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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of the FiftyFifty Eclipse Release Party.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Very small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and a very mellow bourbon aroma. Taste is pretty much the same. The bourbon is somewhat astringent flavor wise. This beer has a roasty bitterness and has a very high alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged stout but definitely my least favorite of the night. The bourbon flavors from the Four Roses was a bit too harsh in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as expensive as these are, I may unfortunately never get to try them all, so they are a rare treat indeed. this is my third thus far, and easily my favorite. 2011 vintage here, so maybe the age helped it mellow a bit. the pour is dark and thick like the rest of them coffee colored with a sturdy off white head with lots of airy bubbles. the nose indicates a very balanced brew, not overly bourbon heavy, but the oak, charcoal, and vanilla is there, which go expertly with the level of roast on the barley, which is intense but not burnt bitter yet. the honey comes through in the flavor better in this one than either of the others ive had, its sweet and summery, and actually lightens up an otherwise heavy beer. the sweetness of the bourbon also tempers the heft of the malts. very deep and layered flavors here, with the barrel not overtaking things, as is so commonly done (and indeed strived for) these days. I like this whole series for introducing the nuances of different barrel treatments to the same base beer. its an expensive learning tool, but a damn enjoyable one. ive never consumed four roses bourbon, but this beer has me primed to seek out a bottle. if you can buck up for this, and then be patient enough to wait a year, you will be handsomely rewarded!

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

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the complexity of undeniable Four Roses bourbon, the ever varying imperial stout from FiftyFifty takes on a Kentucky flare with barrel nuances of caramel, vanilla and oak to assist the wonderfully seared-in sweetness of the stout.

Inky and black, the beer seems tar-like as a patient and creamy head rises from its depths. Roasted malt layers in the nose with savory sweet fragrance and a tingle of oak-soaked booze. Its taste of black-strap molasses, dark chocolate and coffee come together seamlessly in early taste.

As those burnt sugars seep deeply into the tastebuds, they carry the bourbon tethers with it, but leading with hefty malt and syrup. With hints of grilled currant, grape and spicy licorice, the complexities of ale precede the caramel, vanilla and oak spices of bourbon.

The beer's full and lavish body is spicy and numbing with alcohol. Drying in finish, the roast and oak reveal a tinge of powdery astringency to create an aura of campfire and ash ahead of a long and savory linger of burnt toffee and roast.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz red wax ensconced bottle, 2013 version, and now 11.9% ABV. Can't say that I've ever tried the titular Bourbon - I'll save that for a future date.

This beer pours a solid light-sucking black hole, with the slightest of basal cola 'highlights', and a teeming tower of puffy, thickly foamy, and duly rocky light brown head, which leaves a pleasant web of sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly wilts away.

It smells of grainy milk chocolate, woody alcohol, vanilla, and caramel Bourbon barrel notes, field honey, molasses-heavy malt, besotted dark bread, a touch of cold coffee, and weak earthy, weedy hops. The taste is bittersweet cocoa, sugary Bourbon essences - watery vanilla, a more sturdy toffee and caramel, and an ethereal rye grain spiciness - lightly roasted pale, chocolate, and caramel malt, herbal honey, a hint of earthy hops, and a middling booze warmth.

The bubbles are pretty low-key overall, the body actually a bit on the light side of medium weight for this sort of offering, and equitably smooth at the same time. It finishes sweet, in the, 'gee someone poured a shot of top-shelf Yankee whiskey into my already heady Imperial Stout' kind of way, so thanks, Drunk Uncle, or whoever had the wherewithal to engender such an act.

One of the more approachable versions of this onslaught of Bourbon County aged stouts from this particular California mountain brewery that have suddenly made their way up north to we, um, northerners. Tasty, and still more than a wee bit challenging to the average palate, I would venture to presume, though I did quite enjoy the dual upsides of lush chocolate and a subtle alcohol perception a little too much, especially given the near 12 points of hooch.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Smooth roasted malt with some chocolate, peppery oak, and bourbon alcohol warmth in the finish.

Taste: Sweet, roasted malt with a nice undertone from the bourbon. The woody note is slightly peppery, just like the smell. Not quite full enough to be outstanding.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium, which seems a bit thin for this beer. Rather large bubbles with a dry finish.

Overall: This beer was a bit thin but it was still quite good. Not my favorite variation, but I would still have another.

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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 741 of 2010

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a spumous head; excellent lacing

Smell: Roast, chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark fruit and, of course, the Four Roses Bourbon

Taste: From the outset, the thing that stands out is the balance; opens with all the flavors detected in the aroma; after the swallow, there is a modest amount of heat, but the finish brings back the start, with the sweetness held in check by the roast and chocolate while the dark fruit adds complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Very pleased with how this brew has matured; I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did but it topped the Heaven Hill I had yesterday - three more to go

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of rye whiskey notes with some woody notes and some burnt barley notes. Taste is a mix of wye whiskey notes with some burnt barley notes with some black chocolate notes with a finish that is a little bit harsh. Body is full with nice oily and creamy notes with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. Good but doesn’t really stands out against the other BA varieties of Eclipse.

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4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, bomber into a tulip.

Black with translucent brown edges. The dark tan head shows good longevity.

Unabashed bourbon on the nose. Brownie, cookie dough, caramel candy, subdued booze and vanilla. The bourbon barrel seems more dominant here compared to the Evan Williams version.

The palate also has a huge bourbon kick. Layers of bittersweet chocolate, black licorice and burnt sugar coat the tongue. Alcohol is more noticeable on the palate than the nose, but it's by no means a harsh beer. The finish is roasted and sharp; licorice, espresso and alcohol linger. There's a slight vinous red wine note as I dig deeper, like a big juicy merlot.

This strikes me as more intense than the Evan Williams bourbon barrel Eclipse. It's delicious, but I find myself preferring the balance of the EW edition.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 427 thanks to Chris

Pours a half finger of tan head. Color is a dark brown. Not too dark.

Aroma: aroma has a tar like flavor in the nose. Something seems burnt. Chocolate and bourbon. Oaky. Some vanilla and roast.

Taste: much better than the nose. No more burnt flavors. Lots of oak. Bourbon and vanilla. Chocolate and coffee roast.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, this was a pretty solid beet. Very enjoyable besides the nose. It was a treat. Thanks Chris.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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