Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +4%
22oz bottle, shared with the STL crew and poured in a tulip.
A - Pours black, nice creamy mocha-colored head, thin ring, some oily brown residue along the sides of the glass, wisps on top.
S - Chocolate, both milk and dark, light level of roast, some caramel, vanilla, light char and oak. The booze is really subtle and smooth, and for 13.5%, I'm blown away.
T - So.Damn.Smooth. Excellent chocolate sweetness, more milk then dark, vanilla, caramel, oak, roasted malty notes, and a little more char then the nose suggests. The booze comes out and warms you a bit more then it did on the nose, but I really think it needed more of a EC-kick. Finish is chocolate and light booze, just excellent.
M - Medium, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.
O - Another impressive Imperial Stout by FiftyFifty. I really was digging how smooth this was and how different this was then any of the other Eclipse variants. Looking forward to the next time I have one of these. Excellent stuff.
03-02-2012 00:35:36 | More by Sean9689
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
BIG thanks to Sean9689
pour was dark brown or light black. some cocoa head, a bit thick.
light subtle sweetness with a chocolate milk like scent. very smooth. not much barrel aging on the nose.
insanely smooth. a great mix of chocolate and candy with light barrel aged integration. the barrel aging is very subtle but really blends well making this very easy. the alcohol was nearly non existant.
very smooth, mild carbonation. no booze at all.
this was very impressive. didnt quite remind me of the other eclipses, but more chocolate and smoothness.
02-26-2012 01:01:40 | More by hooliganlife
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-19-2012 20:10:51 | More by MasterSki
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Had during Superbowl halftime. Go Niners! Thanks Evan.
A- pitch black with small dissipating head. What lingered looked like bubbles at the bed of a marsh, like you'd have to pop them with your finger.
S- Chocolate, bourbon. Just really nice is all I can say, no burning ethanol smell.
T- I can't believe how smooth this is for how large of a beer it is. No overpowering flavors, just really well rounded. I like this beer much more than the sweet boozy bombs that a lot of barrel-aged stouts are. Sorry, but I don't care for Black Tuesday.
O- Thanks Todd for a great beer.
02-06-2012 08:30:54 | More by dsgolovin
3.7/5 rDev -12.5%
Good appearance, nice creamy cereal colored edges. Decent retention, and lacing.
Has this light spicy nature on the back end. Opens grainy. Low barrel, bitter, little bit of Brown sugar.
Wow that spiciness comes out. Roasted and molasses sweetness mixes with juniper. An odd hop chatacter. It's vegetal... Odd. Lingering. Heat of sweet alcohol. Cherries and dark fruits.
Medium bodied, fluid. Some creaminess. Hmmm. Lingering tannins. Good carbonation. This beer let me down.
02-04-2012 21:48:19 | More by Khazadum
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Bottle number 35 split with Jeff, Chad and Mike.
A: The pour is similar to all the other Eclipses, except the head is almost nonexistent (not that the others were huge). I did get a few spots of soapy lace though.
S: Very roasted smelling with notes of toasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. I’m not really getting any distinguishing barrel quality to this beer, nor am I getting any bourbon. I wish I did, but at the same time, at least this beer isn’t a hot boozy mess for being 13 plus ABV. I do get a weird winterfresh mint or anise smell that is very faint and probably comes from the totality.
T: Dark chocolate, light anise, caramel and very roasted flavors dominate. I get a hint of marshmallow, vanilla and cocoa in the finish. Again, the Elijah Craig bourbon barrel is pretty much undetectable.
M: This is a very thick beer with a viscous body, but the mouthfeel isn’t ‘buttery’ like I thought the EC 18 and Pappy were. Since EC18 is in this beer, I was expecting that great creamy, greasy, buttery quality to the mouth, but it’s just not there. However, this beer drinks like a beer with half the alcohol. I’m not getting any trace of burn or even warmth. This beer is very very smooth and super easy to drink.
O: This Eclipse is one of the top drinking of the varieties, but I wouldn’t say it’s really any better than the other ones. It’s no worse either if that makes sense. I didn’t think it was all that complex, but I did think it was an amazing stout. The alcohol is hidden so well, and the body is very viscous and thick. It’s also very delicious, just nothing spectacular. I still like some of the more available Eclipse treatments better though, especially since they are more available and taste just as good.
01-21-2012 01:20:23 | More by scottfrie
4.4/5 rDev +4%
Note: This is a re-review. I was drunk, my friends told me they opened the bottle and handed me a glass full of The Dogfather, which I reviewed in the 3.8's. We opened the real one two weeks later when they finally let me in on the secret.
This beer looks a lot like most of the Eclipse variants. Black with some brown around the edges and no real head, although that is not expected in this. This beer actually looks a bit thicker than some of the other versions, which is nice as I've always foudn them a bit thin. There is a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder in the nose with just a bit of barrel. Taste is very solid with a lot of chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, and a bit of bourbon. There is something quite different and unique about this beer that I quite enjoy, although I can't really put my finger on it, but it tastes quite good. As noted in other reviews the barrel has been minimized in this, I'm guessing due to the icing process. It's a little on the heavy side of medium bodied and has some moderate carbonation, fine for the style. The beer is really good, and doesn't suffer from some of the heat and sweetness that other huge BA stouts do. Easy drinker. I'm not sure it's worth quite what I had to give up for it, damn low bottle count, but this is a fine beer that I'd happily drink more of, although I doubt the chance will come again.
01-05-2012 17:29:20 | More by RodneyX
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Thought id do new years right by cracking open this guy. Bottle 102 of 120 given out at the eclipse release party.
Iced totality in steel barrels than had eclipse Elijah Craig 18 blended in according to the brewer. Sits around 12 to 15% ABV
22oz bottle poured into 4 snifters
A- Almost no head but a ring of brown bubbles on the rim. Looks a lot like the other eclipse variation, blacked out center with dark brown around the edges. Not as thick as I was expecting
S- great! huge chocolate nose, roasted malts, sweet chocolate. Smells a like a bigger eclipse. (well which is exactly what it is essential). a hint of barrel, not as much as I was hoping though.
T- tons of flavor on this guy, lots of bitter chocolate and many layers of flavor. Doesnt taste like any other variation. Each sip brings something new and different. Very slight burn behind the dark chocolate, should be smooth with a bit of age. Slight barrel in the back, wishing for more.
M- mouthfeel is very good, nice carbonation and almost no alcohol burn as I was expecting.
O- very tasty brew, a bit different than I was expecting. I wish there was more barrel on this guy that's what makes these beers special. Would love to try an iced grand cru for sure. In a few months this guys will be tasting amazing. look forward to trying more usig this method.
01-03-2012 03:41:08 | More by KevSal
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-12-2011 20:36:49 | More by largadeer
Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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