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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted CaramelImperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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".

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
9
pDev:
2.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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

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

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brotherloco
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Salted Caramel from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 9 ratings