Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by younger35:
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
Ordered from the brewery but generously sent to me by abecall98. I love the different iterations of this brew and find them all very enjoyable. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter while watching Pittsburgh vs. Denver.
2011 version, bottle # 898
Appearance- Pours a nice dark black brown with a nice fluffy half finger khaki head. The cap and collar fizz away fairly quickly leaving a small spotty cap and thin collar.
Smell- Lightly sweet smelling with the obvious hints of chocolate and coffee. Slightly boozier smelling than one might expect with a very woody character. Probably more of a spirit character in the nose than the previous three that I’ve tried. Husky and earthy with light hints of vanilla and maybe just a smidgen of dark fruit. Really can’t get over how boozy it smells.
Taste- Yeah, much like the nose the booze is just slightly too much. Maybe it’s because the beer is still young but the 2010 versions weren’t this boozy. Just a touch of light sweetness mixes in with the strong chocolate and caramel tones. Like all the previous Eclipse there is a very prominent coconut flavor that really seems to define the flavors of this beer. It’s very unique and one of my favorite parts of the flavor. Hints of vanilla are more than present with a sort of tannic earthy woodiness that’s spot on. Plenty of warming in the finish with a lingering bit of chocolate and coconut.
Mouthfeel- Nice feel overall. The beer doesn’t seem to be quite as hefty as I remember but it’s definitely not too thin. Silky smooth with a nice light touch of carbonation.
Overall- Definitely a tasty beer but I suspect it’s still slightly young. All the other versions of Eclipse that I’ve tried have had a few more months of age on them. I think it may have hidden a bit more of the booziness that this young 2011 version has. Either way, it’s still very nice and the intensity that the Buffalo Trace barrels add to the beer is quite a bit more than previous versions. Tasty stuff!
01-09-2012 01:18:30 | More by younger35
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3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Thanks for snagging this for me at the release party, DarthKostrizer!
(Aged for 6 months)
Black in color, with a finger's worth of bubbly brown head that eventually leaves the glass lined and messy with spiderwebs of lace. Gorgeous, and easily the prettiest of the Eclipses I've had so far.
A somewhat disappointing aroma, at least compared to the other beers in the series. There's some chocolate, mild roast, only a little bit of barrel, some minerals, and a little bit of licorice, interestingly enough.
The flavor carries significantly more barrel character, along with some chocolate and roast. There's a bit of licorice as well, which I'm never a huge fan of. There's a hint of vanilla, but the dark chocolate lingering finish is quite nice.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This actually has one of the better, fuller mouthfeels of the 2011 Eclipse lineup.
Good, but not great. This lacks aroma and depth.
06-30-2012 03:11:03 | More by ehammond1
3.5/5 rDev -12.5%
Pours out black with absolutely zero carbonation. None. Zero. Nothing. Nice chocolate aroma to it, very dark kind of chocolate seemingly.
More chocolate in the taste, very rich, decadent, much like some of the columbian chocolate they were passing around at the party. Good bourbon integration, mild wood flavor to it. Sweetness is mild, but chocolate flavor is massive. Everything is very good here except for the absolute flattest of flat beer hurts, most notably, the mouthfeel and appearance, but even the nose to a lesser degree I suspect.
Was told not to worry about the carbonation in the bottle. I hope not. If this beer is carbonated, its probably in the very good to excellent category.
12-12-2011 17:58:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Bottle drank as part of slowly drinking most of these eclipses.
A - Dark brown color with small mocha colored head that sits on top
S - Dark chocolate and fudge with light dark berry presence to it as well. I get slight vanilla and bourbon presence
T - Thick chocolate fudge, light roasted coffee, vanilla and light caramel. Oak and light bourbon comes through and linger on in the finish
M - Light body with good carbonation that leaves a light tingle in the finish
O - Solid eclipse with good sweetness to it. It also has a thicker body than some of the other eclipses which I feel prevents it from being too thin.
03-26-2013 00:10:00 | More by jeonseh
3.63/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured into a snifter from a bomber, thanks to Ryan being a great proxy!
A - Pours a not opaque black with brown highlights without much apparent viscosity. Small tan head with carbonation present. Looks a bit thin for a BA stout.
S - Rich chocolate and a good bit of oak with bourbon present but not overpowering
T - Well balanced with the oak, the bourbon, and chocolate and coffee notes from the stout all playing a role while non are standing out front. Fuller taste than the thin appearance let on.
M - This is the weakpoint of this beer for me, it's not thin but it's also not thick and chewy like BCBS is.
O - Above average BA stout with great balance of flavors but below some of my favorites such as BCBS because the body is lacking a bit. The barrel character is definitely present but it's not hot and doesn't require any smoothing out. Can't wait to try my others!
01-01-2012 03:26:19 | More by Bay01
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger frothy coffee colored head with little retention. Spotty and stringy lace with excellent cling and thick, oily legs. Really good for the style.
Chocolate, booze, fudge, roasted malt, and some light soy sauce. Some weird mint in there too. Moderately aromatic. Some lactose as this one warms smooths it over. Just above average.
Opens honey and molasses. Very sweet. Chocolate, fudge, and cocoa in the middle with a big, boozy end. Some prune and fig in there too. Really mellow soy sauce in the background. Aftertaste is sweet and boozy. Delicious.
Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and warm going down. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Real smooth. Almost exactly what I want.
A real good brew overall but not a standout among the Eclipse series of which almost everything has been excellent. This one definitely holds its own though.
07-09-2012 01:36:40 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.58/5 rDev -10.5%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with some transparency. Nice khaki head. Thin collar.
Smell - Bright, sharp bourbon. Oak. Chocolate. Boozy.
Taste - More chocolate. Lots of oak. Bourbon pushes into the finish. Dark chocolate finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.
Overall - Previous year Eclipses seemed to have much more barrel than this. Hmm.
03-25-2014 00:09:03 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beige head that slowly faded.
Smell: Mild Bourbon, brown sugar , and mild coffee/roasted malt aromas. Nice smelling but not overly complex.
Taste: Moderate Bourbon, roast malts, vanilla, brown sugar and tannic oak notes. The finish features sweet Bourbon notes, vanilla, roast malt note, oak notes and mild hop notes. This variant is sweeter than the 2013 Makers Mark. Very restrained alcohol presence.
Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
Overall: Good beer. Compared to the Maker Mark, the Bourbon flavor comes off a bit sweeter downplaying the roast malt/coffee aspect. As always, it's a treat to see the different barrel effects on the base beer.
01-25-2014 03:36:09 | More by IKR
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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