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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

71 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013)
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-17-2014 15:45:22 | More by pmarlowe
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Petegrieco

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-02-2014 02:32:05 | More by Petegrieco
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California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-01-2014 23:30:02 | More by cmgage
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Eighty

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-05-2014 20:39:57 | More by Eighty
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is excellent, they all are in this series, but this might be my least favorite of the lot, and while its not all the way fair, i have to rate this against its brethren, and it just isnt as fantastic as the others, at least in my opinion. its got the same inky brown color, impenetrable to light, and the same lazy mocha head. it has a radiant luster to it as well, short of greasy looking, but definitely gleaming. it smells bourbon heavy, i smell the stout less and the booze more, and high west bourbon isnt my favorite, its nice, but simple and bland compared to their other spirits. oak and chalky dark malt mix with the sweet vanilla of the bourbon and the honey in the stout. the flavor never really opens up until its warm, definitely a beer to decant for a bit before drinking. its rich and roasty, but i dont get as much of the honey in the stout as i did in others. i also get a little more bourbon than i care too, seemingly not as carefully barreled as many of the others. oak is prominent, and some of the subtleties of the base beer are lost. im not sure how much of this is a product of the ageing. the high west rye was arguably my favorite ive had of these, and this is for sure my least favorite, but they came out at the same time, confusing. the thing that made it weak for me was the feel. it just seemed so much thinner than others, and even thin in its own right for what it is. it doesnt coat the palate the same way, and as a result it seems boozier and harder to drink to me. i still love it, dont get me wrong here, but in the context of the entire series (that ive had), its the least unique and impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 03:33:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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J-Bonestradamus

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-25-2014 17:37:38 | More by J-Bonestradamus
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-25-2014 03:13:01 | More by brotherloco
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1424IpA

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-24-2014 04:59:14 | More by 1424IpA
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 21:33:19 | More by rlee1390
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California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-02-2014 03:29:52 | More by aquazr1
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Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2014 20:29:45 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2014 01:20:06 | More by Texasfan549
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-17-2014 19:01:38 | More by ralphw56
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with an extremely dark brown color with an average average thickness on the pour. A finger of dark brown/khaki head forms and is present while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Medium bodied barrel character brings some vanilla with some noticeable booze initially. Malt character has a caramel and molasses sweetness with some very light roasted coffee grounds. Dark cherry fruits and airy oak pop up on the back end.

Taste: Oak, cherries, with a kiss of barrel character hits the palate first. Barrel character picks up on the body with some heavier boozy accents, spices that come off with a rye flavor, and roasted malt. Molasses sweetness evens out the barrel character well. Coffee grounds sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Like many of the Eclipse stouts, the body is a tad light. The flavors don't shine through as much as the other ones so the lighter body detracts a tad from this one. Lots of roasted malt, coffee grounds, and oak left on the palate long after drinking.

Overall: This one is good but I would certainly recommend the Elijah Craig 12yr over this one. The barrel character isn't as clear and flavorful from the High West as I was hoping. The spices and heavier malt accents are welcome but everything gets a tad bunched together.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 15:03:09 | More by KFBR392
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-14-2014 19:49:52 | More by djmichaelk
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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:58:22 | More by Alieniloquium
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bcrossan

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-23-2014 22:56:53 | More by bcrossan
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.