Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Got this one from cpferris in a trade a while back. Been looking forward to trying this one out for quite some time. Cheers!
From a bomber into a snifter.
Iced in Steel Kegs
APPEARANCE: Pours out clear dark brown, much like the other variants, though perhaps a touch darker, and yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end and leaves some splotchy dots of lacing down the glass. Nice head, but still a little too light and thin for top marks in the style.
SMELL: Really big. Comes flying out at you from the glass. Really decadent too. Roasted malts, oak, lots of vanilla and sweet cream with molasses and dark chocolate on the nose. Bourbon as well, but not boozy, with plenty of sweet barrel components, molasses and cream, with dark chocolate as well. Interesting, enticing, and really forthcoming. Great.
TASTE: Really good here too. Roasted grain, oak and sweet cream up front. Caramel and molasses sweetness as well, into a flavorful and barrel forward swallow. Bourbon, oak and sweet cream from the barrels with some roasted, bitter dark chocolate as balance. Lots of sweet barrel flavors with a roasted and bitter base, but very little booze on this one. Bold, well balanced, and very enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down okay and finishes slightly sticky. No burn at the swallow, but a touch of heat lingers on the palate. Good, but would need to be a bit heavier and silkier for top marks.
OVERALL: This is excellent. The look is still not as dark and menacing as I'd like for an imperial stout, especially an iced version of an imperial stout, but that's a very, very minor detail at this point. The nose was just incredible, with lots of wonderful barrel aromas and some lovely sweet and chocolaty notes rounding it out, and the flavor was bold, interesting and very well balanced. If the feel were a touch bigger, this would be other-worldly. Still, we live on this planet, and this is an absolutely stellar creation. Thanks again for this one cpferris. Best Eclipse beer to date for sure. Would absolutely love to drink this again.
02-16-2014 14:28:56 | More by Jeffo
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Bomber into a matching eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark tan head. This is a very nice looking brew with decent reterion despite the higher alcohol level than all the other eclipse variations. Some clear brown is noted around the edges when held to the light. Some clear alcohol legs stick to the glass slowly dropping down with spots of lace.
The aroma is mostly roast and alcohol with chocolate and earthy noted evolving with some sulfur. A touch of mineral character across the middle and a little rough around the edges. Some raisins to almost plum-like alcohol comes out as it breathes.
The flavor initially is mostly bitter and roasty. Some citrus and fruity raisony alcohol. The bright fruity citrus aspects are interesting with a huge alcohol focus. The alcohol burns with an accompanying acrid bite of roasted bitterness, earth and coffee.
This is a full bodied brew that is very thick and creamy. Easy drinking as a aipper considering but has the harshness of the base beer totality cranked up quite a few notches in all aspects including burn, bite and bitterness. The mouthfeel is hands down the standout in this offering, if the other eclipse offerings had half this thick creamy mouthfeel, they all would be world class. Unfortunately, mouthfeel isnt all that matters and the nose and taste on this is just ok to good, not exceptional.
10-21-2013 13:28:38 | More by stakem
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
7/6/2012 and 4/13/2013
Bottle shared by Jason and a bottle from Chris. Thanks!
A: Brown bordering on black with dark red highlights. Small head quickly fades.
S: Cocoa and vanilla. Touch of smoke with strong molasses, anise, and licorice notes. Some booze. Bourbon and oak are faint. A touch of cinnamon, kind of Mexican chocolatesque.
T: Big licorice and roasted notes with a firm anise presence. Light bourbon. Dark chocolate. Strong licorice finish. Mellowed out in 9 months (cold stored though).
M: Full body with medium carbonation. Sticky with warming.
Overall: This second bottle was a lot better than the one I had in 2012. Very nice.
04-22-2013 16:27:14 | More by HopHead84
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
This beer pours a dark mahogany color with almost no head. The smell is rather sweet with a mild bourbon note. I'm also getting dark chocolate and some dark fruit. I didn't think the taste was particularly special. I would have liked to have more barrel show up here. Sweet roasted malt teams up with the bourbon and some dark fruit. I would say it was pleasant, but not particularly special. The finish is roasty and still a bit sweet. There wasn't much carbonation in this beer. Definitely wish there was more barrel in the taste, but I still enjoyed it and it was a treat to try.
03-10-2013 04:08:50 | More by oline73
District of Columbia
3.79/5 rDev -10.4%
Thanks to Chance for sharing!
The beer is dark brown with very minimal head. The aroma has a big oak presence, even tannic. Roast and chocolate. While the increased abv is well hidden, the beer really runs together with most of the rest of the beers in the series. Bourbon presence is certainly the, but not as bold as I was hoping. Slightly sweet. A bit bland. Low carbonation, almost still. Highly anticipated, this was exciting to try, but not among my favorites of the series.
03-09-2013 01:12:30 | More by Huhzubendah
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Brought this to a tasting 12/8. 5oz pour into a Bruery snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a rich mocha head with little retention. Pitch black color with spotty and sparse lace but thick, oily legs. Luscious.
Nose is fudge, mocha, chocolate, molasses with some light booze overtones. Very robust, aromatic, and deep.
Opens roasted malt bitterness combined with chocolate, fudge, cocoa powder and molasses sweetness. Dark coffee towards the middle and end. Mounds of smoke. Roasted malt in the finish and aftertaste. Decent, but definitely not even close to the best of the bunch.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and surprisingly a bit thin. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. A bit abrasive in the carbonation also. Still decent but a bit of a letdown.
Given the rarity of this bottle and the fact that it was given out as a gift to Eclipse Release party attendees, I'm a little disappointed by this one. Body is surprisingly thin and the icing just really didn't impart a whole lot into this beer. Still solid but definitely not worth the hype.
12-28-2012 23:07:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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