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

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572 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#782
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
572
pDev:
8.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
273
Gots:
281
Trade:
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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013, bottle run No. 1 poured into a large snifter glass.

A real aggressive appearance. Thick light tan head, uniform but grows very large and settles to a whipped up cocoa two finger retention thick cap. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown with near one hundred percent opaque quality. THick spider ring and clump lacing. Great looking beer.

Nose has a wonderful soft and subtle sweet aroma. It smells like a candy cane. Wintergreen mint and a hint of chocolate. Peppermint. Almost clove, but with a much sweeter quality. Not sensing much roast or classic stout character but the bouquet is so incredibly unique and wonderful.

Palate matches the nose. Sweetness is much more subdued but the control is better and the flavors much more keen on stout quality. Great minty finish and silky texture. Velvet hints of mint chocolate and warming roast coffee. An almost hinting pine and lime like hop bent soft astringency and hints of wintergreen mint schnapp warmth. Some crunky oreo mint cookies as well.

These brews just stun me, and it blows my mind how different the variations are, this is another favorite one for me to chalk up. Great brew.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage. As sweet as Four Roses is, there is a lot of sweetness remaining after a year of cellaring. Probably not the best one of the series to age, but still overall impressive

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Marcus, 650ml into some snifters. 2011 vintage I believe.

Black in body with a few fingers of brown head. Good lacing, but only a ring of retention. Nose has chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, a good bit of malt sweetness and some roasted marshmallow. Just enough of everything. Taste has the bourbon well integrated into some milk chocolate, light roast, a touch of oak, vanilla and brown sugar. A solid sweetness all around. Medium full feel, super smooth low carbonation. Sweet, bourbon-y and chocolate-y. Yum.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up for me from the brewery by nerd - thanks dude! Served in a Three Floyds pint glass.

A - A finger of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and some spotty lace. Dark brown near-black body that reveals a bit more lightness at the fringes.

S - Dark chocolate, smoke, oak, bourbon, dark fruits. It's got that typical Eclipse maple and caramel sweetness, particularly when it warms up. No obvious alcohol.

T - Heavy in oak, with notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some bourbon flavor as well. Minimal roast, but perhaps a bit of espresso bitterness, as well as oak, in the finish.

M - A little thin, a common complaint I have about some Eclipse variants, although not totally out of line for the lower ABV. Medium-low carbonation, and no obvious alcohol. Finishes tannic and fairly dry.

D - Not my favorite variant, but eminently drinkable. Everyone enjoyed this and wished we had more of it to pass around (or less people sharing it). I'm looking forward to my 2011 bottles. A very good barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a Eclipse snifter, hell yes. Beer is black, dark, with a thin brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retnetion.

Aroma is boozy, strong vanilla and tannic components, rounds nicely. I really like it.

Beer is medium in body, creamy, this is the 2011 version which is much better, smoother better integrated than the 2010, a phenomenal beer right here. Nice finish, no heat, strong bourbon barrel character, very nice. I'd have this again.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ShanePB
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011, bottle #118. Opened with Nick for purposes of a video review, transcribed from the footage. 22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown on the pour, looking completely black sitting in the glass. Some blood red hues throughout. A small tan head with moderate retention and a bit of lace.

S: Bitter bakers dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet bourbon and certainly a bit of heat from the alcohol. You can tell it might be a little hot.

T: Like the aroma, rich dark chocolate and dark malts are up front with a sweet character to them. Middle of the palate is tons of bourbon, not necessarily boozy or hot but very flavorful. Back end brings some toffee and vanilla, and ends with more bourbon in the linger. Extremely a complex and layered flavor profile.

M: Nicely carbonated without being overdone, slight creaminess. Sticky in the linger with some residual sweetness and booze.

For my first Eclipse beer, this was great. It had a great complexity to it with the flavors ever changing to keep things interesting. I'm very excited to try out the rest of the beers in the series.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a small amount of medium brown head.

S - Bourbon, oak and sweet roasted malts. The bourbon and base beer are well integrated and neither overshadows the other.

T - Bourbon, oak, honey and a good roasted malt presence are well integrated, as the nose suggested. There's a good sweetness present that really brings out the bourbon and some lighter vanilla and chocolate notes.

M - Medium body, smooth. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Eziel
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 572 ratings
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