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

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

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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: 571 |  Reviews: 151
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BierJager89
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle 1323

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a strong barrel character that's excellently integrated into the base beer mixing notes of toasted oak, peat whiskey, spicy bourbon and luscious chocolate malt. Slightly smokey with the bourbon, vanilla and wood notes countered by burnt toast, dark chocolate, fudge and bakers chocolate. Smells great!

Chewy full body with tight carbonation and a strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the characteristics of the base beer. Smokey, dry and slightly acrid with a strong dry oak and peated whiskey presence that lingers over hints of vanilla, marshmallow, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, toast, toffee and oatmeal. Toward the finish there is some needed sweetness with dessert like chocolate cake/fudge flavor. Still, the oak and booze dominate the flavor with slight heatbin the finish. High ABV is relatively well masked making it easybto drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of davey101
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, #468. Red waxed 22 oz bomber into a brandy snifter at cellar temp. Massive thanks to bstyle for the huge want of mine!

A - Pours a pitch black body. A dark tan head forms but disappears quickly. A swirl creates magnificent edging and some thick lacing that slides down the glass with little retention. Beautiful stout.

S - Strong on the dark fruit notes, its almost vinous and red wine like. Cherries and plums lead into some roasted malts. Light nuances of sweet vanilla and oak, a very subdued bourbon presence that is almost spicy like a rye. I can't stop smelling this, its that damn good!

T - The dark fruits start off initially but unlike the nose they fade away to let the other qualities shine through. Sweet milk chocolate and then a wave of smooth oak and vanilla. Yup, there's the bourbon! Some savory roasted malt to balance the sweetness. Maybe its just my imagination but there is a pleasant honey aftertaste with no lasting bitterness. Wonderful balance. When I first cracked the bottle open I was impressed by the nose but thought the first sip was boring and lacking. Sitting on it for a few minutes caused my opinion to make a whole 180. Just incredible balance and flavors happening here.

M - Creamy and silky. Despite the medium to heavy mouth feel it is surprisingly drinkable without the "syrupy" thing that a lot of imperial stouts get. I couldn't be happier that this is only 9.5%. Seems to be the perfect abv to showcase a touch of booze without coming off as boozy. Just a bit warming on the end.

O - One of the finest stouts I have ever had. I adore BCBS but that is a bourbon bomb. This beer on the other hand has notes of dark fruits, chocolate, roast, and oak/vanilla. Its sweet while remaining savory and robust. Throw in a great appearance and a perfect mouth feel and you get a world class beer. Fifty Fifty is the perfect description here, perfectly in balance and neutral. Oh, and I just so happen to love the Four Roses lineup of bourbon...

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone snifter. Black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top. Decent lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer overall.

Aroma has a great blend of dark chocolate, bourbon and oak. Some roasted malts and vanilla are there as well. As it warmed I started to get a little more dark fruits coming out. It comes together very well and the flavors all compliment each other excellently. Great balance between the bourbon barrel and imperial stout flavors.

The taste follows through with more of the bourbon barrel and dark chocolate flavors at first. The finish is where I start to get a big dark fruit presence to it with notes of cherry and plum. Some smooth bourbon lingers into the finish with the dark, bittersweet chocolate. Again, everything comes together very well.

The mouthfeel leaning towards the heavier side, but still feels a little light for the style. Carbonation is a little below average and pretty good for the style. Overall, another very good Eclipse version. The flavors are very well balanced and complimenting of each other. A great beer to sip on this cold evening.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94% out of 100 with 571 ratings
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