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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old FitzgeraldImperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald

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BA SCORE
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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 42
Gots: 100 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2007 - No wax
2012 - Blue wax
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 51
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. I've been wanting to try this ever since it came out again. 2012 vintage (blue wax) in a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger coffee cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is patchy and stringy with excellent stick. A nice looking beer.

Nose is tickling alcohol, roast, chocolate, cream, fudge, and burnt wood with overtones of grape and plum. Pretty subtle actually.

Opens molasses, chocolate, dry dark fruit and fudge. Middle is booze, honey, chocolate, cocoa, and more molasses with hints of plum and prune. Ends sweet, sugary and with a subtle kick of booze, leather and wood. Really awesome. Great balance and a nice complement of flavors.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and rich and warm going down. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Not too thick, not too thin.

This beer certainly lived up to the hype for me. The barrel character has faded a bit but the flavor profile is excellent and the body is spot on in pulling together this beer. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of More_betterness
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

A: Midnight black body with a mocha head that recedes to a small ring quickly. Patchy lacing. Nice looking stout.

S: Cocoa, toffee, and some oxidative sherry notes. Hints of vanilla and dark fruits as it warms. A bit of alcohol heat closes everything out.

T: Milk chocolate, bourbon soaked cherries, and honey sweetness upfront. Everything fades to bitter dark chocolate and a tick of maple syrup. Alcohol heat is still a big player in the finish despite the time in the cellar, but the barrel character that is usually paired with that is more subdued. Very balanced with no aspect overly dominant.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Long lingering finish. Pretty light on its feet compared to other imperial stouts.

O: As usual, this entrant to the Eclipse series delivers. Liked it a bit more after the time in the cellar than I did than I did fresh. Drink em now!

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown, Medium lacing. Lacing is coffee colored.

S- Sweet and boozy!. Some dark chocolate and roasted dark fruits. Honey notes

T- The sweet chocolate and dark fruits come off in great proportions with the barrel. Nice sting to this one.

M- Nice amount of carb, a bit of a sting. Kinda creamy, but not too much.

O- A very nice BA stout here from Fifty Fifty.

Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big pour gets you maybe half a finger of dark brown foam, not dense enough to last long, the larger bubbles cling to the glass walls, the lacing comes as big splotches, random and irregular, below average stickiness. Black liquid, not even worth commenting on, just black. Steady steamroller of a nose, for all its might not showy, thickly layered coconut custard, vanilla fudge, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, not really boozy nor toasty, more like being in a cake eating contest, fig, date, apricot fruit, overall more smooth than complex, wears its weight well enough. Full-bodied, the carbonation adds sufficient fluffiness to puff up the attack and relieve some palate weight. A touch drier here than expected in terms of texture. More oak grained booziness but zero burn. Molasses, caramel, butterscotch, mix of both milk and dark chocolates, vanilla and coconut. After that is some tarry earth and breadiness, lifts when the floral aspect demurely asserts itself. Cherry, plum fruit equally mixed with apricot, banana, date fruit. Given its weight, releases well at the end and without truncating the finish. Leverages all it has, no desperation to impress, once more just lacks the subtleties to intrigue. (Blue Wax)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Thanks buddy! Blue wax, 2012 Bottle Run 3. Pours dark brown to black with some light shining through, and a small khaki to mocha colored head on top. Aroma of dark fruits, lots of char, oxidation, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet caramel, char, oak, and a big long vanilla marshmallow finish. Big maltiness here with sweet caramel more reminiscent of a barrel aged old ale or barleywine. Really picked up the barrel nicely. Medium plus bodied with low plus carbonation. The finish is the highlight here. Pretty nice. Very smooth. Aroma taking away from overall.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.

An aggressive pour yields little to no head but a slight thin tan film that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. The liquid is pitch black and viscous. No light gets through.

Aroma starts off with some nice notes of caramel and molasses. Burnt caramel to be exact. Nice fudgy chocolate notes follow with some good mild dark cocoa bitterness. Surprisingly after more than a year there is still some mild roast in the nose. Very nice notes of mild espresso are perceived along with some slight hints of vanilla and woody spice.

The flavor is pretty intense. Strong barrel notes of booze and some spicy wood and vanilla notes are present in the flavor. The vanilla notes are more dominant as the brew warms but are then offset by some amazing and delicious chocolate notes. Dark fudge and milk cocoa sweetness finish with a nice dark cocoa bitterness follows through the finish of this beer. The mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance would indicate but its still pack a bit of a punch. Overall this is a delicious brew. The base beer shine very well with roast and cocoa notes mixed in with barrel heat and sweetness.

Photo of Rinkor16
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with a friend

A: Very black and dark in color. Very little to no head.

S: Vanilla and lots of chocolate. The bourbon is hardly niceable.

T: A lot of vanilla up front mixed with the chocolate. The bourbon is definitely taking a back seat on this one. Very tasty.

M: Full bodied and very smooth, like most stouts.

O: A real treat. I just wish the Eclipse variants weren't so damn expensive.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up by my trustee and sent my way, had this one before, but looks like the tick is still in a notebook somewhere with the backlog. Enjoyed from a eclipse snifter.

a - like all eclipses, this one is dark as night with a gorgeous barrel shine and zero head to speak of. Great shine but a watery look.

s - nose is chocolate covered booze. Great balance and nothing too much in any one direction. Bourbon is there but not too intense and some hints of vanilla.

t/m - taste matches the nose but the vanilla is bigger and more present. As always great balance and a super easy drinker. A bit on the watery side, but oh dat flavor and to drink so easily for such a massive beer, this bad boy is dangerous.

o - overall, i have said it before and i will say it again, eclipse beers are one of the few series that are actually worth the crazy price point. This beer is no exception. Really well balanced and drinks like juice. Great flavor and there is a touch of oxidation that actually works with this beer. Another winner from the series. Not my top pick, but on the high end of the middle.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We cut the blue wax on a bottle of 2012 stock, hand labeled on the front with “BR 4 2012” in white paint pen. The brew pours the color of the deepest molasses brown, sitting thick and murky in our ¾ sized tasting snifters. It holds a one finger head of soapy bubbles. This chocolate milk foam fades on the slower side of life, leaving watery wisps of lacing all around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active, but dead slow. The aroma is wrapped in a thick blanket of cheap whiskey, Old Fitzgerald, and sings to the tune of quality that Jim Beam and the likes embody. The nose is otherwise filled with notes of fat buttery diacetyls, heavy cashew nuttiness, toffee and salted caramel sweetness, heavily roasted caramel, English brown, and dark chocolate malts, toasted shreds of coconut, milk chocolate syrup, lactic creaminess, burnt brown and confectioner’s sugar, raisin, cherry, and plum depth, vinyl sting, rocky smoke, vinegar acidity, light grassy hops, and fusel booziness, especially with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much spicier, deeper, and darker than expected, but it is a bit light on the lip. As we sip, the taste opens with oily molasses, heavy oak burden, caramel and chocolate malt char, phenolic plastic burn, fusel booziness, sweet corn whiskey fumes, subtle soapy and grassy hoppiness, and chocolate covered raisins. The middle is sweet, with dense chocolate fudge sweetness, continued caramel malt thickness, malted milk balls, salted caramel, sourdough pretzels, freshly pressed leathers, seaweed, clean bourbon heat, and aluminum hitting you high up on the palate. The end washes through with green bananas, soy sauce saltiness, dark chocolate truffles, char-burned oak, hot whiskey, chalked yeastiness, dried raspberry and cherry fruitiness, light coconut fruitiness, basement mustiness, and dark cherry flesh. The aftertaste breathes with massive cheap whiskey, sticky honey, mineral, metallic yeast, milk and dark cocoa chocolates, caramel honey, light cloven and plastic phenols, dark fruity pulp, plum juiciness, chocolate and coffee malts, generalized fusel boozy heat, and stark banana esters. The body is surprisingly medium and airy, and the carbonation is medium. Despite this there is sleek, greasy slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the mouth left fully coated and dripping wet. This lasts for some time, with eventual chalky astringency focused hard to the anterior palate. The abv is appropriate, and this guy functions well as a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its flavoring. We were expecting the malt bill to be heavy and roasty, but we definitely didn’t see the smoke, char, and pow coming. This, combined with the dank whisky wetness, envelopes the palate in mystery, complexity, and intrigue. The nose set the stage nicely as well, with great fruitiness and syrupy sweetness, but again, didn’t get you ready for the depth of grain. If we had to knock something it would be the feel. For such a robustly flavored and nosed brew, it would have been better suited to have a frothy and creamy beverage. Instead we got a thinner, more oily and slick brew that had nice sip, but lesser follow-through and slurp. As this marks our introduction to the “Eclipse” family, we were very excited to crack this one. We remain enthusiastic about the rest, and can’t wait to see how they can turn up the robustness with each of the barrel agings from 2012.

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I would not be able to enjoy without the efforts of laymansbeerfan and lesckie - thanks guys! Blue wax 22oz bomber BR/1 2012, split into Deschutes snifters with my bro.

A: Reddish/dark brown pour with a light layer of brown head and lace/film. Nearly opaque body.

S: Strong layers of vanilla, caramel, and sweet booze in the form of simple whiskey esters. Moderate chocolate and faint dark fruit as well.

T: Sweet but not as sweet & decadent as other Eclipse variants. There seems to be a base of significant black patent malt, but this brew is only lightly roasty. Vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit make up the flavors. Alcohol is very light at this age, giving the impression of whiskey but not overpowering by any stretch.

MF: Not quite heavy, full-bodied and smooth with low carbonation; faintly viscous.

O: A simple barrel-aged Eclipse variant. Elijah Craig 12 was more highly complex and decadent; this brew leans simple and sweet. A nice beer, but not special in my opinion. Its amazing how much the barrel changes an identical base beer...

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2012 edition, thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. I get the waxing for presentation, etc, but wow, is it a pain in the ass to get any manner of bottle opener (and yes, I used a knife to scrape off the wax first) to work on such a thing. Better be worth it - that, kids, is called an expository teaser.

This beer pours a solid black, with more than ample cola highlights, and one finger of bubbly, tightly foamy, and fairly creamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some decently spooky stringy mitochondrial lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of acrid booze-soaked grainy bourbon wood, with a strong dose of thin vanilla extract, musty milk chocolate, well-toasted caramel malt, sugary dark orchard fruit, almost fruitcake-like, a bit of wet ash, and earthy, dusty hops. The taste is another big smack to the palate, with a mixture of chocolate pudding cups and a shot of sweet vanilla, caramel, and wood-heavy middle-shelf bourbon, some softly sweet coffee notes, roasted caramel malt - one rather nougaty in its bearing - charred sultana raisins, and a growing alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and almost inert at times, the body a somewhat unsettling medium-heavy weight, and really rather smooth, with an amateur creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the bourbon and English candy caramel notes come 'round full bore with the last of their twin barrel (sic) loads. Eep, I think I now need a shower, if not a smoke.

A pretty agreeable Bourbon County affected Imperial Stout, the barrel doing its thing, and doing it well, while the 'base' stout has a thing or two to add to the palette. Soft, silky, and really quite drinkable, at least until that near 10 points of ABV comes a' knockin', sooner, rather than later, I suppose. I'm starting to grok a trend here, one not too unlike the single-hop series so in vogue for the last little while - single house barrel agings, i.e. not just 'bourbon aged', but 'Old Fitzgerald aged', through the good graces of Heaven Hills, of course. Anyways, as my lugubrious nature here indicates, this is one beer worth seeking out - make your own reasons.

Photo of rlee1390
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger off white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Slight bourbon, rather chocolately, some coffee and a tad vanilla.

T-Rather sweet, chocolate, vanilla, some but not much coffee. Chocolate seems to be more of a dark chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, nice deal of carbonation.

O-The bourbon seemed to really have faded in this beer, I'd drink all Eclipses as soon as possible.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.4.13
BR 3 2012

A - Pours a dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles that linger for a bit.

S - Chocolate, subtle roasted malts.

T - Silky chocolate, vanilla, then some bourbon in the finish.

D - Silky smooth heavy body with low carbonation.

O - Smooth, but heavy on the chocolate and vanilla.

Photo of pkalix
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I cheated. I tasted before I rated the appearance and the smell.... but here goes:
appearance: thin wispy chocolate-milk layer of fuzzy melting to a thin layer of micro-bubbles. pitch dark-brown and not transparent.
smell: luscious fruit.
taste: creamy darker fruits, some chocolate, vanilla, (slight) bourbon. I read others' of berries and such and I can see it. i'm not that refined. but it is darned good.
very creamy, silky. enamored with this one. I was very surprised with the non-thickness. I may be influenced by the already-high rating; I may be intimidated by the price I paid, but I really was impressed from sip one. I wish I had waited until the weekend to try this but I've had it for three weeks now and it's been itching to open.

Photo of Treebs
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2012 batch, blue wax.

A: Pours a dark black color with a khaki colored head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that leaves some sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Light bourbon, some oak and a nice roasted malt profile. Dark fruit with some caramel notes as well.

T: Oaky with a dark fruit. Light bourbon, a little cocoa and some dark chocolate. Dry, roasted malts on the finish with some nougat flavors as well. As it warms the bourbon comes back out a little more and has a little harshness to it. This dies down once it reaches about 60-65 degrees.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation level. Roasty finish.

O: Nice overall. Nice mouthfeel, Not too thin like some other eclipse variants with just the right amount of carbonation. The Old Fitz is slightly harsh as it warms, but that goes away after a while.

Photo of Rish907
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was very disappointed with this one especially after trying the purple wax Elijah. This was very bitter and harsh & did not go down smoothly. Very unrefined and not complex. Lack-luster overall. Felt like a complete waste for $32. Going to stick with the purple wax which was superb!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind thanks to Stupac2...

A: Pours a deep dark brown, pretty much pure black, with a half finger of medium tan head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time, but there is a serious amount of lacing left on the glass as this one drinks.

S: The nose is roast, milk chocolate, toffee, mild soy, mild spice, and booze. This beer just smells sticky, yes smells. It's like caramel and raisin residue that you find once you finish a box of Sun-Maid. I can't wait.

T: It starts out sweet with caramel and raisins, but the flavors begin to shift almost immediately. I start to get roast, char, and spice in the middle. As it moves even further back I'm starting to get silky milk chocolate. The finish is dark chocolate and booze.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer coats the palate, sticks, and doesn't let go. Sweet to start, roast in the middle, prickly and boozy in the finish. Solid.

O: I like this beer.The flavors shift all over the place, but I kind of like that. You go from sweet to bitter, smooth, to prickly, velvety, to hot. Something about this beer just works. I like it.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage - Blue Wax.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Jet black with a thin layer of light brown head that immediately receded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, roast, chocolate and molasses.

T - Charred oak and roast up front, with sweet bourbon and vanilla entering mid-palate and chocolate fudge and molasses in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml blue waxed 2012 bomber poured into tulip 1/6/13 thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A almost black with a very deep edge under a thumbs width of beige foam that quickly falls to a thin film leaving some random patches of lace after a single partial ring

S woody, smokey, bourbon, with some booze and vanilla hit me first, then I get some chocolate fudge and a little more boozy bourbon, there's some sweet hard toffee and just needs a little time to mellow out

T some char to add to the mix and the roasts just a little darker then the nose, the boozy bourbon may be even a little stronger in the mouth, tastes pretty solid but I'd guess it would taste better in a couple years

M could use a little more body but I wouldn't say its light, some heat and tannins but I don't mind that much but the booze is noticeable, fudge and vanilla linger with the boozy heat and just a little sticky on the lips

O massive potential here and its quite solid today but will improve as the booze mellows out with time, I'm enjoying it but now I'm wishing I had a second bottle to sit on

I really like this brew and I could love it but it needs some time and that's my only real complaint. If you just have a single bottle hold on to it as long as you can

Photo of Jeffo
2.26/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber from Vissai in a recent box. Cheers for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Bottle: 312
Blue Wax

APPEARANCE: Pours out pretty black producing a one finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thin wisp and bubbly ring. A ring remains and a few dots of lace fall back into the glass. Dark enough for the style, and one of the darker ones in the series. Most of the other years have been thin and transparent brown.

SMELL: Lots of oak on the nose, with some bourbon, caramel and dark chocolate as well. Light notes of sweet cream and milk chocolate as well. Medium strength. Some complexity here, though there is an off aroma of nailpolish remover. Too bad, though the complexity keeps it from being an abomination.

TASTE: Some caramel and burnt malt notes up front, then lots of bourbon, oak and some alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with lots of oak, bourbon flavors, sweet cream and an off-putting alcohol flavor of nail polish remover as well. The oak, sweet cream and dark, bitter chocolate try to outwit the nail polish remover but can't quite live up to the task. A shame, as there was some potential here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly astringent on the tongue. Some heat lingers as well. Full enough body, but the light astringency, probably from the harsh alcohol, detracts from the experience.

OVERALL: I'm afraid this series just isn't all that great. There are a few decent variants, such as the Elijah Craig and Heaven Hill, but most of them, including this one, are relatively lack luster. This was one of the worst of the bunch. There is certainly potential here, as there were some nice, complex flavors in this beer, but the astringent finish and harsh alcohol flavors made it a chore. I actually drain poured the last third of the bottle as I just couldn't be bothered any more. Perhaps something went wrong with the fermentation process or the barrel aging, but regardless, for me, this series has yet to prove that it's worth the price of admission. Thanks for the trade Vissai. Was a pleasure.

Photo of tjmodica
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

They really nailed the color, black with thin beige lace, the smell on this variety is the let down for me, alcohol, bourbon, and grain. Taste is light dark fruits with hints of bourbon, just as smell lead on, heavy alcohol burn. The Old Fitzgerald is the variety to age.

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm always open to trying out a new Eclipse variant - thanks to Hugonaut13 for this one. 2012 vintage:

Black body with a velvety half finger of khaki carb that produces just as much beading below as it does lacing above.

Assertive sweet whiskey, fudge, honeycomb, cocoa, I don't get a sense of that extreme heat that others have mentioned - it's evident but not overwhelming I don't think.

Chocolate and whiskey dominate the palate... a bit of vanilla and berry. The booze does surface quite a bit on the finish... nothing I can't handle, but it could get toned down a bit.

Glad to try this one on for size - thanks Tom!

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze.

T - Sweet dark chocolate and caramel malts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, touch of dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is a very smooth.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usual black and dark brown pour, and very thin off white, beige head on this one, very small ring to it, 1/32" deep.

Aroma yields booze, chocolate, and for the first time ever when checking out an Eclipse beer. . . hops? Hmm. Questioning my nose on this one. At least the usual soggy wood and vanilla are still part of it. Bourbon a little too forward for me on this one, nice, but below average for the Eclipse series.

Plenty of booze and chocolate on the mouthfeel. Again, hopping and carbonation seemed like they were out of whack for what I've come to know Eclipse as. Seems high, the hops and the bubbles took away from a normally smooth experience. A little bit of coconut still, but maybe the barrel was extra wet, this one just is the hottest Eclipse I've ever had.

The sweetness from the whiskey itself doesn't seem to have found a home here, this one is a little bitter and rough in the mouthfeel. I was expecting a smoother, sweeter, less obvious barrel character out of this one, boy was I wrong.

While still enjoyable, it is probably my least favorite Eclipse.

Photo of IKR
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage
Blue Wax

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a small beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar and some vanilla notes.

Taste: Spicy Bourbon, mild vanilla, caramel/brown sugar, a touch of roasted malts and some oak notes appearing in the finish. The beer finishes with Bourbon and mild hop notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation Fairly thin bodied for the style.

Overall: Good beer. A bit more Bourbon forward than the 2012 Elijah Craig's I've had and as a result perhaps a simpler taste profile.
Opened a bottle on March 28, 2014, and noted while the Bourbon still features prominently, the oak and other barrel elements were more forward and a healthy amount of carbonation remained. Based on the changes I'd upgrade my taste score to 4.5 and overall to 4.5.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.