Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Bourbon | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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4.37/5
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Bourbon
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 12-04-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#763
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
126
pDev:
5.03%
 
 
Wants:
24
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59
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Photo of mattreitz49
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- plenty of barrel character on the nose; woody wet oak, caramel, vanilla & some subtle spiciness. Beyond the barrel, notes of roasted malt, chocolate and sweet honey, a hint of anise

T- sweet honey is noticed up front, followed by dark roasted malty notes of chocolate, fig & light coffee. The barrel notes come out on the finish, adding soaked barrel, vanilla & caramel on the linger 4.25

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly thin finish 3.75

O- nice barrel notes throughout, a touch thin but otherwise very good

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben1313
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochraneg
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two year old bottle. Appearance is great-long lasting fluffy foam and lacing. Smell is barrel, sweet roasty malt. Taste is sweet vanilla and some barrel. Very smooth, very flavorful, very easy drinking,.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.
It poured like motor oil. The appearance was a dark murky black color to have less than a finger's worth of smooth dieing foamy head. That seemed to escape exceptionally quick. Barely any lace.
The aroma was a wonderful blend of sweet wood, milk chocolate, dark grapes, vanilla beans, dark chocolate, raisins, dark sweet bread, sweet espresso and a touch of cigar ash.
The flavor had a stellar blend of the prior aromas - all coming together steadily climbing to a sweet pinnacle and then dropping some of the dryness of that "ashiness" I got in the aroma. The espresso I noted in the aroma seems to have faded a bit. Not much of an aftertaste, somewhat sweet bourbon.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a wonderful sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt a bit lower than expected, but I figured that would happen as this is an older bottle. ABV felt just a touch under than what was projected but somehow that didn't bother me either.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful barrel aged imperial stout well worthy of having again preferably in the Winter.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect stout for a nice mild cigar (perdomo). Smooth and the bourbon notes are stellar when the beer warms! I'll buy it again if i see it!

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz blue pearl wax dipped bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottle Run No.: BR/3 2015
Served in a snifter

Medium viscosity, dark brown/black appearance. Like all Eclipse stout variants, this too poured somewhat thin for the style. The body was capped by a frothy, near finger tall crown that slowly fell to a thick, clingy ring. Streaky lacing stuck along the glass and lasted throughout the session.

Interesting aroma. Somewhat roasty and chocolatey. Powdered cocoa was noticeable. Bit of chocolate fudge. Huge dark fruit notes. Plums, raisins and figs came through big time. Somewhat grape-y too. Port or Cognac barrel notes perhaps. Fairly sweet overall. Slightly savory. There was also a subtle, dry yeasty quality that quickly dissipated. The nose became sweeter and more robust as the beer warmed. Some booze appeared as well. Absolutely no bourbon was detectable however.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but perhaps not as complex. Big roasty notes up front. Dark chocolate was noticeable. Brown sugar too. Plums and raisin notes appeared in the center. Touch of espresso. More roast on the back end. Bit of molasses. Char-like notes came through in the finish. Like the nose, there was no bourbon presence whatsoever.

Frothy and slick mouthfeel. Somewhat lighter bodied for the style. The liquid contained a zippy, bubbly effervescence that turned smooth on the palate.

While few of the Eclipse variants really floored me, I love the fact that they all have their own unique character. Strangely, this beer displayed no bourbon notes at all, but it did demonstrate an intense, deep fruity quality that made me think that this could have been aged in Port or Cognac barrels.

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Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #3000

Black with a thin ring of tan head, shows some leg.

Awesome bourbon aroma, comes through in the flavour as well. Modest roast and acidity, good bitterness, warming finish.

Really nice body for a big brew.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 126 ratings