Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -10.2%
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #919. Yellow wax so I got the right listing.
4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is a touch above average and a good bit of lacing is left behind.
4.0 S: Like the only other Eclipse I've had (last year's EW), the barrel aging seems to be done flawlessly. No off-flavors, no tannic astringency. However, the stout doesn't have the stones to compete with the barrels. Aside from a soft roastiness and a touch of chocolate, the stout isn't doing much. The bourbon and barrel give a lot of melon, some oak, a good bit of vanilla, and some raisin as well. Booze is well in check. Good smell despite the stout's inadequacies.
3.5 T: Well, well, well. I need to stop counting chickens because this tastes a lot better than it smells. The base stout has a lot more flavor than it did last year. Moderate roastiness, plenty of bittersweet chocolate, some anise, a light plum and raspberry fruitiness, and some caramel. It still isn't a great base stout, but it's definitely an improvement. Surprisingly, the barrel has a lot less influence in the taste. There's still plenty of melon and vanilla, but less oak, raisin, and earthiness. Booze is apparent at 9.5%.
3.0 M: This is the worst part of the beer. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess. They really need to kick up the body in this. If they did, it would improve the taste and smell as well.
3.5 D: Decent offering, but not worth the hefty price. This doesn't hold a candle up to BCS, even though I can get twice as much BCS for the same price. Still, I'm glad I got to try it.
01-19-2012 22:54:08 | More by DavoleBomb
3.63/5 rDev -9.5%
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
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from a bomber into a Stone IRS Snifter...
Yellow Wax. Bottle#281
A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head that dissipates at a good pace. Some sticky lace is present...
S - Bourbon up front, with chocolate, sweet vanilla, and dark fruits in the mix.
T - Chocolate, roasted barley, oak/vanilla, and smooth bourbon on the end. A hint of raisins comes through in the aftertaste with some lingering vanilla. The dark fruits that came through in the scent are very muted...
M - A tad thin. On the higher end of medium bodied. Carbonation is above average for the style...
O - Not my favorite from the lineup, but still very enjoyable. Going to sit my other one for awhile and see how it holds up...
01-20-2012 04:14:17 | More by comfortablynumb1
3.85/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to lurchingbeast for busting this one out.
A - Mostly black beer with a little bit of brown on the edges. Looks a little thicker than other Eclipses. Probably a good thing, I have always felt that these have been too thin.
S - Chocolate, some sweeter smells like berries, oak, and some bourbon. Smells nice.
T - Taste is very smoothed out, the whiskey is not hot, and there is some decent barrel influence. Some good sweet chocolate, little bit of roasted malts, oak, some bourbon. I like this quite a bit.
M - Good carbonation, maybe a little too much, but it's alright. Decently close to full bodied.
O - Smooth, pretty enjoyable. Won't blow you away, but I liked drinking this and found it to be a solid beer.
01-12-2012 21:02:02 | More by AgentZero
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Thanks to scottfrie for sharing this one!
A - Pours dark brown almost black. Caramel colored head that dissipated quickly.
S - Bourbon aroma with hints of roasted malt and molasses.
T - Tasted just like what you would expect: dark malt accompanied with cocoa, barrel/woody, and some bourbon favors.
M - Low carbonation. Full bodied.
O - Solid imperial stout. Probably not something I could drink often however.
02-06-2012 02:41:38 | More by bbb099
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
A: Black with a big frothy beige head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.
S: The nose is mellow and restrained. It takes a lot of swirling and coaxing to bring out the various characteristics. There's a good deal of vanilla accompanied by oak, bourbon, licorice, and coconut. There's also a little banana which sounds odd but fits right in. Roast and chocolate are subdued. Alcohol isn't evident. I get some caramel as well as perfume-like floral notes.
T: The flavor is much more roasty than the nose, with faint dark fruit notes. Chocolate accompanies caramel and an upper low earthy bitterness. There's a little alcohol in there. Bourbon is light. Licorice blends with a touch of molasses and brown sugar.
M: Lower full body with upper medium body.
Overall: A nice aroma and a solid flavor make this enjoyable, but $25 is pretty damn steep. I might buy this again at $15, but definitely not at $25.
01-29-2012 07:22:43 | More by HopHead84
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours a dark black ale with a huge light brown creamy, foamy head. Decent lacing. Glad it held for so long.
Aroma consists a lot of the bourbon barrel. Light dark fruits. Burn in the nostrils. Apple. Brown sugar. Honey. Molasses.
Taste is woody and still very barrel forward. Getting a lot of bourbon flavor without the heat. Char taste is present also. Chocolate is there but more on the baker's chocolate flavor. Definitely improves as it warms. The 9.5% definitely seems stronger.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this is not improving with time imo. I had this right after purchasing it and the honey and bourbon worked great together. Now? Not so much. It's still good, but it definitely lacks that "something" when compared to other variants.
03-08-2013 02:44:26 | More by kaseydad
3.93/5 rDev -2%
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
3.93/5 rDev -2%
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
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
2011 Yellow Wax. Pours a dark brown-black color...probably the lightest eclipse beer I've had (in color). Small tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and graham cracker. Roasted malt, with a light bourbon aroma,,,a lot less whiskey than the other variations IMO. Taste is dark chocolate up front. Tons of roasted malt with some pleasant nuttiness. Lots of vanilla and a little bit of whiskey. Finishes with bitter, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodies, and quite possibly lacking in this department. Drinkability is fair. I would much rather drink the other variations of Eclipse, but this is still a good beer.
11-03-2012 08:21:03 | More by DovaliHops
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
2011 Vintage. Yellow Wax. Bottle #606.
Poured in to snifter.
A - Very dark brown on the pour but settled black with a thin layer of light brown head.
S - Charred oak, sweet bourbon and vanilla from the barrel up front. Chocolate fudge, roast and sweet molasses.
T - A big oak presence up front with lighter bourbon and vanilla flavours. The barrel dominates, but the base beer comes through as well adding chocolate fudge, roast, char and sweet molasses.
M - Medium body, slightly chewy. Light carbonation.
02-17-2013 21:15:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
22oz bottle with yellow wax provide by Frank (lurchingbeast), thanks! Good Beer/Bad Beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.
A - Pours darker brown, pretty much black, thin tan-colored head, which quickly vanishes leaving only the brown/black of the body.
S - Nice level of roast, chocolate, oak, and light dark fruity chocolate notes. A nice mix of rich chocolate, light bitterness, and sweetness really balances this one out. The Buffalo Trace is really smooth and not "hot" by any means.
T - Similar to the nose, but less dark fruit and more barrel. Sweet milk chocolate, light bitter roast, smooth Buffalo Trace, oak. Quite possibly the best-tasting Buffalo Trace barrel-aged beer I've ever had. Really ready to drink now.
M - Full body, rich & smooth, creamy finish.
O - Really impressive stuff. Really smooth, excellent barrel character, and the Buffalo Trace is showcased well. I'm usually not a fan of BT -bals, but this was really nice. Recommend.
01-10-2012 17:14:01 | More by Sean9689
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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