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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers MarkImperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark

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BA SCORE
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.11%


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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mdfb79

New York

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/16/14 notes. 2013 vintage, batch 2. Poured from a 22 oz. silver waxed bottle into a wine glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, like most of the other Eclipse variants.

s - Smells of whiskey, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, clay, caramel malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, and earthy notes. Nice nose, whiskey is up front and a little harsher than some of the other variants, but it is enjoyable.

t - Tastes of whiskey, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, clay, earthy notes, burnt malts, char and smoke, and light toffee and caramel malts. Taste is bourbon forward again with more earthy and clay notes to it than the nose had.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is somewhat thick and chewy, not much heat at all. very good mouthfeel, like most of the Eclipses.

o - Overall this is a good variant, but not a great one or one of the better ones in my opinion. I am a huge Eclipse fan and have had most of them and this ranks towards the bottom for me; thank being said, it is still a very good beer. I think it is a little bit harsher than some of the other variants, and has more earth qualities to it. Worth drinking for sure and interested to see where my other bottle goes, but given the option, I'd buy EW, 4R, or EC over this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 16:04:57 | More by mdfb79
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to newbrewbb for the generous gift!. Pours slightly darker than the color of cola with a rocky, quarter inch, khaki-colored head. Some swaths and slashes of lacing present, but exhibit weak legs. Nose is somewhat lacking - dark malts, roast, chocolate and a hint of oxidization, but it all comes off a bit dull. Taste is much more impressive - the Maker's Mark really comes out and the malts, roast and chocolate present in the nose are much more amplified and coalesce nicely into a balanced flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, perhaps a touch on the thin side, with an even carbonation and only a slight alcohol burn towards the back. Overall, a pretty solid American Double/IS; however, the price point on these beers is a bit too high. Nonetheless, I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 00:05:09 | More by Jwale73
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

04-13-2014 16:22:06 | More by IPAchris
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-13-2014 04:17:26 | More by tbone1384
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-12-2014 18:10:19 | More by TXhomebrewer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

04-04-2014 03:54:05 | More by afsdan
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-30-2014 16:48:06 | More by drummermattie02
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kipp

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

03-30-2014 01:08:01 | More by kipp
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-29-2014 18:36:16 | More by ShemRahBoo
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle grabbed from a shop (forget which one) when I was back home in MD. Silver wax, 2013, Bottle Run #2. Poured to a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku. Pours dark brown to nearly pitch black with a big brown head due to an aggressive pour. Aroma of roasty grains, a bit of smoke, light oaky wood, a little metallic note, and I seem to get more hop bitter aroma than I would have expected from a BA stout. Not great on this dimension. Flavor is light roast and wood, some light smoke alongside some burnt raisins, and a bourbon graham cracker finish with light vanilla. The bourbon is subdued here and this one comes off a bit watery both in mouthfeel and in flavor. Needless to say this was a bit disappointing for $32, and is at best a mediocre and thin imperial stout.

Let this sit for a bit and as I got through it, it definitely improved. Still only OK, but sweetened up as it warmed and thickened a tad. Definitely let this warm

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:27:45 | More by BMMillsy
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best series out there & jazzed to have another variety to notch up. 22 oz. bottle with silver wax that, thankfully, isn't as granitesque as past years "wax" has been. Split with my wife.

As I continue to school my little girl in the art of beer pouring, I note that this one is as all Eclipse is, black about 97.4% of the way through, with good carbonation. The nose (my little one says "it smells like apples!" & I'm going to have to disagree) is aggressive, razor-edged whiskey, enough to make me think they didn't empty the barrels nearly all the way. Base beer is buried in there somewhere: I imagine more than smell the sweet malts, chocolate, & roast.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maker's Mark is wicked. The 'Mark is strong, strong, & is mixed with a charred, almost smokey amount of oak that I don't recall ever tasting in an Eclipse before, & then my fire alarms go off. No, really. Mid-palate the heat & bourbon really take over, much boozier than most of the other variants. Ze finis consists of more char, more bourbon, along with a coating of cocoa, astringent oak/wood, clay tennis court. Did I mention the charred barrel? The first Eclipse I've had that's overcarbed, to the point of distraction, very bubbly for a big stout. And unlike most, a half bomber is going to be enough.

Too much burnt leads to a beer that remind me of scorched portages in the BWCA. Burn, baby, burn. While I like my waffles & toast borderline burnt (at least according to my barely touch heat to them family) even I have limits. Good, but too much of a good thing can chafe, eventually.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 01:57:28 | More by maximum12
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brycevolk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-25-2014 19:49:12 | More by brycevolk
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-25-2014 04:28:23 | More by brpendergast85
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Sharper, more corn-like bourbon. Bright liquor. Oak. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Same corn-centered bourbon. Oaky. Dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Eh. The bourbon character isn't very nice in this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:18:00 | More by Alieniloquium
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-21-2014 16:04:00 | More by mtomlins
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul. Served in my FiftyFifty snifter.

Typical FiftyFifty stout appearance. Near black with a half inch of beige head. The aroma brings the booze right away. Lots of Maker's Mark character. Why be subtle? Fuck it. Ample oak and barrel character throughout. The finish brings a boozy, whiskey sweetness that tingles a bit before a nice, alcohol warmth. Not among the best of the series, but a solid beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:24:38 | More by Huhzubendah
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1424IpA

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-14-2014 03:25:43 | More by 1424IpA
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ksbuell

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-12-2014 01:37:48 | More by ksbuell
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-03-2014 01:57:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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crag

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-24-2014 17:51:11 | More by crag
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-18-2014 19:45:14 | More by rogerdandy
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-17-2014 15:44:24 | More by pmarlowe
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-16-2014 21:41:31 | More by jtladner
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-16-2014 02:05:44 | More by bpfrush
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BradleySig

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-13-2014 06:29:07 | More by BradleySig
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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