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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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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-26-2013)
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Reviews by vic21234:
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4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 00:06:27 | More by vic21234
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

07-20-2014 02:56:23 | More by loverofthecraft
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

07-20-2014 01:37:49 | More by Bwagner1122
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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 15:38:41 | More by rlee1390
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 18:03:00 | More by scottfrie
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 01:20:18 | More by zac16125
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-26-2014 12:18:14 | More by cwelsh55
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

06-14-2014 03:19:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-07-2014 17:51:52 | More by bleedsblu
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-03-2014 02:10:47 | More by BMart
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-02-2014 21:12:42 | More by dfhhead25
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-31-2014 04:31:47 | More by cd34
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-17-2014 20:09:53 | More by alex021224
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 05:13:09 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-05-2014 21:57:00 | More by McNazz
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

05-01-2014 03:21:08 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-01-2014 00:01:42 | More by stogirelli
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 13:45:31 | More by macrosmatic
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 16:04:30 | More by Auracom
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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