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
Ratings:
245
Reviews:
63
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
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76
Gots:
101
For Trade:
10
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, with the yellow wax seal, BR 1 of the 2014 vintage, and 11.9% ABV.

This beer pours a solid apocryphal black, with the barest of basal cola edges when pressed to the light, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar fussy neighbour's hedge lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of dark bready, light toasted caramel malt, heady Bourbon notes - damp, oily staves, vanilla, grainy rye and corn whiskey - rich bittersweet chocolate, cold coffee, sharp black licorice, a wee wet nuttiness, and tame earthy, weedy hop bitters. The taste is big and chocolaty up front, of the milky variety, with some dense caramel/toffee sweetness, a kind of receded, but still rather prominent Kentucky whiskey character - sugary vanilla, oak, and more corn than rye - candied black licorice, cafe-au-lait, and ethereal earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite understated in its mostly hard to pinpoint frothiness, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and dead smooth, with a strong commensurate creaminess. It finishes sweet - both the chocolate and whiskey exhibiting some serious lingering strength.

One of the better instances of this barrel-aged series, and I have to judge this on its own merits, as I've never partaken of the guest Bourbon itself. Very dessert-like, what with all the softly roasted chocolate flitting about, and just the right amount of cozy booze warmth. Yeah, maybe getting this in the middle of a summer heat wave wasn't the best of ideas, but at least my basement is cool enough to enjoy the hell out of the rest of this bomber.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's during Philly beer week. Poured into a 5 oz. snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours almost black with some red light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of off white head that goes away but leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet and smooth dark chocolate roast. Along with the chocolate notes, I'm getting some coconut, dark fruit, and bourbon.

Taste: Just as smooth as the smell. Chocolate and coconut with a slight roasty bitterness. The bourbon and coconut flavors are nice together. I thought this tasted almost as good as the 18 year version.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick, but less so than the 18 year. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is dry.

Overall: This is a very good and complex imperial stout. I liked the coconut note along with the bourbon and roast. I would have this one again.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 batch. I didn't care for this version on tap, but found it much more enjoyable from the bottle.

Pretty standard Eclipse appearance: black with translucent dark brown edges. Perhaps a bit more carbonated than other versions, this pours with a fairly tall and lasting head. More fruitiness on the nose than any other Eclipse, surprisingly jammy and berry-like. Whiskey is present but subdued, and the chocolate and licorice Eclipse foundation seems more mellow than other 2011 batches. The palate mirrors the nose, exhibiting pleasant berry-like fruit flavors along with very mellow, integrated bourbon, mild roast and a touch of cocoa. There's no heat to this one, and it may be a bit too tame for its own good, bordering on uninteresting. It's a very well made and drinkable beer all the same, certainly not my favorite of the 2011 batches but still quite good.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #643. Served in a snifter. Thanks to FedEx for zipping this bad boy to me at record speed. Assist to yourefragile.

Pours near-black with a sizable medium-tan head. Good retention and really nice lacing for an imperial stout. Good collar and a half-cap throughout. The nose carries loads of chocolate with a good dosing of bourbon. Light vanilla and oak in the background. Quite smooth. The flavor has a bit of booze and more of the barrel, but still quite nice. Medium-full body with good carbonation. Slight roasty bitterness to the finish along with just a bit too much booze. My first of the 2011 Eclipses. Very impressive so far.

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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Large, shared 2014 bottle.
Some heat and warmth from the alcohol. Inevitable, and this beer is otherwise excellent.
Sweet and surprisingly mild aroma. Rich, well balanced flavor.
Very long lasting, and tasty, whisky barrel aftertaste.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking, near black body with a slender, tan head.

Smell: A good bourbon forward nose but there's also a hearty burst of hard, lightly smokey roastiness in addition to notes of scorched coffee, chocolate shavings and dark fruit.

Taste: A chary, chocolaty taste drenched in sugar sweetened black coffee. Dark fruitiness akin to a small splash of prune juice. A little coconut and spiced vanilla. Light smoke. Finishes smooth with a little hot chocolate - in that it's sustained in its chocolaty aspects and is a wee bit boozy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Overall smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: A solid barrel-aged beer, though a bit overpriced against its competitors as this beer will have you dropping bills faster than Skrillex drops beats, yo.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/17/12 notes at our big Eclipse tasting. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this one; thanks Mike! 2011 vintage bottle #643.

a - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color, with an inch of two of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, like the others.

s - Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, light coffee, cream, and a little bit sweet. Lots of roasted notes and the sweet bourbon is wonderful in the taste, as is the mix of chocolate and vanilla. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, swete chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, cream, earthy notes. A little sweeter than the nose; still quite nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is similar to all the others, though a bit sweeter. No heat.

o - Overall a really great variation of Eclipse; one of my favorites of the tasting behind 18 year EC. Awesome nose, one of the sweeter ones in my opinion. Would love to have it again.

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