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 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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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.12/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Yellow wax

Black liquid with a small khaki head.

Maple syrup, vanilla, slight bit of charred oak and cheap JD whiskey pretty much sums up the aroma. Nothing complex. The JD really doesn't integrate into the beer and covers up some of the chocolate aromas that I found in the '09 HH and EC. It stands out like a low quality ingredient.

First notice of soy sauce in taste for the '09s. Maybe it's just more prominent in this one. Again, that ugly JD barrel stands out and mutes out all the other flavors. It was really tough drinking this one. I didn't even finish the 5-6oz sample I had.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this rare tick.

A: The pour is just about black in color with minimal brown head.

S: To say this smells like nail polish remover would be an understatement. It absolutely reeks of it. Other than that, lots of roasted malts, booze, and whiskey. There is just a hint of vanilla and chocolate, which is really the only good thing.

T: An incredibly harsh nail polish remover/acetone flavor, too. Intense green apple and booze, along with a bit of oak, whiskey, and vanilla. Roasted malts and dark chocolate are there in the background.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is low to medium.

O: Just atrocious stuff. Very unfortunate, since these are generally some of my favorite imperial stouts.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.19/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

My mate Doops and I were lucky enough to be able to try the entire 2010 - 2008 series. This was the sixth one we opened, and the last of the '09 bottles. A big thanks to everyone who made putting this set together possible, and cheers again to Doops for hunting this one down. She gets some mixed reviews, but like any real beer geek, no Eclipse series is complete without this jack-ass.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
300 day version. No wax.

APPEARANCE: Pours a little darker than the others so far. Pour forms a one finger, medium looking, tan head with better retention. Black body and no carbonation evident. Relatively opaque compared to the others in the series, though still slightly transparent for the style. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and ring that remain the whole way leaving a few dots of lacing on the glass. First one in the series to at least deserve and average score for looks.

SMELL: Whisky and alcohol disinfectant. Reminds me of the alcohol sanitizer we used at the hospital before going into the preemie ward. Nail polish remover comes to mind as well. There is some oak and mild milk chocolate aromas in there as well, but it’s tough to get past the industrial floor cleaner that blasts you off the pour. Oddly enough, as the beers sits in the glass for a while, the disinfectant mellows and the nose becomes a little more tolerable, which is the only thing keeping it from being totally awful.

TASTE: There’s definitely some whisky there, but there’s also a lot of nail polish remover, disinfectant and cleaning supplies. Toilet bowl cleaner, industrial window cleaner, alcohol disinfectant; take your pick. The initial flavor is quite harsh. The oak barrel does come through after the swallow a bit, adding some oaky wood and milk chocolate flavors to the hospital taste. Aftertaste is pretty big and persistent, unfortunately, with lots of industrial cleaning supplies and, very luckily I might add, some light oak and dark, chocolaty bitterness. That really saved it. In the end, it still tastes rare.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Plenty of weight and quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers as well. This is by far the best part of the beer, and perhaps the best mouth-feel in the series.

OVERALL: Besides the relatively good feel, the unmistakable flavor of rarity was the only thing this beer had going for it. Actually, if it weren’t for the rarity and the pull of the Eclipse series, this beer would just end up getting mixed into various cleaning products. Perhaps that is a little too harsh. It is not as bad as some reviewers before me have described, as there are hints of the barrel and base beer in there, but overall, this one is easily the worst of the series. With the bounty this one commands, only those with a distinct taste for alcohol disinfectant, or those looking to geek out with the whole set, like Doops and I, should bother seeking it out. For those of you with some sense, however, take care to avoid this one. Thanks again for sharing Doops. This was loads of fun!

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2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"300 day" version, no wax. Bottle shared by Dan, thanks! One of the "rarer" beers of the night, also one of the worst. Sorry Dan, served in a FiftyFifty eclipse snifter.

Beer is black / dark brown with nearly no head, no lacing, no retention, and the lowest carbonation of them all.

Aroma is offensively bad, seriously fucking gross. I described it as apple flavored nail polish remover. I seriously considered whether I should go on with this beer after the aroma. I ultimately did.

At least it doesn't taste as bad as the aroma but this is by far the worst of the night out of all of them. It is mildly solventy and has this OK roast and whiskey flavor in the front and back but the whole thing in the center is sort of a disaster. not a repeat, something went wrong with this beer and its not going to get better.

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2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had side-by-side with the Elijah Craig and the Heaven Hill.

Really disappointed with this beer, since the Elijah was excellent and the Heaven Hill was decent.

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly fades away. Aroma is of Jack Daniels. Not in a good bourbon barrel stout way, but in a Jack'n'Coke kind of way. Little to no roast character in the aroma. Very one-dimensional. Flavor falls flat. Sweet tangy bourbon dominates the flavor profile. Unpleasant soy-sauce flavor strong in this one as well. Little carbonation, but very sticky and chewy. Overall, not too impressed.

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2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Re-review. There are two versions of this: the official release, which was aged in barrels for 200 days (beige wax), and a "bootleg" version given to brewery volunteers, which was aged in barrels for 300 days. We had a side by side of this thanks to the late chswimmer (RIP) and largadeer. Thanks guys.

A: Pours a nearly opaque mahogany body; it's darker than its cousins, upon first glance. A small beige head covers the brew and lingers for a while, leaving several scattered islands of film on top of the brew. No lacing, no legs.

S: The 200 days version has coconut, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, caramel, roast, and a definite cigar earthiness (it becomes more apparent as the beer warms). It reminds me strongly of the Heaven Hill version, though it's not as balanced and is more sugary. The 300 days version is strongly sherry-like and well oxidized on top of the aromas noted above.

T: Whiskey, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. I pick up hints of coconut and roast. The finish brings out a tannic earthiness that, like the nose, reminds me of a cigar. Again, this is reminiscent of the Heaven Hill version but it is much less complex. It's also sweeter. The 300 days version is well oxidized, producing notes of sweet sherry that, when coupled with the beer's sugar, makes it fairly cloying / unpleasant.

M: Thicker than its cousins, indicating more residual sugar (which you also taste). There's no heat to it, which is nice.

D: I'm a big fan of Eclipse, but this is the obvious disappointment out of the many treatments 50/50 has done. There was plenty of each bottle left and I was not enthused about finishing either one.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at City Beer Store and tasted in a side-by-side comparison with EC, HH and PVW versions at the Colorado stoutfest. This was easily the least enjoyable of the four versions. Unlike the others, this one had a stiller appearance, less carbonation. Smell and taste were overwhelming whiskey. Extremely sweet, hot, with lots of vanilla, oak, and what seemed to me an out-of-place vinous quality as well. The JD Eclipse probably would have benefitted from a blend with some non-BA Eclipse as well to take the edge off all the whiskey. Oh well, the other Eclipses have all been great. Interesting to see how different a stout can be when aged in different barrels.

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2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

300 day version. 2009 vintage. No wax. Served in a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.

The beer appears pretty much the same as the other Eclipse stouts - dark, nearing black, with a small beige head. The aroma brings oak, booze, and an odd, buttery sweetness. The flavor is another step down from the questionable aroma. Buttery toffee, sweet booze, and just not on par with the usual quality one would expect from an Eclipse stout. Medium to full bodied with moderately low carbonation. My least favorite of the series. There were several ounces left in the bottle at the end of the tasting.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of mdfb79
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 11/17/12 notes at our big Eclipse tasting. I brought this one and it was the worst of the night...oh well, was kind of expecting that. 2009 vintage, 300 day version, bottle #33. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with less than an inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Less head and carbonation evident than the other versions but otherwise looks the same.

s - Smells of clay, hot bourbon, nailpolish remover, roasted malts, chocolate, plastic. Nose is not good; lots of offensive alcohol to it. Surprised it doesn't mix very well considering the other versions doso great.

t - Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, clay, and some caramel. MUCH better than the nose, though still not very good. Doesn't taste off really, just very alcohol-y.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Same body as the others with some heat.

o - Overall by far the worst version we had, as it just does not mix well together like all the other versions. The nose is pretty bad, though the taste is much better; nothing offensive in the taste, just not BA'ed well. It tastes to me like a badly barrel aged stout, which is surprising because the other versions and amazing and some of the best I had. Perhaps over the years they have just perfected it and this was one of the earlier versions, but this one is worth skipping.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of scottfrie
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Waxless bottling. Thanks for accidentally opening this, Jeff.

A: Pours like a black hole with a thin dark brown head.
S: Sweet smelling with a bit of Jack Daniels and light cocoa.
T: Big alcohol flavor but the burn is smooth. It’s sweet, but not really from dark fruits or raisins. I get a touch of caramel, but the Jack really dominates everything. It actually boarders on nail polish, but it’s not that bad. This beer definitely tastes –bal aged.
M: Warming alcohol, a creamy mouthfeel with tingly carbonation.
O: Drinkable enough but definitely rough around the edges. Probably my least favorite of the Eclipses that I’ve had.

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3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 edition barrel aged for 200 days, 22 oz bottle with gold wax:

Dark brown, hazy but clear around the edges. Pours with a small head that quickly settles to a collar.

Smells lightly of dark chocolate, whiskey and oak, along with a bit of anise and roasted malt. Fairly light and bland compared to other versions of Eclipse, but not bad.

The palate is decent. Chocolatey with a little caramel and licorice, light on the oak and with a rather simple sweet whiskey flavor. The body is medium-full, carbonation is moderate. Alcohol is very reigned-in, barely noticeable. It's easy to drink but ultimately nothing special.

2009 edition barrel aged for 300 days, no wax:

Same appearance as the 200 day version, but slightly more carbonated, better head retention.

This smells much more strongly of whiskey, though it has the same signature one-dimensional Jack Daniels sweetness. Chocolate, roasted malt. It's a little fatty and tarry too.

The palate has a lot of simplistic whiskey sweetness, caramel candy and chocolate, a little booziness in the finish. The body and carbonation are spot-on, but the flavors aren't impressive.

Having tried this beer several times both on tap and from bottles, I think I can safely say that Jack Daniels barrels and Eclipse simply don't mix well. It's not a bad beer, but it's far from great.

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3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a black that is cola brown at edges when held up to the light with small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big oak, some whiskey, caramel, marshmallow, quite a bit of alcohol, some light cherry, and a hint of plum. This one is certainly barrel heavy. The initial taste is sweet with oak and whiskey. Quite boozy. Then comes some marshmallow and a bit of plum. The finish is boozy and a bit astringent. Leaves a lingering oak taste. Light bodied for an imperial stout. Low carbonation. This is the worst out of the Eclipse series that I have had, but still wasn't a terrible beer. A bit too much barrel that drowns out the other flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Jack Daniels from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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