Totality Imperial Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Totality Imperial StoutTotality Imperial Stout

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 28
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-22-2009

formerly Roundabout Imperial Stout
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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Tony's Darts Away
Burbank, CA

Incredibly dark brown, but just not black. Dark brown head and lots of cling left to the glass.

Classic big stout aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, some mild chocolate, though leaning toward sweet chocolate as opposed to bitter, throughout, and just the slightest tinge of alcohol.

Flavors follow the nose and consist of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet molasses. Tasty and very easy to drink.

Thick, full, luscious mouthfeel.

A terrific big stout. I'm glad I got to try this one (again?).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, another vote for "this is better w/o" aging it in a bunch of whiskey barrels" gimmick.

Amazing jet black appearance, no floaties, cherry cola top to die for. Bitter aroma, lacking the chococoffee effect you come to expect in this style.

The lack of barrel aging allows the bitterness and hops to take main stage, while the chococoffee feel stays in the background. Extremely smooth for high bitterness. Maybe not as thick as it looks, but if this beer don't hide the alcohol, I don't know which one does.

Drinkability is almost a perfect 5. At $7 a pint, its not atrocious, and maybe even seems cheap, since they charge $20-22 for the barrel aged version. Skip that stuff, buy 3 pints of this instead of 1 bomber of that stuff. This could be the best version overall, but especially from a value perspective. I dunno why people hate the base, I love it.

OK 50/50, you make a dank ryepa, and a dank imperial stout. . . let's get that rye stout ready for winter.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

base beer for the Fiftyfifty IS series, on tap at The Blue Palm. Very dry. A small retained head on a very dark body. So-so drinkability as very roasty and a bit astringent. Roasty aroma. Thick lace. Good for the style, but not great. Have to get by the dryness.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the base beer for the Imperial Eclipse series. I've never seen this beer in the US and lo and behold there it was sitting at Tanakaya in Japan. Needless to say, I was surprised. 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2.5 finger frothy mocha colored head with great retention. Beer is pitch black but a bit thin. Lacing is layered with good stick and moderately oily legs. Really a good looking beer.

Nose is honey, plums, figs, chocolate, and roast. Moderately aromatic. Decent.

Opens sweet burnt malt, liquorice, chocolate, and prunes. Some chocolate serves to balance things out a bit but there's a ton of dark fruit and liquorice in the middle. More roast and honey in the middle to end with no hint of real bitterness or body to balance things out and add depth. Ends honey and chocolate. Aftertaste of roast and more dark fruit and honey. Not bad but pretty meh overall.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down bubbly and warm. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Too thin.

This beer is a real testament to the power of barrels sometimes. The Imperial Eclipse series, with few exceptions are all very solid beers. Totality on the other hand is the definition of average. The body is way to thin to support the flavors happening here and there's just not of complexity or continuity to the flavor. This wasn't really worth the try.

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft.

Darkest brown in color with a small tannish head and pretty nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich and enticing. Roastiness and mocha, like Eclipse without the -bal aging, as crazy as that is. Slight malty sweetness evident.

The flavor is excellent, rich and balanced. Chocolate, coffee, slight black cherry and molasses.

Very smooth mouthfeel with fairly full body and a good soft level of carbonation.

Lived up to my expectations for sure. This is a really good beer, and I can see how it spawned such -bal aged goodness. Easy to drink for a beer of this ABV and style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar. Wispy on the surface.

Smell - Lots of black patent malt, molasses, and even some honey. Chocolatey.

Taste - Sweet, nice chocolate flavor. Lots of honey. Very sweet. Bitter dark chocolate in the back.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Not quite creamy. Kind of a sharp finish. No booze.

Overall - Tasty and a nice start to our Eclipse tasting.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredible jet black with glimpses of caramel at the edges. A two-finger dark brown head glistens with burnt red highlights. Stunning retention and beautiful web-like lacing.

Aroma is lucious. Dark and sweet. rich dark malts, brown sugar, figs, dates. Chocolate pudding. coffee.

Taste follows aroma perfectly. Rich chocolate, burnt coffee, tons of rich malt and a healthy dose of earthy hops. Some dark fruits - raisins, figs and prunes through the middle. Almost like an intense baltic porter. Clean malty, rich fudgie and chocolate finish.

Mouth is fairly thick and smooth. ample carbonation... almost too much? almost seems a touch light for the flavors it's trying to back up... a clean hop bitterness in the finish is welcome.

All in all, this is one solid stout. beautifully balanced with a nice hop profile and some strong fruit notes. One I'd seek out again and again. And in this day and age, it's awesome to see some imperial stouts that aren't barrel aged.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FiftyFifty, served in a brandy snifter.

Black with a dense mocha head that shows strong retention and sticky lacing, this is a great looking beer.

Licorice and espresso are prominent on the nose. Chocolate fudge and cookie dough lend some sweetness, but this is more of a bitter, earthy imperial stout.

The first sip makes me think of chocolate covered coffee beans. Further imbibing brings out licorice, charred malt, firm bitterness both from dark malt and hops. Medium in body, not particularly sweet. The finish is heavily roasted, quite bitter and sticky. With this as a base beer I can see why Eclipse is so good.

Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's during Philly beer week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a black color with hardly any head. The head that is there goes away quickly.

Smell: This beer smells quite sweet and very roasty. I'm getting some warm alcohol and dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet and roasty with some dark fruit and brown sugar notes. I'm getting a slight bitterness with vanilla and dark chocolate notes as well. Complex and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and there isn't enough carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: This is a very nice stout and I can see why it holds up so well to barrel aging. I would have another.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

look: black as night with a 1/2 inch tan colored foamy head and ok retention and good lacing

Smell: Coffee and roasted malts and hints of chocolate rule the nose

Taste: wow a very very sweet stout not like the smell. Coffee and chocolate and vanilla are all present but not in abundance. Unexpected flavor but real nice

Mouthfeel: medium to full body and medium carbonation i would say it leaves behind kind of a film that coats your whole mouth

Overall: This is my second beer by this small brewery and again I must say I'm very impressed. Nice flavor and real good drinkability for such a dark stout

Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bomber to snifter glass

A: Appearance is of typical imperial stout aesthetics: Deep, dark brown with reddish hues, coffee-tan head never completely receding, little patches of lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Coffee, carob, burnt malts. The added honey is apparent and accented by the boozy aspects, which are prominent. It smells liqueur-ish. A surprise given the ABV. Yeah, warm and boozy, damn. A little citrus-rind lingers around the bouquet.

T: The flavors are more traditional, with dry coffee and bittersweet chocolate up-front. An astrigent, earthy overtone keeps some of the more sugary aspects in check, as the honey is almost forgotten in its supporting role (the bottle reminds you of added honey so your sugar-radar is up). The oozing booze in the nose is also tamed, surprisingly so given my beer has warmed into the 50-degree range. The brew finishes long and bitter-sweet, leaning more towards bitter.

M: Medium-to-full bodied, but not as sticky and viscous as I'd expect given the ABV and the brewery.

I was a little disappointed on my first sip and impression, given that the Eclipse is as good a stout as you'll come across. But they can't all be barrel-aged, and as I worked through the bottle and my beer warmed it became more drinkable and interesting. It's not the most harmonious flavor-profile, but there's in unexpected citrusy nuance, and the added honey is far from overbearing. A nice addition to their lineup, especially if they can whip this out without asking their customers to purchase beer-futures.

Photo of Rifugium
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

This was a decent beer, but considering how good the barrel-aged versions are, I was a bit let down by this one. As far as appearance goes, this one really can't be beat: served in a snifter, a dark, opaque, brown-black, with an overflowing, creamy head that looked like melted chocolate ice cream. No problem giving a perfect 5 for that. Aroma is pretty standard for a stout, dark roasty malts and bakers' chocolate. Taste was similar, roast conquers all, dark malts, slightly bitter chocolate, caramel, nutshells, and distant dark fruits. This beer needs to be aged on bourbon barrels, essentially. It's almost like it's literally incomplete without it. Body is on the heavier side of medium, and still fairly smooth. Not bad by any means, but compared to the Eclipses, it just doesn't stack up.

Photo of charlzm
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA.

Extremely dark brown beer with no light getting through the glass at all. A very fine dark brown head less than a finger tall, very sticky, tops off the affair and provides excellent sheeting.

Aromas of chocolate malt and vanilla.

Flavor is bold upfront. Bitter wood, bitter chocolate, cocoa, then... it trails off to a strangely clean finish. Unusual and not disagreeable.

Thick, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Not an outstanding achievement in the world of RIS, but certainly worthwhile.

Photo of alexhahn82
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Large bubbly foam, not really what I would call head, possibly a glass that had some water in the bottom prior to pouring? Dark burgundy color.

S - SMOKEY... and thats about it.

T/M - SMOKEY!!! Crazy smoke with a slightly coffee like kick in flavor with a semi sweet finish, almost bitter chocolate finish.

O - A damn good high octane Imperial Stout with and impossible to find (in a good way) 9.5% ABV. Seek, but not necessarily destroy.

PP (Price Point) - $6.75 for a pint... Yes Please!

Photo of womencantsail
2.33/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours almost black with a very small tan head to go with it.

S: First thing I pick up on is a distinct sourness. Acrid, roasted malts and coffee follow, as well as a mild char. There is a light chocolate aroma with a slight molasses and toffee sweetness.

T: A very sight sweetness to start, but the sourness and acridity of the roast follow shortly behind. There is a mild cocoa note as well as some coffee. A touch of molasses and licorice.

M: The body is sort of light and watery for an imperial stout. Medium carbonation, however.

O: Really disappointing as I was looking forward to trying this, given my enjoyment of the barrel aged versions.

Photo of Rish907
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours very dark black with medium amount of tan (need to be aggressive to show the head). Streaks and bubbles down the glass are evident.

S - Smells chocolatey and sweet sweet sweet. Some roasty characteristics and dark molasses.

T - The chocolate hits first, then the licorice, slight amount of coffee and maltyness. Kind of like rocky road ice cream.

M - Extremely smooth, very viscous, swirls around the mouth easily.

O - This is a decent imperial stout and super smooth and fluid. Totally hides the nearly 10% abv and chocolateness is very prevalent. Very glad to have tried this beer, especially being the base for the eclipse series, which I cant wait to try next (Elijah 12-year). A good stout overall, but like the other reviewers, looking for more depth, character and variety in the palate. It is one-dimensional in many aspects (parabola currently the benchmark). Try it and work your way up!

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a decent one finger tan head leaving decent lacing throughout. Aromas of sweet chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, licorice, dark fruits and a fair amount of booze. The flavors start off with plenty of chocolate slowly giving way to hints of dark fruits, molasses, licorice, day old coffee and the dark malt. The back finish is pretty sweet with quite a bit of booze, lingering on the palate long after consumption. Heavy body mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I have wanted to try this one ever since I tried my first Eclipse beer. It is always nice to see where all the flavors are coming from in those Barrel Aged Eclipse beers. Overall this is a good stout, but I prefer it once it has seen a barrel.

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really excited for this one. I'm making a point of trying this before the Eclipse beers just for a point of reference. Acquired for $14.00 at a local bottle shop. 9.5% ABV according to my bottle. No best before/bottled on date is visible. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing artful label and standard unbranded pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy half-finger head of lovely stick smooth complexion; great vibrance to the colour on this one, I mean it fucking shines. Lovely creaminess. Good thickness. Nice frothiness. Supple and luscious. Really looking great. Nice even consistent lacing as the head recedes. Quite a nice head. The retention could be better, but it's quite good for the ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque solid dark black. Not quite a jet black, but quite dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Right on the money for the style, with an attractive head. Quite inviting. Can't wait to try it.

Sm: Chocolate, dried grape/raisin, burnt caramel, light molasses, licorice/anise (which I can't personally stand in an imperial stout), milky notes, cream, light buried (much to my chagrin) roast, and some lightly acrid coffee. Cocoa powder. Some buried vanilla. Dark malts, chocolate malt, maybe some caramalt. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. On the sweeter side. Light earthiness wafts off the body. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Not exemplary for the style, but overall it's appealing.

T: Hm. Some light earthiness and acridity towards the back end. Tolerable licorice as an undertone throughout. The body is comprised mainly of chocolate malt and dark malts. Body is pretty meh overall. No yeast character or hop character comes through. What shocks me is how well it hides its ABV; drinks more like 6-7% than 9.5. Some marshmallow. Not getting any roastiness - either from roasted barley or from the coffee - which is itself mainly bitter but not overly so. Chocolate isn't very evocative; more baker's or brewer's chocolate than a silky milk chocolate. Some cocoa dust, sure. A biteen of vanilla, but it's mostly covered by the somewhat heavy handed malty base. Very very light restrained espresso. Some cookie dough notes. Not getting any dark fruits or anything like that.

Overall, it's messy but enjoyable. Not much balance or subtlety here, but there's a lot going on - even if it does feel haphazardly tossed together.

Depth and intensity of flavour are average. Duration of flavour is also pretty average for the style.

I didn't notice honey when going through my initial review blind. When I read the label and search for it, I do find it, but I'm not convinced it really improves the beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some nice creaminess. Unrefreshing. Good thickness; it's not overbearing or viscous like many beers in the style. Suits the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't come off custom-tailored specificially to it. Good carbonation. Pretty full-bodied. Sticky. Nicely soft. Not oily, harsh, biting, or gushed. Good presence on the palate.

The rolling smoothness is quite good for the style; I'm curious if they don't brew this with oats?

Dr: Barrel aging must really even this out if the Eclipse series is so well regarded. I'm interested to see what happens to this base with barrels; that's quite convenient since I have the Elijah Craig 12 year on hand. An interesting brew from FiftyFifty, but I'm not convinced it's worth the price. It's drinkable, though, especially for the high ABV which is well concealed. I see potential in this, but I'm doubting I'm going to love Eclipse. The barrel aging would have to really develop and complement this base to make a great beer. I definitely wouldn't buy this again at its current price; maybe for $7.00-$8.00 a bottle.

I'm unsure what to make of it overall. Regarding it aside from the obvious relationship to its famous barrel aged grandpas, I still think it's pretty good stuff. But it does seem strangely neutral and noncommittal to its flavours; I feel like it was brewed with an eye towards barrel aging it, and as a result it's nowhere near as rich or evocative as it could (should?) be.

The acridity and earthiness fade substantially as it warms, leaving a more enjoyable brew.

Drank fine out of a stem-tulip, but a snifter or teku would be ideal methinks.

High B

Photo of notchucknorris
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thin-ish looking deep brown color with a nice two finger light brown head. Leaves spots of lace everywhere.

S: A lot of european rye bread, cocoa powder, molasses, maybe some raw honey and roasted malt.

T: Opens dark with roasted malt and burnt chocolate. Molasses, some wet earth and some burnt wood on the finish. Maybe a touch of earthy hops as well in the finish. Interesting, but nowhere near as good as the barrel aged varieties.

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Full pint glass.

A: Black with thin dense tan head that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: Smokey and roasted nose, hints of chocolate.
T: Smokey and roasted like the nose. Toasted marshmallow and caramel with chocolate in the finish. Roasted malts fill the aftertaste. Smooth.
M: Very thick mouthfeel, chewy body, boozy but not hot. Smooth carbonation, drinks well.
O: A solid stout, great flavor and thick. Glad to finally try the Eclipse base beer.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FiftyFifty.

Served in a pint glass, body is opaque black with a foamy tan head. Leaves a little lacing at first, but not after the head quickly dissipated to a ring.

Smells of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, and hops.

Taste follows the nose. There is a bitter char and dark chocolate character from the roasted malts, and that is balanced by the other dark fruit flavors and a bit of sweetness. I thought this was pretty well balanced between bitter and sweet. I could see where the BA Eclipse character comes from.

Body is medium and carbonation was sufficient to give this a creamy mouthfeel. There is a little char and hop burn on the tongue, but this tasted pretty smooth, although not as smooth as BA Eclipse versions. It is also lighter in body though still a bit sticky in the finish.

Overall, I thought this was a really good stout on its own and shows the basic character that BA Eclipse is built on. I wanted another, but the ABV prevented me. Didn't keep me from thinking about it, though, which I did for the next few days as I hiked some Sierra Nevada trails.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/17/09- Growler purchased at Firtyfifty Brewing Company.

Presentation- Via the growler into a Duvel style glass.

Appearance- Super black in appearance. Head is slight, maybe at a 1/3 of an inch. Lacing is light, but has some streaks and lines. Looks quite thick.

Smell- Nose of roated malts, light coffee beans and a large nose of dark chocolate.

Taste- Huge chocolate malt presence. Coffee is limited, but chocolate carries the show. Hops are there, but fade out the more you drink.

Mouthfeel- Pretty damn smooth with a lower carbonation level. Light hoppy finish, thick and chewy. Feels like more than 10% in mouthfeel, but doesn't hit hard like a 10% beer.

Drinkability- This is a pretty much the same beer as their award winning Total Esclipe, but they changed the name to match the Oatmeal and upped the abv a tad. Pretty sure this isn't an Imperial Oatmeal...at least they didn't mention that it was.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's during PBW 2012. Finally get to try the base beer for all these Eclipse beers.

A - Pours black as night with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of lots of chocolatey sweetness, dark roasted malt, molasses, licorice, dark fruits and a fair amount of booze.

T - Starts off with plenty of chocolatey sweetness slowly giving way to hints of dark fruits, molasses, licorice, day old coffee and the ever present dark malt. Finish is pretty sweet with quite a bit of booze, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. This one is big and boozy, I could feel all 10% of this one throughout the glass.

O - I have wanted to try this one ever since I tried my first Eclipse beer. It is always nice to see where all the flavors are coming from in those BA beers. Overall this is a good stout, but I prefer it once it has seen a barrel.

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of the barrel aged treatments of this brew, I was anxious to get a chance to try this raw, uncut version of the base. Thanks to BA anotherjoe for making this happen dueing one of our exchanges. Poured from a bomber into an eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin brown to ruby clarity around the edges. A rich tan finger slowly fades to a film leaving patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma includes notes of raisin, plums, molasses and hints of citrus mixed with minerals and earth. A suggestion of stale coffee blends into more of a deep earthen and roast aspect like tobacco.

The flavor is quite bitter with a hint of unsweetned baker's chocolate, stale coffee, raisins, and tobacco. Almost a bitter tannic oak aspect even though this isnt barrel aged. It is earthy with a mineral component that isnt entirely enjoyable coupled with a bit too much focus on bitter herbal hops. There is a lot of char goin on in this brew to really drive home the bitter and aggressive flavoring.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting to say the least. I can see why this is a good candidate for barrel aging. It is a little rough around the edges that surely gets blended and smoothed out with some aging. Overall I gotta admit, on it's own it is a little harsh and not something I would revisit. However, tossing this in barrels really transforms it into something special. Fans of the eclipse series owe it to themselves to seek this out for comparison.

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Cugel shook his head wearily, checked the darting lights once again. Without ambiguity they directed him back the way he had come. Pharesm's calculations, after all, had been accurate. He had best act with decision, lest TOTALITY once more drift beyond his reach."

12/25/2011

A growler of TOTALITY into a snifter.

A: Black as pitch it seems, but examined in the light it's a very dark shade of brown. The hard pour from the growler yields a diminutive light brown head that fades in an instant. There's some scattered lacing.

S: Dark chocolate accompanies lighter notes of caramel and roasted malt. Molasses and licorice are pronounced, and earth wafts from TOTALITY. Dark fruits are restrained and coffee is faint.

T: Bitter dark chocolate meets robust roasted grains and notes of black licorice. There's a moderate earthy bitterness and a dash of booze. Coffee is very light. The finish is bitter with a pronounced roastiness, evident anise, and a little char.

M: The beer is full in body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: An enjoyable beer, though a little more licorice than I prefer in the style. TOTALITY is a respectable base beer for Eclipse.

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Totality Imperial Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.