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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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 UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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 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 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 MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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 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 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.

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 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 Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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 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 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 maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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 mynie
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Think I got this in trade from my sister, like three years ago. A month or two afterward I realized how this beer was outrageously expensive and therefore miraculously easier to find outside of California.

Blue wax, 2012. It says "BR 1," whatever that means.

Pours out quickly, a little thin-seeming, with nice opacity and a decent head.

Smells as much like straight up bourbon as any other BA stout I've ever had. Often, "bourbon" denotes nodes of fire or vanilla. But this smells like barrel-aged sour mash smoothed out by chewy barley and yeast. One of the most aggressive aromas I've ever come across in a a beer, and also one of the best.

Tastes... not nearly as good as the smell. Ahh blazes why'd you have to go an' do that me, love?

Tastes up front like the thinnest stout you ever had. You can sense inklings of better things, but it's like they're knocking against a locked door. This gives way to a rather generic bourbon burn and leads to a fantastic finish, firework puffs of vanilla, char, and vinous barley.

This is infuriating! It's like 93% a classic but that weak, watery opening keeps it away from glory.

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

2007 vintage on-tap at the Eclipse release party, 2012. Reviewed from notes (my first beer of the night).

A: Pours black with dark chocolate highlights beneath a thin dark brown head. Looks like every other Eclipse.
S: Caramel and vanilla dominate but I still get quite a bit of bourbon and oak barrel on the nose. I thought this would be way more muted for its age.
T: Again, still a great barrel quality to the taste. Chocolate dominates with hints of toasted marshmallow, and nutty, woody and toasted flavors. I get a hint of cherry alongside chocolate lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Low carbonation, syrupy but not greasy or cloying. Not as full or as rich as fresher variants. Still some booze to it though.
O: Surprisingly delicious. I’d take this over some of the fresher variants. Can’t wait to see how it is out of the bottle fresh.

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 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 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.

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