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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 268
Gots: 223 | FT: 15
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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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-16-2014 22:58:11 | More by Zaphog
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Marcus, 650ml into some snifters. 2011 vintage I believe.

Black in body with a few fingers of brown head. Good lacing, but only a ring of retention. Nose has chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, a good bit of malt sweetness and some roasted marshmallow. Just enough of everything. Taste has the bourbon well integrated into some milk chocolate, light roast, a touch of oak, vanilla and brown sugar. A solid sweetness all around. Medium full feel, super smooth low carbonation. Sweet, bourbon-y and chocolate-y. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 15:43:40 | More by liamt07
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-28-2013 18:35:44 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle number 2296 split two ways.

A - Pours a dark, almost opaque with a lively dark tan head that eventually fades to edges.

S - Strong chocolate hits you first, then some some oak and booze follow it up. As I let it sit and warm, lots of nice welcoming carmel tones come through. I wanted to smell it more than drink it.

T - The taste was more boozy and chocolate up-front, also like the nose. As it warmed, lots of wonderful carmel flavors showed up.

D - Good carbonation for the style with a medium to heavy body.

O - Good at first, but as it warmed it really opened up with the carmel tones. Very nice. Let this one sit and you will love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:16:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Sean, poured into my Hf glass... Looks better than the Evan Williams, same body but a better dark tan head, retention is better... The aroma is a lighter EW, bourbon with some vanilla... The taste is maybe a touch better than EW, more balance, sweeter with more vanilla, makes it easier to drink. Finish is too bitter, coffee isn't right.

Pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 05:36:52 | More by jrallen34
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bottle to tasting glass at my 30th Beerthday Bash on 9/23/11
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Dark and robust. There's a sheen to it that, when it hits the glass, looks a bit like liquid silk blowing in the wind. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger head that fades quickly, leaving minimal lacing behind.

S: Damn do I love Four Roses bourbon, and more importantly, their wonderful barrels. This is exceptional. Roasted coconut, with hints of candied sugar. Dark, organic cocoa and a touch of mineral earth round out a superb bouquet.

T: Yet again, this is Four Roses' show. This is pretty close to perfect, as the booze cuts to the heart of the palate, allowing the charred malt and bourbon to balance perfectly. All the usual suspects are in attendance: chewy fresh coconut, baker's chocolate and espresso. And the cherry on top? You guessed it: Four Roses bourbon on the long, lovely finish.

M: The mouthfeel here holds it's own, giving the beer a leg to stand on. Without the rich, creamy carbonation and layers of smooth, silky texture, this wouldn't be quite the beer that it is.

O: FiftyFifty's Four Roses Eclipse was easily the best Eclipse of the night (#2: Evan Williams, #3: Rittenhouse Rye). This has everything you'd want in a BA ADIS, and didn't dissapoint. I look forward to tracking down more of this, and enjoying it with the closest of friends and family.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 22:46:18 | More by Rhettroactive
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 10:48:37 | More by thagr81us
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a small amount of medium brown head.

S - Bourbon, oak and sweet roasted malts. The bourbon and base beer are well integrated and neither overshadows the other.

T - Bourbon, oak, honey and a good roasted malt presence are well integrated, as the nose suggested. There's a good sweetness present that really brings out the bourbon and some lighter vanilla and chocolate notes.

M - Medium body, smooth. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 18:22:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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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claspada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a small tan head but still leaves some super lacing as your swirl the beer around.

Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. As it warms you get some dark fruits (figs), sweet fruit and caramel maltiness. A sweeter aroma than most of the Eclipse series.

The tastes follow the nose and begin with sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Then you get some vanilla, coffee and dark fruits that emerge more and more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Finish is smooth but on the heavier side despite the lower than "normal" ABV for the style.

Overall I personally enjoyed this more than both of the Elijah Craig versions that I sampled the same evening. This was slightly frutier and sweeter with less biting alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 15:59:26 | More by claspada
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gford217

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with a bigger head than any Eclipse I've yet seen. The head recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves good lacing. One of the better looking Eclipse pours.

Aroma is cocoa powder and lots of bourbon and vanilla. Lots of oak character in the nose, much more than I remember in any of the versions.

Taste starts with a bit of vanilla and bourbon but there is lots of roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Also, there is a pretty heavy barrel character with lots of oak...again, really unexpected vs. the other versions.

This one seems a bit drier than the other Eclipses. It's smooth with strong carbonation and plenty of bourbon and barrel character.

All in all, I'd probably rate this as my least favorite Eclipse along with JD, but, hey, that's still better than almost everything out there. It's much heavier on oak than any of the other versions.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 05:06:48 | More by gford217
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-26-2012 07:25:13 | More by bsuedekum
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2014 16:18:59 | More by spinrsx
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Gobzilla

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-06-2013 05:56:08 | More by Gobzilla
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this bottle at a shop in Philly for about $30. Bottle run 3/2013.

A - Black pour with a thick, creamy and dense deep brown head that looks like it has staying power. A bit of carbonation coming up the sides. Spotty rings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Bourbon is definitely there. Fair bit of heat. Sweet maltiness there too with wood and vanilla. A bit muted, but it opened up a bit after a while. Obvious dark/bitter chocolate note there after a while.

T - Nice sweetness with lot's of bourbon, sweet malt, vanilla, lot's of layers. A bit of a dusty note. Lot's of sweet chocolate and honey with aggressive bourbon, wood and vanilla. Flavours of a strong, intense Imperial Stout. After some time a really nice sweetness reveals itself with a smooth undertone and some alcohol that is less intense than the beginning.

M - Pleasant mild carbonation, thick full body and a dry bourbony finish.

O/D - This is good. Maybe not $30 good, but good nonetheless. It's well balanced and to the point with lot's of complex notes coming out the more you investigate. This is not BCBS, but it's a well crafted BA Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 00:21:11 | More by tbeckett
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-23-2012 21:03:05 | More by popery
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-04-2012 03:46:05 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release as part of an Eclipse tasting; huge thanks to Thorpe429, ChrisPro, callmemickey, rlmartin, corey70, and starrdogg for making this possible!

A: Black body with brown highlights under a half-inch head of fine brown foam. Nice retention and lacing. The best-looking of the Eclipses.

S: Really smooth, really clean attack of bourbon and vanilla, without much else. Charred oak really asserts itself on the tail end. Simple and wonderful.

T: Sharp, intense wave of bourbon, alcohol, oak, and vanillla. Booze and coffee on the finish. Solid.

M: Sooth medium body, light carbonation.

O: This was probably the most forgettable of the various Eclipses (although the EW comes close), but it was still delicious. Nothing really stood out, but the up-front bourbon was entirely pleasant and of course the base stout was hugely tasty.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 01:06:50 | More by woosterbill
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!
2011 Vintage. Bottle #723.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Tons of oak in this. Bits of raisin and coffee, but otherwise, an overall dry, oaky, almost salty profile.

(T)- Still, the larger dry oak character from the smell is present, but does have some nice raisin, coffee, and cocoa to it.

(M)- A slightly higher carbonation level than normal, but really not that high considering. At the same time, it feels a tad thinner than the others, but still solid flavors.

(D)- Its a solid example for the style, but in my opinion one of the "lesser" examples in the Eclipse barrel variations.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 16:27:00 | More by sweemzander
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FosterJM

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.