Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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4.36/5
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla BeanImperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean
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

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Added by MasterSki on 12-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#679
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
228
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
72
Trade:
12
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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilerup
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ruzzal
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a modest tan head. Faint wispy lacing in the glass. The aroma featured somewhat muted vanilla bean, whiskey, caramel, and milk chocolate. Much more vanilla on the palate - plenty up front and then balanced out with the base beer and the barrel. Somewhat warm on the finish but not overly boozy. There is a great, soft, east feel to this one. Very well done.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kricks77
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nsiergiej
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian74
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what a legend I am going to review here. So many imitators since. Anyways, I dunno, 5-8 years ago by now, 5050 released this as a party bottle after the Eclipse party. It was awesome. Then they made it a regular. Good move.

Pours the usual not the blackest of black, but a dark and black beer. Brown head, 1/3". Aroma wafts vanilla nicely. Mild bourbon on the back end. The vanilla extract or bean (don't care) seems to cover up the roasty Totality base and the barrel (EC or EW I believe, Elijah Craig/Evan Williams for those playing at home).

Taste and mouth feel are where this beer excels. Just a beautiful harmony of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and oak. I can crush these all day. The abv is probably hid on these better than any other version. I also reviewed Avery's bourbon barrel coconut porter today. I don't buy as much of this beer as I do that one anymore because of the price point. Is this beer "better"? Sure. Slightly. But the cost is 3x as much. That hurts the wallet and the overall score. Slightly.

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Photo of IKR
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 Vintage
11.9% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a fairly generous dark beige head that gradually faded.

Smell: Vanilla, mild Whiskey, and mild brown sugar notes. The vanilla is the star here.

Taste: The taste profile features vanilla notes, roast malts, mild honey, and some tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry ending with some bitter tannic notes. The beer taste finishes on a bitter mildly acrid note.

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

Overall: The vanilla and bal-aging notes are tasty but the bitter tannic finish is somewhat distracting.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 228 ratings