Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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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
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.
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.
04-06-2013 06:17:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
12-15-2012 02:16:17 | More by largadeer
4.24/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
11-02-2013 02:44:45 | More by biboergosum
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-29-2012 14:33:33 | More by MasterSki
4.4/5 rDev +4%
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.
02-19-2013 14:57:25 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.11/5 rDev -2.8%
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
03-08-2013 04:08:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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