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Totality Imperial Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 30
Gots: 9 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
formerly Roundabout Imperial Stout

(Beer added by: GClarkage on 10-22-2009)
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Reviews by alexhahn82:
Photo of alexhahn82
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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 MFauver35
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of daveytheformer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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 jh1982
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
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 blabaer
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Sailracer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Totality Imperial Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.