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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
91
outstanding

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | 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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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-23-2014 22:45:19 | More by muskiesman
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Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-23-2014 15:56:42 | More by KCBeerNerd
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

08-20-2014 23:54:22 | More by SadMachine
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-14-2014 14:16:42 | More by striker2160
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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

08-14-2014 11:06:23 | More by lonewolfcry
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TheCuriograph

New York

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

2013 poured into a snifter

A - Motor oil black with a surprisingly full brown head.

S - Dominated by sweet (borderline cloying) bourbon notes, along with pipe tobacco, white chocolate, marshmallow. Oddly, nothing too roasty about the nose. In many ways, the astringent sweetness resembles a particularly sugary cola. Plus, ethanol stings the nostrils.

T - Nicely smoky with an explosion of dark chocolate, accented by vanilla extract, date and black cherry. No meatiness or espresso notes; in fact its comparable to BCBS, which I generally find tasty but too hot and sweet. Same here.

M - Oddly thin for an Eclipse. Substantial, yes, but not a chewy as Java.

O - Not amazing; definitely my least favorite Eclipse I've had so far. Still, I'm glad I tried it, and I would buy another bottle to age. This seems like it could have potential over time.

08-14-2014 01:47:21 | More by TheCuriograph
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-01-2014 07:48:24 | More by zestar
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Hawaii

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-29-2014 19:00:24 | More by kk73
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-28-2014 20:53:24 | More by Resuin
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PG2G

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-27-2014 17:18:05 | More by PG2G
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nut

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

07-25-2014 15:14:13 | More by nut
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Petegrieco

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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rlee1390

Indiana

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
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California

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.