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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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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013

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Photo of apasternak
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PretzelCity
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle @ Ale Arsenal on 1/9/15. Pours black in color with one finger or less of head that dissipates quickly. Plenty of lacing. The aroma is bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and oak. Thinner mouth feel than many in the class, but similar to other Eclipse varietals. The taste is bourbon barrel and roasted malt upfront with some chocolate and caramel. Still a solid beer, but not nearly the best Eclipse varietal.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Tangerine wax, vintage 2014, Bottle run No. 2.

Deep walnut brown body and opaque, but with just a hair of dark red tinge to it on the edges. Manages a creamy mocha brown head of about a finger, but settles to a good three millimeter collar, with a nice whispy top and not filmy. Some spotted lacing manages to round out. Quite a nice looking beer.

Excellent aroma and bouquet. Great hints of fruity quality, almost like a cherry brandy of sorts. Liquid maraschino chocolates, clove, with black forest cake and fudge qualities. Dense, almost kind of buttery in a way. Incredibly impressive nose with a very unexpected fruit character I didn't expect coming.

Palate is quite interesting. Light bodied but with definite whisky flavors and a bit of roast bitterness on the finish. Good round coating but missing some of the classic barrel aging silky and creamy coating texture. Still the flavors in the mid palate bring loads of fruit and dark chocolate, with a big whisky wooden tannic and bitter note. Cherries, spiced clove, sharp wood and an almost pencil shavings and lead sensation. Bitternes tones down after some time, with some leafy tea like hops to really jack things up even more interestingly.

I am shocked at how fruity this is, and how much it reminds me of a true whiskey barrel. It also seems to have more character of a rye than a bourbon cause of the fruit angles messing with me, but either way it's another dam good Eclipse worth savoring.

Photo of KAP1356
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrianQuinn
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jhfinn
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pisano
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PicoPapa
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with Orange Wax. Bottle Run 2 2014. Pours a pitch black color with a half inch of frothy light brown head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing. The aroma is oak, honey, vanilla, dark chocolate, Bourbon, and chocolate syrup. The taste is lots of bourbon barrel upfront followed by some dark chocolate, espresso, caramel and some honey. Earthy with vanilla notes. Maybe a slight hint of dark cherries. Ends with lots of wood and Bourbon. Lots of alcohol warmth at the end with nice barrel notes. Heavy mouthfeel. Lots of Bourbon flavor on this one that goes well with the chocolate and woodiness. Almost tastes leathery at times. This is the second variant I have had of Eclipse and both have been outstanding, but pricey. Overall, I want to try more of these.

Photo of kevindp9
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Cacao and barrel all over the place. Would have liked a bit more weight on the tongue, otherwise solid brew. Price point is really high, but understood on a 300 barrel level.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of anteater
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HopBomb515
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with asmall tan head that fades quick and alcohol legs on the glass. Oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Really decadent aroma. Chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon come through on the flavors and meld together nicely. Alcohol heat is there and detracts a bit. Mouthfeel flashes with a surprising carbonation and goes creamy early in the sip and coats the palette. Overall I thought this was great. It mixes the flavors from the barrel and bourbon to the base beer very well. Smooth and delicious but a little hot.

Photo of Raziel313
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 release.

A: Pours unlike any of the other eclipses I’ve had to date (which is basically all of them). This one has a huge, billowing, dense, and frothy head that damn near overflowed the glass. My first immediate thought was infection, but thankfully this wasn’t the case. Just a really really carbonated eclipse. A fuzzy and thick film lasted the whole beer through and left large spots of lace down the glass.
S: Bourbon is spicy and strong, with undertones of vanilla, roasted, and chocolate syrup. I get a hint of dark fruit in there as well.
T: Bourbon barrel lends some clean spiciness to the flavors. Notes of vanilla, leather, and caramel see to shine over additional flavors of fudge brownie, dark fruits, brown sugar, and toasted marshmallow. The finish has a nice sweetness to it from the bourbon, and the aftertaste is full of peat, leather, and toffee.
M: Ample carbonation is frothy but thankfully soft and velvety; it just really froths up on my palate as I sip. This is unlike any other eclipse I’ve had, and is really strange, distracting even, and it does take away from the beers drinkability. The body is on the lighter side of full, and the mouthfeel is clean, bitter, and a tad sticky.
O: As stated, definitely the most carbonated eclipse I’ve ever had, and perhaps on the sweeter side as well. Definitely a great stout, and a great eclipse variety, but probably not in my top 5 list of the barrel treatments.

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of uvm2003
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.