Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.06/5 rDev -4%
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.
04-06-2013 22:30:07 | More by IKR
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
04-06-2013 20:24:47 | More by Alieniloquium
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
4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
03-25-2013 11:19:48 | More by Gosox8787
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
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
03-14-2013 22:39:36 | More by liamt07
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
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
03-03-2013 03:03:57 | More by maximum12
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
4.41/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
02-19-2013 07:12:43 | More by StoneTSR
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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