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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: 404
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 269
Gots: 229 | 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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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 18, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
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).

John_M, Mar 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

DCgolfpro, Mar 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kk73, Mar 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

AshleyMiller, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

financebrad, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bpfrush, Mar 08, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

brystmar, Mar 05, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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...


comfortablynumb1, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

whartontallboy, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CPditka, Mar 02, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

inlimbo77, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bsuedekum, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

wolfeman007, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Heavenisbeer, Feb 25, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

xnicknj, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

GreatBloomer, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Swervine44, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

QuadrantThree, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 09, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mate Doops and I were lucky enough to be able to try the entire 2010 - 2008 series. This was the second bottle we opened. Thanks for tracking this one down mate, and a big thanks to everyone who made putting this set together possible.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010
Bottle: 616
Wax: Red

APPEARANCE: All the 2010 bottles basically look the same. Thin, transparent pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades relatively quickly to a faint wisp and ring. Black body, quite transparent, with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Just too light and transparent for the style, unfortunately.

SMELL: Milder nose that the other bourbon barrel variants, but a little more complex. Milder bourbon with more aromas of oak, vanilla and some milk chocolate. Dark, pure chocolate in there as well with some light smoky notes. Nice and more appealing, though not quite as bold hoped.

TASTE: Milder bourbon flavors, but more of the base beer in this one. Some oak, vanilla and milk chocolate to be sure, with dark chocolate, roasted and smoky malts and licorice mid-palate and into the swallow. Barrel comes forward again in the pleasant aftertaste with oak, vanilla and dark chocolate flavors lingering nicely on the palate. Not as bourbon heavy as the others, with more base beer showing through. Quite nice actually.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Lighter on the palate, perhaps the lightest of the series, but very creamy and very smooth. Goes down smooth and silky and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat lingers. Needs a bit more weight perhaps, but very creamy and smooth stuff.

OVERALL: This was another good beer in the series, and I probably enjoyed it a little more than the EW we had earlier. The bourbon is a little more restrained in this one, but that allows the oak and base beer to shine through a little more. This is one I’d gladly drink again, but probably wouldn’t hunt down either. Check it out if you get the chance. I’d surely give the 2011 batch of this a go if the opportunity presented itself. Recommended.

Jeffo, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

imperialking, Feb 06, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2011 vintage, bottle 427. Thanks Chris!Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Nice rich aroma, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very Smooth. The bourbon is slight and adds no heat. Dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and bourbon. This is a very solid beer. The mouthfeel is really nice. Nice clean finish.

kbutler1, Feb 06, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium snifter, sharred with fellow BA's.

Bottle #427

A- One finger tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer around the glass, splotchy lacing, dark brown almost black color.
S- The aroma was unique, slight bourbon, slight oak, cocoa, not a lot coming out.
T- Really nice taste, better then aroma, really smooth, bourbon, chocolate, slight vanilla, slight roast, really balanced.
M- Love the mouth feel, silky smooth, decent carbonation, really tasty.
O- Really enjoyable, really smooth and tasty, nice dessert beer, glad to share it with fellow BA’s.

Chriscrundwell12, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 04, 2012
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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