Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old FitzgeraldImperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old FitzgeraldImperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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.

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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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Photo of mynie
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Think I got this in trade from my sister, like three years ago. A month or two afterward I realized how this beer was outrageously expensive and therefore miraculously easier to find outside of California.

Blue wax, 2012. It says "BR 1," whatever that means.

Pours out quickly, a little thin-seeming, with nice opacity and a decent head.

Smells as much like straight up bourbon as any other BA stout I've ever had. Often, "bourbon" denotes nodes of fire or vanilla. But this smells like barrel-aged sour mash smoothed out by chewy barley and yeast. One of the most aggressive aromas I've ever come across in a a beer, and also one of the best.

Tastes... not nearly as good as the smell. Ahh blazes why'd you have to go an' do that me, love?

Tastes up front like the thinnest stout you ever had. You can sense inklings of better things, but it's like they're knocking against a locked door. This gives way to a rather generic bourbon burn and leads to a fantastic finish, firework puffs of vanilla, char, and vinous barley.

This is infuriating! It's like 93% a classic but that weak, watery opening keeps it away from glory.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one for a while - 2012 version. Dark oily pour into a Duvel tulip - short lasting head. Smell is chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, dark cherries and oak. Taste is extremely chocolately and marshmallow-y, alcohol is present but not overbearing. Also more dark fruit/cherries on the tongue. Feel is smooth, oily but not cloying. Overall a great beer but the price prevents me from buying on a more regular basis (paid 30 bucks). Cheers!

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh man, this is a special one. Got a few of these waiting to go in the cellar, and I've been waiting for the right moment but it never seems to come, or there are other beers to do instead. So decided to just crack one and maybe others later. 2012 vintage, excited.

It pours a small mocha colored fizzy but thick creamy small head covering that stays for a little while, then disappears. a bit of lacing, but loooooooong legs, and sure enough a pitch black beer.

Nose wafts out of the bottle when I pop the top, great, dark malts all over the place, powdered cocoa dust, dark chocolate notes, a little bit of a a roasted malt, like a heavy roasted malt that has just enough age to let it settle to a nice point, lots of fluffy nougat candy bar, bit of caramel, the roast is still able to deliver a little roasted coffee as well. Then some mild barrel notes, a little vanilla oak, a little candy bourbon, like bourbon mixed with caramel and candied, and a bit of a marshmallow-y fluffy aroma with a fluffy fudgey cocoa.

Taste brings more great characters, I do get a little bit of the roast quality again that was probably too much when fresh but now brings a great roasty aged quality with still a little nutty earthy coffee note. Mild caramel nutty note, with mild sweetness and candy but mostly dry surprisingly. Plenty of fluffy nougat, candy bar, and again that marshmallow-y fluffed chocolate thing. A mild dark chocolate, nice expensive soft Lindt like chocolate candy center filling creamy dark chocolate. it also brings a little anise as it warms, a nice light anise and baking spices, interesting. Mild earthy hops in the background. Then again mild barrel, which I could only assume has gone downhill a bit as it's not a lot of barrel, but a nice vanilla barrel character, as well as more mild bourbon, just a touch of that nice bourbon fudge, and again not straight up bourbon, like it's blended wtih something, but this time blended with a fudge sauce or something. Just a hint of booze, mostly hidden well. Finish is dry, as the whole beer was, a hint of warming booze not much, long lingering fudge, bourbon blended fudge, a little roasted malt and coffee, fluffy nougat etc lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick and fudgey, chewy, airy, etc, decent carb esp for the age, and just a hint of booze which is hidden well.

Overall this is quite interesting. It has that roasted malt that seems like it was overpowering fresh but is nice and aged now. Barrel is a bit attenuated too much unfortunately, but therein lies the quagmire of beers like this, drink fresh you get the overroast burnt characters and booze but nice barrel and bourbon, drink fresh it's mellowed way out and drinkable but barrel has died down. This was still very tasty and enjoyable, and I can imagine it being phenomenal at some point, maybe it's just past that point, btu still drinking quite nicely.

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

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Harvest06
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NorCalAussie
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of st9647v3
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. I've been wanting to try this ever since it came out again. 2012 vintage (blue wax) in a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger coffee cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is patchy and stringy with excellent stick. A nice looking beer.

Nose is tickling alcohol, roast, chocolate, cream, fudge, and burnt wood with overtones of grape and plum. Pretty subtle actually.

Opens molasses, chocolate, dry dark fruit and fudge. Middle is booze, honey, chocolate, cocoa, and more molasses with hints of plum and prune. Ends sweet, sugary and with a subtle kick of booze, leather and wood. Really awesome. Great balance and a nice complement of flavors.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and rich and warm going down. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Not too thick, not too thin.

This beer certainly lived up to the hype for me. The barrel character has faded a bit but the flavor profile is excellent and the body is spot on in pulling together this beer. Definitely worth trying.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of More_betterness
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

A: Midnight black body with a mocha head that recedes to a small ring quickly. Patchy lacing. Nice looking stout.

S: Cocoa, toffee, and some oxidative sherry notes. Hints of vanilla and dark fruits as it warms. A bit of alcohol heat closes everything out.

T: Milk chocolate, bourbon soaked cherries, and honey sweetness upfront. Everything fades to bitter dark chocolate and a tick of maple syrup. Alcohol heat is still a big player in the finish despite the time in the cellar, but the barrel character that is usually paired with that is more subdued. Very balanced with no aspect overly dominant.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Long lingering finish. Pretty light on its feet compared to other imperial stouts.

O: As usual, this entrant to the Eclipse series delivers. Liked it a bit more after the time in the cellar than I did than I did fresh. Drink em now!

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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

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