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Totality Imperial Stout - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Totality Imperial StoutTotality Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

141 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 30
Gots: 11 | 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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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 17:18:51 | More by jh1982
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +23.5%

03-09-2013 15:44:44 | More by mhaugo
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 05:45:54 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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Sailracer


4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

03-24-2012 13:00:11 | More by Sailracer
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drewone

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

11-26-2011 04:18:03 | More by drewone
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

11-02-2013 16:07:37 | More by Hopstout
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-04-2012 22:46:19 | More by muchloveforhops3
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pkalix

California

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 01:52:30 | More by pkalix
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2010 20:53:51 | More by largadeer
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-05-2014 14:23:53 | More by discharmingly
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-10-2012 20:25:54 | More by JRod1969
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

03-18-2013 21:35:27 | More by DNICE555
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nygannon

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-22-2014 08:19:55 | More by nygannon
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kevindp9

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-04-2013 05:03:00 | More by kevindp9
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-25-2013 00:40:00 | More by eawolff99
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Rick760Sd

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-16-2012 19:59:26 | More by Rick760Sd
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-26-2012 02:14:00 | More by Jspriest
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

08-18-2013 10:56:32 | More by shigg85
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Wowcoolman

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-17-2012 00:38:04 | More by Wowcoolman
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cjw333

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-15-2013 21:40:34 | More by cjw333
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-14-2011 23:10:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-28-2012 00:58:45 | More by Swervine44
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MarioM

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-30-2013 01:25:38 | More by MarioM
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2009 15:16:54 | More by GClarkage
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peacebone116

California

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into tulip.

A: Black, black, black, with foamy, clinging tan head.

N: Roasted coffee and sweet fresh raisins.

T/M: Creamy chocolate covered toasted coffee beans. The alcohol comes in through the middle with a slight warmness and a touch of licorice/anise. A definite sipper! Sweet malt leaves stone-fruit flavors that linger on the tongue.

This is a great stout, which probably explains why the bbl aged version (Eclipse) is so incredible. Fairly intricate flavor profile, but its smoothness and the way that all the flavors meld together really belies its complexity. This is one solid stout!

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 20:28:48 | More by peacebone116
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Totality Imperial Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.