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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
94
outstanding

225 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 39
Gots: 102 | FT: 12
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2007 - No wax
2012 - Blue wax

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-16-2011)
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StoneTSR

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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #312 – 4 – 2012

APPEARANCE: Similar to the Elijah Craig 12-year, the color is pretty much jet black with a trace of brown light getting through when held up to the light. The only difference here is that the quarter-inch, coffee-colored head lasted for a few minutes longer. In fact, its endurance surprised me. When it finally faded, a thin film covered most of the surface. Lacing is non-existent, but that’s OK.

SMELL: I thought the Elijah Craig was good on the nose, this is just ridiculous. The bourbon aromas are perfectly balanced and all very present. Vanilla and a very distinct wet wood that brings to mind freshly emptied whiskey barrels leads the way. A hint of caramel dances around the edges and a breath of roasted malt rounds it all out.

TASTE: My first impression is that this is a little hotter and boozy than the Elijah Craig. The Old Fitzgerald packs much more of a bourbon punch with the wood from the nose pulling through from the front of the sip all the way to the finish. The vanilla is also fairly pronounced up front with more of a chocolate finish and a caramel backbone stays steady from front to back. The finish on this one is bitter, but not so much from the roasted malt, but from what seems to be more of a slightly citrusy hop flavor. Also, raisins.

MOUTHFEEL: The first word that comes to mind is voluptuous. Silky, creamy and smooth, the Old Fitz version of Eclipse goes down very, very easy. While the body is big, it does not weigh me down as much as I would expect from such a rich beer.

OVERALL: In three of the five categories, the Old Fitz beats out the Elijah Craig version, however in the flavor department, this one came in too strong (and I served this one at a more appropriate temperature that the E.C.). The booziness and bourbon bite were too much right out of the gate. This is an amazing beer, still worth the price in my opinion, but unlike the 12-year, I would prefer to lay this one down for a year or two. Taste is a big piece of the equation, so I’ve got to give it a slightly lower score in the overall department, but worth a trade or a splurge at the liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 07:12:43 | More by StoneTSR
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.