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Totality Imperial Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 30
Gots: 10 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

mhaugo, Mar 09, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at 5050

A: It came in a pint glass with no foam whatsoever but a light lacing. While being consumed it leaves a nice lacing along the glass as well.

S: The aroma is intoxicating, it has a sweet raisin, caramel, coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and some really great maltiness.

T: This beer has a ton of complexity to it as well. It starts with a sweet rummy raisin, which then goes into a bittersweet dark chocolate, and then finishes with a nice coffee and sweet caramel. I could not believe how much complexity you can have with so many different malts in which one malt doesnt overshadow another. All the malts lend there own flavor component to the beer and just allows the levels of flavor to continue.

M: It has a light carbonation and a very nice rich mouthfeel to it.

O: Overall, this is an amazing beer. I have had Eclipse several times and you can definitely see how each component that goes into Totality really can lend to the barrel aging in its own way. I have had several stouts, and imperial stouts, and I must say this is the most complex and flavorful. A lot of stouts tend to be heavy on the sweet side or heavy on the roasted side of the stout spectrum and this is a great stout that is right in the middle and very balanced. This beer is absolutely fantastic! Great job Todd!

PaulStoneAnchor, Oct 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

drewone, Nov 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Hopstout, Nov 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

well, I had the Eclipse and since there aint anymore of those around I thought i'd grab the base beer while I had the opportunity...
small head, nice topping, great lacing....
smelling this one after doing several of the Eclipses is like sniffing Superman's underwear as he's lying on the floor after becoming exposed to kryptonite (i'm not a superman fan, i'm just buzzed and this is the first vision which came to me). still, a beautiful scent to this stout. a great base. I suppose it's like going back on an old recruit and remembering the interview. I never got the interview; I just got the superior result. I never got the Totality before I got the Eclipse. the Eclipse is FAR superior... very earthy scent, however, and i'm trying to review it as itself as opposed to it's older sister....
taste is.... just another stout. very good. very nice taste considering the abv. it is apparent to me that the barrel-aging is paramount to craft a highly-desirable brew although I was initially against this and despised the high liquor taste I got from several of the 'other' brands' barrel-aging. I have poured me a nice shot of Auchentoshan to kind of give me a sense of the barrel-aging (lame reason for getting ripped, no?) that i'm not getting from this brew.
overall, geez. what can I say? I know by reading the other reviews that others are comparing this 'base' beer to the 'finished' product of aging in a barrel and I can totally agree with that position. what a generic, 'standard' brew this is compared to the Eclipse. but still darned good. a little more bitter than I would prefer, but I think that is what the 'aging' seems to help out with...

pkalix, Sep 08, 2013
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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.

largadeer, Dec 04, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

DNICE555, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

nygannon, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

kevindp9, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

eawolff99, Apr 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Rick760Sd, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

sammyg832, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jspriest, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

shigg85, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Wowcoolman, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cjw333, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Swervine44, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

MarioM, Sep 30, 2013
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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.

GClarkage, Oct 22, 2009
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Totality Imperial Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.