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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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Ratings: 354
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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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the release party and finally getting around to reviewing it

Look: Pours a almost black color with 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: The bourbon is integrated pretty nicely with the coffee and chocolate notes but nothing truly stands out which is something I would have liked

Taste: Upfront on this one is some roasted malt with just the slightest touch of bourbon I would have really liked more and then the beer finishes with some nice coffee chocolate and oak notes

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low carbonation

Overall: They had both the 2010 and 2011 versions available for sampling at the party and this is a review of the 2011. I tried both of them and had this been a review for the 2010 version the review would be much worse and it became overpoweringly sweet and a bit off putting so I would drink this one fresh. That being said the 2011 version was still not one of my favorites of the different barrel treatments coming in slightly above the Brandy for least favorite of the night

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 22:10:10 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of dbmernin83


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
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 04:55:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of NorCalYeti


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smoke, bacon, toast, bitter, malt backbone

beer aged in four roses single barrel (10 yr old) for 225 days. 10% abv aged at 38 degrees fahrenheit

these beers disappear off the shelves if you can find them outside of the brewery

sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 21:49:55 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of lionchow


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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the version of the 2010 Eclipses that I was waiting for most. I have had the Four Roses bourbon on numerous occasions and was a large fan. This version is very bourbon forward and doesn't hide the barrel aging. I love that.

The appearance on this one is almost black at the heart and gets to a lighter brown on the edges. It looks thinner due to the barrel aging, which is why I was so surprised with how the brandy version looked. Leaves a very thick leg that makes me smirk a bit thinking, "This beer has been through hell and back in those barrels."

Amazing smell. Chocolate bourbon anyone?

A very whisky forward beer is right up my alley and that is exactly what this was. Lots of chocolate and vanilla with tons of caramel and toffee flavors in there as well. It reminds me somewhat of the 2009 Heaven Hills version. It reminded me of the Sees chocolate covered toffees, with bourbon.

A somewhat lighter body paired with more heat on the palette makes this one a force to be reckoned with. This thing is going to age magnificently and I cannot wait to see this one grow into something special. A good 'after dinner' or 'cold winter night' beer.


Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 00:19:51 | More by Jmoore50
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 23:23:03 | More by nataku00
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1233/2011. Tasted 25 March 2014.

Pours black and thick. Two fingers of medium tan head. Great retention, islands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is excellent. Rich and well-balanced. Full of chocolate, bourbon sweetness, with a light alcohol bite.

Taste is rich and full. Sweet dark roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, topped with grainy bourbon. Fantastically sweet and rich, with great balance between the base and the barrel. Excellent.

Feel is excellent as well. Full-bodied, thick and chewy. Medium-high carbonation, on the high side for a big stout, but I like the way it gets the flavors moving.

I'd put this in the upper-middle tier of barrel-aged stouts. Sweet and full, as I like them. Its best feature is its balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:32:32 | More by zeledonia
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Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of rye whiskey notes with some woody notes and some burnt barley notes. Taste is a mix of wye whiskey notes with some burnt barley notes with some black chocolate notes with a finish that is a little bit harsh. Body is full with nice oily and creamy notes with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Good but doesn’t really stands out against the other BA varieties of Eclipse.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 19:54:23 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Dope


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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3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with the Eclipse series, tried next to 3 other variants and many other stouts with good peoplez. This and the others were from the 2013 batch, 11.9% ABV.

Black pour, tan head. Great retention on this one, a thick+bubbly finger remains for the duration.

Smell is surprisingly very tame. It more or less comes off as pure bourbon, but it's even subtle in that aspect. A little more well-rounded with warmth with some dark fruits, roast and chocolate.

Taste is an improvement, but the lack of a base beer is still alarmingly clear. Although the bourbon flavor is great, all that accompanies it is some dark fruits (raisins/prunes come to mind), some roast, dark chocolate and honey - all of which are still pretty subtle.

Not much booze, pretty decent+full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

I enjoyed it and the other variants, but I'd be lying if I said all of them weren't letdowns, especially considering the prices. The differing bourbons were all nice and distinguishable from each other, they were somewhat unique for the style, but there wasn't a whole lot going on for them otherwise. I didn't review the others I tried, but this and Evan Williams were about even for me, Elijah Craig 12 had a slight upper hand, and the Java Coffee wound up being my favorite of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:21:16 | More by Chico1985
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3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 05:42:11 | More by cbutova
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013, bottle run No. 1 poured into a large snifter glass.

A real aggressive appearance. Thick light tan head, uniform but grows very large and settles to a whipped up cocoa two finger retention thick cap. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown with near one hundred percent opaque quality. THick spider ring and clump lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose has a wonderful soft and subtle sweet aroma. It smells like a candy cane. Wintergreen mint and a hint of chocolate. Peppermint. Almost clove, but with a much sweeter quality. Not sensing much roast or classic stout character but the bouquet is so incredibly unique and wonderful.

Palate matches the nose. Sweetness is much more subdued but the control is better and the flavors much more keen on stout quality. Great minty finish and silky texture. Velvet hints of mint chocolate and warming roast coffee. An almost hinting pine and lime like hop bent soft astringency and hints of wintergreen mint schnapp warmth. Some crunky oreo mint cookies as well.

These brews just stun me, and it blows my mind how different the variations are, this is another favorite one for me to chalk up. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:40:38 | More by smakawhat
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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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Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:17:56 | More by biboergosum
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin sand colored head and some spotty lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Rich cocoa laced with bourbon. Honey, roasted malt, charred wood and just a touch of dark fruit. Pretty nice.

T: Roasted malt and honey upfront with some toasted brown sugar, milk chocolate, molasses and a touch of char. Just a tickle of bourbon in there as well, with a finish that definitely leans towards the barrel. Mouthfeel is light and a touch lacking. I really feel like this beer would benefit from a fuller mouthfeel. A solid beer, but I'm not sure worth the price. I'd much rather take Caldera's Mogli for 10 bucks less.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:51:50 | More by notchucknorris
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4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to mlaroche for this bottle a long while back

2010 vintage
Bottle # 1190

Pours a dark brown essentially black color, starts out with minimal head but with a vigerous pour it gets a decent fingers worth, fades at a quick pace but leaves a thin tan cap.

Smell has a very molasses-y aroma with roasted malt, subtle hints of chocolate and coffee and a touch of vanilla.

Taste has a very dark roasted malt presence with a bit of coffee like char and bitterness, a light sweet chocolate aftertaste with a subtle barrel and bourbon character, the barrel aging is definitely on the light side but adds just enough for some complexity, body is fairly viscous with a good creaminess, carbonation is low yet ample enough to get the job done.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 20:32:07 | More by deltatauhobbit
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New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: obsidian beer with a fluffy dark tan head; filmy cap and lace motes throughout the drink

S: bourbon wafts immediately, followed by roasty and dark malt aromas suggesting char and cold espresso

T: bourbon and dry coffee, laidback bittersweet cocoa, dry oak barrels... Very refined and to-the-point; smooth and mellow bitterness, coffee and chocolaty malts, all submerged in a barrel of dry whisky vapor

M: I'll call it medium-bodied, but toward the thin side for me as I'd have preferred a fuller feel in this kind of drink; smooth, subdued bitterness increases on the finish; drying vapors throughout

O: an elegant and classy brew, distinct bourbon barrel aging assertive on the palate and nose; not blown away as I was with their Java Coffee edition - this is lighter, drier, and more subdued, but still an excellent barrel-aged Imperial stout. Worth $33? Not so much as the Java Coffee edition, but if you're a big fan of the stylings, you will not regret the experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 14:44:59 | More by Greywulfken
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty stoked to get to try this beer. Decided finding it for less than $30/bottle was a sign and went for it. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Eclipse ours completely pitch black - as expected. A foamy, khaki colored head forms about 1 finger thick. The head recedes to a collar that is the color of hot chocolate.

S - The aroma bursts from the glass with rich bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar all mixing together quite harmoniously. Dark fruits, slight coffee notes, and some licorice come through as well. The bourbon doesn’t overtake the rest of the aromas which is quite a nice touch as the remaining aromas are divine enough in and of themselves.

T - The flavor is really quite outstanding. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla come first. These are followed by molasses, brown sugar and bourbon adding to the rest of the flavors. The flavors are very smooth and mellow as the barrel adds a bit of dryness to the overall flavor profile. Again, the bourbon doesn’t overpower and is almost understated here - helping to meld the other rich, unctuous flavors.

M - The mouthfeel is slightly different than what I would expect from this beer. Medium bodied and very creamy. In my opinion, I feel like this beer could be a bit thicker than it is. While not very viscous, it does roll on the tongue in a creamy, milkshake like manner.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I loved the flavors and liked that the barrel didn’t overpower all of the great base flavors. The only real downside to these beers is their price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:34:02 | More by KAP1356
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: mostly dark, some red at the bottom with a light brown head that head been sticking around.

s: hard liquor, brown sugar, oatmeal maybe. Classic bourbon barrel notes but with some sugary notes in there as well.

t: oh yeah, soooo good. Super chocolatey. Tons of oats and caramel sweetness with that barrel adding the perfect blend on the finish. A very tiny touch of alcohol.

mf: creamy, medium carbonation, not viscous. It could be a touch thicker on the mouthfeel.

overall: the more i sip, the more alcohol starts to come through unfortunately, but it isn't unpleasant, it just takes away some of those awesome chocolate notes. Though the aftertaste is awesome.

This definitely isn't one of those Bourbon bombs. More balanced, slight barrel character. Probably not aged too long. My favorite take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 07:10:24 | More by raynmoon
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Bottled 12/11, so almost 2yrs old at this point. Bought at the Bruery Provisions (RIP) in Orange CA for $28.50.

A - Pitch, glistening black. Like motor oil. Light tan head leaves good lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee. All the nice bourbon smells you want.

T - Again, milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee. Also, some dried cherry, some coffee, roast. Alcohol is still present, even after 2yrs. Has a little raw grain finish. Only flaw.

M - Thick and rich upfront. Has a slightly watery finish (for the style). Carbonation is low and gives a silky mouthfeel.

O - Barrel-aged stouts are hard not to like. There are a few flaws on this one, but it is still a great beer. I will look for these again on the next bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 03:59:09 | More by jeff1973
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 1410/2011

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 00:29:13 | More by tut2528
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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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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as expensive as these are, I may unfortunately never get to try them all, so they are a rare treat indeed. this is my third thus far, and easily my favorite. 2011 vintage here, so maybe the age helped it mellow a bit. the pour is dark and thick like the rest of them coffee colored with a sturdy off white head with lots of airy bubbles. the nose indicates a very balanced brew, not overly bourbon heavy, but the oak, charcoal, and vanilla is there, which go expertly with the level of roast on the barley, which is intense but not burnt bitter yet. the honey comes through in the flavor better in this one than either of the others ive had, its sweet and summery, and actually lightens up an otherwise heavy beer. the sweetness of the bourbon also tempers the heft of the malts. very deep and layered flavors here, with the barrel not overtaking things, as is so commonly done (and indeed strived for) these days. I like this whole series for introducing the nuances of different barrel treatments to the same base beer. its an expensive learning tool, but a damn enjoyable one. ive never consumed four roses bourbon, but this beer has me primed to seek out a bottle. if you can buck up for this, and then be patient enough to wait a year, you will be handsomely rewarded!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 18:38:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.