Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.06/5 rDev -1.7%
22oz 'tangerine' wax capped bottle, from run number 1 of the year 2013, Anno Domani. Once again, these barrel-aged Eclipse deals are not at all easy to open with a standard tool - is this supposed to be some sort of security feature or something? Anyways, the barrel in question here comes from the High West Bourbon lineage.
This beer pours a solid, light-nullifying black, with the slightest echo of basal red cola 'highlights', and two slender fingers of thickly foamy, and loosely bubbly milk chocolate brown head, which leaves some bleeding Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things slowly subside.
It smells of roasted doughy caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, black licorice, boozy vanilla, Bourbon-soaked gritty wood planks, a hint of Irish coffee, and weak earthy, musty hops. The taste is big on the hot vanilla notes up front, followed closely by more toasted caramel malt, charred medium chocolate, dry anise, cherry menthol cough drops, a milder grainy Bourbon besotted woodiness, and a very soft bitter earthy hoppiness. That near 12 points of ABV are noticeable, sure, but hardly a kingmaker at this junction.
The carbonation is damned-near non-existent, the body a slickly solid medium-heavy weight, smooth like glossy licorice twists, with a hint of aerosol creaminess. It finishes fairly sweet, the alcohol not to be denied in all respects, especially when combined with the lingering roasted malt and cocoa, not to mention the earthy licorice/root beer notes, and generally fading soft Kentucky barrel notes.
I've kind of always wanted to try the High Test (uh, I mean West) Bourbon that's been available around here for a while, but, yeah, its dear shelf price kind of distanced me from it. So now, ironies abounding, I get to try its mere ghost via a likewise pricey barrel-aged American stout. My takeaway here is that the whisky is well worth pursuing, given that it renders subtly desirable effects on an already heady base Imperial Stout, and nothing more. Oh, well, there would be that deal with the even further elevated alcohol, but that's a cross to bear for another day.
12-29-2013 08:09:52 | More by biboergosum
3.74/5 rDev -9.4%
650 mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Medium collar. Thin wispy surface.
Smell - Chocolate. Some vanilla. Sharp whiskey, but not much other barrel character.
Taste - Dark bitter chocolate. Dry aininess. Bourbon is even more subdued here. Sweet in the back end.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Kinda creamy, but drops off dry.
Overall - Not a lot of barrel, but it's a tasty stout behind it.
03-24-2014 00:58:22 | More by Alieniloquium
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A-Clear amber/brown when pouring, black in the glass and tries to leave some lacing.
S-Bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
T-Starts with bourbon and roasted malt, dark chocolate and some coffee.
M-Medium bodied, tad creamy and not much carbonation.
O-It was a good beer, worth the try. But at the price tag, not a repeat purchase.
05-04-2014 21:33:19 | More by rlee1390
Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.