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
87.8%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 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:
#3,239
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
245
Liked:
215
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
10.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
101
Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with a 1.5 finger frothy coffee colored head with little retention. Spotty and stringy lace with excellent cling and thick, oily legs. Really good for the style.

Chocolate, booze, fudge, roasted malt, and some light soy sauce. Some weird mint in there too. Moderately aromatic. Some lactose as this one warms smooths it over. Just above average.

Opens honey and molasses. Very sweet. Chocolate, fudge, and cocoa in the middle with a big, boozy end. Some prune and fig in there too. Really mellow soy sauce in the background. Aftertaste is sweet and boozy. Delicious.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and warm going down. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Real smooth. Almost exactly what I want.

A real good brew overall but not a standout among the Eclipse series of which almost everything has been excellent. This one definitely holds its own though.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank as part of slowly drinking most of these eclipses.

A - Dark brown color with small mocha colored head that sits on top

S - Dark chocolate and fudge with light dark berry presence to it as well. I get slight vanilla and bourbon presence

T - Thick chocolate fudge, light roasted coffee, vanilla and light caramel. Oak and light bourbon comes through and linger on in the finish

M - Light body with good carbonation that leaves a light tingle in the finish

O - Solid eclipse with good sweetness to it. It also has a thicker body than some of the other eclipses which I feel prevents it from being too thin.

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Photo of Dralecg
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/28/12

Snifter.

A: Black with a big frothy beige head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.

S: The nose is mellow and restrained. It takes a lot of swirling and coaxing to bring out the various characteristics. There's a good deal of vanilla accompanied by oak, bourbon, licorice, and coconut. There's also a little banana which sounds odd but fits right in. Roast and chocolate are subdued. Alcohol isn't evident. I get some caramel as well as perfume-like floral notes.

T: The flavor is much more roasty than the nose, with faint dark fruit notes. Chocolate accompanies caramel and an upper low earthy bitterness. There's a little alcohol in there. Bourbon is light. Licorice blends with a touch of molasses and brown sugar.

M: Lower full body with upper medium body.

Overall: A nice aroma and a solid flavor make this enjoyable, but $25 is pretty damn steep. I might buy this again at $15, but definitely not at $25.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Yellow Wax. Pours a dark brown-black color...probably the lightest eclipse beer I've had (in color). Small tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and graham cracker. Roasted malt, with a light bourbon aroma,,,a lot less whiskey than the other variations IMO. Taste is dark chocolate up front. Tons of roasted malt with some pleasant nuttiness. Lots of vanilla and a little bit of whiskey. Finishes with bitter, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-bodies, and quite possibly lacking in this department. Drinkability is fair. I would much rather drink the other variations of Eclipse, but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with yellow wax provide by Frank (lurchingbeast), thanks! Good Beer/Bad Beer tasting. Poured into Bell's tulip.

A - Pours darker brown, pretty much black, thin tan-colored head, which quickly vanishes leaving only the brown/black of the body.

S - Nice level of roast, chocolate, oak, and light dark fruity chocolate notes. A nice mix of rich chocolate, light bitterness, and sweetness really balances this one out. The Buffalo Trace is really smooth and not "hot" by any means.

T - Similar to the nose, but less dark fruit and more barrel. Sweet milk chocolate, light bitter roast, smooth Buffalo Trace, oak. Quite possibly the best-tasting Buffalo Trace barrel-aged beer I've ever had. Really ready to drink now.

M - Full body, rich & smooth, creamy finish.

O - Really impressive stuff. Really smooth, excellent barrel character, and the Buffalo Trace is showcased well. I'm usually not a fan of BT -bals, but this was really nice. Recommend.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Yellow Wax. Bottle #606.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Very dark brown on the pour but settled black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Charred oak, sweet bourbon and vanilla from the barrel up front. Chocolate fudge, roast and sweet molasses.

T - A big oak presence up front with lighter bourbon and vanilla flavours. The barrel dominates, but the base beer comes through as well adding chocolate fudge, roast, char and sweet molasses.

M - Medium body, slightly chewy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Buffalo Trace Barrel Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 245 ratings
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