Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

Iced Imperial Eclipse StoutIced Imperial Eclipse Stout
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FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.22 | pDev: 11.61%
Jan 09, 2016
Dec 12, 2011
Iced Imperial Eclipse StoutIced Imperial Eclipse Stout
Notes: Iced Totality blended with 20-year Elijah Craig Imperial Eclipse Stout.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Dark brown and black pour, thin tan head, under 1/5". Aroma was nice and choclatey, like the Elijah Craig versions of Eclipse, pumped the chocolate. Even some coconut seemed to come out.

Extremely smooth and choclatey bourbon brownie notes, vanilla, oak. Covers the alcohol amazingly. Caramel moreso as it warms. You really can't tell much difference between this and the regular EC series, it just hits you slightly thicker and more chocolate with more power.

Jan 09, 2016
4.25 by w5baron from Pennsylvania on Nov 07, 2015
3.5 by SocalKicks from California on Oct 28, 2015
3.54 by BDeibs from Colorado on Jul 31, 2015
4.26 by Rothobinide from California on Jan 18, 2015
4.25 by wethorseblanket from California on Sep 17, 2014
4.5 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2014
4.5 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2014
4.25 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Mar 09, 2014
4.5 by brother_kenneth from Virginia on Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from cpferris in a trade a while back. Been looking forward to trying this one out for quite some time. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter.
2011 bottle
Bottle no.27
Iced in Steel Kegs

APPEARANCE: Pours out clear dark brown, much like the other variants, though perhaps a touch darker, and yields a one finger, medium looking, creamy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end and leaves some splotchy dots of lacing down the glass. Nice head, but still a little too light and thin for top marks in the style.

SMELL: Really big. Comes flying out at you from the glass. Really decadent too. Roasted malts, oak, lots of vanilla and sweet cream with molasses and dark chocolate on the nose. Bourbon as well, but not boozy, with plenty of sweet barrel components, molasses and cream, with dark chocolate as well. Interesting, enticing, and really forthcoming. Great.

TASTE: Really good here too. Roasted grain, oak and sweet cream up front. Caramel and molasses sweetness as well, into a flavorful and barrel forward swallow. Bourbon, oak and sweet cream from the barrels with some roasted, bitter dark chocolate as balance. Lots of sweet barrel flavors with a roasted and bitter base, but very little booze on this one. Bold, well balanced, and very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down okay and finishes slightly sticky. No burn at the swallow, but a touch of heat lingers on the palate. Good, but would need to be a bit heavier and silkier for top marks.

OVERALL: This is excellent. The look is still not as dark and menacing as I'd like for an imperial stout, especially an iced version of an imperial stout, but that's a very, very minor detail at this point. The nose was just incredible, with lots of wonderful barrel aromas and some lovely sweet and chocolaty notes rounding it out, and the flavor was bold, interesting and very well balanced. If the feel were a touch bigger, this would be other-worldly. Still, we live on this planet, and this is an absolutely stellar creation. Thanks again for this one cpferris. Best Eclipse beer to date for sure. Would absolutely love to drink this again.

Feb 16, 2014
4 by zestar from California on Jan 05, 2014
4.75 by Rado from California on Dec 08, 2013
4 by monitorpop from Michigan on Oct 27, 2013
4 by klipper from Michigan on Oct 27, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by stakem from Pennsylvania

Bomber into a matching eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark tan head. This is a very nice looking brew with decent reterion despite the higher alcohol level than all the other eclipse variations. Some clear brown is noted around the edges when held to the light. Some clear alcohol legs stick to the glass slowly dropping down with spots of lace.

The aroma is mostly roast and alcohol with chocolate and earthy noted evolving with some sulfur. A touch of mineral character across the middle and a little rough around the edges. Some raisins to almost plum-like alcohol comes out as it breathes.

The flavor initially is mostly bitter and roasty. Some citrus and fruity raisony alcohol. The bright fruity citrus aspects are interesting with a huge alcohol focus. The alcohol burns with an accompanying acrid bite of roasted bitterness, earth and coffee.

This is a full bodied brew that is very thick and creamy. Easy drinking as a aipper considering but has the harshness of the base beer totality cranked up quite a few notches in all aspects including burn, bite and bitterness. The mouthfeel is hands down the standout in this offering, if the other eclipse offerings had half this thick creamy mouthfeel, they all would be world class. Unfortunately, mouthfeel isnt all that matters and the nose and taste on this is just ok to good, not exceptional.

Oct 21, 2013
4.25 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2013
4 by chippo33 from Vermont on Aug 21, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HopHead84 from California

7/6/2012 and 4/13/2013

Bottle shared by Jason and a bottle from Chris. Thanks!

A: Brown bordering on black with dark red highlights. Small head quickly fades.

S: Cocoa and vanilla. Touch of smoke with strong molasses, anise, and licorice notes. Some booze. Bourbon and oak are faint. A touch of cinnamon, kind of Mexican chocolatesque.

T: Big licorice and roasted notes with a firm anise presence. Light bourbon. Dark chocolate. Strong licorice finish. Mellowed out in 9 months (cold stored though).

M: Full body with medium carbonation. Sticky with warming.

Overall: This second bottle was a lot better than the one I had in 2012. Very nice.

Apr 22, 2013
3.75 by jbuddle from New York on Mar 19, 2013
4.25 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Mar 10, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by oline73 from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

This beer pours a dark mahogany color with almost no head. The smell is rather sweet with a mild bourbon note. I'm also getting dark chocolate and some dark fruit. I didn't think the taste was particularly special. I would have liked to have more barrel show up here. Sweet roasted malt teams up with the bourbon and some dark fruit. I would say it was pleasant, but not particularly special. The finish is roasty and still a bit sweet. There wasn't much carbonation in this beer. Definitely wish there was more barrel in the taste, but I still enjoyed it and it was a treat to try.

Mar 10, 2013
4.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Mar 09, 2013
4 by smokeypeat from Maryland on Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Thanks to Chance for sharing!

The beer is dark brown with very minimal head. The aroma has a big oak presence, even tannic. Roast and chocolate. While the increased abv is well hidden, the beer really runs together with most of the rest of the beers in the series. Bourbon presence is certainly the, but not as bold as I was hoping. Slightly sweet. A bit bland. Low carbonation, almost still. Highly anticipated, this was exciting to try, but not among my favorites of the series.

Mar 09, 2013
3.75 by Azrael on Jan 25, 2013
3.75 by Thorpe429 from Illinois on Jan 16, 2013
4 by spycow from Illinois on Jan 12, 2013
4.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 09, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

Brought this to a tasting 12/8. 5oz pour into a Bruery snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rich mocha head with little retention. Pitch black color with spotty and sparse lace but thick, oily legs. Luscious.

Nose is fudge, mocha, chocolate, molasses with some light booze overtones. Very robust, aromatic, and deep.

Opens roasted malt bitterness combined with chocolate, fudge, cocoa powder and molasses sweetness. Dark coffee towards the middle and end. Mounds of smoke. Roasted malt in the finish and aftertaste. Decent, but definitely not even close to the best of the bunch.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and surprisingly a bit thin. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. A bit abrasive in the carbonation also. Still decent but a bit of a letdown.

Given the rarity of this bottle and the fact that it was given out as a gift to Eclipse Release party attendees, I'm a little disappointed by this one. Body is surprisingly thin and the icing just really didn't impart a whole lot into this beer. Still solid but definitely not worth the hype.

Dec 28, 2012
4.25 by AgentZero from Illinois on Dec 28, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by UCLABrewN84 from California

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

Dec 23, 2012
4.25 by HaveUSeenMyCellar from California on Dec 15, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by thagr81us from South Carolina

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Bottle #195 of 209? Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, sweet malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, and raisin. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, caramel, and raisin. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. The complexity on this brew was nothing short of mind-blowing if I’m honest. There was so much going on upon inspection in both the nose and flavor that I never knew what I was going to get next. What I did know was that it was going to be enjoyable. There was no bite from the alcohol at all as it more blended in with all the other things going on. A really well done brew that I’m happy I got the opportunity to try. Thanks for this one Al!

Nov 21, 2012
4.5 by MrVonzipper from California on Nov 11, 2012
Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by aasher from Indiana

Bottle courtesy of BrewerB, shared with the Charlotte crew. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a full bodied midnight black with a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is rich and syrupy. It is sweet and malty with dark roasted malt, molasses, honey, and light whiskey. The flavors too, sweet and rich. There is a load of melted sweet and dark chocolates, honeycomb, molasses, choclate and covered raisins. Luckily this one is full bodied, and thicker than most Eclipses. It is big and rich with nice, well rounded flavors. I was very pleased as.was the tasting group.

Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Arbitrator from California

Chilled bottle into a glass. I got this at the Eclipse 2011 party.

A: Pours pitch black with a tan head.

S: Even if you hadn't told me this involved Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse, I'd be able to guess it from the nose. It has the sweet chocolate-brownie and licorice aromas of Totality, amped up to a level that supports notes of coconut, caramel, oak, and vanilla. If you ever complained that the base beer didn't shine through enough in other Eclipse variations, you will be happier with this one.

T: If anything, this is more Iced Totality than Iced Eclipse. The base beer lends milk chocolate (brownie), licorice, and mild roast to the experience. The EC 18 Eclipse brings its signature bourbon-coconut-vanilla melange to the flavor profile. The result is a nice mixture, though the barrels are almost an afterthought.

M: Smooth in texture with a medium-plus body. Carbonation is on the lower end of medium. No booziness; even some EC 18s I've had have been a little boozy, so for something to be higher in ABV than those and yet smoother on the palate is impressive.

O: I was hoping this would be heavier, but that's just my expectation (and not necessarily a reasonable one). I wonder why they didn't go for 100% iced EC 18 Eclipse instead of the blend that they chose. It might be interesting to barrel age iced Totality instead of doing it all after the fact. Good beer, but I thought my better bottles of EC 18 Eclipse exceeded this by a fair margin.

Oct 22, 2012
4.5 by leschkie from California on Oct 08, 2012
4 by t0rin0 from California on Sep 26, 2012
4 by Rempo from Indiana on Sep 24, 2012
Iced Imperial Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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