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

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel BlendImperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend
BA SCORE
4.06/5
245 Ratings
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:
#3,267
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
245
pDev:
10.34%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
102
Trade:
10
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this with me.

A: Pours a dark black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A small bubbly tan head forms and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Lots of barrel in the nose. Wood, vanilla, solvent like alcohol. Sweet raisins.
T: Follows the nose with a lot of barrel flavors. Solvent like alcohol with rough, grainy malts. Charred/Ash like Wood and vanilla. Some coffee come through as well.
M/D: There needs to be more body here. Medium body, low carbonation, and thin. Solvent like alcohol makes this a slow sipper, and one I really don't want to come back to.

To much barrel and not enough stout or body. I have had several version of the Eclipse Stout, and I am not really a fan of them, and I think this is the weakest one of the bunch.

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2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing, Steve.

Black in color with low carbonation and a small tan head. A really harsh booziness on the aroma. Astringent roasted malt and overdone in terms of the charred oak qualities with only minimal vanilla and chocolate character. The flavor is hot and heavy on the charred wood and roasted malt. Only mild chocolate with some hints of coffee. Just way too much booze to really be enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. I tried this on tap at the Eclipse party and was profoundly disappointed, so I figured I would check out the bottles to see if they were better.

A: The brewer mentioned that he brewed the base beer, Totality, to be thicker this year before giving it barrel treatments. That is reflected in the appearance, which (in previous years) was a clear cola brown. It's still clear in small quantities, but with a larger pour, it appears opaque black in the center with some edge translucence. The tap iteration was flat, but the bottle is amply carbonated, with a pinky finger of mocha foam generated off a modest pour.

S: This is oddly fruity, with a berry-like presence that is distinct and memorable against the other barrel treatments. The base beer contributes flavors of licorice, baker's chocolate, and mild caramel. The barrel also provides oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a mildly floral scent.

T: Chocolate, licorice, roast, and some caramel set the tone initially. The barrel takes over firmly in mid-taste, layering on oak, vanilla, flowers, raisins, currants. I'm mystified and intrigued by the latter contributions; I enjoy some iterations of Buffalo Trace bourbon, and I don't get these flavors in the whiskey. It's a unique result. That being said, the finish thins out a bit and drops off.

M: Amply carbonated, which makes it feel a touch thinner than the other iterations. No heat. Weak finish. Generally an unremarkable presence.

O: While this isn't irredeemable, I'd rather trade this in for one of the other bourbon treatments, as they seem to have been executed better (note: I haven't had the Four Roses out of the bottle yet, but the tap form was excellent).

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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out black with absolutely zero carbonation. None. Zero. Nothing. Nice chocolate aroma to it, very dark kind of chocolate seemingly.

More chocolate in the taste, very rich, decadent, much like some of the columbian chocolate they were passing around at the party. Good bourbon integration, mild wood flavor to it. Sweetness is mild, but chocolate flavor is massive. Everything is very good here except for the absolute flattest of flat beer hurts, most notably, the mouthfeel and appearance, but even the nose to a lesser degree I suspect.

Was told not to worry about the carbonation in the bottle. I hope not. If this beer is carbonated, its probably in the very good to excellent category.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle #993 split three ways.

A - pours dark from with a few scattered dark tan bubbles that clinge to the edge.

S - I got lots of woody oakness and some chocolate and coffee.

T - Similar to the smell, I got more of the booze here.

D - A nice solid body and light carbonation.

O - I would be happy to drink this anytime, but not quite as amazing as some of the other barrel variations.

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