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%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
101
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dradair
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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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Photo of EdrickCS
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of rawfish
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigRedDog
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with a nice mocha colored head.

The honey is definitely present in the nose as a lingering sweetness. Not quite cloying, but definitely there. Some dark fruit/raisin notes. Roasty notes round out everything on the back end.

Taste begins just like the smell. Sweet. Residual sugar from honey coating some bitter, unsweetened bakers chocolate. Roast and some char come on the back end as well as...wait...is it there...barrel character. Seriously though, I am having a hard time distinguishing any barrel character except for a lingering burn at the back, but I don't know if it's the beer or the curry I had at lunch. I will admit that as the beer warms some of the more traditional bourbon flavors begin to come out. Caramel sweetness and a slight oak char begin to compliment the honey. Took a bit for it to come through though.

Mouthfeel is somewhere between too thin and not thick enough. Lingering flavors of roast and honey on the palate help to aid in making this beer seem more viscous than it is.

Overall the most disappointing aspect of this beer was the lack of barrel character. I'm not looking for "in your face" charred oak and bourbon, but something nice, maybe a little subtle to compliment the beer. This fell short. I feel like the barrel aging was too subtle and not present enough.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mmcurran
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Derek
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We lined this up with the rye, Java and a number of other greats like speedway and this one really stood out. The best of the best.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayes86
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eisebeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bolognasuave
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jhfinn
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks KimboSlobGob. Had a bunch of these last year and they fell flat due to lack of stout base and body. Bring it 2014.

A- Pours to my snifter with a black hue like the background of a moonlight eclipse. A thick and super bubbly frothy head rises to a finger with decent retention. Small sheets and webs of lace.

S- Old Buffalo Trace wood and barrel slightly at the forefront with aged whiskey and vanilla on top of the oak. Deep chocolate base, roast malts and a cherry truffle-like fruit feel.

T- Compared to last year, the non-barrel portion of the beer is miles ahead with a rich, semi-sweet cocoa feel like a fudgey milk shake. Vanilla is huge with the chocolate, like a milk shake dessert at times. Super aged whiskey and old sweet oak. Charred grains balance it out.

MF- Massive body with a creamy and oily consistency. Carbonation is on the low side and in this case it really suits the big dessert flavors.

Miles away from the 2014 besides perhaps the Elijah Craig. The stout base is delicious and the barrel seems pumped up too. A dessert treat.

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Photo of Nuggetz
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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