Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maple Barrel
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Maple BarrelImperial Eclipse Stout - Maple Barrel
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,188
Ranked #7,059
4.17 | pDev: 6.71%
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.
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in Dec 2020. There was a 2017 vintage date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick dark brown head. Head was about 2 fingers high, and lasted a few minutes. It left more lacing on the glass than most other stouts, and ended with a thin tan head still on the beer.

Smell: Interesting aroma mix of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon, in that order. There is also some vanilla, caramel, and some other sweet aroma like black licorice, but overall the coffee and chocolate dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the flavors including coffee, a little bourbon, and sweetness like maple, chocolate, and caramel flavors. The chocolate/maple flavors are pronounced. There is a strong alcohol presence, which matches the 11% on the label, but it is balanced nicely by the sweetness. The taste is an excellent mix.

Mouth-feel: Thick like liquid licorice, but with a smooth body. Not overly smooth like a Milk Stout.

This is a complex, Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This chocolate sweetness nicely contrasts the bourbon flavor, and is a nice balance to the high alcohol content. I would buy this again, just wish it was not so expensive.

Dec 20, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Think this is the one from 2017 that I am drinking. Pretty good. Huge fluffy head, strong lacing. Smell is sweet maple and molasses, roasty malt, barrel notes. In terms of taste, a couple of years aging gives the maple a bit more subtle presence. Sweet without being cloying, good dark roasty malt and barrel flavor balance it out. Medium bodied, mouth watering, well rounded. Some people say they’re overpriced, but most of the ones I have bought (this is the last one in my cellar for now) have been enjoyable.

Oct 18, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber, purchased in Chatt, TN, "MP" in the identifier box, into Boulevard Smokestack snifter. 2018 edition.

Deep opaque black with brown hues, some creamy beige-red head of 1/2 finger, with some bubbles on top.

Aroma of rich bourbon barrel, herbal hop, a hint of vanilla, a hint of chocolate, and perhaps a hint of maple.

Flavor is only moderately focused, pretty sloppy, strongly molasses forward, with a proxy of dark chocolate and sharp herbal hop in tow. Very faint hints of honey. Maybe some dark fruits or perhaps that's more molasses, detectable fruity tobacco, slight ash, and a heavily metallic finish. The pine, earth, and metal win out on this one. Despite all of these descriptors the beer comes across as pretty empty overall.

Feel is hot and burning, scathing almost, mildly slick, mildly creamy, with a prickly carbonation and a drying tannic finish.

Overall, a rather mediocre bourbon barrel aged stout. I was honestly expecting more and for $23 rightly so.. It could be due to the age, but maple was NOWHERE to be found in this beer. If you are looking for a one and done bedtime snack, this one will do the trick, but I'm not even sure I'll complete it tonight.

Price paid : $22.99 / bottle / BOGO (lucky find)
Would buy again : No, not even at BOGO.

Sep 21, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Jun 03, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +4.1%
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 +7.2%
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 +10.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 38 ratings