Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rum Barrel (18 Year) | FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rum Barrel (18 Year)Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rum Barrel (18 Year)

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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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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by WTKeene:
Photo of WTKeene
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a waxed and capped bomber into a Trillium tulip tasting glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, pours thick. No head, but a very thin pale-coffee crown around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Muted, but probably because this is refrigerator temperature. What I do get is slight booziness, dark fruity malts, some coffee, some deep, dark chocolate. As it warms up these are more prevalent. No rum specifically, but oh well.

Taste: A good amount of coffee bitterness, but not in the way that it would be if there was actual coffee added. Subtle, and the dark tangy chocolate comes through strong as well. Perhaps a hint of rum at the end, but I might just be hoping for it.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but still creamy. Sticks around for a long time afterward. Carb is light.

Overall: A bit disappointing in that I didn't really get much in the way of rum, but it was still delicious. Don't think I'll be shelling out the big bucks for this particular variant in the future though.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle opened 8.18.14
Barrel 2 2013

Nose is very malty. Tastes very sweet and finishes dry.

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Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, run number 1 of 2013, aged in La Cruzan 18-year-old rum barrels. Soul Coughing is currently singing 'It goes black black black black and blacker..." on my retro playlist - spookilicous.

This beer pours yet another almost perfectly black abyss, with still the subtlest of basal cola edges, and three fingers of densely puffy, finely foamy, and playfully bubbly mocha head, which leaves some pockmarked wavecrest lace around the glass as it easily subsides.

It smells of chalky cocoa, creamy caramel malt, toffee squares, sugary rum - weirdly sans the immediate nasal alcohol burn - some soft, well-sugared black coffee, anise, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is more bittersweet chocolate, bready caramel malt, neutered black licorice, likewise benign day-old coffee notes, an underwhelming dark rum sweetness, a touch of vanilla-tinged barrel astringency, and still understated earthy, wet leafy hops.

The carbonation is light and frothy, the body a solid, sticky medium-full weight, and beguiling in its smoothness, with a bare, tangential creaminess. It finishes still rather sweet, the chocolate malt, licorice, well-sugared coffee, and laid-back (is there really any other way?) rum barrel notes holding sway.

One finely rendered version of this broad-spanning barrel-treatment series - here, the rum guest star is inherently ineffectual enough to let the base imperial stout strut its own wares, and strut it does - all the good stuff, and hardly a wisp of alcohol warming, especially given the well elevated ABV. The best of the lot, so far, but for the wrong reasons, mi dispiace.

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Photo of leschkie
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of blabaer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thick collar and some surface wisping.

Smell - Chocolate. Some vanilla. Oak. Rum and some fruitiness

Taste - Rum permeates the whole stout. Dark chocolate. Oak. Vanilla. Rum lingers in the finish, giving it a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - A little creamy. Well carbonated. Oaky finish.

Overall - Like the High West Bourbon, the barrel doesn't overwhelm. Subtle differences from the liquor itself.

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Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Lert616
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Syndicate broke out the Big Dick tonight!! Thanks a bunch Darrel... I appreciate the chance to try this one.

Pours thick with a dark brown head... good lacing and long lasting retention.

Nose is pretty interesting... Oaky rum... vanilla.. melted dark chocolate...

Rum is heavier on the palate and meshes better IMO... the oaky vanilla notes move well with the bittersweet chocolate.... smooth velvet dark fruits..

Bigger body with soooo smooth carbonation.... not EtOH bit at all... very nice.

Thanks Darrel... this is the best Eclipse I've had in memory and the best rum barrel beer I can think of. Very cool amigo.


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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head that leaves some lacing.

S-Rum barrel gives great sweetness (brown sugar) with oak but mild heat. Chocolate, coffee and roasted.

T-The rum barrel is perfect. Imparts sweetness, some heat, and oak but is not overpowering. Chocolate and vanilla, nice coffee and roasted malt.

M-Heavier with nice carbonation.

O-One of the best rum barrel aged beers I've had. Showed me how great rum barrels can be.

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Photo of analogchainsaw
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Thanks to Frank for the share!

Poured out looking pretty much like any Eclipse, or basically most big stouts, for that matter: black hole with some dark brown around the edges, a small mocha head that held at a ringlet, and left some splotches of lacing on the glass. Aroma was big with booze--though this was a blind tasting, it was pretty obvious from the start that there was a barrel involved here--oak, raw cocoa, notes of indistinct dark fruit. Taste was similar, rummy booze coming out right away and lingering through the session, notes of unsweetened chocolate, dark fruits, coffee bitterness, wet oak. Strangely, this version seemed to have a much thinner body than other Eclipses, barely coming in heavier than medium, with a slick and still pretty hot mouthfeel. Good overall, but not the best of the series by far.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Rish907
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a very deep dark brown, near black, with two fingers of dense dark tan/brown head that slowly faded into a thick and bubbly film. Wispy streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Sweet and boozy rum dominates the nose, with scents of caramel, raisins, toast and thick molasses coming through as well. As expected because of the rum, this is one of the sweeter smelling of the variants.
T: Follows the nose with huge and potent flavors of rum barrel, molasses, and caramel. Stout flavors of chocolate brownie, peat, and dark roasted grains follows after the barrel. The finish is full of toasted coconut and slight vanilla, and the aftertaste has lingering boozy flavors of rum, mild sharpie, and raisin.
M: Very soft and gentle fluffy carbonation. The body is thick and fairly heavy with a full, slick, and sticky mouthfeel.
O: The barrel treatment really comes through strongly in this variant; I’d say more-so than others. As with most things rum, this beer is exceptionally sweet and could probably do well with a few more months of aging. This was highly enjoyable though, and definitely far from the worst barrel treatment on an eclipse.

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Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Rum Barrel (18 Year) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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