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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-04-2013 05:24:23 | More by kevindp9
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-26-2013 21:18:03 | More by outoffocus
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-24-2013 20:19:43 | More by CanisMajor
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cp45

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-22-2013 22:34:06 | More by cp45
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azdback

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-21-2013 07:14:51 | More by azdback
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-20-2013 02:02:01 | More by bsuedekum
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Lucho

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-18-2013 05:53:51 | More by Lucho
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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claytong

Vermont

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Connecticut

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 16:35:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

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IKR

California

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage
Blue Wax

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a small beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar and some vanilla notes.

Taste: Spicy Bourbon, mild vanilla, caramel/brown sugar, a touch of roasted malts and some oak notes appearing in the finish. The beer finishes with Bourbon and mild hop notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation Fairly thin bodied for the style.

Overall: Good beer. A bit more Bourbon forward than the 2012 Elijah Craig's I've had and as a result perhaps a simpler taste profile.
Opened a bottle on March 28, 2014, and noted while the Bourbon still features prominently, the oak and other barrel elements were more forward and a healthy amount of carbonation remained. Based on the changes I'd upgrade my taste score to 4.5 and overall to 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:30:07 | More by IKR
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:24:47 | More by Alieniloquium
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 06:17:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.