Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel YellImperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 56
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is far better in my opinion than the overall BA Score reflected. It is black and thick and almost gooey. The nose is pure vanilla and chocolate and rich assertive sweet roasted tones. The mouth feel is viscous and luscious. The flavor profile is simply like chocolate syrup aged in whiskey barrels and hit with carbonation - it's really good!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always funny when people automatically drop a beer score because it was aged in cheap barrels or whatnot. Like you could pick it out blind fool!

Looks just like every other Eclipse pretty much, brown and black, thin tan head under half an inch. Nice restrained whiskey aroma, not hot, not huge.

Taste is good, chocolate malt jumps in this one, heat is restrained. The only thing I would change about this is that it is hard to distinguish from the 4Roses red wax. But ultimately, its a solid Eclipse offering.

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Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

fantastic variation, better than i expected. Im not the biggest fan of rebel yell but its character works great against this beer, even 2 years later.

After this id love to try eclipse from a fireball barrel

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Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to MrKennedy for this and it's the 2012 edition which pours a dark black hue with a one finger head and lacing all around the place,the rebel yell is very strong on the nose not much else gets a look in apart from dark coffee,the mouthfeel is full bodied,lightly carbonated and sticky with tastes of dark chocolate,bourbon,the slightest hint of oak and finished like a boozy Irish coffee and overall I'm glad I cracked it tonight and just glad to be able to have tried it cheers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 edition, 22oz, heavy red wax sealed bottle - is there a more annoying enclosure to open with a standard tool than this? Anyways, thanks to hoppypocket for getting this to me back across the continent.

This beer pours a solid black, with subtle basal cola highlights, and one finger of densely foamy, bubbly, and creamy cocoa brown head, which leaves splashy ocean wave lace around the glass as it genially abates.

It smells of vanilla and sweet booze-heavy bourbon barrel, semi-sweet chocolate, toasted grainy caramel malt, soused blackberries and plums, treacle, black licorice, plain dark sugar, and musty, dusty hops. The taste kicks off with a rather harsh, almost gag-inducing leather-bound bourbon booziness, the vanilla, caramel, and wood all complicit, before a relatively lulling cocoa, sugared coffee, and astringent anise essence brings things back down to semi-sane reality. The hops seem stunned into oblivion, but I do get a hint of the earthy mustiness afterburner effect.

The bubbles are quite understated, and barely competent in their quotidian duties, the body a heady medium-full weight, and smooth enough, given the swirling alcohol esters hereabouts. It finishes well off-dry, the sweet, rye grain-tinged barrel notes now somewhat integrated into the cocoa, anise, and coffee essences, to my palate and gullet's delight.

A big-ass stout, somewhat molested by an undeserving barrel, is what this all seems to be. Never having had the whiskey in question, I'm not surprised that it gets comparisons to Wild Turkey, as I have quite an adverse reaction to that spirit as well. Just too astringent and boozy overall, the attendant sweet characteristics really only making things worse by showing what might have been, underneath it all.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opend on 8.10.13
BR 1 2012

A - Pours a dark brown, with a dark tan head that never fully fades, does move to the edges.

S - Chocolate, burnt toast, whiskey.

T - Sweet up-front, then burnt malt, boozy finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Very sweet and subtle burnt note with a nice whiskey finish.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep caramel/chocolate brown with a short-lived light than head that faded into a thick and lasting collar. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Rough smelling with notes of harsh alcohol, acetone, and sweet berries and dark fruits. Definitely the roughest of the 2012's by far.
T: Yep, still harsh. Caramel with dark fruits and berries dominate next to boozy flavors of cheap whiskey. The finish is sweet and fruity with hints of raisins, chocolate, toffee, and spicy barrel. The aftertaste is boozy and sweet.
M: Full body, boozy but thick mouthfeel, normal fuzzy carbonation. Some volatile alcohol and burn.
O: Could probably use some more time in the bottle so I will have to re-explore this in a year or two. All the other 2012's are doing fine right now though. Decent but far from the best. Hopefully age will improve this.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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 chocolate and caramel malts, Bourbon, lots of vanilla, lots of oak, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, raisin and other dark fruits, 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 very present, but smooth here.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 - Nice bourbon. Doesn't have the harshness that other variants have.

Taste - Nice bourbon character. Vanilla. Dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon continues throughout. Very nice barrel character.

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

Overall - This beer gives the best barrel character. Distinct corn and bourbon flavor that never overpowers.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.21/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle as part of drinking most of these.

A - Dark brown chocolate with reddish hues on the edges. Not much of a head but small mocha foam sits on top.

S - Chocolate mixed with cheap bourbon. Smells medicinal, overpowering, and harsh

T - Tastes like cheap and strong bourbon with light chocolate aspects to it. This beer tastes mostly like bourbon but unfortunately it isn't good bourbon. Each sip makes you twinge.

M - Thick body with lots of astringency from the bourbon

O - This is by far the worst eclipse I've had so far and shows how barrel aging doesn't always help a beer. There is way too much cheap and bad bourbon that made this one not too enjoyable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color brown head sort of light brown. I'm really digging beer these days. Why are these called Eclipse anyways? Is the sun fixin to move halfway acrost these brews and obscure them from the views? Malty, roasty, a bit thin. Another shocker. This one changed my life...again. Like Zoro, I thought this was muy bueno. David Hasselhoff should be proud to have this beer named in his homage. If Tera Patick was my roommate, I would share several of these with her and her amigas. To infinity and beyond!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head that leave behind some lacing.

S-Bourbon, caramel, sugar, darker fruits.

T-Bourbon, candied sugar, some burnt notes, not much bitterness.

M-Thick, heavy, not much carbonation.

O-Way to much sugar. Overly sweet and unblanced.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012. Pours a dark black with a very small tan head. Scent is very different from the others. This one has a more distinct whiskey aroma. I immediately got taken back to times at the bar when I would order a shot of whiskey (didn't care what it was). Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Very boozy aroma with sweet oak and vanilla. Roasted chocolate and vanilla. A very distinct variant of the Eclipse series. Taste is immediately sweet with booze and cinnamon. I think the whiskey flavors come through most in this variant. Before I go further with that statement, I want to be clear that it is just "whiskey flavors". Not necessarily the different qualities I get from other variants with great "good-tasting whiskey qualities". In a blind tasting, this one would definitely rank as the most harsh. Not necessarily the worst, but the harshest when it comes to the whiskey flavor. Still a great beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat hot with medium body. Somewhat sticky. Drinkability is fair, as the booze and whiskey heat can be a bit much. Overall, I really enjoy this one...just not very complex like some of the others.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Huge oak aroma up front with lighter bourbon and vanilla notes present form the barrel. Some chocolate fudge and roast aromas with a noticeable sweetness from the base beer.

T - A very dominant oak flavour is present from the barrel that is tannic without being astringent. Some chocolate, roast and lighter vanilla flavours with just a touch of bourbon.

M - Medium to full body with a slight chew. Light carbonation.

O - This was an interesting Eclipse variation. I've had about 5 or 6 of these now and this one stands out as unique. The oak really came through with the bourbon and vanilla only lightly present int he background.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours indistinguishable from most any other eclipse, its plenty black and brown, it pours with a thin, dark beige head that is only about 1/3" in depth, doesn't do much in the lacing department, but visually displays that the carbonation is just about right probably. Aroma, this one did well in that department, had the lighter body whiskey notes going for it, pleasant, refined, well mannered, despite being from a "cheap" whiskey barrel. I've never really been able to catch on much of a difference between cheap or expensive barrels, some of them work, some of them are less desireable.

Taste is solid, about even coverage between the whiskey notes and the chocolate malt richness of the totality base stout. It had a lighter body presence though than many of the Eclipse variations, I think this one thinned the body out more than almost any of the non corn/wheat iterations of Eclipse this year. Its relatively dry at times for a whiskey barrel, I thought it covered up the amount of alcohol in it quite well, and was the first bottle I cracked after drinking this at the release party. Its impressive, and a different direction for Eclipse, its no wonder they also used the red wax for this, it is the most similar to the 4 Roses versions they've made in the past.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.15/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Red wax, 2012 vintage. Big thanks to anotherjoe for hooking me up.

4.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is pretty good and tons of lacing is left.

2.5 S: Chocolate and roasted barley from the base. A surprising amount of coffee as well, which has to be coming at least partially from the barrel. The whiskey is surprisingly earthy and minerally with something along the lines of peat. Boozy and a bit astringent on the nose. Not a fan of this one so far.

2.0 T: Like the nose, the taste is harshened by the barrel and contents. I don't know whether to blame the barrel or the barrel aging since I've never had RY. In any case, the barrel aging has been overwhelmingly good for the other variants I've had over the years. This is rough with lots of earth, mineral, and tannic astringency. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness from the base. Boozy and without much vanilla or sweetness (super dry really).

1.75 M: Even the mouthfeel is worse than the other variants. Medium body without any creaminess. Undercarbonated with an astringent finish.

1.5 D: I venture this might be the worst Eclipse beer to come out. It's unrefined, too dry, astringent, and overly boozy. Nearly a disaster and certainly not worth half of the price.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1672nd Review on BA
Bottle to Eclipse Snifter

Bottle 812/2012 Release
Red Wax

App- This poured out of the bottle more of a reddish brown than a black. A nice density behind the center but more radiating lightness from the center out. A small 1/2" head to the 8oz snifter. A very amazing amount of cling to it.

Smell- I wouldnt call this one hot. I would just call it boozy. This had a small amount of that house honey that Eclipse is known for. A bit sweet as well. I dont get the chocolate flavors as most other variants have. I get a bit of cherry, thicker malts and no oak or vanilla.

Taste- Its just okay when compared to the other variants. A bit of a boozy honey and what I would call a cinnamon fireball candy flavor. A little unbalanced. A bit fresh but I am still not sure that more time would do this one well.

Mouth- A fuller medium body with a medium bubbly carbonation. A bit prickly and fresh with residual sweetness, cinnamon and cherry. Slightly rich as well.

Drink- I've heard that Rebel yell isnt the best to start with but this was okay. A little bit unqiue with the cinnamon and cherry flavors I picked up. Probably wouldnt have this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, green apples, and whiskey. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got my shipment in yesterday and if the End of the World is tomorrow, at least I will have tried the rare Rebel Yell barrel.

Right of the bat from the cap opening, I am smelling the inviting whiskey. Let's move forward.

Pours a black ale with a on-the-smaller-side beige head. Light lacing. Pretty standard Eclipse appearance.

The smell is great. Getting a bunch of whiskey and oak smells. Light green apple. Little vanilla and caramel. Chocolate.

Taste is very stouty. Nice bold chocolate stout taste with a decent amount of whiskey, oak and vanilla. A little booze forward especially as it warms but I like how it enhances the taste and sends the other flavors to the back. Big warming sensation as expected. Alcohol does creep up on you. Big flavor.

A little thin in the mouthfeel for as big as this starts out.

Overall I dug this. Definitely could use a little more time to lie down but overall I knew what I was drinking and I knew it was gonna be somewhat booze-forward. Rebel Yell may not be the most expensive or flavorful whiskey, but I love the attempt and introducing something new...if only for okay in my book. I want "more, more, more".

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rebel Yell from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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