Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red wax identifies the Four Roses version.

Added by largadeer on 11-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
571
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
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272
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283
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21
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Photo of kevanb
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2013 vintage - bottle run 2, poured into a 5050 Eclipse snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, thick, oily, great opacity with a touch of cola brown around the edges when struck by the light. A nice foamy, khaki head appears, good height, solid retention with soapy lace clinging to the glass and a firm ring of film around the circumference lasts the entire session. The aroma is very nice, loads of chocolate, charred oak, smooth bourbon, lots of brown sugar, toffee, roasted grain, vanilla and lingering stone fruits, very nicely balanced, very rich and inviting. The flavors are nice, really roasty with nice charred oak barrel, smooth barrel, lovely bourbon influence, bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, lightly toasted coconut, vanilla and stone fruits linger. The mouthfeel is fine, it's thinner and more lively than one might expect for a big barrel aged stout, it lets the beer down a bit, the finish is warm and bubbly though quite easy.

Verdict: A very nice beer from FiftyFifty and another excellent edition of their Eclipse Stout. Doubly fun to enjoy this beer on the day of a total solar eclipse as well! The age hasn't really diminished nor improved the beer in my opinion, having had these beers very fresh and with some age, definitely a bit thinner, which is typical for the series, but the flavor profile is well developed and nicely balanced.

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Photo of Blasterbum
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pitch black pour, moderately thick burnt toffee colored lacing.

S - Black licorice, light anise, molasses, sticky faint raspberry, some dark fruit.

T - Molasses, oak, dark fruit, chocolate. There is no heat at all for 11.9%.

M- Heavy and full bodied, viscous, light syrupy, lip smacking sticky.

O - Let this bottle sit too long. Enjoyable, but definitely past its prime. My fault.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Insert_Beer_Pun
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013. Had next to 2014 - 2013 was the clear stand out. Mouth feel was thin on 2014 but more weight on 2013. Bourbon barrel character melded with the base stout in the 2013 but only got oak from 2014.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbrulet
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ebru
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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