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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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 255
Gots: 283 | FT: 24
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"300 day" Evan Williams Eclipse, draft-only, aged for an additional couple of months in barrels beyond the bottled version.

Opaque black body topped by a lasting reverse-cascading tan head. The head is surprisingly steadfast, and leaves patches of lacing behind.

This beer really benefits from warmer temperatures. The nose is pretty decadent, chocolate and bourbon forward. Caramel candy and vanilla come out as it reaches room temperature, along with a milder note of licorice. The bourbon character isn't as refined as the Pappy Van Winkle or Elijah Craig batches of Eclipse, but it still lends a wonderful richness to the beer. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen; additional time in the barrels seems to have tamed this beer quite a bit.

The palate has more licorice and coffee character than the nose, which serves to balance the sweeter notes of bourbon, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. There's a little more alcohol than the nose implies, but it's far from harsh. The body is medium-full, typical of the Eclipse series, and the finish is fairly dry, leaving lingering flavors or coffee and oak.

Overall, this is quite different than the bottles. There's more bourbon flavor, but less noticeable alcohol. There's a lot of variation with bottles of 2010 Evan Williams Eclipse, and I'd say that this blend is on par with the better bottles of that beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of psiweaver
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery tulip at our little tasting last night and picked up on my recent trip to San Diego.

A pours a dark thick black with a little bit of a dark brown head. very thick as it almost slides into the glass

S: lots of bourbon and roasty malt with some chocolate and vanilla flavors. just a slight bourbon bite on the nose.

T: tons of rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Huge rich flavor profile with a ton of depth of flavor. A fantastic big stout.

M: perfect amount of carbonation with a very smooth mouth feel. very very easy drinking for the ABV and style.

overall a very good stout and one of the better barrel aged stouts i've ever had. I can't wait for my futures this year.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tjfinkle
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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