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

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4.37/5
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126 Ratings
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

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Added by MasterSki on 12-04-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#748
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
126
pDev:
5.03%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
59
Trade:
9
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Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirtnasty
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

look: Like the other variants, dark dark brown as an Imp Stout should be, nearly opaque. Some cola highlights. Big ass tan head for a nearly 12%'r and thick creamy lacing.
smell: Much like the High West Rye. A bit of spice, in a honey roasty milkshake.
taste: does not lose anything to the nose. Chewy fudge thing on top. A slight spicy bite in the finish. As the other variants, mellow and easy drinking.

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

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickGrimes
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a little bitter and thicker than the other variant of eclipse, but Plenty of flavour. I can't fine a Honey sweetness here, but as always a perfect vanilla and bourbon flavour that make this beer super.

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Photo of FightinIrish88
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gspeer711
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Usual black and brown toward the edges Eclipse pour, tan head, 3/4" deep. Aroma of chocolate malt, roasted, bourbon, and oak. Vanilla missing on this one.

Taste, a little more dry, acrid than your usual average Eclipse beer, this one didn't have the deep chocolate or vanilla giving it a sweeter edge, this came off a little rougher, a man's man's Eclipse. But then again, I'm not that guy, I like a little bit of the vanilla undercurrent in these, so this one was probably slightly lower than my average Eclipse appreciation, but nonetheless, there is no arguing that these are still very good. Price is always a little suspect, but ultimately still a very good beer.

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Curran last night, thanks dude.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small mocha-colored head, and a small head.

Smells like warm, sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This is surprising, because most Eclipses are pretty sweet, but this has a definite bitter kick on the finish from the roasted malt. I've never tried Woodford Reserve before, but from the out-front bourbon taste on this one, I can tell I'd definitely like it. There's a definite spiciness from the bourbon, almost rye-like, with some definite dark chocolate and vanilla. There's a little bit of oak, too.

This is medium bodied, a bit thicker than most Eclipses, but still a bitter thinner than the absolute bests of this style.

This is definitely a really nice barrel-aged stout, it hits all the notes you expect....but...is it worth the high price this series commands? I'd say no. Still really good, but there are better stouts for a lot less money.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice looking dark beer with a thin Amber head that recedes quickly.

Boring smell, honestly couldn't smell much of anything. Let it warm, agitated, still nothing much besides a bit of wood and spice.

Taste was very good. Vanilla, molasses, faint whiskey, a lot of barrel character, toasty and Woody. Very thick mouth feel.

Very good stout.

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Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my marvelous mule, er, wife for dragging back a couple of expensive FiftyFifty bombers from her vacation, er, work trip to San Diego. 22 oz. bottle with ’Pearl Blue’ wax.

First, heartfelt thanks to FiftyFifty for ceasing their use of three pounds of wax per bottle - this was the easiest bottle of Eclipse to open yet. The pour is black with minimal red-edged highlights. The nose promises high-class whiskey; I’m not sure how to describe that, but it just reeks of silver cuff links & Wagyu steaks.

Eclipse - Woodford reserve reminds me why I spent all that money ordering these from the brewery in 2012 & 2013. The whiskey is front & center but mixed it up with the malt, bringing a charred taste (barrel or malts) & a thick sweetness reminiscent of Wisconsin maple syrup. Lovely spicing - do these barrels have any rye in them? Closes with oak, vanilla, brown sugar. Thicker than previous versions I’ve had, & tasty enough to drink with breakfast, lunch, & dinner. With naps in between, of course.

No angels singing, as has been the case with some of the Eclipse variants, but this is at least Alison Brie tasty (though I’d give her higher ’appearance’ marks - sadly, I’ve never gotten to the ’taste’ or ’feel’….what was I saying?). The barrel is the focus here, as it should be. Excellent beer.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wookie6693
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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