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Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Iced Imperial Eclipse StoutIced Imperial Eclipse Stout

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 139
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Iced Totality blended with 20-year Elijah Craig Imperial Eclipse Stout.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-12-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.4%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.4%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.4%

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ygtbsm94, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is black as you can get with a tan head. Nose is quite sweet. Brown sugar, molasses, and a hint of licorice. Dark fruit notes, graham cracker, and some vanilla. There's a decent roastiness and a little bit of bourbon, too. The flavor is very sweet and sugary. Lots of brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate. Mild licorice and graham cracker along with bourbon and a hint of oak.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jason opened this one after the Eclipse release party, because apparently we weren't drunk enough.

This one looks a touch more viscous than regular Eclipse, with similar color and carbonation.

The nose has a huge and decadent dark chocolate character, while bourbon is more of a background note (think liquor-infused chocolate candies). Alcohol isn't particularly noticeable, and oxidation is minimal. There's a trace of dark fruit.

I was expecting the licorice notes of Totality to be amplified on the palate, but they're actually pretty mild; a big dark chocolate richness has taken over. Bourbon flavors are present but not dominant, lending an integrated caramel undertone. It's a touch more boozy and sweet than regular Eclipse, but not by much; ultimately it's fairly dry and mellow for such a big beer, and should appeal to people that find beers like Bourbon County Stout or Black Tuesday to be too sweet or hot.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it's quite nice as it turns out. Not as over-the-top as it sounds, but a very balanced sipping beer.

largadeer, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kegatron, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tashbrew for sharing this one. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam settling to a thick collar and thin cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body with ruby-brown glints. Looks similar to every other Eclipse, but somewhat impressive considering the higher ABV.

S - I'm immediately struck by how much this tastes like a bigger Totality rather than a bigger Eclipse. There's fairly low barrel and bourbon presence - I guess this makes sense considering the blend used. Plenty of brownie, honey, dark chocolate, light licorice, and surprisingly mild suggestions of alcohol.

T - Taste is quite similar, with massive dark chocolate, mild roast, and plenty of caramel, biscuit, cocoa butter, and low barrel presence. Quite smooth, and eminently drinkable, but I could used a dash more Elijah Craig 18 presence to add depth and complexity.

M - Super creamy and smooth texture, medium-full body, and lower carbonation. Shockingly well-hidden alcohol, with only a touch of warming alcohol on the back end. Very little in the way of roast dryness or barrel tannins.

D - This is very good, although it's more Iced Totality than Iced Eclipse in some ways. Quite delicious, and significantly improves on the thin texture that plagues some Eclipse variants. Best enjoyed in small quantities, but looking forward to trying this again at the Chicago mega-Eclipse showdown.

MasterSki, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +18.2%

imperialking, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

stakem, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Gonzoillini, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

HopHead84, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For my 2000th review, I'm going to re-review a bottle for the second time. Drank at March Madness during the Marquette beatdown of the team with the best record in the nation (Murray St.) to advance to the sweet 16.

Pours out the dark brown and mild black that all the Eclipse beers have going for them. Thin 1/4" head of tan. Heavier chocolate notes in the aroma, bourbon is nice but not massive and hot on the nose as usual as well.

Taste, very smooth, if this is 13.5% alcohol, you wouldn't ever know it. Still more chocolate, caramel and coconut slips in there at times.

Such a silky mouthfeel, without being challenging at all. Less heat than some beers with half the alcohol. Amazing flavor without becoming a sludgy viscosity stout, nothing in the realm of thin, but just simply great. I came in expecting thick, heat etc. . . but was pleasantly impressed with how it brought out the flavors I liked (chocolate, caramel, bourbon, oak) while keeping the heft, sweet and heat to its usual well reserved place. Found it to be one of my favorite Eclipse beers out there. Would love to see Todd do an Iced Brandy Eclipse one of these days.

So there it is folks, review #2000, redux.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

chippo33, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Bottle #195 of 209? Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, and raisin. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and raisin. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. The complexity on this brew was nothing short of mind-blowing if I’m honest. There was so much going on upon inspection in both the nose and flavor that I never knew what I was going to get next. What I did know was that it was going to be enjoyable. There was no bite from the alcohol at all as it more blended in with all the other things going on. A really well done brew that I’m happy I got the opportunity to try. Thanks for this one Al!

thagr81us, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

AgentZero, Dec 28, 2012
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Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.