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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

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013)
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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.

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Bottle opened on 7.18.14
1/2013
Orange wax

Malty, grainy, a touch of chocolate. Not the best variation, but solid.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.