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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

243 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 41
Gots: 104 | FT: 16
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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4.11/5  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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old Fitzgerald
22oz, 2012
The Bruery tulip

A: Pretty much par for course, pitch black. Thin layer of slight tan head. Faded to a ring quickly. No really lacing. Some reddish hues on the edges. Some ABV feet on the swirl.

S: Dark cocao. Some vanilla. Some of that blueberry that you usually get in RIS. Touch if booze.

T: Dark chocolate up front. Some soft toffee and caramel. Hints of those dark fruits that you smelled on the nose. It tastes like dark chocolate fudge. Different than the Mellow Corn and Bernhein, specifically with the booze.

M: Full bodied. Maybe a little less creamy than others. Easy drinking, but thin almost.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.