Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.61/5 rDev +15%
you guys are high! Sammy gave it a 2.93? oh please...
same recipe as the others, just a different barrel. great aroma in the glass, bourbon and oak, roasted malts.... vanilla. chocolate. yummmm...
taste is a lot like the others, except for a small difference which I assume is from the different barrels(?). I love this stuff and place it highly on my all-time list of favorites. it's a little expensive but it's a great treat when in the right frame of mind. warming and sweet on a cold December afternoon...
this may not be as good as the others I have tried, and i'm trying to decide if maybe because it was just bottled as opposed to sitting a bit, but I am truly entranced with this brew.
12-21-2013 22:05:57 | More by pkalix
4.49/5 rDev +12%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT. Gold wax, Bottle 1/2013.
Poured into DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" purpley dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Frothy head holds nicely, with thick coating lace. Aroma is dark, sweet, and boozy.
Taste starts with rich and dark malts, dark fruit in the middle, and closes with tannins and tons of alcohol character, which mellows through with come vanilla barrel character. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is good, as in I look forward to finishing the bottle. Glad I had the opportunity to have this, even if the price point is somewhat prohibitive. A Christmas gift to myself.
03-27-2014 00:42:01 | More by ppoitras
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
2011, bottle #650. Warmed up significantly before reviewing.
Pours with a big cocoa head which settles into a thin film. Black with clear redwood edges.
Very dark fruity chocolate, dried dark fruit, sweet alcoholic esters, Vanilla-y milk chocolate, toasty and dark roasted grain. Smells delicious, on point.
Milk chocolate, damp oak, chocolate covered raisins. Pretty simple, but easy to drink and very nice. -bals are restrained, but are a pleasant as a nice background note. Nothing wrong with that.
Silky and rich. The effort to amend the mouthfeel (which wasn't necessarily a problem to me) shows.
A nice iteration of this beer. No over the top char or booze to be found. A nice change of pace and highly enjoyable.
12-22-2011 00:16:11 | More by MrFootstones
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
I had this on-tap at Capone's during Philly beer week. Poured into a 5 oz. snifter.
Appearance: The beer pours almost black with some red light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that goes away but leaves some lacing.
Smell: Sweet and smooth dark chocolate roast. Along with the chocolate notes, I'm getting some coconut, dark fruit, and bourbon.
Taste: Just as smooth as the smell. Chocolate and coconut with a slight roasty bitterness. The bourbon and coconut flavors are nice together. I thought this tasted almost as good as the 18 year version.
Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but less so than the 18 year. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is dry.
Overall: This is a very good and complex imperial stout. I liked the coconut note along with the bourbon and roast. I would have this one again.
06-12-2012 02:09:32 | More by oline73
4.36/5 rDev +8.7%
A: Pitch black in the glass. Thin layer of light tan head. Alcohol feet. Not really any lacing.
S: Boozy bourbon. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Oak dryness.
T: very similar to the MM batch. Good amount of bourbon flavor here. Roast malt. Charred oak. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Dry tannic wood. Bitter chocolate and lingering booze heat at the close.
M: Full bodied.
02-05-2014 16:08:43 | More by inlimbo77
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
On tap at Capone's during Philly beer week.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is impressive as well, as I pick up considerable bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla and light coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose, dominated by the bourbon and milk chocolate (which works just fine for me, thank you very much). There's a hint of bitterness on the finish as well, which helps to dry out some of the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium boided, with a long, somewhat boozy finish. Still, the alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is actually pretty good. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, in comparison to some of the other Eclipse beers I've had, but it's a minor thing, and is the only criticism I can think of.
A very nice beer from the folks at 50/50.
09-20-2012 14:50:25 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
From 11/17/12 notes at our big Eclipse tasting. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this one; thanks Mike! 2011 vintage bottle #643.
a - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color, with an inch of two of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, like the others.
s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, light coffee, cream, and a little bit sweet. Lots of roasted notes and the sweet bourbon is wonderful in the taste, as is the mix of chocolate and vanilla. Awesome nose.
t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, swete chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, cream, earthy notes. A little sweeter than the nose; still quite nice.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is similar to all the others, though a bit sweeter. No heat.
o - Overall a really great variation of Eclipse; one of my favorites of the tasting behind 18 year EC. Awesome nose, one of the sweeter ones in my opinion. Would love to have it again.
11-19-2012 15:31:10 | More by mdfb79
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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