Imperial Eclipse Stout - Basil Hayden
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Basil HaydenImperial Eclipse Stout - Basil Hayden
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #876
Ranked #6,760
4.25 | pDev: 4.94%
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Basil HaydenImperial Eclipse Stout - Basil Hayden
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Photo of REVZEB
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged bottle 1.5 years. Brownish black with tan ring and lazy lacing. Smell focuses on the oak and whiskey with accenting vanilla, light cocoa, fig, and some brown sugar. Taste follows this complexion, honey and malts come into view as well. A little thinner than other eclipse, but very smooth yet shaped by the barrel, sneaky rustic. Nice variant, not sure why people are down on the series. The wife loved it

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Photo of BFCarr
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2019 Vintage 500ml bottle
Pours dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Aroma is light bourbon, sweeter than smoky. Taste is mild dark fruit with enough bourbon notes to let you know it's there. Feel is a nice and thick and not burning for a 13% beer. Overall, you can't go wrong with this Eclipse if you like bourbon stouts. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of dental
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(2019 vintage)
pours black with a nice and thick khaki-colored head, great looking stout. Very good retention that simmers down to a ring around the glass and a very light layer of film-like head left in the middle.

the nose has some dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, and dark fruit. the bourbon and oak really stand out when i take a big whiff, fantastic!

the taste follows the nose but with more emphasis on the dark fruit. there are also some great notes of brown sugar and caramel as well. at 13%, it's not overly boozy and the bourbon doesn't overwhelm. it compliments all of the other flavors quite well.

it's a tad bit lighter in the body than what i like in a stout of this abv, but certainly not light-bodied. a creamy and decently carbonated mouthfeel make this very easy-drinking for a beer that's 13%.

overall, a fine barrel aged-stout that doesn't need any gimmicky adjuncts to make it a great beer. i'm honestly a little surprised at how good this is, as i've never had anything by FiftyFifty. hopefully, the store i bought this at still has the high west and bookers variants next time i stop in.


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Photo of WickedBeer
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 Eclipse Basil Hayden - On draft.

Good viscosity, not much of any rising head and it settles fairly flat into the glass. No noticeable lace retention.

Sweet, stewed fruits on the nose. Subtle booze from the barrel, but the raisin really shines here. Not much else happening.

Nice increased complexity on the palate, really seeing that Basil barrel come through. Still very dark fruit-forward, but undertones of oak and bourbon contrast the iconic honey sweetness on the base and balance everything out really well. You could say maybe a touch hot, but I wouldn’t wait on this too long before cracking.

Smooth, low carbonation. Mildly syrupy but the ABV goes down easily.

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Photo of IKR
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2019 Vintage
500 ml

Appearance: Black with a generous sized thick beige head that gradually faded. The head stayed thick for a while and slowly subsided to a ring. Very good looking stout.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon notes and brown sugar aromas.

Taste: Moderate Bourbon, roast malts, mild caramel/brown sugar, a touch of black pepper spice, and drying tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. For some reason this one came off a little thinner than the other 2019 variants I've had.

Overall: I'm an Eclipse fan and this one was yet another tasty Eclipse variant. This beer was on the drier side compared to most other Eclipse variants but I found it tasty with it's own unique taste profile. Another demonstration of what different barrels used for bal-aging does to the taste profile of the same base beer.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really exceptional. A little thin for 12% and largely in line with expectations based on categorization, but the aroma and taste profiles are really exceptional. Plenty of dark chocolate, earthy, roasted malts, dark fruits, and tons of barrel notes (toffee, vanilla, tobacco, brown sugar, etc). But remarkably dry for a big BA stout. There's obviously some residual sweetness in the mix -- this isn't overly bitter -- but the sweetness is very reserved, allowing for steady drinking (versus being overwhelmed by the decadent sweetness and finding it impossible to drink much, like many huge BA stouts) and a wonderful appreciation for the barrel notes without being hit by heat or booze. Really unique in its lower levels of sweetness without sacrificing anything in terms of flavors or complexity. Extremely well done, and glad to see they just released another BH version in 2019.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high light tan head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon whiskey are present in the nose along with associated notes of oaky vanilla.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of bourbon whiskey along with notes of dark and chocolate malts. Some hints of butter and vanilla are also perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with some warming notes from the alcohol.
O: I enjoyed the unique aromas and flavors that were imparted by the Basil Hayden barrel aging. It definitely tasted strong, but the only real alcohol you got in the taste was that from the bourbon whiskey.

Note: 2018 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised how tasty this imperial stout was. I have to admit I am not very familiar with 50/50 but some of their stuff needs more attention. I should add I ordered a batch of different kinds of Eclipse. What I didn't like is that they used the same bottle for all their products except for a hand written code. Greats stouts but cheapy bottles.

Look: Black with an inch thick mocca colored head

Aroma: It has a nice aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and bourbon

Flavor: The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, raisins, honey, but above all there's bourbon, significant bourbon.

Feel: full body, viscous, strong, but quite drinkable

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night at the FIftyFifty Eclipse Party 2018. Like all of them, this one pours black, like, . . . an. . . eclipse! Durr. Brown head 1/2" cola like. Looks like some damn good shit on tap. This one was no frills just a hefty dosing of bourbon in the nose. No adjuncts, no games, just straight up show up and take your clothes off and get down to business. This was one of the strongest smelling barrels of the night.

Taste followed the nose as they say. Hefty bourbon tones but with a mouth feel that doesn't exude booziness. I mean, these guys are the masters of this shit. While this year continues the trend of a thicker base it is exceedingly fitting for something like this. Its elegance is its force and simplicity. Just a hefty roasted malt base that doesn't have a big time bitterness despite it being well hopped, roasted and then put into a strong suggestion of a very wet barrel.

Its yet another strong bourbon quotient, I would compare it to the Josef Magnus barrel as its closest cousin in the lineup.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Basil Hayden from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 26 ratings