Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel Blend | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel Blend
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
68
pDev:
5.77%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
14
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by busternuggz:
Photo of busternuggz
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Opaque black with a 1/2" coffee colored head. Recedes to a thick ring. Leaves spotty lacing.

BIG vanilla bean on the nose, followed by some toasted marshmallow and dark chocolate, white chocolate chips, cola, nougat, subtle coffee, caramel syrup.

Again, heaps of vanilla on the taste, followed by dark chocolate, bitter coffee, brownies, caramel, marshmallows. Earthy, bitter, alcoholy vanilla bean on the finish, like I'm chewing on one; it's a bit much. Vanilla is much more prominent than the coffee.

Somewhat viscous, medium body. Smooth, ends clean.

I had thought that this would be best fresh, but the vanilla is so prominent I'm going to age the other one to see if it mellows some. Wish the coffee was more present too. It's a good beer, but the vanilla overshadows everything else and leaves a distracting aftertaste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtladner
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
Bottle

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a moderate dark beige colored head that slowly faded.

Smell: Coffee, vanilla and mild Bourbon.

Taste: The coffee and vanilla make their presence known initially, followed by some roast malts notes and mild oak notes. The coffee and vanilla are definitely present and feature prominently but integrate well in the taste profile.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. I've been drinking a of of Bourbon County Stout lately and the body here is a bit thinner than that of the BCBS.

Overall: My first beer from my recent Eclipse shipment and so far so good. The coffee and vanilla are a nice addition and both fit in well in this beer. i have one more which I don't think I will sit on too long in fear it'll lose it's unique coffee and vanilla taste profile.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LakerLeith
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Mike
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black with a half finger of dense dark tan head that fades somewhat quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells fantastic with notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malts, a little bourbon and some vanilla
T: taste is coffee, vanilla, a little bourbon and caramel with some oaky barrel flavor and more coffee with a little roasted malt. swallow is coffee, roasted malt, a little more of that bourbon barrel and some slight lingering vanilla
M: big and viscous in the mouth with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Absolutely an incredible experience. Huge coffee and vanilla notes with some great complexity from the base beer. I can't sing this beer's praises enough. It was expensive but my goodness is it worth it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The coffee and the vanilla go together perfectly. The balanced between the two flavors is phenomenal. The oak, roasted malt, and chocolate do not really come through but the coffee and vanilla go together perfectly.

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Photo of indy351
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of analogchainsaw
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CHickman
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottled 2014, Bottle Run No. 1: Pours pitch black color with zero sign of light coming through and a thick 2 finger creamy dark tan head that faded very slowly and left very good spotty lacing, a creamy layer on top and rings as it went down.

Smells of burnt coffee grinds, burnt cappuccino, smoke, cocoa powder, molasses, vanilla, oak, burnt grains, charred wood, hints of red wine, bourbon, more coffee like a burnt Starbucks and a whiff of floral hops. No clue how that light aroma of hops come through with all the rich, burnt coffee and lingering booze, but it does show up and adds even more complexities to this lovely aroma. The coffee really is the star of the show and works well with the malts and barrel notes.

Tastes like it smells with rich fresh coffee beans and burnt coffee grinds up front, followed by dark chocolate, cappuccino, smoke or ashy notes, cocoa powder, molasses, vanilla, oak, burnt grains, charred wood, light black licorice, heavy bourbon, Starbucks bold coffee, floral hops, peat moss and more woody and earthy notes. The bitterness is aggressive as I expected from the nose and initial flavor blast, but the coffee seems to give way to the chocolate and vanilla; the burnt and roast notes remain a constant, and while this beer warms you up the alcohol is not overbearing. The earthy complexities from the oak barrels come out more as it warms and I found this extremely flavorful and a nice slow sipper. Bourbon lingers with a mild sweetness as it fades.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for such a bold brew, but it is creamy and slick, flowing down easier than it should considering the ABV. Aftertaste is pretty bitter, with the coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and floral hops all showing up again before it fades to bourbon, oak and a mild sweetness.

This was in my wheelhouse and really enjoyable. It may be too bitter and too coffee heavy for some people, but I love a great coffee stout especially with bourbon barrel aging to enhance the dynamics and complexities. I will definitely seek this out and try to drink it again. Thanks to my cousin 'Boccu' for hooking me up with this bottle.

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Photo of Bilco
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fehrminator
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blacknyellow20
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't buy the Eclipse blends in bottle (or really any Eclipse in bottle anymore now that comparable quality ones are at the grocery store for half the price), but I always drink them at the Eclipse party.

Pours the usual black with 1/3" brown head. The coffee wins out olfactory wise over the vanilla, but its still present. Strangely, the coffee is just as strong in the blend as it is in the regulare coffee version. Or now they do Mocha? Or is it Mocha and a coffee one? I dunno, when you charge $25-30 a bottle my interest kinda falls off.

Taste is delicious. Like look, I can hate on the price point all day, but still acknowledge that this shit bumps. Man its so easy to drink and good. I could easily see on a weekend or vacation day just being like "you know what, F it, screw my morning coffee, lets get this day started, RIGHT, . . . lets pop a vanilla coffee Eclipse and partaaaaay. The vanilla bean and massive coffee character make the bourbon take a back seat, but still let it in the door. This is possibly the best Eclipse beer ever.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Vanilla-Coffee Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 68 ratings