Year of New Beer: 2015 Eclipse Imperial Stout (Woodford Reserve BA), Fifty Fifty Brewing (CA)

Written By: Dion on 08/21/2017

A natural choice for today, this one opens with a nose that is filled with bourbon. Warmth allows it to open up, and notes of chocolate, grapes, oak, and hints of smoke join the fray. On the tongue, a brown sugar sweetness serves as the base for a slightly peppery bourbon heat, with dark fruits, vanilla, earthy hops, and a smoky char rounding out the complex flavor profile. A beast of a beer, this is the one Eclipse today that did not disappoint.