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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams BourbonImperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 252
Gots: 270 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010)
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jminsc76

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a big thick chocolate brown head atop an impenetrable body. Exhibits a lighter viscosity in the body that, as I suspected, analogously translates to the mouthfeel.

Aromas of biscuit, graham cracker, bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough, and a feint hint of raspberries as well as oak. A pleasant-smelling bouquet, though mild in intensity. Certain *whiffs* yield some sharp heat as well.

Complex flavors ranging from molasses to sticky-icky honey, with a powerful bitter roast on the finish and the spirit of Evan Williams manifesting throughout, soaking the cookie dough known as my tongue.

Mouthfeel, not surprisingly, is thinner than I would like but understandable considering the nature of the bourbon it's aged in.

Overall, there are moments where I don't know if I am drinking a stout infused with bourbon flavor, or a bourbon infused with stout flavor (the latter impression comes on the heals of having sipped 75% of the bottle on my own, so take that for what it's worth).

All this said, what this is is delicious, and I am definitely impressed, considering honey as a flavor isn't among my top favorites. And it should have been shared, as one per sitting is about all I'd like to withstand.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 00:34:51 | More by jminsc76
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Appearance: Pours dark as death with 1 finger of prominent mocha head that all but collars after a few minutes.

Smell: Intertwined vanilla and graham cracker are really prominent up-front. A nice chocolate element underneath it all says hello, with some oaky bourbon to boot. There is a big and sweet roasted malt element that refuses to be ignored as well as big dark fruit. Really good. It almost smells like a freshly baked cookie.

Taste: I was hoping that this would match up to the smell, and it totally does. Sweet, oaky vanilla begins it all, with a graham cracker sweetness providing a yang to the vanilla's yin. Underneath that, there is almost an element of cherry juice, really unique. In the middle, the roasted malt that rears its head is just so perfectly sweet, and the aftertaste is just so pleasant; that of graham cracker and licorice. The finish is quite dry. This beer is a pleasure to drink, and masterfully hides the huge abv.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.