Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.41/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-24-2013 04:34:02 | More by KAP1356
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-22-2013 07:10:24 | More by raynmoon
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-21-2013 03:59:09 | More by jeff1973
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
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?
09-09-2013 00:29:13 | More by tut2528
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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