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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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml red waxed bomber poured into tulip 22/1/14

A deep cola edge in black liquid, foams up nicely with a massive foam that hangs around forever leaving a table top island after ten minuets and lots of thick patches deep down the glass

S sweet bourbon and honey, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits and a little coffee, some vanilla and brown sugar work well, not huge but some charred barrel plays a part, faint licorice and molasses

T not quite everything the nose had going on, still sweet, lots of dark malt and a little barrel but everything doesn't mesh as well and there's some booze but like the other 2013's just no way this is actually 11.9%,

M leaning towards full, creams up nicely, faint tannins, a hint of booze, lots of sweet chocolate and bourbon linger

O another well rounded Eclipse, if the smell followed through it would be world class but it didn't quite keep up that pace, great beer nonetheless and one of the better versions from 2013

My 6th Eclipse this year and everyone of them has been a great brew but I don't think any of them would qualify as world class. Consistently great beers but any 30$ bomber is hard to justify, that being said I'm glad I have some bottles to revisit a few years down the road.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of notchucknorris
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thin sand colored head and some spotty lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Rich cocoa laced with bourbon. Honey, roasted malt, charred wood and just a touch of dark fruit. Pretty nice.

T: Roasted malt and honey upfront with some toasted brown sugar, milk chocolate, molasses and a touch of char. Just a tickle of bourbon in there as well, with a finish that definitely leans towards the barrel. Mouthfeel is light and a touch lacking. I really feel like this beer would benefit from a fuller mouthfeel. A solid beer, but I'm not sure worth the price. I'd much rather take Caldera's Mogli for 10 bucks less.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to mlaroche for this bottle a long while back

2010 vintage
Bottle # 1190

Pours a dark brown essentially black color, starts out with minimal head but with a vigerous pour it gets a decent fingers worth, fades at a quick pace but leaves a thin tan cap.

Smell has a very molasses-y aroma with roasted malt, subtle hints of chocolate and coffee and a touch of vanilla.

Taste has a very dark roasted malt presence with a bit of coffee like char and bitterness, a light sweet chocolate aftertaste with a subtle barrel and bourbon character, the barrel aging is definitely on the light side but adds just enough for some complexity, body is fairly viscous with a good creaminess, carbonation is low yet ample enough to get the job done.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: obsidian beer with a fluffy dark tan head; filmy cap and lace motes throughout the drink

S: bourbon wafts immediately, followed by roasty and dark malt aromas suggesting char and cold espresso

T: bourbon and dry coffee, laidback bittersweet cocoa, dry oak barrels... Very refined and to-the-point; smooth and mellow bitterness, coffee and chocolaty malts, all submerged in a barrel of dry whisky vapor

M: I'll call it medium-bodied, but toward the thin side for me as I'd have preferred a fuller feel in this kind of drink; smooth, subdued bitterness increases on the finish; drying vapors throughout

O: an elegant and classy brew, distinct bourbon barrel aging assertive on the palate and nose; not blown away as I was with their Java Coffee edition - this is lighter, drier, and more subdued, but still an excellent barrel-aged Imperial stout. Worth $33? Not so much as the Java Coffee edition, but if you're a big fan of the stylings, you will not regret the experience.

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