Eclipse - Old Fitzgerald 2012 - Fifty Fifty Brewing Company

Eclipse - Old Fitzgerald 2012

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Overall: 8.03/10 by 2 dudes

Standard Deviation: 0.03 or 0.37%

Trend: 8.03/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: American Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.50%

Season: One-time

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368 beers rated with a 7.93 average
  • 8.00/10 have another
  • A: 8.0 | T: 8.0 | L: 8.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 0.37% Color: Deep Brown
  • A: deep, dark brown with light brown foam that makes a brief appearance.

    S/T: chocolate and whiskey are first. Background notes of char and malt. Semi sweetness, stops short of too much and helps offset the whiskey bite. The sugar tastes like a variant of dark chocolate.

    O: I definitely would have this beer again. But it really should be at a lower price point. It seems to sit on shelves in Chicago. Anyway, it reminds me of those euro chocolate candies with booze in them. I am not an expert on whiskeys, but I think Old Fitz (which was this versions barrel) is an average quality. It's a bit of a rough element but is a complement to the chocolate elements of the beer. This beers has got its own personality among whiskey barrel aged beers. It's good, just not great.
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 21:42:55
  • Tasted: Thursday, April 02, 2015
  • $29.99 for 22 oz. bottle
1,457 beers rated with a 7.84 average
  • 8.06/10 have another
  • A: 8.0 | T: 8.0 | L: 9.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 0.37% Color: Deep Brown
  • Pours opaque covered with a half inch of dark tan, thick foam. Froths up slightly as it dissipates rather quickly. Lacing rings the glass at the point of level, mostly falling back. A creaminess, from the residual foam adds a nice compliment.

    Aroma of sweet chocolate, char barrel (not quite smokey), whiskey, no bourbon, leaving a bit of roughness around the edges. Brown sugar/molasses. Complex which makes it exciting but just not smooth complexity.

    Taste brings a big wallop. Sweet, and at times, dark chocolate dominates early. Whiskey and brown sugar meet in the middle, with a char joining in the end. The finish lingers with whiskey and char. Not the most pleasant way to finish. As the finish builds with each sip it no longer friendly.

    Big body, mild to almost no carbonation. Char of the barrel leaves a long, unfriendly after taste. Finishes dry.

    I want this beer to be outstanding for the price point but it is not. It is good, just not great. The whiskey just isn't as smooth as bourbon, making the beer rough throughout. If this could be had for $10, then it would be a much better deal. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewed: Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 21:39:35
  • Tasted: Thursday, April 02, 2015
  • $29.99 for 22 oz. bottle
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