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

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 from 2013.

A: Pours jet-black with a tall, dense medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with great retention. Sparse little strings of lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel and lots of oak from the bourbon. Honey is fairly noticeable with a decent chunk of chocolate in there too. Decent alcohol sting too.

T: Stinging bourbon up front, almost stronger than the aroma betrayed (usually the other way around). Lots of caramel, toffee and burnt sugars. Fairly oaky with quite a bit of vanilla too. Quite sweet, but made even sweeter with chocolate and honey. Bourbon is pretty heavy, the booziness helps cut the sweetness down a bit. Lingering spicy alcohol, oak and burnt sugars in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, thick, low carbonation. Only "just" cut with the booziness. Sort of a chalky mouthfeel at times.

O: Another delicious Imperial Eclipse variant. Very sweet and very thick, this one. A little boozier than most at the same time. Strong flavors with great bourbon integration. Wonderful. My only real detraction is that this is almost a little too oaky and a little too boozy at times. Still great.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with the Eclipse series, tried next to 3 other variants and many other stouts with good peoplez. This and the others were from the 2013 batch, 11.9% ABV.

Black pour, tan head. Great retention on this one, a thick+bubbly finger remains for the duration.

Smell is surprisingly very tame. It more or less comes off as pure bourbon, but it's even subtle in that aspect. A little more well-rounded with warmth with some dark fruits, roast and chocolate.

Taste is an improvement, but the lack of a base beer is still alarmingly clear. Although the bourbon flavor is great, all that accompanies it is some dark fruits (raisins/prunes come to mind), some roast, dark chocolate and honey - all of which are still pretty subtle.

Not much booze, pretty decent+full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

I enjoyed it and the other variants, but I'd be lying if I said all of them weren't letdowns, especially considering the prices. The differing bourbons were all nice and distinguishable from each other, they were somewhat unique for the style, but there wasn't a whole lot going on for them otherwise. I didn't review the others I tried, but this and Evan Williams were about even for me, Elijah Craig 12 had a slight upper hand, and the Java Coffee wound up being my favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chico1985, bring on the Eclipses for the night. Stoutfest III beastmode.

A- Pitch black bomber pour to seven glasses with a black as night complexion. Light mocha tan head forms to about a finger with a frothy, creamy texture. Good retention and it falls to a thick pillow and ring. Thick lace blankets at the top continue to coat the glass most of the way down.

S- Fairly tame and quite relaxed compared to the other Stouts of the night so far. Fresh toasted oak and Four Roses whiskey bite, almost subdued a bit to pruney fruits, is nice above a smooth malty, semi-sweet roasted base. Nice dark fruits too.

T- Again, the Four Roses bite is there but actually kind of blended nicely into the dark fruity yeast and roasty, cocoa base malts. The Bourbon is strong but it doesn't really offset the rest of the beer, strength without killing balance. Fresh oaky, peppery, dark fruity feel to the whiskey. Slight honey sweetness.

MF- Moderately thick body on the palate but lacks a creaminess I have come to expect in most big stouts, seems just a bit thinned out, maybe from the bourbon. Carbonation at a medium level with a slight warmth in the finish.

The whiskey feel is more on the peppery, fruity (almost like a brandy) side with the fruity yeast and dark cocoa roast malt base. The base itself is a bit lacking and it hurts a bit overall. Not much vanilla I have come to find in BA RIS but this is a nice change. I have had a good amount of Four Roses and you can tell it has that feel. Solid. PRICE IS STEEP THOUGH.

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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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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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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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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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Photo of KAP1356
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pretty stoked to get to try this beer. Decided finding it for less than $30/bottle was a sign and went for it. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Eclipse ours completely pitch black - as expected. A foamy, khaki colored head forms about 1 finger thick. The head recedes to a collar that is the color of hot chocolate.

S - The aroma bursts from the glass with rich bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar all mixing together quite harmoniously. Dark fruits, slight coffee notes, and some licorice come through as well. The bourbon doesn’t overtake the rest of the aromas which is quite a nice touch as the remaining aromas are divine enough in and of themselves.

T - The flavor is really quite outstanding. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla come first. These are followed by molasses, brown sugar and bourbon adding to the rest of the flavors. The flavors are very smooth and mellow as the barrel adds a bit of dryness to the overall flavor profile. Again, the bourbon doesn’t overpower and is almost understated here - helping to meld the other rich, unctuous flavors.

M - The mouthfeel is slightly different than what I would expect from this beer. Medium bodied and very creamy. In my opinion, I feel like this beer could be a bit thicker than it is. While not very viscous, it does roll on the tongue in a creamy, milkshake like manner.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I loved the flavors and liked that the barrel didn’t overpower all of the great base flavors. The only real downside to these beers is their price tag.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: mostly dark, some red at the bottom with a light brown head that head been sticking around.

s: hard liquor, brown sugar, oatmeal maybe. Classic bourbon barrel notes but with some sugary notes in there as well.

t: oh yeah, soooo good. Super chocolatey. Tons of oats and caramel sweetness with that barrel adding the perfect blend on the finish. A very tiny touch of alcohol.

mf: creamy, medium carbonation, not viscous. It could be a touch thicker on the mouthfeel.

overall: the more i sip, the more alcohol starts to come through unfortunately, but it isn't unpleasant, it just takes away some of those awesome chocolate notes. Though the aftertaste is awesome.

This definitely isn't one of those Bourbon bombs. More balanced, slight barrel character. Probably not aged too long. My favorite take on the style.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Bottled 12/11, so almost 2yrs old at this point. Bought at the Bruery Provisions (RIP) in Orange CA for $28.50.

A - Pitch, glistening black. Like motor oil. Light tan head leaves good lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee. All the nice bourbon smells you want.

T - Again, milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee. Also, some dried cherry, some coffee, roast. Alcohol is still present, even after 2yrs. Has a little raw grain finish. Only flaw.

M - Thick and rich upfront. Has a slightly watery finish (for the style). Carbonation is low and gives a silky mouthfeel.

O - Barrel-aged stouts are hard not to like. There are a few flaws on this one, but it is still a great beer. I will look for these again on the next bottle.

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Photo of tut2528
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle 1410/2011

A: pours charcoal black body, with a deep dark brown top layer. Creates a ½ fingers worth of head. Minimal lacing that leaves so spotting bubbles that hugs the side of the glass. 4.25

S: big dark fruits… plums, raisins, with a big burnt wood aroma. Theres some sugary malt present, with a light touch of chocolate and hops.

T: my God the sweetness! Enormous sugar, molasses, figs and cocoa nibs front and center. Big alcohol presence as well. big and bold bourbon right up front, semi-sweet dark chocolate, slight touch of hops. There is a nice vanilla touch in the finish. But don’t really like this balance.

M: lighter than I would like for the style. Leaves quite a sugary film on the teeth and the slight bourbon and oak on the palate.

O: decent, but definitely not worth the price to be honest. Maybe this would have been better fresh?

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

Picked this up with a great trade with Evan! 2011, #1387. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger beige head with decent retention and great lacing. Sweet bourbon is the star of the complex nose along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, licorice, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits. The taste mirrors the nose in its complexity. The bourbon comes through nicely, but doesn't overwhelm. The barrel aging is very evident with hints of oak and vanilla along with dark fruits, cocoa, espresso, licorice, dark chocolate, and molasses. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and syrupy but very smooth and creamy with a subtle bite on the finish. Overall, this was very drinkable and complex, even though I found it leaning towards the sweet side. Anxious for the next release...

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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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze.

T - Sweet chocolate and caramel malts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is very present, but balanced here.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Bottle #1419.

A: Pours black with a half-inch mocha head which fades to the rim and cap leaving globs and spots of lace.

N: Chocolate marshmallows soaked in bourbon, then roasted with a trace char and sprinkled with vanilla and caramel.

T: Dark cacao, vanilla, roasted oak barrel, char, sweet bourbon, dark fruits.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. A bit syrupy although rich and creamy.

O: With some age on it, this is drinking really well. Glad to still have 1 left.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle as part of Eclipse sampling

A - Dark brown with light chestnut aspects to it. Small off white foam head 3.25

S - Slight bourbon with light vanilla and caramel

T - Dark bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and vanilla. There is a light amount of oak in the finish. Overall, there is a good amount of bitterness in this one. The sweetness from the 4 roses bourbon tries to cut the overall bitterness but cannot.

M - Creamy slightly sticky body with bitterness that makes the finish slightly astringent

O - Decent eclipse with good bourbon sweetness from the 4 Roses that adds a good amount vanilla and caramel to it; however, it can't manage to cut the overall bitterness.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.62/5  rDev +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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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of davey101
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade and enjoyed on the eve of my birthday. Bottle #706, 2011 Batch.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark almost black brown with a biiig two finger dark khaki/mocha head that faded and slumped to a one finger creamy rich blanket and nice lacing.

S - Very nice bourbon and lighter vanilla. Cannot exactly pickout that this is a Four Roses brand bourbon, but its clearly a solid bourbon. There are some nice faint barrel notes along with some roasted malts and chocolates. Quite nice.

T - More of that rich, smooth bourbon with nice softer vanilla and barrel notes. Quite pleasant and well executed. The chocolate is mild, as is the roast. Quiet subtle and delicious. Not assertive but very well balanced.

M - My only negative to this beer. Just a too carbonated for my tastes for such a bigger stout. I would really like a more smooth, chewier stout. The sharper carbonation is a bit distracting.

O - Overall, this was a very, very well executed stout. Love the appearance, love the aroma, and love the taste. Just wish it wasnt as sharp. Alcohol is hidden nicely though. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color with a small tan head but still leaves some super lacing as your swirl the beer around.

Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. As it warms you get some dark fruits (figs), sweet fruit and caramel maltiness. A sweeter aroma than most of the Eclipse series.

The tastes follow the nose and begin with sweet bourbon, oak, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Then you get some vanilla, coffee and dark fruits that emerge more and more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Finish is smooth but on the heavier side despite the lower than "normal" ABV for the style.

Overall I personally enjoyed this more than both of the Elijah Craig versions that I sampled the same evening. This was slightly frutier and sweeter with less biting alcohol.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Four Roses Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 564 ratings.
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