Every year Truckee California’s Fifty Fifty Brewing Co releases their “Eclipse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout”. This year there are 9 different versions of this beer all aged in different high end barrels. The different editions of this beer are only marked by the colour of the wax on the top of the bottles. This version is the Bright Red wax edition that has been aged in barrels from Four Roses Bourbon. The beer pours a opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasty malts, big vanilla, chocolate, caramel, oak and sweetness. The flavour is of burnt malts, sweet vanilla, chocolate, caramel, espresso, bourbon, oak, bitterness and an alcohol warmth. This brew has a creamy body. The alcohol content comes in at a big 11.9%. This edition of Eclipse might still be a little to young as it is a little harsh. Saying that it was still a great imperial stout and I do not regret paying the big bucks for the bottle at all.
What happens when you take an award winning Imperial Stout, put it in oak bourbon barrels, and then age it for six months? One of the most epic beer tasting experiences you will ever have: ECLIPSE™.
Imperial Stouts are noted for being very rich substantial beers, and FiftyFifty’s Totality Imperial Stout does not disappoint on this fact. Brewed in small 300 gallons batches, our brewers lovingly craft this masterpiece once a year. Made with the finest malts, hops, fresh mountain water and yeast, over 18 separate ingredients lend their unique character to this beer. To become Eclipse, Totality is then aged for a minimum of 180 days in oak bourbon barrels. This time spent adds a plethora of flavors to the already rich Imperial Stout. At first taste there is a large presence of dark chocolate, espresso and warmth from the alcohol of the beer. Oak barrel character then comes into play with hints of vanilla and coconut, followed by mild bitterness from the hops, and then a nice long lingering finish with hints of tobacco, dark dried fruit and more chocolate. Eclipse is a wonderful companion with dessert. A beer meant for contemplation best enjoyed in a snifter and with a friend.
Because of the extensive brewing and aging process, Eclipse is only released once a year.
March-April: Brew Totality
Mid April:Futures available
May: Begin aging in oak barrels
November: Bottle and keg
December: Official Release & Party