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

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Ratings:
567
Reviews:
150
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.73%
 
 
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273
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284
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of dbattey
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Circles413
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up on a whim & I'm glad I did!

Pour - From a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Nice things off white head with nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma - Sweet chocolate, bourbon & coffee.

Taste - Milk & bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel & of course, bourbon.

Mouth - Sticky, medium to thick body. A little chewy but not as thick as I would've liked.

Overall - This is an excellent beer. Would I ever pay $30 for another bottle of this? Maybe. Either which way, I'm glad I was able to try this. A very solid effort from 50/50!!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the version of the 2010 Eclipses that I was waiting for most. I have had the Four Roses bourbon on numerous occasions and was a large fan. This version is very bourbon forward and doesn't hide the barrel aging. I love that.

The appearance on this one is almost black at the heart and gets to a lighter brown on the edges. It looks thinner due to the barrel aging, which is why I was so surprised with how the brandy version looked. Leaves a very thick leg that makes me smirk a bit thinking, "This beer has been through hell and back in those barrels."

Amazing smell. Chocolate bourbon anyone?

A very whisky forward beer is right up my alley and that is exactly what this was. Lots of chocolate and vanilla with tons of caramel and toffee flavors in there as well. It reminds me somewhat of the 2009 Heaven Hills version. It reminded me of the Sees chocolate covered toffees, with bourbon.

A somewhat lighter body paired with more heat on the palette makes this one a force to be reckoned with. This thing is going to age magnificently and I cannot wait to see this one grow into something special. A good 'after dinner' or 'cold winter night' beer.

J

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Photo of KGilmour
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 100floods
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black hue with a thick khaki head with decent retention. The bottle smells of vanilla-bourbon. Sweet coffee-chocolate aroma. I'm smelling a little vanilla in there, too . You can smell a bit of booze in there, too, it most comes in the form of warmth. Very creamy and full texture, smooth, too. It seems to expand if you let it sit for a moment. Dark chocolate and roasted malt come together nicely. The warmth from the alcohol of the barrel gives the end of my first sip a warm finish. It almost calms the beer down. The chocolate and the barrel work nicely together. I'm also tasting a little bit of licorice as well. This beer shows great control. The effects of the barrel aging have done a nice job complimenting the beer. The bourbon comes through on its own, too, but unlike some barrel aged stouts, it doesn't take the beer hostage.

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Photo of nhindian
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with russwbeck and poured into a Victory tulip. Bottle provided by jamdugan, thanks Jim!

Bottle #463.

A - This beer has a similar appearance to many other darker stouts out there - completely opaque, but this head really rounds out and softens this beer. About a 1.5-finger head rests carefully on top of the beer, smooth and creamy yet still many tunnels and caverns in it. The head has pretty good retention as well, and as the beer dissipates, a thin film of lacing covers most of the glass.

S - The smell is incredibly well-balanced. The bourbon is noticeable but not overwhelming in the slightest. A rich bouquet of sweet vanilla, oak, coffee, and chocolate intertwine with each other and keep each other in check while adding to its deep complexity. I was expecting more of a bourbon bomb but this is incredibly well-rounded.

T - As in the nose, the taste is so balanced by everything going on here. The bourbon is really integrated perfectly here, and plays precariously between a soft warming malt character that helps introduce some bittersweet chocolate. Additionally, the effect of the barrel does wonders in imparting an oak woodiness and vanilla note that accelerates this beer past the norm. Each characteristic is boldly defined, but meld fantastically about midway through and the final blend of flavors is euphoric. Each sip, each temperature change brings out something new, especially in the finish where a nice kick of honey injects a bit of sweetness into the bitter coffee, chocolate, slightly hoppy finish. Speaking of the finish, the chocolate just explodes into a smooth wave of fudge that makes this beer addicting. Slight alcohol in the finish, but overall incredibly complex and uses the bourbon as another level of complexity rather than having it assault the palate.

M - The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Coats the mouth thickly and the long finish lingers forever on the palate. The head and barrel helps soften this a bit.

D - Drinkability is insanely high. Easily one of the smoothest drinking and tastiest bourbon aged stouts I've had. It's complex and perfectly blended between all the flavors. Not one characteristic overwhelms the others and each has their time in the spotlight. If possible I would like to get my hands on many more of this beer.

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Photo of exl_90
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkane101
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fatmcb1
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dark brown edges. A beige head leaves a ring.

Smell is sweet and has plenty of barrel character. Chocolate and honey mesh with vanilla, charred oak, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste is sweet and roasty. Lots of chocolate mixed with bourbon. The flavors blend together nicely.

Body is medium with a lighter carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and count it as one of the top barrel aged stouts I've tried.

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Photo of gumushie
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 2010 bottle at average outside temp in Santa Cruz, CA (about 42-45°) into large bowled Bourgogne wine glass.

The wax coating on these bottles take a little doing and don't have the benefit of wine bottles where the cork can be pulled directly. The bottle was definitely jostled some before finally uncapping and pouring.

The Pour: Very deep, rich brown/black. The cream/tan colored head formed 1/2 in. thick and dissipated in about 7 minutes. Very little lace left behind. The liquid itself has medium viscosity but holds together very tight.

The Aroma: As expected, lots of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee notes. Caramel and some unplaceable fruity esters (from the whiskey barrel presumably) as undertones. Overall very, very pleasant.

The Taste: Satin mouthfeel. Very well balanced, not (alc)hot at all but not flaccid either. Like drinking a dark chocolate brownie, for adults, only. Superb.

Overall: The effect of this beer is oddly calming as it heightens senses, almost like the effects of some teas. It's warming in the mouth and encourages some salivation while the flavor remains bold. As fantastic an offering as last years. Worth every cent and the year long wait. I'd like to taste Four Roses whiskey itself and do a comparison with the other commercial offering this year, but boy did these go fast!

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Photo of Marius
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sampled right after the 12yr Elijah Craig version. The latter has the upper hand, but this version was top notch, as well. Never thought I'd say this, but maybe it was a bit too bourbon-heavy.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

You can probably still get this beer if you look hard enough. Especially in the SF bay area. Poured from a bomber (22 oz) into a tulip.

A: Coffee Black with a brown head. That's what I love to see.

S: Nose is full of brown sugar, oak, vanilla, caramel (nice bourbon character), coffee and chocolate. Smells great!

T: Taste is more chocolate forward and a bit weak on the bourbon character, though it is very flavorful. It's a bit of a disappointment, because Four Roses makes some excellent bourbon. There is some bourbon character (caramel, vanilla and oak), but more coffee and chocolate, which is nearly as delicious. A touch of alcohol is present, but forgivable.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Would be perfect (in that I love smooth, full bodied beers, especially when they're creamy), but there's a bit of alcohol astringency, which is never pleasant.

O: Try it if you can find it. Perhaps not worth the price tag. I wouldn't buy another bottle, but I do not at all regret buying one. It's roughly the same price as Old Rasputin XIV was, and that beer was damn near perfect. This is not quite as good. Still though, it's one of the best beers I've ever had. As of writing this, it's my number 14 out of more than 600, and one of only 18 beers to which I'd give an A+. If, however, you are faced with trying this or Old Rasputin Anniversary edition for the same price, go with this. You can always get the barrel aged version of rasputin, this is no longer brewed, from what I can tell.

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Photo of Preluderl
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RickGrimes
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, toffee, raisin, plum, Honey, even if There isn't a strong aroma. But the flavour is the same, just a little thin but absolutely fantastico, silky mouthfeel with vanilla bourboneish sweetness and a Lot of cocoa, plum, rose coconut. Absolutely umbelievable beer.

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Photo of younger35
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Traded for a couple of these a year or so back and this will be my 3rd iteration in the series. I’ve really enjoyed the first two and I’m 100% sure this will be no different. Drank while watching game 7 of the 2011 World Series (St. Louis vs. Texas).

2010 version bottle 850-something. I can’t read the last number.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a small light brown fluffy cap that quickly bubbles away to almost no cap and thin collar. Not a speck of lacing either.
Smell- Surprisingly nutty smelling with an almost hazelnut note that I remember getting in the other versions, just didn’t seem this potent. Tons of coconut and vanilla as the barrel really seems to play into the nose a lot. Kind of sweet smelling with plenty of chocolate and caramel – especially at the beer warms. A few dark fruits show up for the nose party but nothing really all that potent.
Taste- Starts with a touch of booze that is slightly bourbon like with that wonderful soothing warming. Tons of coconut and milk chocolate make way for that Mounds Bar type flavor. Nutty to the core with a bit of vanilla, especially in the finish. The wood doesn’t seem quite as evident as I remember the previous versions being. Slightly sweet but the overall deliciousness of the beer makes me forget how much I hate that. The finish is earthy and warming and delicious.
Mouthfeel- Like the rest of the Eclipse the body is fairly thin but overall not bad. Carbonation is light and the beer feels silky smooth.
Drinkability- I really like this beer a lot and this is most definitely my favorite of the 3 versions I’ve had. It’s very tasty as the coconut and chocolate tones are fabulous. The more I have this beer the more I love. Awesome stuff!

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 567 ratings.
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