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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel YellImperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell

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very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.21/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color brown head sort of light brown. I'm really digging beer these days. Why are these called Eclipse anyways? Is the sun fixin to move halfway acrost these brews and obscure them from the views? Malty, roasty, a bit thin. Another shocker. This one changed my life...again. Like Zoro, I thought this was muy bueno. David Hasselhoff should be proud to have this beer named in his homage. If Tera Patick was my roommate, I would share several of these with her and her amigas. To infinity and beyond!

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CanisMajor
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012. Pours a dark black with a very small tan head. Scent is very different from the others. This one has a more distinct whiskey aroma. I immediately got taken back to times at the bar when I would order a shot of whiskey (didn't care what it was). Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Very boozy aroma with sweet oak and vanilla. Roasted chocolate and vanilla. A very distinct variant of the Eclipse series. Taste is immediately sweet with booze and cinnamon. I think the whiskey flavors come through most in this variant. Before I go further with that statement, I want to be clear that it is just "whiskey flavors". Not necessarily the different qualities I get from other variants with great "good-tasting whiskey qualities". In a blind tasting, this one would definitely rank as the most harsh. Not necessarily the worst, but the harshest when it comes to the whiskey flavor. Still a great beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat hot with medium body. Somewhat sticky. Drinkability is fair, as the booze and whiskey heat can be a bit much. Overall, I really enjoy this one...just not very complex like some of the others.

Photo of brotherloco
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Azrael
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1672nd Review on BA
Bottle to Eclipse Snifter

Bottle 812/2012 Release
Red Wax

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, green apples, and whiskey. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got my shipment in yesterday and if the End of the World is tomorrow, at least I will have tried the rare Rebel Yell barrel.

Right of the bat from the cap opening, I am smelling the inviting whiskey. Let's move forward.

Pours a black ale with a on-the-smaller-side beige head. Light lacing. Pretty standard Eclipse appearance.

The smell is great. Getting a bunch of whiskey and oak smells. Light green apple. Little vanilla and caramel. Chocolate.

Taste is very stouty. Nice bold chocolate stout taste with a decent amount of whiskey, oak and vanilla. A little booze forward especially as it warms but I like how it enhances the taste and sends the other flavors to the back. Big warming sensation as expected. Alcohol does creep up on you. Big flavor.

A little thin in the mouthfeel for as big as this starts out.

Overall I dug this. Definitely could use a little more time to lie down but overall I knew what I was drinking and I knew it was gonna be somewhat booze-forward. Rebel Yell may not be the most expensive or flavorful whiskey, but I love the attempt and introducing something new...if only for fun....is okay in my book. I want "more, more, more".

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.