Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted CaramelImperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel
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From:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,460
ABV:
11%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,910
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
19
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 24, 2022
Added:
Dec 22, 2017
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  3
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted CaramelImperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel
Notes: Bottle #6 of 6 - Brewers' Intent 2017

Our brewers put together a masterful blend of caramel, Totality, and sea salt brined bourbon barrels to create this decadent beer. Notes of brûléed sugar are evident, with a subtle sea salt on a caramel Eclipse backbone. It's everything you'd hope for when you hear "Salted Caramel Eclipse".
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Rated: 3.66 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a 2019 bottle. The beer is very dark brown, essentially black in the glass (SRM 34-37). A big, one-and-a-half inch, light chestnut head is tight and creamy. The Pretentious Beer Glass Company Imperial 2 Snifter becomes coated with dense lace after a few minutes.

The aroma opens with strong chocolate and Bourbon. Salted caramel, while secondary, is clear. Bittersweet chocolate waxes and wanes against espresso, with chocolate ultimately winning the battle. Molasses and oak are background qualities.

Charred malt is a very strong flavor and is balanced with dark espresso. Chocolate is almost lost, while salted caramel holds its own. Chili peppers burn from the alcohol, while vanilla comes out with light warmth. The finish is long and harshly bitter.

Alcohol comes across strong, far more than expected. The alcohol actually burns with each sip. The body is dense and creamy soft. Carbonation is light.

This bottle was aged two years and it definitely a dessert beer without the strong sweetness. Once could easily enjoy this with a cigar and after-dinner conversation.
Dec 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Oct 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by mmilyko from Nevada

May 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jan 25, 2021
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Rated by matt-evans2 from Wisconsin

2.59/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
The salt was way overpowering.
Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Nov 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by mdfb79 from New York

Sep 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jun 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

Apr 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 09, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jan 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by IKR from California

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2018 Vintage
22 fl oz bottle

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a large sized foamy dark beige head that slowly faded. The head was long lasting and stayed thick for a while. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, coffee/roasted malt aromas, and moderate brown sugar and chocolate aromas.

Taste: Moderate Bourbon, caramel/brown sugar, mild salt notes, and some drying tannic oak notes. The caramel and salt notes are not overdone and add some complexity. Just as the caramel starts to fade the salt notes linger.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Not the thickest Imperial Stout but not bad.

Overall: An interesting and tasty beer. The salt brined barrel and caramel additions provide a unique taste profile.
Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Dec 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Eclipse salted caramel Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is in my opinion a great Imperial Stout. It's delicious, full flavored, sweet, the bourbon is prominent, and yet it is easy drinking for a stout.

Look: black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, caramel, some coffee, whiskey

Flavor: The flavor is roasted malts, some coffee and dark chocolate and dark fruits, bourbon, caramel, lots of caramel, but it blends in very nicely

Feel: medium to full body
Mar 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by pkalix from California

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
super creamy head!
nice sweetness of caramel but not like those nasty pastry stouts!
first several sips are, no shit, incredibly amazing!
i was really afraid this was going to be a crummy 'novelty' beer.... and i suppose it is because who puts caramel in their beer, right? but this was done really well.
Jan 19, 2019
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The last Eclipse beer I drank was just okay. I think I have a couple more and it has been hard to bring myself to drink this 30 dollar beer for a letdown. Stripped the wax off the beer took a few minutes to achieve this step. The beer is 47 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The gentle pour on the beer gives a one finger head. The head is rocky and firm with excellent retention. The head tatted lacing on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 35 a dark oily brown color bordering on black. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The aromas of the beer are caramel, toffee, raisins, dark roasted malt, char, molasses, toasted malts, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and earthiness.

The flavors in the beer are salt, caramel, toffee, raisins, char, dark roasted malt, molasses, toasted malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, char, and earthiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and a full finish.

The salted caramel beer is flavorful. This Eclipse beer is by far the best beer I have tried. I enjoyed the robust flavors the beer offers.
Sep 02, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Had this at the 2017 Eclipse party. Was the most expensive bottle, I think this was $30 or $35, with a price tag like that, it better be damn good. Spoiler alert: It was very good, but not good enough to justify purchasing a bottle.

Pours a typical mostly black appearance with a brown head 1/3" on the top. The aroma didn't give much in the way of salt or caramel, just a normal run of the mill roasted malt and bourbon kind of nose that was somewhere between Elijah Craig 12 and Evan Williams.

Taste did yield some of those adjuncts. The caramel especially, was nice and the added sweetness took an already remarkably smooth series of beers (especially after aging 5-7 years) and just absolutely polished and buffed it all up making it somehow even more enjoyable and smooth. Totality the base beer is a pretty high ibu well hopped stout, so this counteracts a little bit of that bitter roastiness. The mild salinity contributes a dryer effect that I didn't see coming. It really works. Problem is, they've priced themselves out of the competition. I can get like, almost 8 bottles of KBS, or 10 bottles of Central Waters barrel aged stuff for the same price. Neat beer, but can't justify the price tag.
Apr 20, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and long lasting three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramel, bourbon barrels, roasted malts, Italian roasted coffee, and a little chocolate
T: Taste is very creme brulee like with caramel sweetness, vanilla, a little salt, and some oak. Roasted malts add flavors of chocolate and coffee to the mix along with a little charred wood. Swallow is charred wood, slight smoke, oak, caramel, vanilla, and a little lingering saltyness along with some bitter dark chocolate
M: This beer is full in body with a slightly silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is not prickly but is adequate for the style. The beer has a drying finish which is expected despite the sugary taste up front.
O: Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. It has good flavors and some nice complexity although the adjuncts in this case seem to clash a bit with the base beer. Not a bad attempt and enjoyable but I think it could have been executed a little better. It's better than Southern Tier Creme Brulee though.
Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by tbone1384 from Wyoming

Apr 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by brotherloco from California

Jan 07, 2018
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 26 ratings