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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

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yellow wax.

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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage; drank 1/15/16 @ Fountainhead.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Banana, milk chocolate & cherry notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana, cherry, lactose sugar & milk chocolate flavors up front; mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Incredibly delicious.

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

This is a truly enjoyable and complex Imperial Stout.

Look: black with a half inch mocca colored head

Aroma: chocolate, dark fruits, honey

Flavor: It is pretty good, dark fruits, raisins, some honey, chocolate and coffee, a bit sweet and no booziness.

Feel: full bodied, creamy

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Photo of Hop_God
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

impressive pickup, by my dad of all people, 2014 vintage, and at this stage as good as just about any in this wildly enjoyable series of beers, identified only by their wax color. i have always loved how much honey comes through in the base beer, regardless of barrel treatment, its floral and sweet and seems to give life to the dark malts. cocoa and dark chocolate in this one, faint smoke and oxidation too at this point, some bitterness set against the honey, and a wonderful richness without ever being too sugary. the buffalo trace barrels are nice, a pretty classic bourbon complexion added here to the aroma and flavor, but more than anything i get the barrel char itself, high carbon, earthy, black, seemingly darker than any one element in the base beer itself. oak and vanilla of course too, which go real well with the honey, but the barrel in this one, as in many of these, seems to stand in service to the base beer, not override any flaw or take away from its well refined nuances. i love the bourbon with the base beer, i think its about perfectly aged at this point, and while i can get a little bit of booziness as it warms, its supremely drinkable for what it is, so smooth and mellow, even elegant. i love this series, and this one is amazing. thanks dad!

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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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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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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

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 256 ratings