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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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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 19
Gots: 57 | FT: 11
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 UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, cookie dough, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the boutbon barrel aging comes across slightly better in the smell.

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a couple bottles of this from my futures last year, decided to crack one open. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, batch 1, 2013 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one finger plus of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, milk chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, oak, earthy notes, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, toasted malts, burnt malts, vanilla, cream, oak, earthy char notes, leather, and light caramel malts. Much better as it warms up, better than the nose.

m - Thick, full body and moderate carbonation. Tiny bit of heat, great mouthfeel.

o - Overall this is a very good beer and better than the 2013 Makers Mark I had a few weeks ago, but it is not my favorite in the series by far. I've been a huge fan of this series of beers over the last 3-4 years but to be honest, all the 2013's I've tried so far (4 of the variations so far) have left me wildly dissatisfied. While they have all been very good beers, I don't feel they have lived up to the great and amazing variations of the past few years. Hopefully they get a little better with time and the other variations pick up the slack.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Three bottles shared with my brother-in-law this week. I bought the first one. He enjoyed the first one so much, he bought two more for us to share.

Typical Eclipse appearance. Near black with an inch of lasting, tan head. Huge bourbon aroma, with honey sweetness, roast, chocolate. Delicious at first sip. Smooth on the palate. Honey and bourbon play so well together. Another nice addition to the Eclipse series. Expensive, but tasty.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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 ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Bottle opened on 7.18.14
1/2013
Orange wax

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

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.