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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old FitzgeraldImperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

213 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 213
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%


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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pkalix

California

4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:16:15 | More by pkalix
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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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mdfb79

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 02/17/13 notes. 2012 vintage, BR3, poured into a wine glass. Tried along with the 2012 12-year EC and 2012 Rittenhouse Rye versions.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Thick looking stout, I think all these Eclipse stouts look great.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, whiskey, vanilla, and some toasted malts. Lots of chocolate and nice and sweet, and the whiskey comes through a bit as well. Alcohol is stronger here than the 12yr EC was, but if you like whiskey it is very nice. Not as much alcohol as the Rittenhouse Rye version.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted malts, cream, whiskey, oak, vanilla, toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, and some sweet sugar. Taste is awesome; ton of sweet chocolate again here, and nice bourbon and vanilla too. Not as hot as the nose, and nearly as nice as the EC 12. More chocolate here vs vanilla and swet bourbon in the EC. Much better than the RR.

m - Full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. The body is thick and smooth and creamy, like most of the Eclipses. Great mouthfeel for a stout, and not much heat in the body.

o - Overall I liked this variant a lot. While I still like the 12 year EC better, this is my second favorite 2012 variant so far, as I found it significantly better and the Rittenhouse Rye and Bernheim Wheat. Lots of chocolate in this one and while the nose is a bit hot, the taste isn't as bad. If you like chocolate and whiskey forwards noses like me, you'll probably enjoy this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 14:57:25 | More by mdfb79
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flexabull

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 05:47:20 | More by flexabull
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cosmicevan

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:31:01 | More by cosmicevan
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:14:19 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 22 oz. bottle split with a friend. I've had other years of this series, and really enjoyed them, but the high tag would keep me from getting these more than once. 2012 vintage poured into two Sierra Nevada tulips.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Definitely not as dark and thick as other barrel aged stouts. Doesn't pour much in the way of head.

Aroma: Really big sweetness and barrel notes upfront. Caramel, molasses, marshmallow, and fudge cake create a really nice sweet base. The bourbon is definitely there but it is very well integrated into the beer overall. Really surprised how mellow the booze character is in this.

Taste: Milk chocolate, marshmallow and caramel are all strong here as well. The bourbon is definitely there as well, but (like in the aroma) it shows itself with some sweetness and just the slightest burn. A touch of oak as well. Really well integrated. Somehow manages to be really sweet and avoid being too cloying.

Mouthfeel: As with most Eclipse beers, a bit thin for the style. Still very rich and easy to drink.

Overall, this could be my favorite Eclipse variation from the 5 or so I have had. The barrel blends pretty flawlessly and adds a ton of complexity and sweetness to the base beer. The only drawback for me was the price tag, but that's to be expected here. I definitely think this is drinking pretty much perfect for the style now, so I wouldn't cellar these at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 11:19:48 | More by Gosox8787
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with signs of brown highlights when held up to the light and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: booze smacks you upfront in the aroma with good roastiness, plenty of sweetness consisting of malts, molasses, chocolate, a little brown sugar, mild vanilla and brown sugar presence but the old fitzgerald barrel character is definitely there.

T: roastiness was more apparent on the palate alongside molasses, toffee, chocolatey sweetness, good vanilla flavor, nice old fitzgerald barrel accents and a good amount of boozy heat but with dark fruity accents.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, boozy, mild dark fruity, roasty, chocolatey and rich finish.

O: I think it is one of my favorites from the eclipse variations but was just a touch more booze for me but it was fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:06:05 | More by Gobzilla
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 06:29:25 | More by WillCarrera
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown pour. Moderate-sized fluffy chocolate brown head. Tried to pour it aggressively but the head just wouldn't cooperate. Fades at a decent pace with very little lacing. None initially in fact, but as I drank it left some splotches here and there. Good retention at least.

S: Big sharp bourbon aroma. Caramel, coconut, marshmallows and vanilla primarily. Some oak too. Chocolate from the base beer. Stinging alcohol.

T: Bourbon up front but not as strong as some of the other variants. Very sweet with lots of caramel, melted chocolate bars and a little bit of char. Just a little. I get distinctive burnt marshmallows in the middle and into the finish. Even has a burnt marshmallow mouthfeel at the same time, sort of a chalky, ashy, sticky sweet feeling.

M: Fairly heavy, thick and sticky.

O: Huh, amazing how the different variants are so far apart. I had the corn whiskey version the other day and it doesn't even resemble this beer. This one is lower carbonation, sweet and syrupy. Basically marshmallow and chocolate. It's delicious to be honest. At the same time, it does lack some of the complexity of the other versions. Less bourbon character and no real oak. Wonder if it spent less time in barrels, or if Old Fitzgerald is just a simple, sweet bourbon (never had it). I tend to enjoy sweet beers however, and this was no exception - I loved every drop. I just can't give it top-notch marks for lack of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:55:31 | More by Dope
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new Eclipse: be still my heart. After finishing last night with a new Evan Williams, this seemed like a good way to start an evening of lounging on the couch with my wife & watching bad movies. 22 oz. bottle, blue wax, split in twain.

Pour is regular old black, less carbonation that others in the series, one glass is almost still. Lovely chocolate, big roast, less barrel that many of the other series, only a small spurt of vanilla betrays its lineage.

Eclipse Old Fitgerald is a harsh fellow. Unlike the smoothness of most of the Eclipse series, this has a wicked, slashing bourbon bite to it; that's where this beer lives, is the bourbon & the backing vanilla. Underneath is chocolate, & the roast that's dominant in the nose comes on strong mid-palate & runs all the way to the finish, hand in hand with the old Fitz. Drying oak, too. I like this: I'm sucking on it like a black liquid lollipop.

This takes a whole different turn than you normal barrel-aged stout: it goes hot & rough rather than smooth & silky. I like the u-turn & would love to see more like it. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:03:57 | More by maximum12
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 04:26:09 | More by ngeunit1
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:23:12 | More by HuskyinPDX
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:21:52 | More by TheBrewo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:44:45 | More by biboergosum
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by yours truly at a Chicago Burbs Tasting.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Unbelievably, this still has a lot of boozy notes to it. The Old Fitz is right up front and easy detectible, though the nearly 5 years of age has smoothed it out considerably. Along with the Old Fitz, there's chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, and a large barrel influence.

T - A ever-so-slight amont of oxidization helps smooth the Old Fitz and meld with the sweetness. Up front, chocolate, oak, and burnt sugars pair with the booze to create a nice level of roast. Alcohol is well-hidden as far as the booze, but you can taste the Old Fitz. Finish is oak, caramel, and burnt sugars.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Old Fitz has aged nicely and has held up much better then I ever thought possible. Not sure how much longer I'd cellar this beer though, as I can't imagine it aging in the positive direction any longer. I hope my friends enjoyed this treat as much as I did.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 17:49:33 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Very thin and faint tan foam settles to a thin collar. Very, very dark brown body. Looks like your typical Eclipse.

S - The amount of oak and bourbon presence is pretty amazing considering this is nearly five years old. There's some mildly fruity oxidation but I find Eclipse to be a sweet beer to begin with so it's not particularly intrusive. Lots of dark fruits and chocolate, with some caramel sweetness as well.

T - The taste is quite good, and you can sense this has mellowed quite a bit over the yearss. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, with some oaky vanilla and less overt whiskey flavor. The Old Fitz shows up fairly late here. Oxidation is also fairly restrained - even less than the aroma.

M - Medium body, that's perhaps a tad light for the style but not for the listed ABV. Really mellow, with no alcohol bite to it. Chewy and sticky texture, with some mild tannic dryness.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. It's not as good as the best of Eclipse variants, but it's still a very enjoyable (and rare) offering that I was lucky to experience. I'm curious how aggressive this was fresh, but I guess I'll find out come December.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 14:33:33 | More by MasterSki
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:39:36 | More by liamt07
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Rinkor16

California

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 19:08:40 | More by Rinkor16
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:39:22 | More by wordemupg
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DovaliHops

California

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Blue Wax. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Looks a lot like all the Eclipse bottles I've had. Scent is burnt malt with roasted marshmallow. Some nice whiskey aromas with some sweet chocolate. Some vanilla and a good amount of coconut. Nice, toasty molasses with some oak as well. Taste is quite boozy... quite possibly on of the hottest Eclipses I've had. Taste has all the characteristics of the nose. Lovely coconut flavor with a good amount of vanilla. Sweet chocolate fudge with some burnt malt flavors. Sweet bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, especially as it warms. Drinkability is high, just like most Eclipse variants. Overall, this one is great. I haven't had a bad Eclipse bottle. I wish I had the self control to save all my Eclipse bottles and host a tasting with all variants... that way I could rate in comparison to the other versions. Oh well, damn tasty beer...not the best Eclipse...not the worst Eclipse.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 08:33:19 | More by DovaliHops
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is near black with a small beige collar. The aroma offers bourbon, oak, vanilla...typical 5050 scents. The flavor offers more of the same, with a nice balance of oak, roast bourbon. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Overall, a solid beer, but not a standout of the Eclipse series. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:08:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:58:29 | More by JoEBoBpr
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a bourbon flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that tastes much better than it smells in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:17:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 23:41:52 | More by yamar68
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.