Imperial Eclipse Stout - Cognac | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - CognacImperial Eclipse Stout - Cognac
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)

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Added by Kurmaraja on 12-08-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
36
pDev:
7.53%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of mschrei
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 version. Standard appearance. Smell is a ton of honey-sweet and bold, really not much else other than a slight boozy barrel background. Taste is sweet honey first, malty backbone, boozy barrel undercurrent. Full body, balanced, interesting flavors. It's not bad, it's not great, not sure if aging it would improve it or make it worse.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kaseydad
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arizcards
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 3 oz sample as part of a three samples for $8.00 and then 8 oz offering of the 2015 edition at the brewery yesterday for $7.75.

Beer was served black with a decent tan head.

Nose was a nice blend of cocoa, dark fruits, and a hint of booze.

Taste was very good. The cognac, cocoa, lightly roasted malts, and booze melded together very well.

Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this was an enjoyable sipper with no alcohol presence. Definitely much more mellow then the cherry Eclipse offering from 2016.

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Photo of Pbarg
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltznhopz
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Smell is of dark malts and cognac with a bit a chocolate. Roasted malts in the flavor with light chocolate and raisins, the booze becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Medium body with light carbination. Overall a decent sipping stout.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color, tan head with big bubbles. Aroma is a bit spicy with brown sugar and some herb liquor. A light cola note as well. Taste starts sweet with cognac notes, dried fruits, light earthy notes on the finish. Medium body, really smooth mouthfeel. A nice imperial stout with an elegant barrel treatment.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim725
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pstam87
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (@ 11.0% ABV) - 'burnt orange' for those of us (the majority, I presume), who are quickly tiring of this ruse in identifying the differing coloured waxes. Enough, al-fucking-ready - use your words!

This beer pours a fairly solid black, yet with prominent amber basal edges, and a weirdly teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy brown head, which leaves some decent swollen rain cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sugary caramel malt, sort of boozy French wine oak notes (vanilla, mostly, but some wooden acridity as well), a further dark sweetness, bittersweet cocoa powder, a hint of black licorice, some mildly estery free-agent ashiness, and an understated leafy, citrusy, and piney hoppiness. The taste is rather saccharine in its Cognac (not gonna parse it this time) barrel treatment, alongside some grainy and pastry-forward caramel malt, bland toffee/treacle, dime-store chocolate wafers, a muddled dark fruitiness, hints of cafe-au-lait, and some increasingly obscured leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hops.

The carbonation is quite overwrought in its presentation, but less so in its application, via its gentile frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight for the style, and more or less smooth, with a wee aerosol creaminess slowly evolving as time marches ever on. It finishes way off-dry, the sweet white wine essences still duly integrated with the lingering roasted maltiness.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough meeting of wowee sauce worlds - French dessert liquor complexity meets the middle of the road Yankee big-boy stout. Nothing really interferes with anything else, and I only say that because I can't come up with anything better - this is just really good, in that Old World manner that doesn't have to justify why it is, full stop.

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Photo of Damian74
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

FWIW, every cognac barrel beer I've ever had, from FiftyFifty to Mikkeller comes off as hot and benefiting from some extended aging hopefully.

Comes out just like almost every other Eclipse beer, black, with some dark brown thrown in there, a viscosity that isn't as thick as some heavier hitters, but the Eclipse series is also not one of those Midwest pour type of beers where you can only handle a few ounces. Good 1/2" tan head on this one. Aroma is hot alcohol, french oak and roast. This is one of the very rare times where I am saying the aroma on an Eclipse beer is, uh, not good. Just too hot.

Taste, still too hot. This one puts forward too much in the dark fruit vein. Amazing how a barrel can make this so different from the bourbon ones. Even the brandy barrel Eclipse doesn't make it this different.

If you sort through the mouthfeel, you can still get some of those caramel and coffee from the malt notes, but those are underneath it all, the dark raisin, french oak and just straight cognac booze dominate over those subtle touches. Carbonation on point as always.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With the newest round of Eclipse barrel treatments coming out, I figured its time to check out a couple of the iterations from last year.

Dark brown to black in color with a finger of rich khaki cap that holds very well slowly fading leaving a full curtain of lace on the glass.

Aroma of raison, milky chocolate, fruity alcohol, minerals and faint toasted coconut. The nose on this seems oxidized which is disappointing considering its only a year old and ive generally enjoyed this brews with more than a year of age.

Taste is sugary sweet than mild roast, bakers cocoa, caramel, earth and faint oak with mild vinous character. The aftertaste seems a bit green and vegetal.

Medium in body and modestly carbonated. It is decent but far from my favorite eclipse varietal. Im actually disappointed in this one to the extent that I feel like I got a bunk bottle.

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

Photo of kevindp9
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Cognac from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 36 ratings