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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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459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 269
Gots: 286 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 11-14-2010

Red wax identifies the Four Roses version.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz red wax dipped bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Bottle run no.: 1/2013
Served in a snifter

Fantastic appearance. The medium bodied, dark brown liquid was topped by a billowing, near three-finger tall, super tight and creamy, caramel colored head. Amazing retention, especially given the high ABV. The crown slowly faded to a thick, frothy cap. A drippy wall of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was deep, dark and roasty. Espresso was immediately noticeable. Some bittersweet chocolate as well. Cocoa nibs came to mind. Touch of brown sugar-like sweetness. Slightly boozy. Subtle bourbon notes came forth as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was punchier than the nose but not as rounded or as smooth. Lots of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Slightly sweet in the center. Hint of brown sugar. Notes of dark chocolate were apparent. The beer finished quite boozy with loads of char and a lingering earthy and piney hop bitterness. While the alcohol was quite noticeable, the flavors from the barrel were unfortunately rather muted.

The mouthfeel was definitely the best aspect of this beer. It was super creamy and slick. Medium to full bodied for the style. Not super thick but rich and palate coating. The liquid contained an ultra fine, moderate effervescence.

Of the three beers I have tried in FiftyFifty's Eclipse series (Elijah Craig 12 Year, Evan Williams and now the Four Roses Bourbon variant), the was definitely the least impressive of the bunch. After hearing that these beers drink best without much age, I decided to crack this one a bit earlier. It seemed that the alcohol was rather intense and the flavor profile still needed time to meld. While these beers are all solid, at their price point I was hoping they would be a bit more remarkable.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up on a whim & I'm glad I did!

Pour - From a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Nice things off white head with nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma - Sweet chocolate, bourbon & coffee.

Taste - Milk & bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel & of course, bourbon.

Mouth - Sticky, medium to thick body. A little chewy but not as thick as I would've liked.

Overall - This is an excellent beer. Would I ever pay $30 for another bottle of this? Maybe. Either which way, I'm glad I was able to try this. A very solid effort from 50/50!!

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3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Vintage 2013.

A: Dark with great lacing.

S: Sticky, syrupy sweet. Trace of booze.

T: Fruity and strong. This is awfully sweet. The fruit is nice, but the syrupy qualities make it taste a little like cough syrup. Finish is pleasantly bitter and cherryish,

M: Smooth and strong. Yum.

O: Tasty, but a bit too syrupy. Not my favorite Eclipse, but still worthy.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.