Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.24/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours indistinguishable from most any other eclipse, its plenty black and brown, it pours with a thin, dark beige head that is only about 1/3" in depth, doesn't do much in the lacing department, but visually displays that the carbonation is just about right probably. Aroma, this one did well in that department, had the lighter body whiskey notes going for it, pleasant, refined, well mannered, despite being from a "cheap" whiskey barrel. I've never really been able to catch on much of a difference between cheap or expensive barrels, some of them work, some of them are less desireable.
Taste is solid, about even coverage between the whiskey notes and the chocolate malt richness of the totality base stout. It had a lighter body presence though than many of the Eclipse variations, I think this one thinned the body out more than almost any of the non corn/wheat iterations of Eclipse this year. Its relatively dry at times for a whiskey barrel, I thought it covered up the amount of alcohol in it quite well, and was the first bottle I cracked after drinking this at the release party. Its impressive, and a different direction for Eclipse, its no wonder they also used the red wax for this, it is the most similar to the 4 Roses versions they've made in the past.
01-20-2013 04:57:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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
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
4.14/5 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
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
2012 Bottle poured in to snifter.
A - Black with a thin layer of medium brown head.
S - Huge oak aroma up front with lighter bourbon and vanilla notes present form the barrel. Some chocolate fudge and roast aromas with a noticeable sweetness from the base beer.
T - A very dominant oak flavour is present from the barrel that is tannic without being astringent. Some chocolate, roast and lighter vanilla flavours with just a touch of bourbon.
M - Medium to full body with a slight chew. Light carbonation.
O - This was an interesting Eclipse variation. I've had about 5 or 6 of these now and this one stands out as unique. The oak really came through with the bourbon and vanilla only lightly present int he background.
02-02-2013 23:39:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head that leave behind some lacing.
S-Bourbon, caramel, sugar, darker fruits.
T-Bourbon, candied sugar, some burnt notes, not much bitterness.
M-Thick, heavy, not much carbonation.
O-Way to much sugar. Overly sweet and unblanced.
02-08-2013 01:53:41 | More by rlee1390
2.1/5 rDev -44.7%
Poured into a perfect pint. Red wax, 2012 vintage. Big thanks to anotherjoe for hooking me up.
4.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is pretty good and tons of lacing is left.
2.5 S: Chocolate and roasted barley from the base. A surprising amount of coffee as well, which has to be coming at least partially from the barrel. The whiskey is surprisingly earthy and minerally with something along the lines of peat. Boozy and a bit astringent on the nose. Not a fan of this one so far.
2.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is harshened by the barrel and contents. I don't know whether to blame the barrel or the barrel aging since I've never had RY. In any case, the barrel aging has been overwhelmingly good for the other variants I've had over the years. This is rough with lots of earth, mineral, and tannic astringency. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness from the base. Boozy and without much vanilla or sweetness (super dry really).
1.75 M: Even the mouthfeel is worse than the other variants. Medium body without any creaminess. Undercarbonated with an astringent finish.
1.5 D: I venture this might be the worst Eclipse beer to come out. It's unrefined, too dry, astringent, and overly boozy. Nearly a disaster and certainly not worth half of the price.
01-18-2013 01:48:46 | More by DavoleBomb
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
1672nd Review on BA
Bottle to Eclipse Snifter
Bottle 812/2012 Release
App- This poured out of the bottle more of a reddish brown than a black. A nice density behind the center but more radiating lightness from the center out. A small 1/2" head to the 8oz snifter. A very amazing amount of cling to it.
Smell- I wouldnt call this one hot. I would just call it boozy. This had a small amount of that house honey that Eclipse is known for. A bit sweet as well. I dont get the chocolate flavors as most other variants have. I get a bit of cherry, thicker malts and no oak or vanilla.
Taste- Its just okay when compared to the other variants. A bit of a boozy honey and what I would call a cinnamon fireball candy flavor. A little unbalanced. A bit fresh but I am still not sure that more time would do this one well.
Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium bubbly carbonation. A bit prickly and fresh with residual sweetness, cinnamon and cherry. Slightly rich as well.
Drink- I've heard that Rebel yell isnt the best to start with but this was okay. A little bit unqiue with the cinnamon and cherry flavors I picked up. Probably wouldnt have this one again.
12-28-2012 20:53:37 | More by FosterJM
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
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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