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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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 42
Gots: 100 | FT: 13
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
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps the most distinct bottle in the series I have had so far. Bottle from Premier split with Liam. Strong whiskey smell, rough and strong taste. A little head on a black body. Some sips noteable as a bit of astringency. Drinkable, mostly owing to sweetness.

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 Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Sharp bourbon aroma. Nothing subtle about it. Hefty liquor flavor without so much barrel character. Chocolatey.

Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Dies down to a dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon comes back in the back end and gives it a bitter bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - The bourbon flavor is intense and even a little harsh. It still improves the base beer though.

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.

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 smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012 bottle Br/4.

Mahogany brown out of the bottle, hits and creates a simple dark walnut brown body, maybe some red hued edges and some chestnut lighter brown as well. There's no head made on this beer at all, it's barely a pencil dot thin collar (maybe mocha brown?) with a filmy top, and little carbonation present.

Nose is quite unique. The beer smells like candy cane peppermints, mixing with roast. Hints of classic caramel and chocolate, vanilla in the back, and some peanuts hide among this very minty nose. Very interesting and quite odd.

Palate comes through a bit wet. This is hard to tell if this even came from a barrel. Lots of roasted and dry grains, with a simple malt backbone. Sweetness and depth sensed on the nose doesn't come through. I almost feel like this should be toasty, but then it's kind of hammered down. Some peanut action comes out a bit mixing with toasty char a bit on the finish also. The charring and dryness just goes on forever, and unfortunately not in a fun enjoyable way, the front tip of my tongue particularly feels numb.

Overall probably not one of the Eclipse versions I would want to have again, but no harm in trying it. I get the sense the classic profile is there but on the palate it's just not brought out to shine.

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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 batch on tap at the brewery for the third annual Eclipse release party.

Appearance: Black body with a thin layer of brown froth. Looks like Eclipse. I'm tired of describing how Eclipse looks.

Smell: Surprisingly enough, this still has a ton of barrel left on the nose. Boozy, brash bourbon is front and center, but there's a hint of fruity oxidation that shows the beer's age. Chocolate and burnt sugar round things out.

Palate: Not as boozy as it smells. Quite mellow in fact, with integrated bourbon and oak flavors that work nicely with the chocolatey malt backbone. Dark fruit and licorice pop out in the finish. Finishes a tad thin, and lacking the richness of fresher batches.

Overall: This has held up remarkably well considering the age, but it isn't as good as many newer Eclipse variants.

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 DarthKostrizer
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at my eclipse vertical tasting. 07 vintage

Look: Pours a near black color with the ever so slight traces of brown. Had maybe a 1/8 inch head on with with a little film left on top of the beer.

Smell: The scent has obviously seen better days but is still a nice smelling beer. Chocolate and oak greet you right away with ever so slight dark fruits and vanilla. The bourbon is very faint and I found myself actually searching for it

Taste. Again like the nose the flavors are muted from a fresh bottle of eclipse. Chocolate brownie and vanilla are the first thing you taste followed up by a nice amount of oak and finishes with just the softest kiss of bourbon

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation and slightly creamy

Overall: First off I can't believe I was actually able to assemble the 20 beers for the full vertical and thank you to the generous soul that sent me the bottle. With that being said the beer definitely showed its age and my guess is it peaked about 2 years ago if not fresh. I look forward to trying this fresh here in about a month and maybe updated my review.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Lovely shade of blue wax, 2012 vintage.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is about averageand a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Like the Rebel Yell, this whiskey is earthy and minerally, but it doesn't suck like RY did. Light leather, caramel, and toastiness. Maybe some coconut notes as well. Oak and vanilla from the barrel. The base gives a roastiness and a decent amount of chocolate.

3.5 T: The taste is like the nose, but it's lacking depth (the nose did too to a lesser extent). Earthy, caramel, molasses, mineral, toast, light leather. Oak and vanilla. Roast and chocolate.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess big time, even more so than most of the other variants.

3.0 D: This is my second least favorite Eclipse from this year. While Rebel Yell was horrid, this isn't bad, but it's nothing special and the barrel aging can't save this one like it has for some of the others.

Photo of liamt07
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 650ml into a tulip. Tasted alongside 4 other variants.

Black with a tan head. Bourbon, brown sugar, oak and a sharp alcoholic note on the nose. Some ripe apple as well. Tastes of bourbon, toasted oak, dark chocolate, oak, and a light vanilla character. Would do well with a little more time in the bottle.

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 jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, this is a special one. Got a few of these waiting to go in the cellar, and I've been waiting for the right moment but it never seems to come, or there are other beers to do instead. So decided to just crack one and maybe others later. 2012 vintage, excited.

It pours a small mocha colored fizzy but thick creamy small head covering that stays for a little while, then disappears. a bit of lacing, but loooooooong legs, and sure enough a pitch black beer.

Nose wafts out of the bottle when I pop the top, great, dark malts all over the place, powdered cocoa dust, dark chocolate notes, a little bit of a a roasted malt, like a heavy roasted malt that has just enough age to let it settle to a nice point, lots of fluffy nougat candy bar, bit of caramel, the roast is still able to deliver a little roasted coffee as well. Then some mild barrel notes, a little vanilla oak, a little candy bourbon, like bourbon mixed with caramel and candied, and a bit of a marshmallow-y fluffy aroma with a fluffy fudgey cocoa.

Taste brings more great characters, I do get a little bit of the roast quality again that was probably too much when fresh but now brings a great roasty aged quality with still a little nutty earthy coffee note. Mild caramel nutty note, with mild sweetness and candy but mostly dry surprisingly. Plenty of fluffy nougat, candy bar, and again that marshmallow-y fluffed chocolate thing. A mild dark chocolate, nice expensive soft Lindt like chocolate candy center filling creamy dark chocolate. it also brings a little anise as it warms, a nice light anise and baking spices, interesting. Mild earthy hops in the background. Then again mild barrel, which I could only assume has gone downhill a bit as it's not a lot of barrel, but a nice vanilla barrel character, as well as more mild bourbon, just a touch of that nice bourbon fudge, and again not straight up bourbon, like it's blended wtih something, but this time blended with a fudge sauce or something. Just a hint of booze, mostly hidden well. Finish is dry, as the whole beer was, a hint of warming booze not much, long lingering fudge, bourbon blended fudge, a little roasted malt and coffee, fluffy nougat etc lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick and fudgey, chewy, airy, etc, decent carb esp for the age, and just a hint of booze which is hidden well.

Overall this is quite interesting. It has that roasted malt that seems like it was overpowering fresh but is nice and aged now. Barrel is a bit attenuated too much unfortunately, but therein lies the quagmire of beers like this, drink fresh you get the overroast burnt characters and booze but nice barrel and bourbon, drink fresh it's mellowed way out and drinkable but barrel has died down. This was still very tasty and enjoyable, and I can imagine it being phenomenal at some point, maybe it's just past that point, btu still drinking quite nicely.

Photo of Hatzilla
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one for a while - 2012 version. Dark oily pour into a Duvel tulip - short lasting head. Smell is chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, dark cherries and oak. Taste is extremely chocolately and marshmallow-y, alcohol is present but not overbearing. Also more dark fruit/cherries on the tongue. Feel is smooth, oily but not cloying. Overall a great beer but the price prevents me from buying on a more regular basis (paid 30 bucks). Cheers!

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

22 oz bottle, 2012 vintage with blue wax and bottle number BR3, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color, produces a thin khaki head that fades to a thin collar.

S- Very bourbon and chocolate-forward, the bourbon is really mild and smooth, with some light oak and vanilla notes. As it warms some nice roasty and chocolate/molasses aromas come out.

T- Nice blend of roast, chocolate and bourbon flavors. The chocolate and roast flavors are more prominent than in the aroma, with lots of roasty bitterness towards the finish and some molasses. The bourbon is also understated but lends some nice boozy and vanilla and oak flavors.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a thick, almost oily feel, has a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- A delicious beer, one of my favorites from the Eclipse series along with the EC versions.

Photo of flexabull
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle courtesy of the super generous BA maximum12, thanks again! For the second Christmas Eve in a row, I'm getting to enjoy a bottle of one of the Eclipse barrel aged beers now that all the family has gone home.

Pours thick, a flat black color with a pretty nice light brown head. Head dies down to nothing, leaving some streaky lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very bourbon forward. Also some very nice notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted nuts.

Taste is complex. Nutty, with dark chocolate, light cream, and dark fruits. Finish has a very nice hint of bourbon, booze, and roasted coconuts.

Mouthfeel is smooth with nice body, could be a touch thicker though.

Overall, an excellent beer. And another winner from FiftyFifty.

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 FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1697th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
22oz Blue wax

2012 Vintage

App- A very dark brown. Bordered on black but never reached it. An amber/garnet edge formed and then was gone when the small aggressive 1/2 finger brown head poured and was gone. Made way to a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- An aromatic beer with strong chocolate on a large whiff. The ensuing notes bring a bit of roasty malts and a bit of oak. The booze is not very heavy but adds a depth to this one, this seems creamier and lusher than others to me.

Taste- As it warmed to over 55F, it became a bit more creamy and tastier. However, this one was a bit smoother than all others. Had a bit of molasses and chocolate on the back but doesnt give the boozy variant burn as others have. Nice variant but not the tastiest one.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a large creamy body to it and a low- medium carbonation. The after taste leaves residual booze and some oaky chocolate.

Drink- Its an eclipse stout for sure. Has that underlying flavor that each variant had. This just was just smoother than others but not in the class of the other variants I prefer.

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 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 johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma coming out of my glass is almost heavenly. Roasty chocolate caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey with a touch of ethanol burn lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. Nice stout, but seems hot compared to the others I've tried.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.