Imperial Eclipse Stout - Old Fitzgerald | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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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 scottfrie
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage on-tap at the Eclipse release party, 2012. Reviewed from notes (my first beer of the night).

A: Pours black with dark chocolate highlights beneath a thin dark brown head. Looks like every other Eclipse.
S: Caramel and vanilla dominate but I still get quite a bit of bourbon and oak barrel on the nose. I thought this would be way more muted for its age.
T: Again, still a great barrel quality to the taste. Chocolate dominates with hints of toasted marshmallow, and nutty, woody and toasted flavors. I get a hint of cherry alongside chocolate lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Low carbonation, syrupy but not greasy or cloying. Not as full or as rich as fresher variants. Still some booze to it though.
O: Surprisingly delicious. I’d take this over some of the fresher variants. Can’t wait to see how it is out of the bottle fresh.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2012 vintage with blue wax and bottle number BR3, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color, produces a thin khaki head that fades to a thin collar.

S- Very bourbon and chocolate-forward, the bourbon is really mild and smooth, with some light oak and vanilla notes. As it warms some nice roasty and chocolate/molasses aromas come out.

T- Nice blend of roast, chocolate and bourbon flavors. The chocolate and roast flavors are more prominent than in the aroma, with lots of roasty bitterness towards the finish and some molasses. The bourbon is also understated but lends some nice boozy and vanilla and oak flavors.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation with a thick, almost oily feel, has a bit of alcohol warmth.

O- A delicious beer, one of my favorites from the Eclipse series along with the EC versions.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with signs of brown highlights when held up to the light and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: booze smacks you upfront in the aroma with good roastiness, plenty of sweetness consisting of malts, molasses, chocolate, a little brown sugar, mild vanilla and brown sugar presence but the old fitzgerald barrel character is definitely there.

T: roastiness was more apparent on the palate alongside molasses, toffee, chocolatey sweetness, good vanilla flavor, nice old fitzgerald barrel accents and a good amount of boozy heat but with dark fruity accents.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, boozy, mild dark fruity, roasty, chocolatey and rich finish.

O: I think it is one of my favorites from the eclipse variations but was just a touch more booze for me but it was fine.

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Photo of flexabull
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle courtesy of the super generous BA maximum12, thanks again! For the second Christmas Eve in a row, I'm getting to enjoy a bottle of one of the Eclipse barrel aged beers now that all the family has gone home.

Pours thick, a flat black color with a pretty nice light brown head. Head dies down to nothing, leaving some streaky lacing on the glass.

Aromas are very bourbon forward. Also some very nice notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted nuts.

Taste is complex. Nutty, with dark chocolate, light cream, and dark fruits. Finish has a very nice hint of bourbon, booze, and roasted coconuts.

Mouthfeel is smooth with nice body, could be a touch thicker though.

Overall, an excellent beer. And another winner from FiftyFifty.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Couldn't wait. Had to partake.

Pours a black ale with a light foamy head. Not as much as the other blends I'm noticing. No lacing to speak of. Almost flat looking. Uh-oh.

The smell did not "pop" like the other variants. The bourbon is not pronounced. Chocolate, leather and vanilla. Light green apple. If you inhale deeply you can get the light nostril bourbon burn.

This is very tame with the booze. It is blended well and not harsh and almost has a chocolate milk taste. Very chocolatey. Again, the bourbon is hiding within the brew. Not sure why it's not pronounced like the other variants. I was hoping for the kick but it never comes. Very drinkable though. Light hops on the swallow.

Overall this needs to be drunk now IMO. The booze is there but I'm not sure for how much longer. As I stated earlier, this is very drinkable now and dare I say...smooth. Maybe my barrel was a little on the weak side though. Dunno.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 batch on tap at the brewery for the third annual Eclipse release party.

Appearance: Black body with a thin layer of brown froth. Looks like Eclipse. I'm tired of describing how Eclipse looks.

Smell: Surprisingly enough, this still has a ton of barrel left on the nose. Boozy, brash bourbon is front and center, but there's a hint of fruity oxidation that shows the beer's age. Chocolate and burnt sugar round things out.

Palate: Not as boozy as it smells. Quite mellow in fact, with integrated bourbon and oak flavors that work nicely with the chocolatey malt backbone. Dark fruit and licorice pop out in the finish. Finishes a tad thin, and lacking the richness of fresher batches.

Overall: This has held up remarkably well considering the age, but it isn't as good as many newer Eclipse variants.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at my eclipse vertical tasting. 07 vintage

Look: Pours a near black color with the ever so slight traces of brown. Had maybe a 1/8 inch head on with with a little film left on top of the beer.

Smell: The scent has obviously seen better days but is still a nice smelling beer. Chocolate and oak greet you right away with ever so slight dark fruits and vanilla. The bourbon is very faint and I found myself actually searching for it

Taste. Again like the nose the flavors are muted from a fresh bottle of eclipse. Chocolate brownie and vanilla are the first thing you taste followed up by a nice amount of oak and finishes with just the softest kiss of bourbon

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation and slightly creamy

Overall: First off I can't believe I was actually able to assemble the 20 beers for the full vertical and thank you to the generous soul that sent me the bottle. With that being said the beer definitely showed its age and my guess is it peaked about 2 years ago if not fresh. I look forward to trying this fresh here in about a month and maybe updated my review.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Very thin and faint tan foam settles to a thin collar. Very, very dark brown body. Looks like your typical Eclipse.

S - The amount of oak and bourbon presence is pretty amazing considering this is nearly five years old. There's some mildly fruity oxidation but I find Eclipse to be a sweet beer to begin with so it's not particularly intrusive. Lots of dark fruits and chocolate, with some caramel sweetness as well.

T - The taste is quite good, and you can sense this has mellowed quite a bit over the yearss. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, with some oaky vanilla and less overt whiskey flavor. The Old Fitz shows up fairly late here. Oxidation is also fairly restrained - even less than the aroma.

M - Medium body, that's perhaps a tad light for the style but not for the listed ABV. Really mellow, with no alcohol bite to it. Chewy and sticky texture, with some mild tannic dryness.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. It's not as good as the best of Eclipse variants, but it's still a very enjoyable (and rare) offering that I was lucky to experience. I'm curious how aggressive this was fresh, but I guess I'll find out come December.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by yours truly at a Chicago Burbs Tasting.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin collar.

S - Unbelievably, this still has a lot of boozy notes to it. The Old Fitz is right up front and easy detectible, though the nearly 5 years of age has smoothed it out considerably. Along with the Old Fitz, there's chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, and a large barrel influence.

T - A ever-so-slight amont of oxidization helps smooth the Old Fitz and meld with the sweetness. Up front, chocolate, oak, and burnt sugars pair with the booze to create a nice level of roast. Alcohol is well-hidden as far as the booze, but you can taste the Old Fitz. Finish is oak, caramel, and burnt sugars.

M - Full body, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Old Fitz has aged nicely and has held up much better then I ever thought possible. Not sure how much longer I'd cellar this beer though, as I can't imagine it aging in the positive direction any longer. I hope my friends enjoyed this treat as much as I did.

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