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Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of aasher
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BrewerB, shared with the Charlotte crew. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a full bodied midnight black with a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is rich and syrupy. It is sweet and malty with dark roasted malt, molasses, honey, and light whiskey. The flavors too, sweet and rich. There is a load of melted sweet and dark chocolates, honeycomb, molasses, choclate and covered raisins. Luckily this one is full bodied, and thicker than most Eclipses. It is big and rich with nice, well rounded flavors. I was very pleased as.was the tasting group.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I got this at the Eclipse 2011 party.

A: Pours pitch black with a tan head.

S: Even if you hadn't told me this involved Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse, I'd be able to guess it from the nose. It has the sweet chocolate-brownie and licorice aromas of Totality, amped up to a level that supports notes of coconut, caramel, oak, and vanilla. If you ever complained that the base beer didn't shine through enough in other Eclipse variations, you will be happier with this one.

T: If anything, this is more Iced Totality than Iced Eclipse. The base beer lends milk chocolate (brownie), licorice, and mild roast to the experience. The EC 18 Eclipse brings its signature bourbon-coconut-vanilla melange to the flavor profile. The result is a nice mixture, though the barrels are almost an afterthought.

M: Smooth in texture with a medium-plus body. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium. No booziness; even some EC 18s I've had have been a little boozy, so for something to be higher in ABV than those and yet smoother on the palate is impressive.

O: I was hoping this would be heavier, but that's just my expectation (and not necessarily a reasonable one). I wonder why they didn't go for 100% iced EC 18 Eclipse instead of the blend that they chose. It might be interesting to barrel age iced Totality instead of doing it all after the fact. Good beer, but I thought my better bottles of EC 18 Eclipse exceeded this by a fair margin.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of illidurit
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Woodshop 7 at Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach during Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Deathly black with a dark-tan head. Strong and sweet with plenty of chocolate and a blatant honey note in the middle. Finish is actually rather dry and bitter.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by beerandraiderfan while watching March Madness in Reno, thanks again!

Pours a thick and dark brown color, a bit still, with a small tan head.

Aromas are of cola, chocolates, coconut, and hints of bourbon.

Flavor is not as pronounced as the nose suggested. Light cola, brown sugars, chocolate, coconut, and slight warm boozy bourbon flavors. Tasty though.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit thin, and not quite as thick and chewy as I tend to like this style to be.

Overall, a very well made Imperial Stout, I did prefer the other Eclipse I tasted. (EC 18)

Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.