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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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402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 269
Gots: 228 | 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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Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

oline73, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tasting glass. Vintage 2013.

A: Dark with great lacing.

S: Sticky, syrupy sweet. Trace of booze.

T: Fruity and strong. This is awfully sweet. The fruit is nice, but the syrupy qualities make it taste a little like cough syrup. Finish is pleasantly bitter and cherryish,

M: Smooth and strong. Yum.

O: Tasty, but a bit too syrupy. Not my favorite Eclipse, but still worthy.

AgentMunky, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with the Eclipse series, tried next to 3 other variants and many other stouts with good peoplez. This and the others were from the 2013 batch, 11.9% ABV.

Black pour, tan head. Great retention on this one, a thick+bubbly finger remains for the duration.

Smell is surprisingly very tame. It more or less comes off as pure bourbon, but it's even subtle in that aspect. A little more well-rounded with warmth with some dark fruits, roast and chocolate.

Taste is an improvement, but the lack of a base beer is still alarmingly clear. Although the bourbon flavor is great, all that accompanies it is some dark fruits (raisins/prunes come to mind), some roast, dark chocolate and honey - all of which are still pretty subtle.

Not much booze, pretty decent+full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

I enjoyed it and the other variants, but I'd be lying if I said all of them weren't letdowns, especially considering the prices. The differing bourbons were all nice and distinguishable from each other, they were somewhat unique for the style, but there wasn't a whole lot going on for them otherwise. I didn't review the others I tried, but this and Evan Williams were about even for me, Elijah Craig 12 had a slight upper hand, and the Java Coffee wound up being my favorite of the bunch.

Chico1985, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle as part of Eclipse sampling

A - Dark brown with light chestnut aspects to it. Small off white foam head 3.25

S - Slight bourbon with light vanilla and caramel

T - Dark bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and vanilla. There is a light amount of oak in the finish. Overall, there is a good amount of bitterness in this one. The sweetness from the 4 roses bourbon tries to cut the overall bitterness but cannot.

M - Creamy slightly sticky body with bitterness that makes the finish slightly astringent

O - Decent eclipse with good bourbon sweetness from the 4 Roses that adds a good amount vanilla and caramel to it; however, it can't manage to cut the overall bitterness.

jeonseh, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

EB1, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

surlytheduff, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

facesnorth, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

birchstick, Jul 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

dleiner, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

rtaps, Apr 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of rye whiskey notes with some woody notes and some burnt barley notes. Taste is a mix of wye whiskey notes with some burnt barley notes with some black chocolate notes with a finish that is a little bit harsh. Body is full with nice oily and creamy notes with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Good but doesn’t really stands out against the other BA varieties of Eclipse.

Phyl21ca, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of brystmar
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
Photo of Jeffo
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
Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chico1985, bring on the Eclipses for the night. Stoutfest III beastmode.

A- Pitch black bomber pour to seven glasses with a black as night complexion. Light mocha tan head forms to about a finger with a frothy, creamy texture. Good retention and it falls to a thick pillow and ring. Thick lace blankets at the top continue to coat the glass most of the way down.

S- Fairly tame and quite relaxed compared to the other Stouts of the night so far. Fresh toasted oak and Four Roses whiskey bite, almost subdued a bit to pruney fruits, is nice above a smooth malty, semi-sweet roasted base. Nice dark fruits too.

T- Again, the Four Roses bite is there but actually kind of blended nicely into the dark fruity yeast and roasty, cocoa base malts. The Bourbon is strong but it doesn't really offset the rest of the beer, strength without killing balance. Fresh oaky, peppery, dark fruity feel to the whiskey. Slight honey sweetness.

MF- Moderately thick body on the palate but lacks a creaminess I have come to expect in most big stouts, seems just a bit thinned out, maybe from the bourbon. Carbonation at a medium level with a slight warmth in the finish.

The whiskey feel is more on the peppery, fruity (almost like a brandy) side with the fruity yeast and dark cocoa roast malt base. The base itself is a bit lacking and it hurts a bit overall. Not much vanilla I have come to find in BA RIS but this is a nice change. I have had a good amount of Four Roses and you can tell it has that feel. Solid. PRICE IS STEEP THOUGH.

cbutova, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 427 thanks to Chris

Pours a half finger of tan head. Color is a dark brown. Not too dark.

Aroma: aroma has a tar like flavor in the nose. Something seems burnt. Chocolate and bourbon. Oaky. Some vanilla and roast.

Taste: much better than the nose. No more burnt flavors. Lots of oak. Bourbon and vanilla. Chocolate and coffee roast.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, this was a pretty solid beet. Very enjoyable besides the nose. It was a treat. Thanks Chris.

mothman, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Overlord
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly thin dark, deep brown with a black core. Dark brown foam bubbling. Great looking head, good looking beer once settled into glass. Really shocking amount of bubbles.

Smell is surprisingly roast-y, with a bit of molasses, a bit of charred chocolate, and a surprising amount of bourbon/alcohol heat.

Taste is a bit all over the place. The bourbon is too damned hot. 9.5% abv? Really? Uhhhh...if so, it's not well integrated into the flavor profile here. Also surprisingly acrid/roast-y ... where's the bitterness coming from? Not much vanilla. Would have really liked some sweeter bourbon/vanilla notes to balance out the bittering background. The chocolate comes across much more strongly in the nose than in the flavor. The sweetness of the chocolate/charred molasses is fighting for air.

I mean, we're not talking about volcanic ash like what we've seen from recent Abyss releases, but this flavor profile was quite a bit different from the Pappy Van WInkle I tried earlier this year. Not as sweet, hotter yet not as bulky in terms of mouthfeel or flavor profile. A good beer, but not nearly worth what I paid for it. Too much charred barrel.

Overlord, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!
2011 Vintage. Bottle #723.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Tons of oak in this. Bits of raisin and coffee, but otherwise, an overall dry, oaky, almost salty profile.

(T)- Still, the larger dry oak character from the smell is present, but does have some nice raisin, coffee, and cocoa to it.

(M)- A slightly higher carbonation level than normal, but really not that high considering. At the same time, it feels a tad thinner than the others, but still solid flavors.

(D)- Its a solid example for the style, but in my opinion one of the "lesser" examples in the Eclipse barrel variations.

sweemzander, May 06, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the release party and finally getting around to reviewing it

Look: Pours a almost black color with 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: The bourbon is integrated pretty nicely with the coffee and chocolate notes but nothing truly stands out which is something I would have liked

Taste: Upfront on this one is some roasted malt with just the slightest touch of bourbon I would have really liked more and then the beer finishes with some nice coffee chocolate and oak notes

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low carbonation

Overall: They had both the 2010 and 2011 versions available for sampling at the party and this is a review of the 2011. I tried both of them and had this been a review for the 2010 version the review would be much worse and it became overpoweringly sweet and a bit off putting so I would drink this one fresh. That being said the 2011 version was still not one of my favorites of the different barrel treatments coming in slightly above the Brandy for least favorite of the night

DarthKostrizer, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of bcrossan
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

bcrossan, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of russwbeck
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 Bottle #463. Shared with nhindian! From notes.

A: Opaque to the max. Dark brown with a tan head. Decent retention, which laces down the side of my tulip glass nicely.

S: Oak and vanilla on the smell. Chocolately hints as well as a bit of coffee. Bourbon is present, but not overwhelming.

T: Really smooth taste. Very complex as well. Bourbon oakiness up front. Chocolate in the middle. Huge coffee aftertaste at the end. Truly amazing how all three phases of the beer are so pronounced and the bourbon is integrated so well. Nothing but a hint of alcohol.

MF: Dark, heavy, creamy, wonderful.

D: Very good, bourbon and alcohol don't overpower you at all. Instantly became a favorite.

I enjoyed this a second time at a tasting that included 5 Eclipse variations: Elijah Craig 12 and 18, Four Roses, Heaven Hill Rittenhouse Rye, and Brewmaster's Grand Cru.

2011 Vintage Bottle #489. $25 for a 22oz bottle.

A: All of them pretty much poured the same. Finger or two of brown to light brown head. The color is black with noticeable bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. This one specifically had the best head.

S: Hardly any bourbon on the aroma surprisingly. The focus here is roast, charred malts, and chocolate. Very different from the other bourbons. I really wish FiftyFifty would release the base beer for these, so we could see what the barrel treatment is doing to it.

T: Much more barrel aged notes on the taste as it actually seems to be the focus. Complete 180 from the aroma. This is the oakiest of the 5 probably. The bourbon treatment seems to be a bit intrusive. Too boozy and not as balanced.

MF: Lighter body overall than I expected, and lower than average carbonation. Big booziness on all of them, with a warming alcohol feeling to finish. The dryness on the palate varies with the different bourbons. This one was even lighter than the average, very boozy and dry.

O: Sort of disapointing, especially considering I loved it when I had it before. Probably would be great alone, but just didn't stack up well to the other variations. This came in last place.

The rating above comes from an average of what I thought of the two different bottles.

russwbeck, Feb 28, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.