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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Bourbon
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MasterSki on 12-04-2014

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has a bit of spice to it. Good but as as good as the reviews. As it warms it gets a little better but not as good as some of the other barrels.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djrn2
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rootz
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whatname
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of random846
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Vintage 2014, bottle run No. 1. Blue pearl wax.

Simple dark walnut brown nearly black body and opaque. Comes out quite shiny out of the bottle, with a chestnut hue. Head manages just under two fingers of mocha tan, with a whispy top and somewhat bubbled and thin collar. Quite clear from under the head when held to the light.

Excellent aroma on the beer. An interesting mix of berried fruit, light roast and a good nutty peanut butter sense. Mild sense of charred wood a little but with a hint of cream sensations but without the vanilla. Big and full quite excellent.

Palate comes a little wet for barrel aging. Hints of spiked whiskey, with a boozy and heated character. Mid palate fills with a good sense of cream but more of a milky sense almost like a condensed milk. Mild hinting nutty action almost gives off a coconut sweetness but not quite. Huge notes of char and roast character in the finish, nearly almost ashen and smokey. Hints of whiskey that are a bit more indistinct in flavor, but highly noticeable and doesn't seem as integrated into the beer all around.

Another interesting take on the Eclipse series, but comes off not as excellent as some of the others, and almost tastes like a spiked brew. Still quite delicious and drinkable though.

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

Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3R1 from 2014.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall and very dense medium brown head. Very tiny air bubbles in the head gives it an almost solid appearance. Great head retention though the lacing is a little spotty. There is none at all the begin with, but then it started with a little wall once it sat for a while.

S: Surprisingly subtle aroma. Lots of caramel with mild chocolate, a little honey and a little roastiness. Vanilla when swirled.

T: Yup, woodford reserve all right. Mellow caramel up front with some honey and vanilla behind it. Lots of oak, especially towards the middle. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle with some roasted coffee grinds leading into the finish. Finish is lingering bittersweet chocolate/coffee and oak. Just a hint of caramel and honey in there, but barely.

M: Big, heavy, viscous and very smooth.

O: A very smooth and mellow variant from 50/50. It's heavy and decadent but just has a smoothness that works. Bittersweet roasty flavors keep this one from being cloyingly sweet. Nice balance, nice drinkability for a nearly 12% barrel aged stout that's quite bourbon-heavy. Normally the eclipse variants are very sweet - this one is not at all.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, with the light blue (Blue Pearl in brewery parlance) speckled wax. I remember enjoying myself a fifth of the Woodford Reserve many years ago, so I'm a bit moist with anticipation here.

This beer pours a solid black hole, with the barest of basal red cola edges, and two fingers of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and kind of chunky tan head, which leaves some rocky limestone cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of somewhat acrid Bourbon barrel notes, not unlike those first few sniffs of the real deal - with the rye spiciness, hot alcohol esters, and vanilla and caramel sweetness - bittersweet chocolate, milk-dosed coffee, muddled dark orchard fruit (maybe some cherry, perhaps some prune), and a faint earthy hoppiness. The taste is fairly sweet caramel/toffee malt, a further saccharine Bourbon whiskey essence, the sort that draws you in, rather than scare you away (which is the point where I start to recognize the Woodford Reserve influence), with its heady rye graininess, and bristling, but still restrained booziness, all alongside the reduced dark cocoa and cafe-au-lait Starbucks allusions, dried cherries, a touch of dime-store candied licorice, and a still tame gritty earthiness.

The carbonation is quite light and fanciful on its feet, rendered as a flitting frothiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and plainly smooth, with a certain burgeoning creaminess, no real booze interlopers caring to interfere - nice. It finishes on the tempered sweet side - lots of easy-drinking Bourbon and imperial stout notes abounding.

Yup, that one-night stand (it was longer than that, but you get the point) with Woodford Reserve prepared me well for this particular variant of the Eclipse series - it's just quite about right. Whiskey, and stout, both working together to lull my palate and better senses into blissful oblivion. This is indeed good, if not great, and likely the best of the lot that I've yet tried, but that's a difficult statement to make in isolation.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jayneo74
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Manding13
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IKR
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
11.9% ABV

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

Smell: Brown sugar, faint Whiskey, and mild coffee/roasted malt aromas. Not a bad nose but the barrel aromas are fairly mild, similar to the Rittenhouse variant.

Taste: The Bourbon bal-aging is present just as it is in the other Bourbon bal-aged Eclipses but it is less sweet than some of the other versions. The profile also features brown sugar, roast malts, mild vanilla, and tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry ending with some Bourbon and tannic oak notes. Fairy restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good Eclipse variant. Not as sweet as some of the other versions and adds further to my belief that the type of barrel definitely has an influence on the final beer.

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Photo of rand
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 22 oz bomber to snifter.

Blue-pearl colored wax...looks like blue with glitter.

As usual with these, I'm not going to write a new review for each spirit, but instead refer to my original and highlight unique nuances.

This one is fresh, so it's a little more bourbon-forward than others I've had, but I'm getting a lot more oak and cherry than other spirits. Woodford is such a smooth whiskey by itself, and coupling it with one of the world's great barrel-aged stouts can only lead to good things. Yum

2015 batch edit:

JUst got back from the release party, and with the exception of the Raspberry special release, there was something not quite as tasty with this year's vintage. You can tell they're still Eclipse, and they're still tasty, but the caramelly, bourbony, vanilla-y flavors that make Eclipse so delicious are pushed aside by notes of unsweetened cocoa and dry oak. They seem a little more chalky as well, and slightly more bitter. We'll see how they age - the brewers swear that these beers are just as good fresh as cellared, but that hasn't been my experience. Even the 2014 Masterpiece was more mellow and singular on the palate.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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