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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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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 269
Gots: 226 | FT: 12
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

pokesbeerdude, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

22oz bottle, bottle 1385/2011. Pours dark brown / black with a bit creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is oaty chocolate malts with some dark fruit, black licorice and light bourbon. There's some alcohol as well. It's a bit more subdued than expected.

The flavor is sweet sugary (honey?) chocolate malts and dark fruits and some grain that leads to a bitter warming alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, some harsh boozy bitterness early on, but it mellows and becomes pretty well balanced. As it warms up all the way, it becomes a bit boozy again.

Beaver13, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mebuzzard, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

popery, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of mjyoung
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

2011. Split w/ scottfrie. Thanks a ton.

A: Dark. Not quite the inky blackness I was expecting but with a beautifully off-tan head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S: To quote a friend "Mmmm bourbon-y chocolate". That pretty much sums it up. Not too much that is TOO crazy in here, but it's quite good.

T: Same thing on the palate. Delicious bourbon and delicious chocolate. Not the most robust or complex of flavors, but the three or four notes that come through are superb. Oh-so-smooth...

M: Thick but not chewy. It's a bit thinner than I would like, but that's a minor knock. A tasty beer, and great feel.

O: It's hard to say how this stacks up with the others, but it IS good. Of that there is no doubt. It's easy to be consistent when all you're doing is changing the barrels, but 50/50 continues to overwhelm.

mjyoung, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
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!

ghostwalker, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

motorhed, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Shag, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of warnerry
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.

warnerry, Apr 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
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.

brotherloco, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

rtaps, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

daveytheformer, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

MrVonzipper, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jacewg, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

acurtis, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

djrn2, Apr 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

ygtbsm94, Apr 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Netdigger2, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
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.

WillCarrera, Mar 22, 2012
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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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of John_M
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).

John_M, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

DCgolfpro, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

kk73, Mar 14, 2012
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.