Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.76/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
02-14-2014 19:54:23 | More by Phyl21ca
4.24/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-03-2014 03:07:25 | More by Dope
3.71/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
02-02-2014 19:21:16 | More by Chico1985
3.79/5 rDev -11.2%
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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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