Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle 2903 Poured into a tulip. I picked up this bottle at the brewery during a ski trip to Tahoe. Inadvertently left the bottle outside overnight when the temp got down to -10 or so. I was very relieved that the bottle still was carbonated and was just as tasty as the non frozen bottles that I had.
The pour was a very dark brown/black with some slight tan head that settled into a nice lacing around the edge of the glass. The smell is a nice delicious boozy woody smell with some chocolate and nice figgy/pruney dark fruit smells. The taste is boozy similar to the smell, but not overpowering like some oak aged beers I have had in the past. Some nice chocolaty notes and again the dark fruits. The aftertaste is a very smooth soft roasty malty flavor that lingers for a while.
The mouthfeel of this beer is also quite nice. Decent amount of carbonation for this style although not quite as thick as I could have hoped. Very good drink, definitely a bit on the pricey side, but totally worth it for a treat every once in a while.
01-08-2011 02:52:03 | More by tjfinkle
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left patchy, sudsy trails of lace on the glass.
S - Amazing aroma of oak, wood and vanilla notes. Some chocolate and burnt molasses aromas.
T - It tasted of vanilla, wood, oak and cola. There was some nice chocolate, toffee and molasses.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is a fabulous brew. Outstanding aroma and flavor. Really great beer. Thanks for sharing, drfabulous!
05-10-2011 01:17:44 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
"300 day" Evan Williams Eclipse, draft-only, aged for an additional couple of months in barrels beyond the bottled version. Poured from the growler into a snifter.
A: Near black and nebulous with a creamy light brown head. When held to light and carefully examined, the beer is a very dark shade of brown rather than pure black. Scattered lacing is left behind.
S: A great mixture of caramel and dark chocolate, with notes of brown sugar cookie dough and a strong yet well integrated bourbon profile. Vanilla billows from the glass when I venture near it. Oak provides complexity. This is much different from the bottled Evan Williams I had, granted that wasn't the 300 Day version. It's much smoother and mellower, with more positive barrel notes. Malt is faintly roasted. No coffee is evident. The amount of caramel is worth nothing again because it is quite powerful and complements the dark chocolate wonderfully. No booze is evident in the nose.
T: The flavor is just as good as the aroma. Smooth and mellow, with light oak and tannins. Though I detected no coffee in the aroma, the taste does display a little. The caramel, chocolate, and bourbon interplay is excellent. Brown sugar and vanilla maintain a firm presence throughout. Alcohol is tame in the flavor. I get a little black licorice. The finish is smooth and mellow with a slight increase in sweetness and roasted malt, and noticeable oak.
M: Full body with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth and there's a good deal of warming in the finish.
Overall: The best experience I've had with the 2010 batches of Eclipse. This is really good stuff.
02-24-2011 04:00:58 | More by HopHead84
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.