Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers MarkImperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by vic21234:
Photo of vic21234
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz silver waxed bomber poured into a snifter. 2013 Vintage. I'm a fan of Makers Mark so had to pick this one up despite the hefty price tag.

A- Pours dark brown, borderline black. A half fingers worth of dark khaki head sticks around awhile before fading to the sides of the glass. Lots of lacing is noted too.

S- Sweet chocolate notes, along with plenty of bourbon. Great smelling beer.

T- Starts off smooth and almost sweet with notes of chocolate. The bourbon and oak then start to shine through, with a nice warming feel after each sip.

M- Very thick, rather hot and bourbon forward.

This is only the second Eclipse I've had due to the high price tag. They have both been great beers, but there are similarly ranked beers out there for cheaper.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, dull silver waxed bottle, run #2 of 2013, and part of a six-pack sort of deal that arrived in Alberta a few weeks ago - not that it's always being sold that way.

This beer pours an expectedly solid black wall, yet with perhaps a bit of muddy cola highlights in the nether regions, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and truly creamy and foamy mocha head, which leaves some nicely askew cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells rather pungently of cocoa powder, the kind that's just been mixed into a healthy (re: double or triple) shot of middle-shelf Bourbon - the grittiness pervades, but I can sort of isolate a bit of vanilla, caramel, and astringent wood fiber, if I really must. The taste is much more rounded in its chocolate essence, the liqueur-like effects of the barrel more alcoholic than Yankee whiskey-borne here, though hints of spicy rye and cooking vanilla bleed through as this deal slowly warms (it's not exactly balmy outside right now, and my house hasn't quite properly heated up yet today, either). A slight, toasted dark fruitiness also arises, to a welcoming pat on the back, alongside some weak woody notes, day-old coffee, and a struggling, seemingly out of its element reduced brown sugar sweetness.

The bubbles are obviously quite effusive up front, but settle quite nicely into a tight holding pattern, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and generally smooth, the tics of char, java, and burgeoning booze indulging, all. It finishes well off-dry, the woody whisky, caramel chocolate malt, and dark sugary fruit providing the outline for today's task(s).

One of the more approachable versions of this shotgun blast of new 50/50 Eclipse barrel-aged, big-ass stouts. If I've enjoyed any Bourbons over the past few years, the red-wax sealed (wait, what? Sigh, no consistency) Makers Mark has been prominent among them. Nice to see that tasty, if somewhat simple, corn whiskey goodness so agreeably imprinted here.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of IKR
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage
11.9% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a modest dark beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Mild Bourbon, brown sugar , and mild coffee/roasted malt aromas. Nice smelling but not overly complex.

Taste: Bourbon, roast malts, vanilla, brown sugar and tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry featuring Bourbon notes, prominent roast malt notes and mild hop notes. This variant isn't as sweet as some of the other Eclipses I've had . Very restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. Interestingly, this version probably the least sweet of all the variants I've had. It's very much a prototypical stout with a prominent roasted malt profile.

Photo of VeganUndead
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kreko7 for sending me this one in a trade.

This was from their latest release, I feel like if I had left this in the cellar for some time I would be giving this a perfect rating. Maker's Mark is my personal favorite whiskey so I'm probably a little biased. Nose on the beer is incredible, I just want to live in it, and then this beer goes down so easy for being as heavy as it is. I took the first sip and said "this might be the best beer I've ever had." It's hard to convince yourself to spend $30 on a bottle of beer, but this one was definitely worth it to me. Cheers

Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head not much carbonatin.

S-Bourbon heavy, good deal of oak, vanilla and chocolate. Tad bit of roasted malt.

T-Semi sweet, good deal of bourbon. Nice oak character. Vanilla is present with sweet chocolate as well.

M-Medium to heavy in body slight carbonation.

O-Another solid Eclipse beers, one that is worth a purchase.

Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Opaque black with browning on the edges and 1 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves only trace patches of lacing.

S: A big sweetness, lots of dark fruit, a honey/sugary sweetness, bourbon notes with oak and a bourbony booze. Awesome.

T: Lucious sweetness with tons of chocolate/cocoa, accompanied by a big ethanol booziness. I also get dark fruits, bourbon vanilla and oak, sugar/honey sweetness, and some roasted malt.

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, appropriately low carbonation and very smooth. ABV is noticeable, but in a positive way, and drinkability is good.

O: I love these 50/50 Eclipse variants. Not as good as either EC variant, but a great beer.

Photo of themind
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a Legendary beer period! anyone who sells this short is in my opinion out of there mind. I have had many Legendary beers and this is up there with the best. The beer pours a small head, the aroma is roasted bourbon and the taste is flat out amazing. A subtle Makers Mark bourbon taste with a very solid stout back bone makes this Makers Mark beast a true treat. Kudos to 50/50 as this is one of the best I have had and yes the honey is present making it just that good!

Bottom Line: Legendary beer!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.1.14
Barrel #2 2013

A - Pours a dark brown with a huge light brown head with great retention.

S - Lots of bourbon, some heat from the alcohol, some malts, subtle chocolate.

T - Bourbon, malty, bitter and dry.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Solid BA stout, nothing really special or makes this version stand out.

Photo of KFBR392
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Pours dark brown yet sits black in the glass. Pours with half a finger of rich dark brown head. Active carbonation is above average for the style, in line with the others I've had from this line through.

Smell: Big bourbon front pulls the drinker in right away. Oak, milk chocolate, and vanilla create a decadent front. Cherries and dark fruits linger underneath the big barrel character. Toffee, figs, and lingering dry oak show up on the back end. But make no bones about it, this aroma is all about the vanilla, oak, and bourbon heat.

Taste: A surprisingly subtle front of vanilla, cake batter, and mossy hops. The oak picks up on the body with building alcohol peaking on the middle of the body. The alcohol is potent, yet very balanced and has such a soft feeling on the palate. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits are all found on the back end and deliver throughout.

Mouthfeel: Shockingly soft mouthfeel on the palate. Booze is potent yet decadent vanilla, chocolate, and oak even it out. Highly drinkable for what it is.

Overall: Another hit from FiftyFifty. This one is a bit of a different animal, supremely soft mouthfeel is surprising especially since I don't attribute this mouthfeel to Maker's Mark bourbon. An awesome once in a while treat.

Photo of Auracom
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Old review from notes: 8 oz. into a Bourbon County Spiegelau on January 5th, 2014.

A - Though the ABV is listed higher this year, the beer still physically looks similar. Moderately thick, blacker coloring with a medium khaki head. Very foamy head with decent lacing and better-than-expected retention.

S - Light vanilla beans, softer oak, wheat, pencil shavings, a hint of tobacco flakes, and mocha.

T - Plentiful bitterness, a bit perhaps unrefined. Younger wheated bourbon, cinnamon spice, soft prunes, and a hint of expired black coffee grounds on the finish.

M - This is where the base beer seems to get better every year. Plentifully smooth, long fry finish, moderate alcohol warming but little solvency taste throughout the palate.

D - I love this series because it shows the dramatic difference in barrels. This variant would ranks lowly compared to others. The spirit tastes young to me and doesn't impart as well as I'd hope. Worth the try though, as all eclipses are.

Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip. 2013 release.

A: Pours near black with a larger than I remember light brown head. Head is dense, thick, and airy, and slowly faded into a bubbly soft film. A complex network of thick lace was left down the glass.
S: Rich notes of creamy vanilla, Maker's Mark, chocolate, and caramel. Sweet, slightly boozy, with a hint of roasted coconut.
T: Roasted, sweet, and decadent flavors. Vanilla and chocolate come through nicely alongside notes of caramel, mild char, toasted marshmallows, and whiskey. The finish is full of sweet malts and roasted coconut, and the aftertaste is creamy, chocolatey, woody, and lingering.
M: Full thick body, smooth, creamy, and rich mouthfeel with low and soft carbonation. No trace of alcohol warmth, no astringency. One of the creamier and smoother variants out there.
O: It's not the most buttery of bourbons, but this is a very rich and smooth variety of Eclipse. Definitely delicious.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Jet black and opaque, with a thin light tan head and virtually no visible carbonation.

S: Maker's Mark bourbon (whisky? whatever they want to call it), dark cacao, wood tannins, and vanilla with a slight dark fruit sweetness and tobacco dryness. The sweetness and maltiness remind me of a graham cracker. This is boozy, but without excessive alcohol heat on the nose.

T: Bourbon up front, then cacao and deep dark roasted malts. Vanilla and woody tannins, some toasted toffee, and bits of dried tobacco and musty bound book flavors. More bourbon in the back end with wood dryness and residual malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body for style - far from watery, but not hugely thick and sticky. Alcohol fairly restrained for a barrel-aged imperial stout, and has fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: This was pretty good. I would have been a little more happy with it if it had a bit heavier body and more depth of flavor. It did definitely open up some as it warmed through the drink - but while I enjoy an occasional Maker's Mark on its own, I don't know that it was the best barrel compliment to the base beer. Still quite tasty, but not world class.

Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2, 2013.

A: Pours pitch black with a tall, dense and medium brown head. Head persists forever; top-shelf retention. Sparse but fluffy chunks of lacing.

S: Obviously but lightish Maker's Mark (I used to drink this exclusively). Decent caramel and toasted sugars. Hints of oak and a decent chunk of chocolate. Not as bold an aroma as some of the other variants.

T: Whoa, Maker's Mark way more prominent here than in the aroma (usually it's the other way around). Loads of toasted sugars and some caramel too. Strong oakiness with some char to go with it. Bittersweet chocolate melds nicely with the char, leading into the finish. Get some bitter coffee in there too, just hints. Sharp bittersweet chocolate and drying oak continues headlong into the aftertaste and lingers for quite some time.

M: Heavy, bittersweet and dry.

O: Hmph, another interesting Imperial Eclipse variant. I love seeing how different these beers around. This one has a notable lighter colored heads than the others, funnily enough. This one also has a very mild aroma compared to others but a nice strong presence in the taste instead. I almost always find this to be the opposite, an almost overpowering bourbon aroma and then a better balance in the taste. This variant is significantly less sweet than the others too. Lots of bittersweet flavors from start to finish. Maker's Mark isn't particularly sweet so I guess it makes sense. I'm a big fan of the sweeter, more complex variants so I knocked down the score a little, but just a little. This is still complex, balanced and tasty. Quite excellent in fact, just not as mind blowing as some of the others.

Photo of _IanMcG561
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As soon as I cut through the wax and opened the bottle the aromas of this wonderful beer filled the room. Its subtle hints of the fantastic whisky from which it had been aged made most of its appearance in the aroma and aftertaste. This beer flat out knocks your taste buds to the ground and allows you to pick them up once the ride of flavor has finished making its way through the back of your tongue. This beer is both rich in texture and aroma allowing you to enjoy every sip as though it was a new. Worth every penny of the $30 price tag.

Photo of weltywm
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hawthorne's in Philly. Served in a 6 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Very dark black with almost no head.

Smell: IF my eyes were closed, I would assume I was just smelling some bourbon.

Taste: Like the smell, notes of bourbon hit you up close and personal, complimented by oily espresso and ripe fruit. It's fairly hot, with a good amount of alcohol present. The mild hop bitterness comes in at the end, along with a decently complex mix of dry tobacco, chocolate, espresso, and more bourbon.

Mouthfeel: It's very thick and the finish goes on forever, with lots of complexity. However, I feel like it's a bit under-carbonated. I suppose this is to be expected, but it just doesn't seem as lively as it could be.

Overall: A very good barrel-aged stout. Unfortunately, I don't think it quite lives up to the hype and/or the price tag. I'm glad I tried it once, and though it was very good, it wasn't great. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. Though, you never know...

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, char, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 pretty good beer with some great bourbon forward smells, but the flavors are a bit too char forward in my opinion.

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml silver waxed bomber poured into tulip 4/1/14 from notes

A black with a deep cola edge, large mocha foam ends up a little soapy around the edges with an island in the middle that's a little more compact, lots of random lace deep down the glass

S plum, chocolate covered raisins, mild woody bourbon, vanilla, some char and booze

T more smokey bourbon, bakers chocolate, some more char and bourbon, the plums slightly sour and some sweet burnt toffee

M medium full, the bubbles fluff it up a bit, faint tannins, lots of char nd bourbon on the finish and just a little heat

O another solid Eclipse, well rounded with lots of barrel and almost to much charred wood, well concealed booze much like all the 2013"s I've had, not my favorite but great nonetheless

I can't say this ones worth 30$ but its tasty stuff, good beer to drink at 8am watching World Junior Hockey, got us out to a great start

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, 2013
Mini snifter

A: Pours again, dark brown leading to pitch black appearance in the glass. Thin layer of head tan. This is a little more carbonated than the first couple. Alcohol feet. Some touches of lacing.

S: Boozy MM coming through here. Wet barrel? Dark chocolate. Charred wood. Vanilla. Fudge. Cocoa. Oak dryness.

T: Taste is right there. This is more boozy than the first couple, but I like it as a MM fan. Getting that roast and dark chocolate. Vanilla and oak from those wrt barrels. Lingering booze heat.

M: Full bodied.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.