Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +2%
Bottle #643. Served in a snifter. Thanks to FedEx for zipping this bad boy to me at record speed. Assist to yourefragile.
Pours near-black with a sizable medium-tan head. Good retention and really nice lacing for an imperial stout. Good collar and a half-cap throughout. The nose carries loads of chocolate with a good dosing of bourbon. Light vanilla and oak in the background. Quite smooth. The flavor has a bit of booze and more of the barrel, but still quite nice. Medium-full body with good carbonation. Slight roasty bitterness to the finish along with just a bit too much booze. My first of the 2011 Eclipses. Very impressive so far.
12-14-2011 01:04:54 | More by Thorpe429
2.95/5 rDev -26.3%
Thanks for sharing, Steve.
Black in color with low carbonation and a small tan head. A really harsh booziness on the aroma. Astringent roasted malt and overdone in terms of the charred oak qualities with only minimal vanilla and chocolate character. The flavor is hot and heavy on the charred wood and roasted malt. Only mild chocolate with some hints of coffee. Just way too much booze to really be enjoyable.
02-20-2012 01:58:07 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
Served in a tulip glass.
Big thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!
2011 vintage, bottle #664. If nothing else can be said about the Eclipse series, it does show how different barrels influence the same base. This one pours a deep black-brown (one that comes very close to approximating obsidian) topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises whiskey, buttercream, caramel, and vanilla. The barrel seems to block out any real sense of the stout within, but things still smell really good. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the stout asserts itself a bit more, though only through a somewhat light roasted-malt note. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that seems to have benefited from its year of closet-aging. Good times.
12-11-2012 07:27:51 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev 0%
2011 batch. I didn't care for this version on tap, but found it much more enjoyable from the bottle.
Pretty standard Eclipse appearance: black with translucent dark brown edges. Perhaps a bit more carbonated than other versions, this pours with a fairly tall and lasting head. More fruitiness on the nose than any other Eclipse, surprisingly jammy and berry-like. Whiskey is present but subdued, and the chocolate and licorice Eclipse foundation seems more mellow than other 2011 batches. The palate mirrors the nose, exhibiting pleasant berry-like fruit flavors along with very mellow, integrated bourbon, mild roast and a touch of cocoa. There's no heat to this one, and it may be a bit too tame for its own good, bordering on uninteresting. It's a very well made and drinkable beer all the same, certainly not my favorite of the 2011 batches but still quite good.
12-12-2011 18:33:05 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Bottle shared by Thorpe, thanks. Served in a FiftyFifty eclipse snifter, the occasion was right. Beer is dark black with a wispy brown head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, low carbonation, low retention.
Aroma is a little boozy and a little sweet. The roast comes through in this one more than the others. I like it.
Beer is medium in body, roasty on the end, a little sweet, a nice variant, close to one of my favorites of the night. I'd have this again.
11-18-2012 23:46:22 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
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
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
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
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
2011 vintage, bottle #637. Pours a dark chesnut brown color that's completely opaque with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey aroma with a strong barrel character that's nicely integrated into the sweet and roasted malt notes of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the other barrel notes really stand out in the nose. Lots of earthy oak, vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut complimenting hints of coffee bean, toffee, toast and dark chocolate. Smells pretty nice but could use more of a bourbon presence.
Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a stronger bourbon presence than the aroma suggests. Still, the barrel character is well integrated into the flavor of the beer without completely dominating the other notes. Some dry, toasted oak, almond and faint vanilla along with spicy, sweet bourbon lingering over the malt backbone into a dry finish. The smokiness from the nose I'd barely noticeable and it's a bit sweeter than expected with hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee and burnt toast. Good bourbon flavor with little to no heat. ABV excellently masked making it deceptively drinkable. Not very complex and the spirit presence isn't as strong as in some of the other treatments but it's still very enjoyable.
09-20-2012 07:15:34 | More by corby112
4.2/5 rDev +5%
Served on-tap at Capone's during PBW 2012
A - Pours black with a decent one finger tall off white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of chocolate fudge, warm bourbon, dark roasted malt, charred wood, dark fruits, vanilla, oak and possibly some coconut? A very nice nose.
T - Starts off with a big dose of fudgey chocolate and warm bourbon slowly giving way to hints of dark fruit, licorice, vanilla, oak and the ever present dark roasted malt. Finish is pretty sweet with a moderate amount of booze, lingering on the palate long after consumption. The charred wood / oak grow a little strong toward the end of the glass but it never gets in the way.
M - Big body and flavors with moderate carbonation. Not as much booze as I was expecting after having the base beer before this one but it still packs a punch.
O - This was my first time having one of the Eclipse's on-tap and it didn't disappoint. I have had most of the other Eclipse varieties and I would say this is just as good as those, although not my favorite.
06-14-2012 18:01:58 | More by orangesol
4.49/5 rDev +12.3%
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
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev 0%
Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.
The beer is dark brown, nearing blacks porting a small, beige head that leaves a bit of lacing in its wake. The aroma offers booze, vanilla, chocolate roast. The beer is slightly sweet, with prominent barrel characteristics throughout. Nice notes of vanilla and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with a boozy finish. This variant is middle of the pack as far as Eclipse stouts. Overall, a tasty beer. I would have this again.
11-18-2012 20:09:46 | More by Huhzubendah
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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