Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers MarkImperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 08-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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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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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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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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'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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 138 ratings