Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yellow wax.

Added by MasterSki on 12-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,603
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
252
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
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Trade:
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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dipping into my cellar for this one. 2011 bottling, at consumption time puts this at a little over 6 years in the bottle.

Bomber into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving stringy lace.

Aroma of earth, charred grain, coffee, licorice and slight mineral aspect.

Taste is seemingly straight honey sweetness at first that gives way to fruity raison-like alcohol, slight oak and a touch of mineral component.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. This is much more sweet feeling than most other eclipse iterations are. Crazy drinkable.

Ive said it before and ill continue to proclaim it - Eclipse is either an amazing candidate for 5 years of aging or these older bottlings were infinitely better than the garbage they have been releasing lately.

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Photo of kevanb
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2014 vintage - yellow wax, poured into a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a taut tan head, very good retention and incredible lace. The aroma is pleasant, strong oakiness, lightly charred, smooth bourbon, baker's chocolate, light vanilla, rich grains and some caramel. The flavors echo the nose well, bittersweet chocolate, plenty of charred oak, light bourbon, caramel and toffee with a bit of spice and vanilla and rich grain. The mouthfeel is great, thick and heavy full body, coating and creamy with a soft and warm finish.

Verdict: A very nice Eclipse variant from FiftyFifty. Aged very well, nice and mellow barrel character, distinctly Buffalo Trace and with nice grains and chocolate. Not the most vibrant or intense variant, but the balance is nice and it's very approachable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Started out with a khaki inch of head that was creamy looking, but it departed quickly. Body is what is to be expected inky blackness with a little light escaping around the edges.

S: Lots of straight up bourbon, oak, a little leather and some licorice. A little roasted malts mingled in there as well.

T: Very soft no alcohol taste the taste is light chocolate, caramel, a little vanilla a little bit of a nut taste as well.

M: Thin, a touch high in the carbonation as well.

O: This was pretty average to be honest, I had high expectations going in but still it's a lot less of a beer than I thought it would be. Exceptionally thin and very basic and one dimensional.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boccu
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black with a nice two finger head. Nice lacing. Aroma is weird almost a metallic cap smell. Taste is by far different. Dark chocolate, molasses, deep vanilla, light coffee grinds too a smooth bourbon finish. Love 50/50. Another great stout.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax-coated bomber into a goblet. 2014 edition, hand labeled. Fancy stuff.

L: Inky black pour... 1 finger of tannish head. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich and boozy... lots of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and cocoa.

T/F: Follows the smell... deliciously decadent. Roasted sugars/grains, espresso, and cocoa nibs. Some oak presence and vanilla... the bourbon really shines through. A bit of char. Complex and luscious. Thick and creamy in mouthfeel. Gets boozier as it warms.... and it warms you as well.

O: A fantastic bourbon aged stout. Big and bold... lots of flavor... and one of the best representations of the style I've had. For $40 a bomber it had damned well better be. Worth the splurge.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frekky
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of TBonez477
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle BT 1, 2016:
Pours a medium thick black, though in the glass there is the slightest bit of light that shows the beer is not totally devoid of color. Decent lacing by the brown to tan head that lay thick at the rims and has a thin continent of bubbles acros a third of the surface.

Nose isn't giving up much other than a generic barrel aged stout - vanilla, bourbon, light wood, with a chocolate-leaning base beer. Nothing wrong, but a little more strength would be nice.

Beer feels a little thicker with some chill, and a little more fluid as it warms. The feel is soft throughout, with barely a tickle from the carbonation. Bourbon heat is nicely subdued.

Beer started chocolate/vanilla with a bourbon barrel accent to it. The was some soaked raisins or date in there, but it never really got to a true "dark fruit" feel of say a Belgian Quad. Warmth turns this flavor a little more towards a cola root beer blend - with more of a very light, natural dark sweetener combining with the bite from the root. A little birch wood bitterness finishes the taste.

An enjoyable beer that is a little sweeter and more full than the other version I tried (Woodford Reserve). I tended to like this one better, though the general consensus seems to be contrary to my opinion.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Deep dark pour with a few fingers of tight carbonation, dies down to a good cap and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Nose has loads of dark berries (blueberry is most prominent) with some underlying chocolate and cocoa as well as hints of toffee, caramel and espresso. Espresso is faint, not like it's been infused with coffee or anything. Perceptible whiff of alcohol.

Taste skews more caramel and toffee that fades into notes of ripe berries with and an underlying dark chocolate and cocoa throughout. Also a persistent roastiness that comes through as iced coffee, and some slight oak bitterness as well. Compared to the nose, alcohol is almost imperceptible.

Mouthfeel always stands out in the Eclipse series. Incredibly smooth, almost delicate, which is weird given how flavorful this beer is, carbonation is on the low side, higher end of viscosity and stickiness, but definitely nowhere near being over the top. The structure of the mouthfeel is just so rock solid.

Overal, 50/50's Eclipse beers remain the gold standard of barrel aged stouts, and it's always fun to see how much difference a barrel makes.

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly with minimal lacing
S: Smells of bourbon with notes of oak, caramel and vanilla with some chocolate and coffee
T: Taste is vanilla cream and caramel with some oak. Chocolate and coffee comes in at times as well with a little roasted malt. Slight alcohol but well hidden overall. Swallow is molasses and caramel with a big vanilla and oak finish with some slight coffee and chocolate but the sweetness from the bourbon lingers.
M: This beer is full bodied with a silky and creamy texture with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: Very well done. The Eclipse beers are some of the best and this one is no exception. The flavors from the barrel are really nice and complement the base beer well. Buffalo Trace is a very sweet bourbon so the notes it provides are to be expected.

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Photo of Miccal
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 252 ratings