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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States
fiftyfiftybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
140
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
39
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Edition

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of oak and chocolate with some roasted malts and espresso. Slight caramel and vanilla as well
T: Taste is pretty sweet up front with a mix of bittersweet and milk chocolate before some espresso and oak comes in. Roasted malts and a hint of toasted marshmallows come along as well. Hints of oxidation in the middle with a little cardboard flavor. There's also some hints of vanilla with a little caramel. On the swallow this beer is more vanilla and caramel with some oak, roasted malts, chocolate and lingering coffee with a little charred wood. The beer has a pretty long finish as well.
M: This beer has a fairly full and silky body. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but it is not prickly while the beer has a slightly drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is another very solid variant from FiftyFifty. Great flavors and some really nice complexity make this a really nice beer to sip and savor. It's worth a try if you can find it and the 2013s are probably about at their peak or starting to fall off a little.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, the 2013 Eclipse varieties. I dunno, maybe they made it more than one year, but this is a review of the 2013. I don't remember any other vintages for Maker's Mark Eclipse.

Pours the usual black body and dark brown head between 1/2 and 1/3" deep. Aroma was whiskey, chocolate and oak. Nothing discernably different about this one so far. Taste brings the standard stuff, more chocolate malt, whiskey notes, mild vanilla. Hides alcohol decent, although there is a tiny bit more sting to it possibly. Almost a slight dark fruit raisin note in there. Heftier bitterness comes through in the mouthfeel than the other versions. I think the brewer must have felt the same bc I swear, I don't remember this one coming back in subsequent years. The carbonation is nice and soft but appropriate just like every other Eclipse bottle.

A good beer, but man, at $30 a bottle and on the absolute high end of the price tier spectrum, you better make every one of them be world class, and this was just merely pretty good.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'13 bottle- I think that's the only vintage?

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like sweet, smooth, and silky bourbon, raisin, oak, vanilla, and milk chocolate.

This aged incredibly well. It's so smooth and silky, with barely any booziness. There's some nuttiness and fruitiness, maybe raisin, with lots of oak and vanilla, and a very mild bourbon character. There's lots of sweet and creamy milk chocolate all over this beer, too.

This is medium bodied, not super thick (as most Eclipse beers tend to be), with a lower and soft level of carbonation.

This is one of the best Eclipse variants I've ever had. It worked really well for me.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours dark brown/almost black with a thin foamy white head that disappears almost immediately leaving nothing behind

S- plenty of barrel character up front with notes of bourbon, woody oak and vanilla. There's a honey sweetness, along with dark fruit aromas of raisin, fig & date. Just a bit of oxidation.

T- flavor is dominated up front by dark fruits; raisin, fig, date & black cherry. The dark fruits are immediately followed by a honey sweetness that brings out some dark chocolate notes as well. As it nears the finish, barrel notes come out, with woody bourbon, caramel and a hint of vanilla. More dark fruit on the linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a velvety finish, abv is hidden well at this point

O- lots of dark fruit notes that have probably become more prominent from aging, but it's not over-oxidized. Mellow and very tasty

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was poured into a sample glass. The appearance was a thick dark brown color with a nice looking half fingered white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There was barely any lacing. The smell definitely had the bourbon barrel still strong with a light deep caramel malt involved and some milk chocolate running all about it. The taste had a nice sweet bourbon to sweet chocolate running all over my tastebuds. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much sessionability about it, but then again, this was consumed as the last beer in the beer tasting tonight. Overall, an absolutely stellar barrel aged imperial stout, well worthy of having again!

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frekky
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 1/28/17

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Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DVMin98
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tkrane
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nage37
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aoampm
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So my review might be a little biased because I'm having this one with two years age on it. Anyway, this beer is superb. Great looking beer with a lovely head and a deep dark black color. Smell of honey and sweet bourbon. Taste is smooth vanilla, honey, some oak, and the bourbon is mellow and perfect. I would drink this beer all the fucking time if it wasn't so expensive. Highly recommend trying this beer with a couple years age on it (even at $30)

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Photo of Bilco
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rawfish
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmb987
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoeyDubs
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucoli
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LehighAce06
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 140 ratings