer of chocolate. A nice dollop of honey adds a slight syrupy note. Hints of smoky edges and leather lurk underneath. Slowly finishes with a nice splash of bourbon and warmth.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, slick and creamy on the tongue. Delicious, yet balanced barrel character on this one - I'm looking forward to trying more.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 02:43:35 | More by xnicknj
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium snifter, sharred with fellow BA's.

Bottle #427
2011

A- One finger tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer around the glass, splotchy lacing, dark brown almost black color.
S- The aroma was unique, slight bourbon, slight oak, cocoa, not a lot coming out.
T- Really nice taste, better then aroma, really smooth, bourbon, chocolate, slight vanilla, slight roast, really balanced.
M- Love the mouth feel, silky smooth, decent carbonation, really tasty.
O- Really enjoyable, really smooth and tasty, nice dessert beer, glad to share it with fellow BA’s.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:42:09 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 from 2013.

A: Pours jet-black with a tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with great retention. Sparse little strings of lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel and lots of oak from the bourbon. Honey is fairly noticeable with a decent chunk of chocolate in there too. Decent alcohol sting too.

T: Stinging bourbon up front, almost stronger than the aroma betrayed (usually the other way around). Lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugars. Fairly oaky with quite a bit of vanilla too. Quite sweet, but made even sweeter with chocolate and honey. Bourbon is pretty heavy, the booziness helps cut the sweetness down a bit. Lingering spicy alcohol, oak and burnt sugars in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, thick, low carbonation. Only "just" cut with the booziness. Sort of a chalky mouthfeel at times.

O: Another delicious Imperial Eclipse variant. Very sweet and very thick, this one. A little boozier than most at the same time. Strong flavors with great bourbon integration. Wonderful. My only real detraction is that this is almost a little too oaky and a little too boozy at times. Still great.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:07:25 | More by Dope
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up with a great trade with Evan! 2011, #1387. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. Sweet bourbon is the star of the complex nose along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, licorice, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. The taste mirrors the nose in its complexity. The bourbon comes through nicely, but doesn't overwhelm. The barrel aging is very evident with hints of oak and vanilla along with dark fruits, cocoa, espresso, licorice, dark chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and syrupy but very smooth and creamy with a subtle bite on the finish. Overall, this was very drinkable and complex, even though I found it leaning towards the sweet side. Anxious for the next release...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 16:29:14 | More by beerdrifter
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wethorseblanket

California

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Bottle #1419.

A: Pours black with a half-inch mocha head which fades to the rim and cap leaving globs and spots of lace.

N: Chocolate marshmallows soaked in bourbon, then roasted with a trace char and sprinkled with vanilla and caramel.

T: Dark cacao, vanilla, roasted oak barrel, char, sweet bourbon, dark fruits.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy although rich and creamy.

O: With some age on it, this is drinking really well. Glad to still have 1 left.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:57:41 | More by wethorseblanket
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up for me from the brewery by nerd - thanks dude! Served in a Three Floyds pint glass.

A - A finger of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and some spotty lace. Dark brown near-black body that reveals a bit more lightness at the fringes.

S - Dark chocolate, smoke, oak, bourbon, dark fruits. It's got that typical Eclipse maple and caramel sweetness, particularly when it warms up. No obvious alcohol.

T - Heavy in oak, with notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some bourbon flavor as well. Minimal roast, but perhaps a bit of espresso bitterness, as well as oak, in the finish.

M - A little thin, a common complaint I have about some Eclipse variants, although not totally out of line for the lower ABV. Medium-low carbonation, and no obvious alcohol. Finishes tannic and fairly dry.

D - Not my favorite variant, but eminently drinkable. Everyone enjoyed this and wished we had more of it to pass around (or less people sharing it). I'm looking forward to my 2011 bottles. A very good barrel-aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 15:42:37 | More by MasterSki
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Gtreid

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into my cigar city tulip. Can't remember who sent this to me, but thanks to whomever did.

A: Pretty much black. The pour dropped a finger of light tan head that faded to a thin rim and left no lace.

A: strong vanilla aroma. The barrel imparts great notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak. I get notes of roasted black malt and molasses. Next to no hop presence.

T: pretty darn good here too. The vanilla is the dominate characteristic, but the caramel and the roasted malt balance it nicely. The beer finihes sweet with a bit of alcohol heat.

M: Actually a touch thin for this caliber of beer. But still full bodied and creamy. And just a bit too much carbonation for my liking.

O: Really good beer here. I love the vanilla character a d the nose is just about perfect. Not quite as good as the EW treatment, but still a fantastic brew. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 00:01:19 | More by Gtreid
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cosmicevan

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2021 - 2011 vintage
Four Roses Single Barrel = Red

a - poured a watery black with a surprising off white head. lacing was sparse, but left some remnants. doesn't look as thick and rich as i had expected, and surprised in the lack of barrel shine.

s - nice stout with some good barrel mixed in. the barrel is a bit boozy and bourbony, but subtle and muted. it carries some sweetness and vanilla spectrum flavoring, but nothing crazy. no big chocolate, but good roastiness.

t - tastes nice. the barrel aging, although sweet, integrates nicely with the base beer...which boasts big roasted notes and the chocolate i was missing in the nose. leads with the roast and complimented by the barrel sweetness. not a strong bourbon flavoring.

m - silky smooth. medium bodied and overall light for the style. the booze was not too intense which was nice.

o - overall a nice treat, but certainly not the highlight of the series. surprisingly light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 05:46:44 | More by cosmicevan
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to crack one of these bad boys open for some time now! Happy to have most of the 2011 collection and doubles of some, this included.

Poured into my CBS snifter: Midnight black appearance with a solid finger of tan head.

Nose is dark, bitter, boozy. Vanilla is noticeable. A harbinger of good things to come, I hope...

Flavor is rich and boozy. A great barrel showcase, as I've heard. The oak and vanilla noted are definitely there. Warming from the alcohol, but in a beneficial and happy way. This is a sipper and a half. I can picture drinking this for an hour or two, as it warms and various flavor components come to the forefront.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but still rich and coating. Not a motor-oil comparison to be had here, so please move along.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew. The base beer must be pretty damn good, but the barrel treatment is really the thing. I regret not having some Four Roses Bourbon on hand to sip along with, maybe for the next one. Great Brew 50/50!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:16:25 | More by ghostwalker
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nickd717 for opening a bottle of this during his recent visit. Great meeting you nick. Bottle #768 poured into a tasting glass.

A - Pours deep, dark, brown bordering on black with a small film of head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Quite chocolatey up front. Plenty of bourbon with hints of vanilla, oak, and other dark, roasty aroma's. Not overly sweet like some other barrel aged stouts. Fairly well balanced all around.

T - This is definitely a barrel aged stout. Plenty of chocolate sweetness up front giving way quickly to a mix of bourbon heat and oaky dark roast. A bit of dark roast in the finish but it doesn't linger for long. Booze is ever present put not overpowering. Not the best I have had but certainly nowhere near the worst. I really hope I get to try the other versions in the future.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice warm feel with some lingering sweetness. A touch too thin for my liking but still very enjoyable.

D - Quite high. This was my first experience with any of the fifty fifty beers and I was very impressed to say the least. A very nice balance of base flavors and bourbon from the barrel aging. Really wish I had a few of these to drink in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 22:22:28 | More by orangesol
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a huge thanks to john for opening this bottle at a recent tasting

This beer pours black with a mocha colored head that leaves some lacing. the smell is sweet bourbon, light oak, vanilla and dark roasted grains. the taste is very similar to the smell. the mouthfeel is medium to full boddied, with decent carbonation. the beer has good drinkablitly

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 03:17:50 | More by rowingbrewer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my first taste of the 2010 Eclipses. I've been hugely impressed by the various incarnations of this beer that I've been fortunate enough to try, and I'm curious to try the new versions. Bottle #390

Pouring the typical very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace on my Duvel Green tulip. The nose has probably the biggest oak presence that I've encountered from these beers, woody and tannic. One of those few beers where the oak intensity comes across as spicy in addition to vanilla-like, there's a touch of ashy aromas too. Dominating the sweeter, milder stout base, some chocolate and cream are still noticeable though. And I guess I have to add that bourbon is present as well. As Arbitrator notes in his review, serving this beer too cold has a larger negative impact than you might expect. Warming this up to ~65F really brought out the chocolate and fudge behind the bourbon and oak, and some licorice, which is surprising 'cos this isn't an attribute of any of the other Eclipses I've tried.

The palate is significantly more complex than the nose. Bourbon is present up front with brown sugar and booze, along with vanilla and oak. Chocolate, fudge and cookie dough are present on the mid-palate, though this isn't as decadent as other editions (specifically the superlative Elijah Craig or Pappy versions). None of the oak harshness I picked out on the nose is present here. Medium-light in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this feels really good on the palate. Strangely, letting this breathe does wonders to the palate, bringing out the chocolate more. The finish is excellent, with the oak tannins and licorice (where did that come from?!) lending just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, and a sufficient booze character to keep you warm. An excellent effort, though, if I had to guess, I got one of the oakier bottles here.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:21:45 | More by DefenCorps
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jethrodium

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red waxed bottle. Pours a dark black with a little bit of light coming through at the edges. A one finger light chocolate head has good retention and leaves a large amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, light roastiness, light alcohol, a little coconut, and a little honey. The taste is sweet cocoa, vanilla, and some light bourbon. The finish is a little bitter with some dark chocolate. Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Great beer. I wish it had a slightly fuller mouthfeel, but it is still phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 05:11:30 | More by jethrodium
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Auracom

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2010, bottle #922. Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 2-3 oz. into snifter. The third variant we opened. Certain parts copied over from the other Eclipse reviews.

A - Thin, semi-dark brown coloring. Lacking any sort of considerable head but showing a decent amount of alcohol on the sides of my glass.

S – Vanilla, smoke, roasted almonds, walnuts, whiskey barrel, and oak. Well-blended. Wish we had an option for 4.75 here, it will score slightly lower than it ought to.

T – Sweetness contrasted by bourbon at the front. Middle of the tongue features a roasted note that follows through to a fairly tannic finish.

M - Medium body. Carbonation is expected, finish is a bit short unfortunately.

D – Despite the larger oak flavor in this version, the finish didn’t quite get to the level it needed to. The overall impression of my group is that it fell somewhere between the superior Heaven’s Hill and the lesser Evan Williams, though I think it was closer to the former. More than worthy for a tasting and all in all, when tasted in multiple versions, the Eclipse series is a great experience for learning about barrel variation.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 03:40:17 | More by Auracom
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FosterJM

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1035th Review on BA
Bottle to CBS Snifter
22oz

2011
Red Wax
Bottle 1119/2011

App- Same color as the other treatments. Fit a whole bomber into the glass with a small one finger medium brown head that left a small small bit of webbing

Smell- opens a small bit of dark fruits and then moves to a bit of coffee and bourbon. Nice well rounded notes.

Taste- Much more chocolate than I thought. Very coffee foward as well which is a far departure from the previous two variants.  When it warms a bit more some roasted oats and a little bit of vanill

Mouth-  A bit more creamy than the other two. Medium/low bodied with a low/medium carbonation. Residual coffee & chocolate with some toasted and roasted malts

Drink- As I move from each variant to the next they kinda become better than the next. This one was a bit less heady than others and kinda brings it down.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 05:51:18 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and enjoyed on the eve of my birthday. Bottle #706, 2011 Batch.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark almost black brown with a biiig two finger dark khaki/mocha head that faded and slumped to a one finger creamy rich blanket and nice lacing.

S - Very nice bourbon and lighter vanilla. Cannot exactly pickout that this is a Four Roses brand bourbon, but its clearly a solid bourbon. There are some nice faint barrel notes along with some roasted malts and chocolates. Quite nice.

T - More of that rich, smooth bourbon with nice softer vanilla and barrel notes. Quite pleasant and well executed. The chocolate is mild, as is the roast. Quiet subtle and delicious. Not assertive but very well balanced.

M - My only negative to this beer. Just a too carbonated for my tastes for such a bigger stout. I would really like a more smooth, chewier stout. The sharper carbonation is a bit distracting.

O - Overall, this was a very, very well executed stout. Love the appearance, love the aroma, and love the taste. Just wish it wasnt as sharp. Alcohol is hidden nicely though. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 04:35:46 | More by rudzud
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml red waxed bomber poured into tulip 22/1/14

A deep cola edge in black liquid, foams up nicely with a massive foam that hangs around forever leaving a table top island after ten minuets and lots of thick patches deep down the glass

S sweet bourbon and honey, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits and a little coffee, some vanilla and brown sugar work well, not huge but some charred barrel plays a part, faint licorice and molasses

T not quite everything the nose had going on, still sweet, lots of dark malt and a little barrel but everything doesn't mesh as well and there's some booze but like the other 2013's just no way this is actually 11.9%,

M leaning towards full, creams up nicely, faint tannins, a hint of booze, lots of sweet chocolate and bourbon linger

O another well rounded Eclipse, if the smell followed through it would be world class but it didn't quite keep up that pace, great beer nonetheless and one of the better versions from 2013

My 6th Eclipse this year and everyone of them has been a great brew but I don't think any of them would qualify as world class. Consistently great beers but any 30$ bomber is hard to justify, that being said I'm glad I have some bottles to revisit a few years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:25:32 | More by wordemupg
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lionchow

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To be honest I am copying my review from the Evan Williams barrel version. They were very similar, it would be difficult to tell the two apart. Both were excellent.

Drank it at FiftyFifty event at the Bloodhound in SF. Not actually sure if it was on tap or from a bottle.

Pitch black. Almost no head.

Aroma was lightly roasted and chocolately.

Flavor was sweet, but not overly sweet, primarily of milk chocolate, with a mild roasted character. Little to no bittnerness. Nice balance of oak and bourbon character with the sweet chocolate gives it depth and roundness.

Low carbonation.

Overall very drinkable and enjoyable. Personally its how I like a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 23:59:58 | More by lionchow
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Sean brought this to our Fedor beat-down party.

A - Black beer with a good-looking brown head that dissipated after a short time and left some sparce and thin lacing on the sides.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts. A pleasant bourbon smell that is not very harsh with mild oak, toffee, and a little vanilla. Smells very good.

T - Had a differnce of opinions on this one, but I liked the taste of this better than the Evan Williams which we had side-by-side. Good chocolate and vanilla, bourbon is present but not hot. Not too woody, this is a very well balanced and slightly sweeter. Taste is very good.

M - A little thinner than I like, but nice body and mellow carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable and a great beer at 9.5%, might be my favorite of this year's Eclipse releases.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:33:02 | More by AgentZero
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GregSVT

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter - Bottle #1066, 2010 Vintage

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black in the glass, with a small dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a small bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose consists of molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, a touch of licorice, and bourbon. Nice sweet aromas that hint at the goodness to come.

T: Taste is big roasty chocolate malt, molasses, vanilla, slight licorice, and a bit of dark fruit. The flavors stick to the palate and allow the finish to fade very slowly.

M: The feel is creamy and thicker than past versions I've had...it's on the fuller side of medium. It's sticky which helps with the finish.

O: Sweet and decadent, this is defintely a dessert beer. Big flavors and aromas and a nice mouthfeel make this one of the better Eclipse variants I've had so far next to the Elijah Craig version.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:42:04 | More by GregSVT
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.