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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#784
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
572
pDev:
8.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of EdrickCS
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 darktronica
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition of the Four Roses, red-waxed bomber. Honey, caramel apples, vanilla, nutmeg, and a particular sour tang that I've encountered before but don't know how to identify. There is some leather and tobacco smoke that I don't associate with most expressions of Four Roses; instead, once you subtract out the honey, much of the identifiable barrel character seems to be more reminiscent of what I would imagine a blend of Four Roses and George T. Stagg would take on. The barrel offers up plenty of oak and a wee bit of smoke, contributing to a long, earthy finish. Nicely carbonated and an unctuous, mouth-coating texture, but the alcohol is still pretty pronounced after a couple years of ageing.

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Photo of Xandrose
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yeaprolly
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kristinc
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunrats
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jams1220
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephensinner
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EEscobar
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: black with a tan head
Smell: mmm..bourbon, chocolate, vanilla
Taste: dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco with underlying bourbon
Overall: A very nice imperial barreled stout. I paid for the uniqueness of the flavor profile and was not disappointed. I will try a different barrel next time. One and done

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Photo of kkawachi
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JandJMD
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Starts off sweeter than expected. Tons of chocolate. Not much alcohol burn. The bitterness and bourbon/vanilla comes on at the end. Very good.

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Photo of csustar001
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oberon
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled in 2014.Pours jet black with a thick one finger deep beige head atop,it's not settling.The bourbon is there but doesn't overpower there is also some roasted nut and bitter chocolate in there as well.Creamy and not overly full in the feel dept,it's a great balance.In my opinion it's not overly boozy on the palate,sure the bourbon is there but there is also roasted nut,chocolate,and roast to prop up against the vanilla tinged bourbon notes.This is top notch,I will cellar the others I have for a bit but this is fantastic!

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryanflc
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Preluderl
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rand
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter

As I'm doing for all of the Eclipse series, I'm posting my original review and noting anything unique that the whiskey brings to the brew:

A: Deep dark brown in color, small carbonation forms a small, tightly-bubbled head. Tiny patches of lacing adorn the glass after a gentle swirl.

S: The nose is bourbon-forward, quickly followed by all of the enticing aromas expected from a big craft stout - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice. The alcohol is pretty strong and seems to propel the big bouquet to the nose.

NOTES OF BURNT SUGAR IN THIS ONE.

T: Surprisingly, the bourbon is much more subdued than you'd think from its aromas. Instead of a hot bourbon-y blast, you get a nearly seamless package of flavors that wash over your palate. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there, licorice and coffee. But there's also rich buttery anchor to the flavor profile, almost like butterscotch. And the alcohol takes a back seat - it's there, but unlike most barrel-aged imperial stouts, this doesn't deserve the "boozy" descriptor. Finishes with a trace of lingering sweetness and alcohol warmth.

SAME THING HERE, EXCEPT THIS IS MORE BOOZY THAN OTHER VARIETIES. I'M PICKING UP A BIT OF RIPE CHERRIES AS WELL.

M: Rich and creamy, full-bodied. Carbonation is low, but the flavors are so harmonious you don't really need a big carb scrub.

I'VE HAD THE FOUR ROSES QUITE A BIT (ESPECIALLY AT THEIR EPIC, FREE-FLOWING RELEASE PARTIES) BUT NEVER DONE A PROPER REVIEW. NOTHING REALLY NEW TO ADD, BUT IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE WHISKY YOU CAN PICK IT UP THE NUANCE IT IMPARTS TO THE PROFILE

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Photo of Rudy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CJNAPS
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of timotao
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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