Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers MarkImperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Makers MarkImperial Eclipse Stout - Makers Mark

Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
California, United States

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.

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 141
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, char, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some great bourbon forward smells, but the flavors are a bit too char forward in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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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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3.47/5  rDev -17%
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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4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul. Served in my FiftyFifty snifter.

Typical FiftyFifty stout appearance. Near black with a half inch of beige head. The aroma brings the booze right away. Lots of Maker's Mark character. Why be subtle? Fuck it. Ample oak and barrel character throughout. The finish brings a boozy, whiskey sweetness that tingles a bit before a nice, alcohol warmth. Not among the best of the series, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 141 ratings