Oort Imperial Stout
Ecliptic Brewing

Oort Imperial StoutOort Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,065
Ranked #33,726
3.71 | pDev: 8.36%
Ecliptic Brewing
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Oort Imperial StoutOort Imperial Stout
Notes: Oort is named after the mysterious region of our solar system that breeds comets. Massive amounts of roasted barley and Chocolate malts were combined with three types of Caramel malts for a rich, full mouthfeel. Chinook, Cascade and Sterling hops lend a balanced bitterness and subtle hop flavor to this brew that's as black as the vacuum of space.
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4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nearly pitch black in color, clarity is difficult to make out. Long lasting creamy light tan head that clings to the glass

Rich, malt forward aroma with notes of licorice, bakers chocolate, molasses and fresh baked bread. Medium low hop aroma with hints of pine, resin and subtle earthyness.

Intense flavors of roasted malt upfront with hints of licorice, coffee, baker's chocolate and molasses. Hop bitter comes through well with piney, earthy flavors. Beer is well attenuated with a dry finish

Mouth feel is creamy and medium full but seems to be slightly flimsy for such a big beer. Alcohol warmth is pretty noticeable but not unpleasant. Medium carbonation

A very good beer and one I would definitely buy again, I just wish more breweries would brew more stouts without all the adjuncts and barrel aging. This is a fine example of an imperial stout.

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RochefortChris from North Carolina, Feb 20, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours near black, with about 2 fingers worth of head. Moderate lacing on the glass.
Smell: Roasted malts, come chocolate, and dark fruits such as dates and figs. Pleasant smelling.
Taste: Really let down by the taste. Chocolate presence is minimal. Malt flavor is noted, but not desirable.
Feel: Light and watery in body, carbonation seems high.
Overall: I was excited to try this brew, mostly due to the name. It didn't live up to expectations. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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TheBrewsky from California, Apr 20, 2018
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 10.67 (Including shipping)/bomber ($ 0.485/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Unable to find date on bottle other than “2018 edition”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. Holding to light allows some penetration around the edge.
Head – Large (Maximum 5,8 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density with rocks, above average retention, dwindling to five mm ring and a complete, thick layer with rocks. Head retraction leaves a narrow band of curtaining behind.
Lacing – Excellent! Wide bands of tiny to small bubbles connected by short columns.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak chocolate and caramel.
Flavor – 3 - Begins with a slight hop bitterness. Neither the chocolate nor the caramel from the nose translate to the taste. The bitterness intensifies as the roasted malt bitterness joins the fray.
Palate – 3 - Almost medium, borderline watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 – I don’t know if I just got a bad bottle or if this is just a bad Impy stout. It is too thin, too watery, too bitter, and too flavorless. Some diacetyl would have been an improvement – at least it would have given some flavor. Sorry Ecliptic, the name alone made me want to try this but the flavor is as nebulous as the Oort Cloud.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Apr 09, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a pitch black into the glass and has a head that accumulates just as rapidly as it dissipates. It smells like a bitter chocolate and tastes similarly, though the hoppiness and malty caramel flavors are just as prevalent. The mouthfeel is milky and as thick as I like my stouts to be, though there is a tiny little more stickiness than I usually hope for.

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degueulasse from California, Apr 05, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have here a teku goblet of 2016 Oort. As you know, Ecliptic is a small batch brewer with limited (though extant) distribution. Their BA Barley Wine was one of the best beers, if not THE best, I've ever had. So I had high expectations for their IS. There is no disappointment here! A very smooth, complex, dark, and malty IS that is just the way I like it. IS should be divided into two styles: roasted malt, burnt caramel, coffee flavor style (like Old Rasputin); and complex, sweet malty style (like Narwhal). This is of the later. This actual rivals Narwhal (one of my favorites), but I still think I give Narwhal the edge. This has just a hair more carmalized flavors than Narwhal, which seems to have the more perfect balance. From ratings, I gather that more people prefer the roasted malt type of IS, but I think the over-bearing dark, burnt caramel flavors dominate too much, and I prefer the more complex broad-spectrum, sweet malt types like this one. They are both good, though.

Surprisingly, this was amazing right out of the fridge, with complex flavors immediately evident, despite the too low temp. Improves slightly on warming to 50F, but not as much as a burnt caramel type of IS would.

There is a BA version of this beer. Hard to find, but if I ever come across a bottle, it is mine!

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wmartin from North Carolina, Aug 31, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 Edition

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. Cocoa powder colored head that peaks at a finger's width. Fair retention before dying out to a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much for lacing aside from a few spots.

Smell - Mildy chocolate aroma with a hint of roasted malt. Smokey undertone. A bit of astringency.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild chocolate. A touch of roast. Some underlying caramel. Lots of smokiness. It's not overwhelming, but it's present from initial sip through to the aftertaste. Finishes with some mild milk chocolate sweetness and that everpresent smokey character.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full in body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture. A bit thin for an impy stout, but not terribly so. Goes down easy.

Overall - Pretty good imperial stout, but lacks ideal depth. The smokiness is certainly its most interesting character. Reminiscent of Grand Teton's Black Calderon, though I much prefer the latter due to it's more complete profile.

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TheSixthRing from California, Nov 01, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. There is some lace with it.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit featuring plums and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: There are flavors of chocolate, dark fruit- mainly plums, low coffee, hints of vanilla, roast, and low floral.

Feel: It has a full body with high bitterness and high carbonation.

Overall the chocolate dominates the flavors with a complex combination of other malt flavors and hops.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Sep 17, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Front Range BBQ.

Inky black body. Full-blown dark grain aroma and ripe dark, pitted fruits. Tobacco and chocolate flavors; a little boozy, a little bitter. Thick and chewy body.

A heavy hitter that shouldn't disappoint lovers of imperial styled stouts.

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beergoot from Colorado, Aug 28, 2016
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really confused as to what the brewer was going for here. Obviously, given the relatively low abv., this isn't going to be your typical RIS. In fact, it drinks very much like a fairly typical dry stout, albeit one with much more licorice, vanilla and espresso. The problem is, the different flavors never come together, and I found myself very unhappy with the way this beer finishes.

Much to my surprise, I found the RIS and the porter to be my two least favorite beers in the 6 beer sample tray I got. That almost never happens.

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John_M from Oregon, Jun 13, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 edition in a 22 ounce bottle. Very dark brown, nearly black, with minimal tan head. Smells of dark fruit and roasted malt. Taste is also fruity with a bit of alcohol.

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rarigney from Washington, Mar 04, 2016
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of sweet fudgy roast with some oats and a little dark fruit and black licorice. It becomes more acidic and ashy as it warms.

The flavor is sweet acidic roasted chocolate malt with black licorice and a bit of band aid. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Feb 09, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a reddish cast and plenty of dark foam in the Glupener tulip. Grainy and fruity aroma with some alcohol fumes. Rather spritzy on the tongue, even a couple days after recapping the bottle after a short taste.

Dark raisiny taste with some burnt malt. Fairly sweet with some dark caramel. This has something like a Baltic Porter taste to me. There's a rusty taste with a hint of sweet Vermouth. A little woody. Moderate bitterness and more of the charred grain for the finish.

A decent sipping beer that's not overly strong for the category. From the 22 oz bottle purchased from BottleWorks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

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mactrail from Washington, May 13, 2015
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