Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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:
2007 - No wax
2012 - Blue wax

Added by MasterSki on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
279
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-01-26 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz 2012 bottle with the sapphire-blue wax that has been kept cellared at my house for 5 years.

A - Opaque dark brown with a very short tan head and light lace.

S - Umami, medium-dark roasted grain and semi-sweet chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, somewhat-charred grain, molasses, earthy spice, vanilla, oak and light bourbon. Much less umami than the smell. Moderate roasted-bitterness. Not much oxidation; fortunately. Tastes quite nice.

M - Full body and light carbonation. Smooth, creamy and substantial.

O - It's a treat to revisit this beer after all this time. It held up well and I enjoyed it. As I recall, I paid $35 in 2012 for this bottle, which is ridiculous, so I'm glad it was worth the time and money. Don't think I'd part with that much again for 22oz considering all the alternatives on the market, but having visited the brewery and being enthused by this beer, I don't regret my choice.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rab53
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutLover14
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of REVZEB
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AppaZappa
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Pours rich dark brown with feignt and quickly fading head. Smell is vanilla, chocolate, cola, bourbon, oak, bit of raisin. Taste follows suit, but the bourbon and honey shine through here. Mouth is relatively thin for the style and mildly carbonated. All in all a solid and highly drinkable take on the style.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow. unbelievable flavors on finish. choc, caramel, raisin. not boozy at all for 9.5%

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark. Black. Opaque. = Yep, it's a stout. Micro-thin toffee colored lacing .

S - Cocoa and light toffee.

T - Charred toffee, roasted chocolate sweetness, oak, and some vanilla.

M - Heavy medium body, silky feel, no carbonation, some booze effervescence.

O - Nice barrel aged stout.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a FiftyFifty Eclipse snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep jet black color, moderately thick, but not super viscous with a thin finger of khaki head that dissipates quickly leaving only a thin layer of film around the circumference of the glass and a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is quite nice, caramel, chocolate, soft bourbon, sweet oak and charred barrel, vanilla, roasted grain, and light stone fruit, nicely complex, smooth balance with little to no alcohol heat. The flavors are in line, loads of caramel, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, quite rich but with nice charred wood, earthy oak, spicy bourbon that brings out some toffee notes and provides nice contrast to the lingering stone fruit. The mouthfeel is typical of many Eclipse beers, a bit lacking of substance and viscosity, the body is a bit thinner though there isn't much in the way of prickly carbonation and it coats well though it hampers the finish which is a tad weak.


Verdict: A very, very nice barrel aged stout that has aged quite gracefully. It's obvious that the Eclipse line of stouts have earned their status and are worthy of praise and this variant definitely holds it own with some of the best. I've long felt that time goes a long way with these beers and this is another solid example of why.

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Photo of dataylor21
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lanciloti
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 blue wax. Tastes a lot like Town Hall's Czar Jack. Maybe a little thinner however. Still, a lot of oak, vanilla, and whiskey flavors. Very flavorful.

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Photo of Hayes86
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nordbier
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 and a nice drinking ba stout

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Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 279 ratings