Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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3.89/5 rDev +2.4%
Big thanks to MrKennedy for this and it's the 2012 edition which pours a dark black hue with a one finger head and lacing all around the place,the rebel yell is very strong on the nose not much else gets a look in apart from dark coffee,the mouthfeel is full bodied,lightly carbonated and sticky with tastes of dark chocolate,bourbon,the slightest hint of oak and finished like a boozy Irish coffee and overall I'm glad I cracked it tonight and just glad to be able to have tried it cheers.
03-17-2014 10:25:16 | More by ADZA
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
2012 edition, 22oz, heavy red wax sealed bottle - is there a more annoying enclosure to open with a standard tool than this? Anyways, thanks to hoppypocket for getting this to me back across the continent.
This beer pours a solid black, with subtle basal cola highlights, and one finger of densely foamy, bubbly, and creamy cocoa brown head, which leaves splashy ocean wave lace around the glass as it genially abates.
It smells of vanilla and sweet booze-heavy bourbon barrel, semi-sweet chocolate, toasted grainy caramel malt, soused blackberries and plums, treacle, black licorice, plain dark sugar, and musty, dusty hops. The taste kicks off with a rather harsh, almost gag-inducing leather-bound bourbon booziness, the vanilla, caramel, and wood all complicit, before a relatively lulling cocoa, sugared coffee, and astringent anise essence brings things back down to semi-sane reality. The hops seem stunned into oblivion, but I do get a hint of the earthy mustiness afterburner effect.
The bubbles are quite understated, and barely competent in their quotidian duties, the body a heady medium-full weight, and smooth enough, given the swirling alcohol esters hereabouts. It finishes well off-dry, the sweet, rye grain-tinged barrel notes now somewhat integrated into the cocoa, anise, and coffee essences, to my palate and gullet's delight.
A big-ass stout, somewhat molested by an undeserving barrel, is what this all seems to be. Never having had the whiskey in question, I'm not surprised that it gets comparisons to Wild Turkey, as I have quite an adverse reaction to that spirit as well. Just too astringent and boozy overall, the attendant sweet characteristics really only making things worse by showing what might have been, underneath it all.
11-19-2013 05:06:38 | More by biboergosum
4.09/5 rDev +7.6%
Bottle opend on 8.10.13
BR 1 2012
A - Pours a dark brown, with a dark tan head that never fully fades, does move to the edges.
S - Chocolate, burnt toast, whiskey.
T - Sweet up-front, then burnt malt, boozy finish.
D - Good carbonation with a medium body.
O - Very sweet and subtle burnt note with a nice whiskey finish.
08-11-2013 02:33:20 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.45/5 rDev -9.2%
22oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a deep caramel/chocolate brown with a short-lived light than head that faded into a thick and lasting collar. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Rough smelling with notes of harsh alcohol, acetone, and sweet berries and dark fruits. Definitely the roughest of the 2012's by far.
T: Yep, still harsh. Caramel with dark fruits and berries dominate next to boozy flavors of cheap whiskey. The finish is sweet and fruity with hints of raisins, chocolate, toffee, and spicy barrel. The aftertaste is boozy and sweet.
M: Full body, boozy but thick mouthfeel, normal fuzzy carbonation. Some volatile alcohol and burn.
O: Could probably use some more time in the bottle so I will have to re-explore this in a year or two. All the other 2012's are doing fine right now though. Decent but far from the best. Hopefully age will improve this.
07-18-2013 18:28:31 | More by scottfrie
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
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 chocolate and caramel malts, Bourbon, lots of vanilla, lots of oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, 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 very present, but smooth here.
04-17-2013 05:07:41 | More by ngeunit1
4.14/5 rDev +8.9%
650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.
Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.
Smell - Nice bourbon. Doesn't have the harshness that other variants have.
Taste - Nice bourbon character. Vanilla. Dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon continues throughout. Very nice barrel character.
Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.
Overall - This beer gives the best barrel character. Distinct corn and bourbon flavor that never overpowers.
04-07-2013 00:06:50 | More by Alieniloquium
2.18/5 rDev -42.6%
Bottle as part of drinking most of these.
A - Dark brown chocolate with reddish hues on the edges. Not much of a head but small mocha foam sits on top.
S - Chocolate mixed with cheap bourbon. Smells medicinal, overpowering, and harsh
T - Tastes like cheap and strong bourbon with light chocolate aspects to it. This beer tastes mostly like bourbon but unfortunately it isn't good bourbon. Each sip makes you twinge.
M - Thick body with lots of astringency from the bourbon
O - This is by far the worst eclipse I've had so far and shows how barrel aging doesn't always help a beer. There is way too much cheap and bad bourbon that made this one not too enjoyable.
03-26-2013 00:25:56 | More by jeonseh
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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