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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MasterSki on 12-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
198
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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94
Gots:
68
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12
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Photo of BeersandBread
1.37/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Top 5 worst beers I have ever had. For $30 this should not happen.
Look: This got me excited, dark, nice head
Smell: not much. Not much vanilla. That is why I bought this beer.
Taste: HORRIBLE! Bitter upfront followed by alcohol burn of artificial vanilla extract. Ends with a bitterness that sucks.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than water.
Overall: considering going to small claims court. Worst beer I have ever had for the money.

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Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hallertau
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very medicinal. Tastes like vanilla extract.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Curran, thanks man.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with healthy half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like sweet but earthy vanilla bean, with oak, roasted malt, and chocolate.

Not long after the pour, this is pretty tasty. There's just mounds of vanilla here, an almost overwhelming amount, with a good roasty bitterness, and bitter oak. There's a bit of chocolate, too. However, when this warms, it gets kind of unpleasant. The bitterness becomes fatiguing, and slightly medicinal. I had a hard time finishing my half of the bottle. This is a beer where a small pour is very necessary.

This is pretty thick, probably thicker than most of these variants. It's got a normal level of carbonation.

This is hardly worth the money and one of the more disappointing variants of the Eclipse series.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice mocha head. Thick collar and lots of wisps.

Smell - Tons of vanilla. Some milk chocolate. Not much if any bourbon.

Taste - Lots of vanilla again. Dark malt, but not quite chocolate up front. Milk chocolate builds into the back end. Vanilla comes back with oak and booziness. Makes it seem like vanilla extract.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - I don't get much bourbon at all, just some oak. The vanilla becomes intrusive.

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Photo of krl2112
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishColonial
3.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours one shade shy of black with an oily tight band that coalesces around the shoulders. Nose reveals ethanol, cocoa and artificial vanilla notes. Taste follows nose; however, it comes off a bit watered down. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body (closer to light) with an almost still carbonation. All and all, decent; however, a bit thin.

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Photo of Duff27
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dheldman
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thurgoft
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really was hoping for a vanilla bomb (probably like most) but unfortunately just got a hint of vanilla on the finish and some sweetness, possibly from another adjunct addition. A really solid base stout but this really didn't blow my mind and certainly not at the $28 price point.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer hits of marshmallow, vanilla ice cream, vanilla frosting, cream soda for days. Followed with some brown sugar and honey sweetness, without much roast to back up the beer. Bourbon melds with the light notes of milk chocolate with a sharp tannic oak finish and alcohol drying and warming on the way down.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks is pretty good.. A bit thin. Smell is pure vanilla.. Like a vanilla extract. Taste is good when it's cold, but when it warms the vanilla gets very artificial. It's good, but almost has an artificial sweetener flavor. A whole glass gets cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of M_chav
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The best eclipse variant in my book. Really held its own in a blind taste test of 10 Vanilla bean barrel aged beers. For me it ended up beating out the likes of Vanilla Rye and BVDL! Would love to re-visit this one soon, pick it up while you can.

Re-review, a few months removed from the first time I had it and somehow ranked it higher than VBDL and VR. Maybe my palate was off and running with the vanilla already from the other bottles that night but this is not in the same league as the big boys. It's still enjoyable but very boozy, medium body, not creamy and soft as originally described.. Vanilla is muted by the harsh abv. Damn. Not close to what I remember.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.3 out of 5 based on 198 ratings.
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