Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old FitzgeraldImperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald
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:
59
Ratings:
278
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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42
Gots:
88
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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 ZEB89
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

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 batch poured into a snifter.

A- Pours almost black in color with just a little bit of carbonation. The small amount of head is basically just a rim on the top of the body of tan bubbles. Lacing is minimal.

S- Huge, sweet and boozy barrel notes are first and foremost on the nose. Tons of caramel and spicy oak are the primary barrel notes. Some mild bitter notes from the malt comes through next, but a majority of the scent is in the barrel flavors.

T- Starts off with a combo punch of the barrel and bitter malts from the scent. The malts are much more prominent than in the smell. The barrel sweetness is quickly overtaken from its original dominance by these malts and a nice, burnt, roasted flavor comes to the forefront for the middle and latter parts of the drink. This malt flavor presides until the end, when a touch of oak and bourbon bitterness ramp up to take over a little bit. Lingering flavor is fairly bitter in a burnt and boozy way.

M- This beer is smooth and rather thick, like a good stout should be. I suspect that most of the reason for low carbonation levels is the age of the bottle, but it actually benefits from the smooth feel it provides.

Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout that is a little past its prime. The barrel has held up well in the scent, but the taste of the beer has skewed back towards bitter malts and away from the barrel. Still, this is a solid stout.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 278 ratings
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