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

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

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Ratings:
198
Reviews:
42
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottle # 124.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and vanilla frosting aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and vanilla bean flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice vanilla forward qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short, dense tan head that died down, leaving traces of wispy lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vanilla beans are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate fudge. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of vanilla beans along with strong notes of bittersweet chocolate, the latter of which also imparts a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little dryness and alcohol warmth towards the finish.
O: Although the vanilla really stands out in this beer, I liked how it doesn't overpower the other flavors in this stout and there is a good mix with the underlying chocolatey flavors (making it almost seem like vanilla cake with chocolate frosting). This makes for a really nice dessert beer. The beer does a very good job of masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Note: 2016 Batch 2

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bitter and sweet, the cream filled flavor of Vanilla Bean Imperial Eclipse Stout comes with severe roasty brunt but with the soothing vanilla cream flavor to balance. Its assertive roast and dry sensibility comes together in harmony on the palate.

Pitch black and completely opaque, ominous looking beer swirls with a short mocha froth, looking off espresso in nature. Scents of all things burnt lead with espresso, dark chocolate, black walnut, toast and sweet cream. Its taste is lightly sweet, but robust with the carbonized taste of burnt milk, molasses, brown sugar and marshmallow.

As the stout pangs away at the tastebuds, the flavors trend roastier and roastier. Sweetness fades and the taste of extreme espresso, charred oak, bourbon, campfire and burnt toast continues its intense dominance while the stout continues to dry. Caramel, cream, and bitter baker's chocolate apply a soothing and then bitter medley on the back end of taste.

Full, roasty and deviantly dark, the finish is filled with char and heavy whipping cream. The vanilla is no match for the burnt malt, its smoky cocoa counterpart or its tannic oak aridness. Though it takes an edge off the the severe roast, its balance only takes it so far en route to a taste of over wrought coffee deep in aftertaste.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (2016 edition), thanks be once again to the ever affable rogerdandy, for procuring this for me from his wide web of globe-trotting beer contacts, when no one else locally would. That said, this US-sourced version has a wee label on it that specifies it as the vanilla variant, so take a lesson from that, lazy-ass Alberta FiftyFifty importer.

This beer pours a fairly solid black abyss, yet with prominent red cola basal edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some well-eroded limestone cliff lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of marshmallow-forward vanilla, lightly roasted bready and doughy caramel malt, gentle cafe-au-lait, a touch of bittersweet cocoa powder, subtle anise spice, ethereal woody barrel notes, and a mildly perfumed floral and musty hoppiness. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, vanilla cookies, heavy cream, ephemeral black coffee, still hard to pin down Bourbon cask essences (toastiness and spicy rye, mostly), medium dark chocolate wafers, and more understated leafy, earthy and sauced-up floral hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite tame in its low-fi frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, but for a sense of boozy woodiness making a few unwelcome inroads here. It finishes well off-dry, the vanilla, cocoa, malt, and creamed coffee essences ruling the lingering day.

Overall, this is a pretty stellar version of style, even if the vanilla character doesn't exactly rise above what one might expect from the exposure to the wood. A heady offering, one that I am glad to finally have had the chance to make an acquaintance with - so thanks again to those who performed the legwork for me!

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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has some chocolate dessert notes and some propolis. Taste is sweet at first with some dessert notes but couldn't really say it's vanilla. Finish has some bitter baker's chocolate notes. Body is quite light for the style but it's really smooth. Overall it's a nice stout but not one of the best in the Eclipse series.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for busting this one out last night at his tasting, have wanted to try this one ever since it came out.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving only a few small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense vanilla and marshmallows, bit of caramel and toffee, chocolate and dark roasted malts. Probably the most vanilla heavy beer I have ever had, and usually that might not be such a great thing but here it really is.

T - Starts off just like the nose does with the strong vanilla and marshmallow sweetness slowly being joined by the chocolate, dark roasted malt, oak, caramel and toffee. Finish is pretty sweet with a touch of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Super smooth, sweet feel yet it remains easy to consume. The sweetness is strong thanks to the added vanilla but it isn't all consuming.

O - This might be my favorite variant to date. The pappy is awesome but I just loved how it packed an insane amount of vanilla into it and it can still be this smooth and easy drinking. I would love to have this one again in the future.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla Bean from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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