Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
Been wanting to crack one of these bad boys open for some time now! Happy to have most of the 2011 collection and doubles of some, this included.
Poured into my CBS snifter: Midnight black appearance with a solid finger of tan head.
Nose is dark, bitter, boozy. Vanilla is noticeable. A harbinger of good things to come, I hope...
Flavor is rich and boozy. A great barrel showcase, as I've heard. The oak and vanilla noted are definitely there. Warming from the alcohol, but in a beneficial and happy way. This is a sipper and a half. I can picture drinking this for an hour or two, as it warms and various flavor components come to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but still rich and coating. Not a motor-oil comparison to be had here, so please move along.
Overall, this is a fantastic brew. The base beer must be pretty damn good, but the barrel treatment is really the thing. I regret not having some Four Roses Bourbon on hand to sip along with, maybe for the next one. Great Brew 50/50!
04-22-2012 01:16:25 | More by ghostwalker
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Bottle 2613; 2011 Vintage
A - Pours deep brown with one and a half fingers of brown head. Head has very good retention and leaves some rings of lacing.
S - Aroma is somewhat subtle, but consists of sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some char and mild booze.
T - Taste is a big improvement on the nose. Bourbon is prominent up front, quickly followed by a big chocolate taste. Vanilla and more bourbon in the middle. Also seems to be a faint hop presence. A bit too much char on the finish, but still very enjoyable.
M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit lighter than I would like, but good.
O - I enjoyed the EC 12 version quite a bit more, but this is still a very nice barrel-aged stout. Wish the char (and price) could be turned down just a bit.
04-17-2012 02:16:27 | More by warnerry
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
22oz waxed bomber. 2011 Edition. Bottle #645. Served in a snifter.
A vigorous pour gave me a very dark, opaque black body topped by about a finger of dark beige foam. Dissipates fairly quickly to a thick ring with large bubbles. Bits of lacing.
Dry and dusty barrel aroma. A little lighter than other versions. Vanilla ice cream and marshmallows dominate. Chocolate malt. Light bourbon and oak presence. A good bit of alcohol.
Taste is rich and very sweet. Honey is there, along with vanilla and more oak than in the nose. Roasty chocolate malt meets sweet bourbon in the middle of the flavor. Elements are well integrated. Roasty bitter finish with some booze dries things up. Heat comes on after several sips.
Body is medium-full and carbonation is medium-low. Fairly oily slick feel. Goes down great.
04-14-2012 03:00:12 | More by brotherloco
3.68/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Smooth roasted malt with some chocolate, peppery oak, and bourbon alcohol warmth in the finish.
Taste: Sweet, roasted malt with a nice undertone from the bourbon. The woody note is slightly peppery, just like the smell. Not quite full enough to be outstanding.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium, which seems a bit thin for this beer. Rather large bubbles with a dry finish.
Overall: This beer was a bit thin but it was still quite good. Not my favorite variation, but I would still have another.
03-23-2012 00:54:20 | More by oline73
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
22 oz bomber, 2011 vintage bottle number 1885, poured into a snifter.
A- Pours black with mahogany highlights, topped with a finger of creamy tan head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves good lacing.
S- Very nicely blended bourbon with chocolate cookies, some molasses with oak and vanilla.
T- Bourbon flavors, oak and coconut, some dark fruits mixed with molasses and honey. Roasted, slightly smoky malts.
M- Full-bodied, smooth feel, creamy, would have liked it slightly thicker, some boozy warmth.
O- An excellent barrel-aged stout, it's not the best in the series but is still very good.
03-22-2012 09:00:53 | More by WillCarrera
4.05/5 rDev -4.9%
Bomber to fish bowl. 2010 vintage. Bottle number 457. Many thanks to Grant for the trade. Sampled 3/18/12.
A: Scant 1 finger of head on the pour (the deep and wide glass rarely produces much more than that). The wispy head is light brown in color and doesn't last long, leaving only a crescent shaped ring along the sides. The body is very dark brown, and dark amber edges can be seen when the glass gets tilted back. Dots of lace sprinkle the glass before being washed away by the next sip.
S: The bourbon barrel sets the nose off. More refined than overpowering and very well integrated. Less prevalent are the subtle notes of cookie, cocoa powder, honey and vanillins. I pick up on light scents of dry wood, which are probably the oaky tannins coming through.
T: I honestly think that the honey is the key to this beer - and the most distinguishing factor. Not only does the honey flavor work with the overall profile, but there is a decent amount of malt sweetness here - and the drying effect of the honey does well to balance it out. The bourbon character supports the base beer well.
M: The body is no slouch - but it could stand to be a fuller certainly. Carbonation is spot on and keeps the beer rolling slowly over the tongue. Light heat on the backend is a plus in my mind.
O: Great beer - and not a single complaint - but I will be looking for a little more out of the next few 50/50's that I open.
03-18-2012 21:05:52 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
The beer pours a darkish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up considerable milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla annd maltballs. The stouts smells as if it will be on the sweet side, which it is, but the whiskey flavor helps to tame some of that sweetness. Otherwise, the flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but is dominated by chocolate and some light coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, smooth, slightly boozy finish. Otherwise, the alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is pretty good in this one.
A nice enough beer, but nothing really extraordinary either. Had this along with the Elijah Craig 18 year old, and I'm just thankful we sampled this beer first (this beer would likely not have shown nearly as well if we had drunk it after the EC version).
03-17-2012 15:57:43 | More by John_M
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
Enjoyed as part of last night's bottle share. Thanks to rlmartin, rmjavanut, hoppymcgee, and whartontallboy for contributing to this 11-bottle Eclipse tasting!
The Four Roses Eclipse was more bold and raw than the other varieties. Stout flavors were unleashed moreso than its peers, but the bourbon character and overall balance still left something to be desired.
Overall, the '11 EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. And honestly, I was unimpressed across the board with most of these beers. Bourbon County Stout is far superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again.
03-05-2012 00:43:27 | More by brystmar
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
Enjoyed while observing Mars for the first time through my telescope. Viewing the red planet while drinking the red wax Eclipse.
A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent, and lacing is minimal...
S - Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roast, and a good dose of Bourbon...
T - Molasses, toasted coconut, cocoa, and roast. Finishes with vanilla and smooth Bourbon kick. Very well ballanced...
M - Rich and creamy, but as with the other Eclipse variants a little thin. On the higher end of the medium bodied scale with a moderate amount of carbonation...
O - Not my favorite from the lineup, but damb solid. Would be interested to see how this one holds up with a little time...
03-04-2012 08:19:19 | More by comfortablynumb1
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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