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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers MarkImperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
130
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
20.43%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
38
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 130
Reviews by mdfb79:
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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 02/16/14 notes. 2013 vintage, batch 2. Poured from a 22 oz. silver waxed bottle into a wine glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, like most of the other Eclipse variants.

s - Smells of whiskey, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, clay, caramel malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, and earthy notes. Nice nose, whiskey is up front and a little harsher than some of the other variants, but it is enjoyable.

t - Tastes of whiskey, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, clay, earthy notes, burnt malts, char and smoke, and light toffee and caramel malts. Taste is bourbon forward again with more earthy and clay notes to it than the nose had.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is somewhat thick and chewy, not much heat at all. very good mouthfeel, like most of the Eclipses.

o - Overall this is a good variant, but not a great one or one of the better ones in my opinion. I am a huge Eclipse fan and have had most of them and this ranks towards the bottom for me; thank being said, it is still a very good beer. I think it is a little bit harsher than some of the other variants, and has more earth qualities to it. Worth drinking for sure and interested to see where my other bottle goes, but given the option, I'd buy EW, 4R, or EC over this for sure.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, dull silver waxed bottle, run #2 of 2013, and part of a six-pack sort of deal that arrived in Alberta a few weeks ago - not that it's always being sold that way.

This beer pours an expectedly solid black wall, yet with perhaps a bit of muddy cola highlights in the nether regions, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and truly creamy and foamy mocha head, which leaves some nicely askew cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells rather pungently of cocoa powder, the kind that's just been mixed into a healthy (re: double or triple) shot of middle-shelf Bourbon - the grittiness pervades, but I can sort of isolate a bit of vanilla, caramel, and astringent wood fiber, if I really must. The taste is much more rounded in its chocolate essence, the liqueur-like effects of the barrel more alcoholic than Yankee whiskey-borne here, though hints of spicy rye and cooking vanilla bleed through as this deal slowly warms (it's not exactly balmy outside right now, and my house hasn't quite properly heated up yet today, either). A slight, toasted dark fruitiness also arises, to a welcoming pat on the back, alongside some weak woody notes, day-old coffee, and a struggling, seemingly out of its element reduced brown sugar sweetness.

The bubbles are obviously quite effusive up front, but settle quite nicely into a tight holding pattern, the body a hefty medium-full weight, and generally smooth, the tics of char, java, and burgeoning booze indulging, all. It finishes well off-dry, the woody whisky, caramel chocolate malt, and dark sugary fruit providing the outline for today's task(s).

One of the more approachable versions of this shotgun blast of new 50/50 Eclipse barrel-aged, big-ass stouts. If I've enjoyed any Bourbons over the past few years, the red-wax sealed (wait, what? Sigh, no consistency) Makers Mark has been prominent among them. Nice to see that tasty, if somewhat simple, corn whiskey goodness so agreeably imprinted here.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Medium collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Sharper, more corn-like bourbon. Bright liquor. Oak. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Same corn-centered bourbon. Oaky. Dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Eh. The bourbon character isn't very nice in this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage
11.9% ABV

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

Smell: Mild Bourbon, brown sugar , and mild coffee/roasted malt aromas. Nice smelling but not overly complex.

Taste: Bourbon, roast malts, vanilla, brown sugar and tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry featuring Bourbon notes, prominent roast malt notes and mild hop notes. This variant isn't as sweet as some of the other Eclipses I've had . Very restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: Good beer. Interestingly, this version probably the least sweet of all the variants I've had. It's very much a prototypical stout with a prominent roasted malt profile.

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Thanks to Kreko7 for sending me this one in a trade.

This was from their latest release, I feel like if I had left this in the cellar for some time I would be giving this a perfect rating. Maker's Mark is my personal favorite whiskey so I'm probably a little biased. Nose on the beer is incredible, I just want to live in it, and then this beer goes down so easy for being as heavy as it is. I took the first sip and said "this might be the best beer I've ever had." It's hard to convince yourself to spend $30 on a bottle of beer, but this one was definitely worth it to me. Cheers

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.
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