Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack DanielsImperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yellow Wax

Added by bulletrain76 on 11-17-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle in the series shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells phenomenal. Smooth roasted malt aromas are joined by solid amounts of milk and dark chocolate. Also present are large amounts of vanilla, smaller amounts of coconut, and smaller still amounts of oak tying everything together.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as well integrated. Equal parts dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth vanilla flavors. Midway through the sip the vanilla fades just a bit with the addition of oak. The oak, malt, and chocolate flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this beer is smoother and a bit more refined than the Elijah Craig version however it didn't have the complexity of the Heaven Hill. Still, a great beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1553rd Review on BA
Bottle to stemmed tulip

2009 Release
300 Day- Unwaxed

@City Beer Store, San Francisco, CA

App- Its nice. Its not as dark as some of the Eclipse variants but retains a good dark center and a bit of a creamy shimmery quality as well. Only a small 1/2" off tan head with maybe a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Well it wasnt as aromatic as I thought but at almost 3 years and other reviews I was skeptic. You do get the burn of the whiskey faintly. That seems to make way for the brownie like aroma with a touch of malts and chocolate.

Taste- This was a very fine beer. Again same as every year ive had from Eclipse the bottle issues are there. Thank the lord the $ on this was worth it. The dessert like flavors of the nose carry over well with thick malts, a good dose of barrel from the aging brings some vanilla and a bit grainy oak. The JD has faded a bit and leaves only traces of the alcohol.

Mouth- A pretty solid medium body with a couple pockets of a larger body. The carbonation was about on par for this type of beer. A little bit prickly, a bit smooth and sweet.

Drink- This was hard to pass up in the cabinet. Glad I split the high $$ with some guy named Seth at the bar. Good on ya. Most of the reviews bashed this. I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with gold wax.

Pours a deep, dark brown that's almost completely black except for the light showing through the edges. The head is small and tan and leaves some boozy legs along the sides.

The aroma is probably the booziest of the Eclipse variants. There's lots of vanilla and whiskey but with more than a fair dose of chocolate and caramel. Hint of roasted character, though it's not overly roasty.

Much like the aroma, the whiskey is strong, especially up front where there is lots of vanilla and coconut. The roasted malts are more prevalent and blend with chocolate and tobacco. The finish is drying and has plenty of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and boozy with moderate carbonation. It's not quite as creamy or smooth as the other variants.

All in all, this is an excellent beer. It's the booziest of the Eclipses and, I imagine, will age beautifully. These guys definitely know how to use the barrel-aging process.

Edit, additional review notes from JD 300 version, aged in Jack Daniels barrels for 300 days. Seriously heavy whiskey notes with lots of barrel character, oak as well. It's really in the same mold as the normal JD, much more whiskey than the other versions. I think I preferred the JD300 slightly but it might be because it's had more time to mellow since I tried the JD the first time.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300-day version, with no wax. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a very thin collar, leaving a few tiny specks of lace behind. Dark brown body. Looks like virtually every other Eclipse.

S - The Jack Daniels influence is pretty intense, even after three years. The nose is dominated by fruity whiskey that imparts some berry notes, as well as oaky vanilla. Notes of honey, caramel, and melted chocolate are imparted by the base beer.

T - The taste isn't quite up to the level of the aroma, as there's a bit of oxidation and char in the finish that doesn't quite mesh with the sweet caramel, chocolate, and vanilla that are prevalent mid-palate. Quite sweet, as most Eclipses tend to be, with mild smoke and tangy whisky bite.

M - Smooth medium body, with lower carbonation. No alcohol warmth, and a chewy and sticky finish. Sufficiently hefty for the listed 9.5%, and quite easy to drink at this stage.

D - Surprisingly good - I was expecting a train wreck based on the other reviews. Certainly not the best Eclipse, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Other than the mildly off finish this was a nice beer. Curious how it compares to the 200-day version.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Bistro's 2009 Barrel Aged Festival. Tried this back to back with the 2008 version, and while it is still very good, was not quite up to it's predecessor. Whether this is purely due to the difference in barrels (Jack Daniels vs. Pappy van Winkle) or the additional age, I can't be sure, but I have a feeling that the barrel treatment on this version just didn't come out as smooth as last year. Pours black with a small head of frothy tan bubbles. Oak and whisky are a bit more prominent on the nose than the 2008 version, with a sweet caramel and dark chocolate richness underneath. Decadent chocolate and oak flavors with some whisky bite that dries out the finish a little. The oak lends a light spice that blends in well, and a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and smooth with lower carbonation. Great stout, but I think the original bourbon aging used last year worked out better.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of JWD
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at FiftyFifty today. I also brought home a growler which was not expected!! This was the final version which i had not tried yet all of which are very different.

A- WOW this was deep dark black with a VERY nice creamy head on it that was similar to a nitro pour. Served in 8oz pours.

S & T - Smells like good old JD!! I really liked this one, i noticed that the whiskey smell was a lot stronger than the actual taste which was a nice suprise.

M & D - Very creamy, alot thicker than the base beer which i sampled side by side with less carb. I could drink quite alot of this due to the overall balance and smoothness this beer has.

Overall great barrel stout from fiftyfifty. I purchased a 64oz growler of it so i will see how that goes, I question the ABV in this beer at 9.5 as it seems more like a 12% beer to me, i have had others mention the same thing.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Christmas Day, a chance to enter in some of the backlogged reviews of yesteryear from the notes on the phone. I've had this beer a few times, once at the Bistro Barrel festival and once at the Eclipe release party (1st annual).

Pours the usual black, lighter around the edges as usual, decent head to it. Customary boozy bourbon aroma blended with the heavy roast of the Totality base beer. Aroma just seemed heavier handed on this barreled version than the others, but after sipping on the beer, the aroma mellowed out and was enjoyable and became smoother.

Whiskey and chocolate dominate the palate, thankfully, the boozy aroma wasn't as heavy in the taste, mellowed into a gritty experience. This beer takes some patience and willingness to let it open up, but when you do, it really settles into a decadent chocolate and whiskey tinged experience.

Seeing as JD is the most widely known whiskey, and its relative cheapness, this beer isn't going to get any rarity or spirits aficionados to clammor over it.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black leaning brown toward the edge, 1/4" beige head. Substantial roast of totality runs deep, hits with the whiskey notes plenty strong too.

More whiskey and chocolate notes in the taste, for whatever reason this barrel seems to allow more of the toality robust roastness to jump through. Still has a little bit of chocolate, oak and plenty of whiskey input.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching Eclipse snifter. This is supposedly the 300-day version as opposed to the 200-days in the barrel version. The brew appears black in color with brown around edges and a spotty head and lace sticking to the glass. The cap holds firm with a webbing across the top and patchy lace that forms when swirled.

The aroma is tangy from that expected unique JD sourish whiskey note. Some musty oak blends with alcohol and almost a citrus quality all intermingle through the middle. Some stale coffee notes and roast integrate with a mild cardboard-like oxidation towards the back. Unique nose on this to say the least.

The taste is boozy with a tangy alcohol component that is somewhat expected from the unique character of JD. Some earth, must, raw oak and chocolate are caught midpalate while there is a noticasble amount of cardboard-like oxidation blending with the mustiness in the aftertadte. A faint afterthought of soy comes out if you ponder the oxidation too long.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is better than expected but shows the alcohol more vibrantky than most of the other treatments. I can see this one not exactly passing as a crowd favorite especially if you dislike JD. However, the age to this is starting to make it complex and interesting enough to keep you going back sip after sip. We approached this almost ready to laugh and say it sucked after drinking the glorious PVW version but honestly, I was surprised and enjoyed this.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this on-tap at FiftyFifty in Truckee. This is by far the worst of the three versions.

Poured into a great little 8 oz snifter, this thing looks as good as the others. It is dark black in the heart and lighter on the edges. It holds a quarter finger tan head. No real lacing to speak of.

The smell has a very faint chocolate malt and roasted grain characteristic, like all the other versions. The problem with this one is that the smells are backed by a far lesser quality of whisky, Jack Daniels. The type of whisky is so obvious in this that it brings down the overall score for this. Just shows again what a barrel can do. This was also my first taste of any version of Eclipse, and I was a little worried that I was going to be disappointed.

The taste is still really good, for the base beer is a great Imperial Stout. The Jack Daniels brings a more present flavor than the other versions. This does not back the malts, but instead interrupts them. I am going to say that I would rather of had the base beer un-barreled, just to see what it tastes like. I think it also might be a little too fresh. A little age might calm down the JD.

The mouthfeel has a grainy JD flavor. The drinkability is still good, but JD compared to the other versions falls very short. I believe it goes Heaven Hill, Craig, and then JD on terms of rank.

Gotta try it still just to see the contrast in flavors.


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Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer for FiftyFifty day. What do you know - I swore that morning that I wouldn't drink that day, then a couple guys convinced me to go to this, and by 4pm, I was about 5 beers in. FML. This was definitely the least of the three -bal aged Eclipse varieties, which is pretty much like calling someone the dumbest quantum physicist at CERN.

Pours jet black and viscous with a small brown head that fades to some brown bubbles. Not too much lacing to speak of, but you get some "legs" on the glass.

Whiskey and barrel notes really stand out on the aroma in this one, really dominating more than in the other versions. Some chocolate and roast smells hide behind the Jack.

Flavor is also somewhat whiskey-heavy and very good, but not quite as balanced as in the Pappy, Elijah Craig, and Heaven Hill versions. Jack Daniels gets all up in yo' grill, sort of like the person Missy Elliott was referring to in the "all in my grill" song. Hey, a chick gotta live, right? Besides the whiskey, the flavor is somewhat complex. Chocolate, roast, coffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, and booze.

Medium-full bodied, and not quite as smooth as the other varieties. A bit hot - age could probably benefit this quite nicely.

Drinkability is decent but not great. Overall a very solid RIS, but not an elite level one.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waxed bottle so much better than unwaxed.

Smells. Nice. Couldnt tell Jack Daniels whisky, but got some barrel. Bit sharp heat, dark sugars and fruit. Back end light carroway seeds.

Opens sharp Brown sugar, grainy, dark grains. Bitter middle. Dates and cranberries. Finishes nice and.dry. wood barrel is definitely oak like with a light char.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Rado
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Rothobinide
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


200 day batch (2009) shared by Chris at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Appears black with brown highlights and a light brown head.

S: Dark chocolate with some green apple and a light roast. Whiskey is evident but well integrated and there's a little vanilla.

T: More apple with vanilla and a lot of chocolate. Booze is evident but not inappropriate. The beer is moderately roasted and there's brown sugar. Whiskey is strong but pretty nice.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: From all I'd heard about this I expected it to suck and it didn't. It was pretty good.

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Photo of femALEist
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at City Beer Store's FiftyFifty event:
On the nose, you get a bit more caramel and sweet flavors coming out, along with the roasted and alcohol notes. It tasted the most bitter out of all of the 3. You get the roasted espresso flavors, caramel & toasted malts. You definitely feel the alcohol the most in this one. It seems like it should be 12% for the flavor of the alcohol, not 9.5%. It's a little rough around the edges still, which is probably why you couldn't buy this bottle to go- you could only buy the other 2. This one just needs some time to mellow out a bit.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 51 ratings
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