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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 225
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 39
Gots: 104 | 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  rDev -5.4%

11-21-2013 01:52:04 | More by krl2112
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-08-2013 17:31:50 | More by CMack71968
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I would not be able to enjoy without the efforts of laymansbeerfan and lesckie - thanks guys! Blue wax 22oz bomber BR/1 2012, split into Deschutes snifters with my bro.

A: Reddish/dark brown pour with a light layer of brown head and lace/film. Nearly opaque body.

S: Strong layers of vanilla, caramel, and sweet booze in the form of simple whiskey esters. Moderate chocolate and faint dark fruit as well.

T: Sweet but not as sweet & decadent as other Eclipse variants. There seems to be a base of significant black patent malt, but this brew is only lightly roasty. Vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit make up the flavors. Alcohol is very light at this age, giving the impression of whiskey but not overpowering by any stretch.

MF: Not quite heavy, full-bodied and smooth with low carbonation; faintly viscous.

O: A simple barrel-aged Eclipse variant. Elijah Craig 12 was more highly complex and decadent; this brew leans simple and sweet. A nice beer, but not special in my opinion. Its amazing how much the barrel changes an identical base beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 15:28:15 | More by Scotchboy
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-02-2013 23:06:47 | More by Drucifer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2012 edition, thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. I get the waxing for presentation, etc, but wow, is it a pain in the ass to get any manner of bottle opener (and yes, I used a knife to scrape off the wax first) to work on such a thing. Better be worth it - that, kids, is called an expository teaser.

This beer pours a solid black, with more than ample cola highlights, and one finger of bubbly, tightly foamy, and fairly creamy chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some decently spooky stringy mitochondrial lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of acrid booze-soaked grainy bourbon wood, with a strong dose of thin vanilla extract, musty milk chocolate, well-toasted caramel malt, sugary dark orchard fruit, almost fruitcake-like, a bit of wet ash, and earthy, dusty hops. The taste is another big smack to the palate, with a mixture of chocolate pudding cups and a shot of sweet vanilla, caramel, and wood-heavy middle-shelf bourbon, some softly sweet coffee notes, roasted caramel malt - one rather nougaty in its bearing - charred sultana raisins, and a growing alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and almost inert at times, the body a somewhat unsettling medium-heavy weight, and really rather smooth, with an amateur creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the bourbon and English candy caramel notes come 'round full bore with the last of their twin barrel (sic) loads. Eep, I think I now need a shower, if not a smoke.

A pretty agreeable Bourbon County affected Imperial Stout, the barrel doing its thing, and doing it well, while the 'base' stout has a thing or two to add to the palette. Soft, silky, and really quite drinkable, at least until that near 10 points of ABV comes a' knockin', sooner, rather than later, I suppose. I'm starting to grok a trend here, one not too unlike the single-hop series so in vogue for the last little while - single house barrel agings, i.e. not just 'bourbon aged', but 'Old Fitzgerald aged', through the good graces of Heaven Hills, of course. Anyways, as my lugubrious nature here indicates, this is one beer worth seeking out - make your own reasons.

Serving type: bottle

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California

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Minnesota

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Indiana

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger off white head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Slight bourbon, rather chocolately, some coffee and a tad vanilla.

T-Rather sweet, chocolate, vanilla, some but not much coffee. Chocolate seems to be more of a dark chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, nice deal of carbonation.

O-The bourbon seemed to really have faded in this beer, I'd drink all Eclipses as soon as possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:02:25 | More by rlee1390
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Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.4.13
BR 3 2012

A - Pours a dark brown with a few dark tan bubbles that linger for a bit.

S - Chocolate, subtle roasted malts.

T - Silky chocolate, vanilla, then some bourbon in the finish.

D - Silky smooth heavy body with low carbonation.

O - Smooth, but heavy on the chocolate and vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-06-2013 19:05:41 | More by jayhunter357
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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.