Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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2.23/5 rDev -47.3%
Bomber from Vissai in a recent box. Cheers for the trade man!
From a bomber into a snifter
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.
05-29-2013 12:54:41 | More by Jeffo
3.05/5 rDev -27.9%
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!
08-04-2013 07:21:40 | More by Rish907
3.35/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
01-19-2013 02:51:10 | More by DavoleBomb
3.7/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
02-15-2013 23:06:05 | More by smakawhat
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
03-14-2013 23:45:51 | More by Sammy
3.74/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
04-08-2013 16:35:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
05-22-2013 01:10:28 | More by tjmodica
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
1697th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
22oz Blue wax
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.
01-21-2013 22:08:40 | More by FosterJM
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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