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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old FitzgeraldImperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

236 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 39
Gots: 107 | FT: 15
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

ngeunit1, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

CelticAleMan, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

claytong, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

enelson, Apr 09, 2013
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of IKR
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

IKR, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Resuin, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of ThirstyJoe77
4.75/5  rDev +12%

ThirstyJoe77, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Gosox8787, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of DruRho
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DruRho, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

egrace84, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of carlitosbronson1
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

carlitosbronson1, Mar 15, 2013
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.

Sammy, Mar 14, 2013
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.

liamt07, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Lurkerson
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Lurkerson, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -5.7%

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Beerontwowheels, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Huhzubendah, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ChugginOil
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ChugginOil, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of reverbking
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

reverbking, Mar 05, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.