Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West RyeImperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 12-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.55%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
63
For Trade:
18
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 31
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from my Vermont trip. Pours black with nice brown head. Aroma of lots of char, some fruity notes. Flavor follows with big char and sweetness. But this is way thin, even for an Eclipse variant. It's too bad they can't make a base beer that stands up to the barrels, because all the flavors here are really nice. Thicken this beer up, please.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Hoernkeem710
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, light lime green waxed bottle, BR 2 of 2014.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of back-lit basal cola edges, and one skinny finger of weakly foamy and mostly bubbly brown head, which leaves a bit of streaky and windblown ocean spray lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of sugary and bready caramel malt, heady Bourbon barrel notes - edgy vanilla, spicy rye grain alcohol, and an acrid woodiness - black licorice, a touch of roasted day-old coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a soft earthy, musty hop bitterness. The taste is more roasted graininess and dry cocoa powder, before that big-assed rye whiskey barrel comes 'a, um, barreling through my gentle palate - crisp and yet astringent booze-soaked wood staves, dry vanillan, toasted caramel, and spicy rye bread - over some still perky dry anise and coffee bean esters, and a well-sublimated metallic alcohol measure.

The carbonation is still noticeable in its plain and understated frothiness, the body medium-heavy in weight, and mostly smooth, the rye-ness of it all behaving like a perfect southern gentleman. It finishes on the sweetly caramelized side, and very much like the rye it was aged in - spicy, caramelized, and woody.

For a straight rye whiskey barrel aged imperial stout, this comes off as way more drinkable that it has any right to, IMHO. I guess it helps that said whiskey is one of the higher-end rye products on the shelves of your local liquor purveyor, and keeps (so I've been told) the typical tongue-scraping acerbity to the bare minimum, as such. Yeah, it's clear that I'm not a fan of the guest spirit in toto, but somehow my attitude changes as far as this product is concerned. Good stuff and go freaking figure.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: pure darkness very little head soapy

S: bourbon some alcohol light roast

T: very smooth light on the tongue nice roast some bourbon very soft

M: Have to combine the mouth with taste I talked a lot about how it feels

O: Its a good beer but lacks the depth and character that the Elijah Craig version does. I would pick this version up again.

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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
11.9% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a moderate sized dark beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking Imperial Stout

Smell: Brown sugar, mild Whiskey, and mild roasted malt aromas. Not a bad nose but the barrel aromas are fairly mild.

Taste: The rye Whisky bal-aging features prominently with some spicy notes not present in the Bourbon bal-aged Eclipses. The profile also features roast malts, faint vanilla, brown sugar and tannic oak notes. The tannic oak notes feature prominently in the taste profile and the finish is a bit drier than the Bourbon bal-aged variants. Fairy restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: This was a good Eclipse variant with the spicy rye whiskey notes featuring prominently.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - High West Rye from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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