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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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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 270
Gots: 226 | FT: 14
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-28-2012 23:59:21 | More by Netdigger2
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3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:54:20 | More by oline73
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 09:00:53 | More by WillCarrera


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:05:52 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 15:57:43 | More by John_M
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:43:27 | More by brystmar
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...


Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 08:19:19 | More by comfortablynumb1
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split 4 ways and poured into a Boulevard tulip. 2011 batch and bottle #396.

A: This one pours black as night, dark black. Not as oily looking as other BA RIS versions. It's completely opaque though. I got about a half finger of fluffy tan head, which was a welcome surprise. But the ABV isn't as high as others, so I guess it makes sense. You get some nice dark sheeting of oil on the glass.

S: This smells delicious. I pulled lots of vanilla and oak. Traditional bourbon forward notes. Maybe some coconut from the barrel aging as well. Some of that caramel and toffee.

T: Nothing crazy initially in the tongue. It's not hot or bitter or anything off putting. You then get the smooth vanilla and oak and coconut notes that you were expecting. Delicious caramel comes up as the beer warms. I actually drank this over the course of about an hour and loved it closer to room temp, as we initially had it far too cold. You do get some of that honey sweetness as well with the warmth.

M: Full bodied stout here. But not as chewy as others.

O: This is an A stout already for me, and can't wait to dig into the other versions that I have down in the cellar. The only knock on these beers is the price tag at $25 - $30 it's pretty steep BUT if they all drink like this....it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 16:43:13 | More by inlimbo77
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.