Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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 Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MasterSki on 12-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#702
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
231
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
92
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73
Trade:
12
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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While visiting a local in Carlsbad, CA I found this old friend on the shelf. Used to mail order (is that still a phrase?) by the case, but it’s been years. Ivory waxed 22 oz. 2017 bottle split with my wife.

The pour looks like every other FiftyFifty stout that’s ever appeared in my glass. That is, black. Smell is deep sweetness & plenty of vanilla.

FiftyFifty Eclipse – Vanilla belongs to a different historical epoch, when imperial stouts didn’t have to have the consistency of brownie batter & the hulk of the hypebeast. Here the vanilla extracted (ha!) from the barrel mingles with the added vanilla beans to present vanilla on all sides. Solid roast, that deep malt sweetness noted in the smell (or perhaps the advertised honey), with only a gentle inhale of bourbon, more of a breath of liquor through the nose. Supremely smooth, dry.

Throwback stout to the max, this would have won 2011 in my house. As is, still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rcjennings
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 231 ratings