Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bottle.
An aggressive pour yields little to no head but a slight thin tan film that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. The liquid is pitch black and viscous. No light gets through.
Aroma starts off with some nice notes of caramel and molasses. Burnt caramel to be exact. Nice fudgy chocolate notes follow with some good mild dark cocoa bitterness. Surprisingly after more than a year there is still some mild roast in the nose. Very nice notes of mild espresso are perceived along with some slight hints of vanilla and woody spice.
The flavor is pretty intense. Strong barrel notes of booze and some spicy wood and vanilla notes are present in the flavor. The vanilla notes are more dominant as the brew warms but are then offset by some amazing and delicious chocolate notes. Dark fudge and milk cocoa sweetness finish with a nice dark cocoa bitterness follows through the finish of this beer. The mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance would indicate but its still pack a bit of a punch. Overall this is a delicious brew. The base beer shine very well with roast and cocoa notes mixed in with barrel heat and sweetness.
01-14-2014 23:58:29 | More by JoEBoBpr
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Enjoyed with a friend
A: Very black and dark in color. Very little to no head.
S: Vanilla and lots of chocolate. The bourbon is hardly niceable.
T: A lot of vanilla up front mixed with the chocolate. The bourbon is definitely taking a back seat on this one. Very tasty.
M: Full bodied and very smooth, like most stouts.
O: A real treat. I just wish the Eclipse variants weren't so damn expensive.
12-31-2013 19:08:40 | More by Rinkor16
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottle picked up by my trustee and sent my way, had this one before, but looks like the tick is still in a notebook somewhere with the backlog. Enjoyed from a eclipse snifter.
a - like all eclipses, this one is dark as night with a gorgeous barrel shine and zero head to speak of. Great shine but a watery look.
s - nose is chocolate covered booze. Great balance and nothing too much in any one direction. Bourbon is there but not too intense and some hints of vanilla.
t/m - taste matches the nose but the vanilla is bigger and more present. As always great balance and a super easy drinker. A bit on the watery side, but oh dat flavor and to drink so easily for such a massive beer, this bad boy is dangerous.
o - overall, i have said it before and i will say it again, eclipse beers are one of the few series that are actually worth the crazy price point. This beer is no exception. Really well balanced and drinks like juice. Great flavor and there is a touch of oxidation that actually works with this beer. Another winner from the series. Not my top pick, but on the high end of the middle.
12-28-2013 22:31:01 | More by cosmicevan
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
We cut the blue wax on a bottle of 2012 stock, hand labeled on the front with “BR 4 2012” in white paint pen. The brew pours the color of the deepest molasses brown, sitting thick and murky in our ¾ sized tasting snifters. It holds a one finger head of soapy bubbles. This chocolate milk foam fades on the slower side of life, leaving watery wisps of lacing all around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active, but dead slow. The aroma is wrapped in a thick blanket of cheap whiskey, Old Fitzgerald, and sings to the tune of quality that Jim Beam and the likes embody. The nose is otherwise filled with notes of fat buttery diacetyls, heavy cashew nuttiness, toffee and salted caramel sweetness, heavily roasted caramel, English brown, and dark chocolate malts, toasted shreds of coconut, milk chocolate syrup, lactic creaminess, burnt brown and confectioner’s sugar, raisin, cherry, and plum depth, vinyl sting, rocky smoke, vinegar acidity, light grassy hops, and fusel booziness, especially with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much spicier, deeper, and darker than expected, but it is a bit light on the lip. As we sip, the taste opens with oily molasses, heavy oak burden, caramel and chocolate malt char, phenolic plastic burn, fusel booziness, sweet corn whiskey fumes, subtle soapy and grassy hoppiness, and chocolate covered raisins. The middle is sweet, with dense chocolate fudge sweetness, continued caramel malt thickness, malted milk balls, salted caramel, sourdough pretzels, freshly pressed leathers, seaweed, clean bourbon heat, and aluminum hitting you high up on the palate. The end washes through with green bananas, soy sauce saltiness, dark chocolate truffles, char-burned oak, hot whiskey, chalked yeastiness, dried raspberry and cherry fruitiness, light coconut fruitiness, basement mustiness, and dark cherry flesh. The aftertaste breathes with massive cheap whiskey, sticky honey, mineral, metallic yeast, milk and dark cocoa chocolates, caramel honey, light cloven and plastic phenols, dark fruity pulp, plum juiciness, chocolate and coffee malts, generalized fusel boozy heat, and stark banana esters. The body is surprisingly medium and airy, and the carbonation is medium. Despite this there is sleek, greasy slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with the mouth left fully coated and dripping wet. This lasts for some time, with eventual chalky astringency focused hard to the anterior palate. The abv is appropriate, and this guy functions well as a sipper.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its flavoring. We were expecting the malt bill to be heavy and roasty, but we definitely didn’t see the smoke, char, and pow coming. This, combined with the dank whisky wetness, envelopes the palate in mystery, complexity, and intrigue. The nose set the stage nicely as well, with great fruitiness and syrupy sweetness, but again, didn’t get you ready for the depth of grain. If we had to knock something it would be the feel. For such a robustly flavored and nosed brew, it would have been better suited to have a frothy and creamy beverage. Instead we got a thinner, more oily and slick brew that had nice sip, but lesser follow-through and slurp. As this marks our introduction to the “Eclipse” family, we were very excited to crack this one. We remain enthusiastic about the rest, and can’t wait to see how they can turn up the robustness with each of the barrel agings from 2012.
12-17-2013 01:21:52 | More by TheBrewo
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.