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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
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
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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javablaine

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-04-2014 23:20:08 | More by javablaine
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-30-2014 16:23:27 | More by drummermattie02
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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 -9.4%

03-23-2014 22:56:53 | More by bcrossan
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-23-2014 22:36:44 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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SenorEsteban

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-21-2014 20:13:30 | More by SenorEsteban
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Hopdam

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

03-08-2014 15:14:59 | More by Hopdam
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mdfb79

New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:40:41 | More by mdfb79
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-02-2014 02:52:59 | More by ZEB89
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-23-2014 18:10:25 | More by funkel81
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-23-2014 01:26:37 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-20-2014 07:06:49 | More by TheBrewViking
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-16-2014 22:46:17 | More by jtladner
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BradleySig

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-13-2014 06:30:17 | More by BradleySig
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-13-2014 05:10:49 | More by JohnParadee
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-11-2014 23:31:29 | More by Moses_Malone
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kaseydad

California

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown colored ale with a big foamy head and a touch of lacing through the session.

Nice bourbon aroma combined with sweet chocolate whiff intertwined with honey. Woody, nutty, molasses, toasted oak. Reminds me of most of the others in the series.

Taste is slightly spicy with the bourbon up front followed by the stout flavor kicking in on the swallow. Smooth drink but not up to par on the some of the other barrel blends. A little more on the char side. Not as sweet as some of the others which I find as a plus.

Overall, this is a solid beer but not one of my favorites for the series. Maybe it's the bourbon barrel used. Not sure. Oh it's good, but just didn't spark anything in me that some of the others have. Have one more chillin and will wait for about 6 months and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 18:42:38 | More by kaseydad
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2013
Mini snifter

A: Dark brown leading the pitch black appearance in the glass. You get a thin layer of light tan tight bubbled head. Doesn't stick around for a long time. Alcohol feet.

S: Getting much more vanilla than with the HW Rye that we drank just prior to this. Less spice obviously as well. Dark chocolate. Fudge notes. Dry oak. Booze.

T: Taste follows the smells. Boozy dark chocolate fudge. Vanilla and oak meshing in nicely toward the mid palate. Lingering flavors of cocoa. Long finish. Opens up with warmth.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 16:01:25 | More by inlimbo77
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-03-2014 20:21:17 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Gregg_Kawakami

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-03-2014 17:19:28 | More by Gregg_Kawakami
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daleyke

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2014 11:36:46 | More by daleyke
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Eclipse. Every year I look forward to my shipment, though the hand-off in the cold weather of a Minnesota December always makes me sweaty. 22 oz. orange....excuse, me tangerine...bottle split with my wife.

I am happy to say that the orange...tangerine wax of this year's bottles is slightly less hard than the setting concrete of year's past, it's almost fun to peel off. Nose is a bit light compared to other years & variants. More chocolate than anything else, light vanilla bean (three of them), & I swear I can smell the wood.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West has callouses on its hands. First impression is that this is harsh, an Eclipse with a biting edge of boozy whiskey that's nowhere apparent in its brothers (& sisters). There's a spicy mule-kick that hints at rye, & if I knew more about bourbon I'd know, but I'll wager these are rye barrels. Or I'm just wrong. Chocolate, wild honey, mild sweetness, with a ton of wood that sucks the moisture from my palate. Dry tongue. Swift kick of alcohol. But that spiciness really yips this up a notch. I could suck this down like oysters on the half-shell.

Before it warmed, this beer left me cold & indifferent. Once it closed in on room temperature, my meter went close to ninety degrees. Bloody hell, one excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:10:26 | More by maximum12
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2014 21:02:10 | More by dfhhead25
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-27-2014 02:44:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.