Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maple Barrel
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maple BarrelImperial Eclipse Stout - Maple Barrel
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,145
Ranked #7,373
4.16 | pDev: 6.25%
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maple BarrelImperial Eclipse Stout - Maple Barrel
Notes: Bottle #6 of 6 - Brewers' Intent 2016

Brewed with a touch of maple syrup, aged in both bourbon barrels and maple syrup barrels, and then blended for some hot maple on maple action.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage

Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, maple syrup, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, honey, dried fruit, toasted bread, with some earthy piney hops

Wednesday at 07:28 PM
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a truly enjoyable and complex Imperial Stout.

Look: black with an inch mocca colored head

Aroma: chocolate, coffee, syrup

Flavor: roasted malts, honey and maple syrup, a bit sweet but not too much, there are nuts and chocolate in the flavor, not much coffee or booziness for an Imperial Stout so fairly mild, but that is not necessarily a drawback.

Feel: full bodied, creamy

Dec 25, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has great retention after the pour and leaves some lacing behind

S- nose it quite interesting, initially it has a metallic note, but after a few sniffs it opens up with notes of maple nut goodies, toasted walnuts, brown sugar, spicy oak, bourbon, bread pudding and toffee

T- nutty and woody up front, followed by notes of roasted pecans, molasses, brown sugar and bourbon. The finish brings out the maple sweetness, as well as more oak and nutty notes

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- the maple definitely adds a sweeter element, but the most interesting thing is the nutty note that is coming through as well

Nov 07, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a big fluffy ice cream like head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like strong and sweet bourbon, boozy maple, molasses, and chocolate.

This is one of the better Eclipse variants that I've had. It's very maple forward, with a very out-front bourbon character too- sweet, molasses-like, and sharp. The base feels particularly chocolatey in this variant, as well.

This is creamy and silky, but not super thick, like most Eclipse variants. It's surprisingly drinkable.

This is one of the more impressive Eclipse variants that I've had. It's a surprisingly deft use of maple here.

Sep 23, 2018
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IKR from California

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a fairly generous sized dark beige head that gradually subsided. A nice looking Imperial Stout.

Smell: Bourbon, maple, brown sugar, coffee/roasted malt aromas, and mild vanilla notes. Very nice nose on this one.

Taste: Moderate Bourbon, maple/brown sugar notes, roast malts, mild vanilla, and oak notes. The finish starts slightly sweet with some maple and Bourbon sweetness which is nicely countered by the roast malt notes and mild oak notes. This variant is not as dry as some of the other ones but the flavor is complex with all the elements working in harmony.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. This variant comes across a bit thicker than the other 2017 variants I've had.

Overall: Great beer.The maple barrel was a nice addition and plays well with the Bourbon barrel aging and roasted malts notes. So far my favorite 2017 variant and one of my favorites overall. Bring this one back Fifty Fifty.

Apr 01, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout is a bourbon barrel aged stout first, and a maple beer second. Not that this is a bad thing, but do not go into this expecting maple to the face. Dark aromas dominate the nose. Full bodied yet light on finish. Takes you into the depth of dark malt and barrel character before bringing you up with the subtle maple finish.

Mar 24, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of roasted malts, maple, caramel, vanilla, and oak with some coffee and chocolate.
T: Taste is maple up front with some roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee before the oak, caramel and vanilla come in. Nice underlying maple throughout. Swallow is more maple, chocolate and coffee with some lingering oak, caramel, and vanilla.
M: This beer is full in body with a slightly silky syrupy mouthfeel. The beer has carbonation that is a little under prickly and adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really nice addition to the lineup. Still that great Eclipse flavor with another nice layer of complexity and flavor from the maple. Very well done and well executed.

Jan 21, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had the usual appearance of an Eclipse beer: Mostly black, some dark brown. Like a 75/25 split. 1/2" of tan head, small bubbles. Aroma, this was nice, both bourbon, maple and roasted malt readily apparent. Very well done, like the complete opposite of anything they do with cognac.

Taste, just like the aroma, the maple and the bourbon are apparent. Very smooth, covers the alcohol very well, light sweetness helps in that way for sure. Very easy to drink, possibly the easiest next to vanilla. Is it the sweetness? The mouth feel is delicious, that maple really smooths it all out. While there is significant roast and heft here, you feel like you can just pour this into a pint glass and drink a significant quantity of it.

If you want a real treat, blending the Maple, Pappy, Coffee and Vanilla is the jam.

Dec 13, 2016
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maple Barrel from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 35 ratings