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
Ratings:
276
Reviews:
59
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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42
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze.

T - Sweet dark chocolate and caramel malts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, touch of dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Great barrel aged stout. The bourbon is a very smooth.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Usual black and dark brown pour, and very thin off white, beige head on this one, very small ring to it, 1/32" deep.

Aroma yields booze, chocolate, and for the first time ever when checking out an Eclipse beer. . . hops? Hmm. Questioning my nose on this one. At least the usual soggy wood and vanilla are still part of it. Bourbon a little too forward for me on this one, nice, but below average for the Eclipse series.

Plenty of booze and chocolate on the mouthfeel. Again, hopping and carbonation seemed like they were out of whack for what I've come to know Eclipse as. Seems high, the hops and the bubbles took away from a normally smooth experience. A little bit of coconut still, but maybe the barrel was extra wet, this one just is the hottest Eclipse I've ever had.

The sweetness from the whiskey itself doesn't seem to have found a home here, this one is a little bitter and rough in the mouthfeel. I was expecting a smoother, sweeter, less obvious barrel character out of this one, boy was I wrong.

While still enjoyable, it is probably my least favorite Eclipse.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage
Blue Wax

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a small beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar and some vanilla notes.

Taste: Spicy Bourbon, mild vanilla, caramel/brown sugar, a touch of roasted malts and some oak notes appearing in the finish. The beer finishes with Bourbon and mild hop notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation Fairly thin bodied for the style.

Overall: Good beer. A bit more Bourbon forward than the 2012 Elijah Craig's I've had and as a result perhaps a simpler taste profile.
Opened a bottle on March 28, 2014, and noted while the Bourbon still features prominently, the oak and other barrel elements were more forward and a healthy amount of carbonation remained. Based on the changes I'd upgrade my taste score to 4.5 and overall to 4.5.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Sharp bourbon aroma. Nothing subtle about it. Hefty liquor flavor without so much barrel character. Chocolatey.

Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Dies down to a dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon comes back in the back end and gives it a bitter bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - The bourbon flavor is intense and even a little harsh. It still improves the base beer though.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 276 ratings.
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