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

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 560
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 246
Gots: 287 | FT: 25
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California, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. BR-1 Vintage 2012.

A classic dark walnut brown, just wants to hint at black but doesn't quite get there, with nice chestnut red/brown edges. Head makes barely a finger, but what little there is does stay, in a somewhat dark mocha color. Manages an attractive wispy top and several pencil thin rings of a collar while drinking.

Nose is quite delicious with a bourbon whiskey caramel angle that fits nicely. Charing roast malt, with soot angle. Caramel becomes quite dominant with a sense of bourbon aging not from the malt bill. A little bit of "spice" kick also, not sure what that angle is on first impression, but it's nice. Hints also at a good salt angle, which matches real nicely with the caramel. Great bouquet.

Palate is a classic example of what a malty dark roasted stout should be. Char and a good warmth both hinting at malts and barrel charred. Then caramel bourbon warmth comes out, with a salty peanut like action. Body has a good light depth, mostly it seems from the honey, but this is not very silky. Not overly sweet, in fact quite downplayed on the sweetness which I enjoy. As your palate rests, some hop bitterness even comes out which feels real good, giving the beer an interesting warmth. Not boozy, but the brew has a nice kick with all this flavor and this faint hop sting at the finish.,

Overall I am not sure what to say, these Eclipse barrel brews so far from Fifty Fifty are very impressive.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snowed in with nothing to do but enjoy all the goodies I have saved. I decided to open this one last night after dinner to hang around for a while and play wii. Served into a snifter.

The pour was black as night with a lovely tan head of about an inch and a half that faded down to nice lacing that thoroughly coated the sides of the glass for the entire session. Deep smoked notes hit me first, rum, vanilla, hints of oak and a deep burnt cocoa fill the air. Immense aroma and flavor as each sip coats the palate with a peat and chocolate soaked in bourbon flavor. Really clean with molasses, vanilla and brown sugar really just come jumping out at you. Long slow finish leaves the smoothness just right on the palate.

For my opening into the 2010 series I am very impressed. A show stopped for sure. Green wax here I come.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle #2296 purchased at Toronado in SF. No Cable Car so I figured this reasonably priced bottle would do the trick. Notes from SF trip.

A- Pitch black pour into a tulip with a mocha-brown head, silky texture and good retention. Frothy ring leaves some cryptic lacing webs down the glass.

S- Instantly reminds me of the good Bourbon aged stouts. The age on the beer gives it a relaxed, melded aroma, nothing feels harsh at all. Nice blend of whiskey, oak vanilla, caramel (aged), roast malt, cocoa.

T- Smooth and relaxed aged Bourbon aged stout. Roast malt, cocoa, whiskey, oak, vanilla take on an aged caramel malt sweetness very well. Some raisin and cherry dark fruit notes.

MF- Slicky, oily and thick body with low carbonation. A nice warming feel from the alcohol.

Reminds me instantly of Parabola 2011. A great blend of flavors and nothing harsh jumps out and takes over the beer. The aged flavors work out great. Thought the bartender was going to murder me after he had trouble getting the wax off the bottle, swearing profusely with a knife in his hand.

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Photo of mcallister
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black in color with very little head and less splotchy lace.

Milk chocolate, cocoa, black fruits, vanilla, mollasses, hints of bourbon, slight oaky notes.

Very nice, easy drinking, with wood tannins and hints of hop bitterness on the finish. Very chocolatey with loads of dark fruits, plum, raisin, blackberry. Than you take notice of the thick vanilla, bitter cocoa, bourbon, toasted oak and earthy notes. Creamy on the palate and lighter in body than say a Dark Lord which I think is a very good thing and helps drinkability.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good lookin out largadeer for cracking this open on the post RS tasting

Poured a dark as night black in color with a tight thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was very nice consisting of lots of chocolate but the bourbon was definitely there but add some sweet vanilla as well. I was able to detect mild coffee, oak, and some roastiness from the malts. The chocolate flavor really dominated the palate but had vanilla, oaky, slight coffee accents with bourbon character adding complexity that was not overbearing. For sure it had lots of roastiness and had a touch of cherries. The brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a chocolatey, sweet, bourbon, roasty, and creamy finish. This brew was very delicious and definitely lives up to the hype. It was a sipper faux show but was glad to try it.

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Photo of seeswo
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful black with a medium head. Looks great, FWIW. Smells fantastic vanilla, bourbon, oak, roast. Yum. Without tasting it, I can tell I opened the right beer to enjoy or endure the rose bowl. Taste is big bourbon, perfectly integrated into the flavor of the base beer. This base beer is so perfectly designed to be barrel aged, it just provides the perfect canvas for the various barrel flavors. Hints of the vanilla and oak, but predominantly bourbon. Fifty-fifty clear knows how to integrate is barrel flavor. Just delicious. Medium mouthfeel, not nearly as thick as some special release Big stouts, but fitting perfectly with the rest of the beer. Highly drinkable for a barrel aged stout with big flavor. I should have gotten 10 of these.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice bourbon aged beer overall, thanks to Michael- yourefragile, for bringing this to a recent tasting at my place.

A: A Black hue with dark brown edges to the glass and great lacing, really an excellent web of lacing is left as I go through this beer.

S: Outstanding sweeter side of bourbon comes through, more of a gentler bourbon smell than most bourbon aged beers. Nice licorice and slight roasted malt with some smoke, chocolate, and then a sweetness I can only describe as cotton candy-like. '

T: Awesome taste, has a strong ale raisin and vanilla quality (I'm thinking like older viscosity-esque) with a marshmellow-cotton candy sweeter bourbon barrel and only a little roast. Lactose sugars, caramel, ripe banana mixed with dark fruit. Again, it really reminds me of Lost Abbey/Port Brewing.

M: Not as much roast as hoped, but nice and creamy on the palate and not as thick as most Double stouts.

Overall a nice beer I would certainly like to have again.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: pitch black with some brown highlights at the edges, thin brown head dies to a ring around the edge of the glass bits of lacing left behind

S: chocolate, honey, oak, maple, caramel, coconut, marshmellows, rich dark fruits and notes of fine American whiskey. This beer like the rest of the eclipse series shows off the bourbon beautifully.

T: beautiful dark fruits like raspberry and cherry much like the fruit characteristics of a good bourbon, vanilla a touch of oak, caramel marshmellow and hints of coconut. The dark fruits are not as prominent as the other flavours which is good in my books. Wonderful well integrated notes of bourbon as well.

M: full bodied and a bit chewy but not as heavy as similar barrel aged stouts low carbonation with little heat but warming in the belly sweet with a touch of bitterness perfectly balanced and increeedibly smooth

D: I could drink this all night such a perfect beer. The Eclipse series rules!!!

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 9.5% abv. Pours pure black with a nice looking beige head. Good head retention, with a modest amount of lace.

Great nose. Bourbon, oak, roasted malts. Some dark fruit, cocoa and some dark chocolate.

Roasty, with a great amount of chocolate. Bourbon comes in very nicely, with some oak notes. Some dark fruits are noted as well, but chocolate dominates.

Medium to full body, with a great creamy feel. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Very well made.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dyan for obtaining this beer for me.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and considerable lacing. Right off the bat, I have to say this beer has the look of a beer that has seen some pretty serious barrel aging. The nos is quite impressive and is about what I expected from this beer, as I get considerable bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and some light licorice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, with the chocolate, vanilla and bourbon taking center stage. The beer is a bit boozy and sweet, but I expected that, and is not really something I mind too much in an RIS. Also, the touch of licorice in the finish helps to tame the sweetness somewhat, and enhances this beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and fairly full, in what comes across as a low carbonation beer. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, despite the noticeable bourbon and alcohol. The finish is long and very, very smooth in this beer, and this is undeniably a very tasty beer.

Hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this, but nevertheless, this is pretty impressive.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours near black with a thinnish bubbly dark brown head. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: Buttery notes of caramel, marshmallow, vanilla and brown sugar. This beer smells smooth with no harshness.
T: Very smooth, integrated flavors of caramel, brown sugar, butter, bourbon barrel spices and chocolate. At this point this beer is incredibly smooth. The aftertaste is sweet and lingering.
M: Thick body, smooth, chewy mouthfeel with warming bourbon that is far from hot.
O: Definitely one of the best Eclipse variations out there. This beer is drinking really well right now, open one up.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

200th Review!
2010 Vintage

A: Motoroil pour, pitch black. Nice looking coffee bean head which hung around fora bit, eventually fading to a cap.

S: A big bourbon note, hovering above layers of fudgey chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The aroma of this beer is assertive, yet so smooth.

T: Bourbon up front as expected. Very smooth transition into the sweet and fudgey chocolate character I remember from the nose. Layers of oak, leather, and vanilla lurk beneath, adding to complexity. Not a lot of char, roast, or burnt stuff. Pleasantly warming, yet so very drinkable.

M: Thick in body, carbonation is medium.

O: One of my favorite BA stouts to date.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

200-day version thanks to largadeer. Sampled side-by-side with the 300-day edition. Served in a Dark Lord Day taster.

A - A hard pour rouses a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a thin ring, wispy film, and a few spots of lace. Slightly more carbonation than the 300-day version. They're both pretty similar, with a black body that displays a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - A delightful blend of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate truffles and cake, molasses, and roastiness. There's better balance and integration in the 200-day version, and the initial alcohol heat I noticed a few months ago has largely dissipated.

T - The taste delta between 200 and 300 day versions is much smaller than the chasm between the aromas. A rich mix of chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and caramel that is balanced by a bit of roasty bitterness, oak, and a touch of smoke.

M - Both versions have very low carbonation and are silky-smooth, with a dry tannic finish and a bit of warmth.

D - I kept coming back to both versions throughout the evening, and we had no problems finishing the aggregate 40oz or so. I prefer the standard bottled release, although it was a real treat to do an a/b and see what three additional months in the barrel did for this beer. An excellent barrel-aged imperial stout.

Thanks Chris!

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Photo of craytonic
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2010 release party bottling. Shared with Habmike, Kkipple, SpencerDB, RobOrb and Advent. Many thanks to a kind mule.

Appearance: Looks basically like the rest of the 50/50 barrel aged lineup; small head, some lacing, dark pour with some mahogany brown edges.

Smell: Nice soft smooth bourbon with molasses, fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla and some espresso

Taste: Great bourbon element to this one, I am not an Evan Williams fan either. Behind the bourbon I found caramel, toffee, chocolate fudge, honey and brown sugar. Perhaps some sweet tobacco juice as well. There can't be much to the base beer on these as the bourbon barrels really take the beer over completely. Very rich flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy; perhaps a bit thin like the rest of the 50/50 lineup, my only real complaint about the ones I liked

Drinkability: So good, I'll need to get a few more of these.

We did a big side-by-side and I would rate them in this order: Pappy 50/50; Evan Williams 50/50; Elijah Craig 50/50; 4 Roses 50/50; Heaven Hill 50/50 (noticeably worse than the rest); Brandy 50/50 (Brandy being a drain pour). It was fun to try them side-by-side, each is incredibly distinct and there are certainly some winners and some losers.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a finger of milk chocolate head, good lacing. smell is chocolate, bourbon, some dark fruit, light oak, with a hint of vanilla. taste is more of the nose, good bourbon character, molasses, oak, dark fruits, and a light roasted finish. a little thin, but good carbonation and very easy to drink. in my opinion this was much better than the HH version.

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Photo of GJ40
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter. 2012.

A - Deep black with no light and a small tan head.

S - Beautiful bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate notes.

T - Very flavorful but also very well balanced. Smooth with no rough edges. The bourbon aspect certainly leads but the IS base offers a great foundation. This beer is great from start to finish. And it's very warming.

M - Creamy and silky with a low carbonation.

O - An interesting beer but not sure it's worth the exorbitant price tag.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Bourbon County Stout snifter from a 22oz bottle.
BR # 1

Pours a nice slightly viscous liquid with nice dark dark black notes and a nice sticky half inch light tan head. Absolutely no lights gets through. The head recedes down to a nice thin film with a ring.

Aroma starts off with nice vanilla sweetness then followed by some good milk chocolaty sweetness. The vanilla spice notes in the nose definitely come from the barrel with some nice caramel and molasses back bone holding it up. Slight roasted notes in the aroma can be perceived. Dark roasted malts with some slight espresso notes. There is some slight boozy heat coming form the nose with some mild honey notes that then turn back into some nice fudgy cocoa.

Now the taste is where this beer takes off. The flavor starts off with fluffy light yet sweet bakers chocolate. Notes of milk chocolate, fudge and some mild dark cocoa bitterness. Then some nice vanilla and bourbon barrel hints come through with some amazing fudge and molasses sweetness. Then some nice dark malt roast comes through. Just barely (maybe 'cuz of age). Nice balancing act between all the main players in this brew. GReat notes of chocolate, barrel, molasses and vanilla with some mild roast to boot. Body is thicker than expected based on the pour. Overall this is a gem. A delicious base beer with some good barrels.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition, thanks to claystation for making it happen! from what i understand (according to google), evan williams is a wheated bourbon, giving it an extra smoothness, and i think that comes through in the beer here, although i have to admit, i was really focused on identifying that element of it. this is one of the better, if not the very best edition of eclipse i have had, and im not sure how much of that is this barrel treatment or its age, both of which have smoothed it right out beautifully. matte black color, viscous, and producing half an inch of espresso colored head that sticks around a little while. slurpy rich texture to it, thick and mostly still, palate coating and dense, a nice medium for this type of ale. lots of barrel in the nose, bourbon yes, but evan williams distinctly? impossible to say. the flavor is loaded with vanilla and heavy chocolate flavors, dark raw cocoa and char, mostly in the finish. mellowing oak and booze in great proportions. i remember the four roses edition being quite similar, as far as the chocolate and vanilla complex, but this one feels so much smoother to me, again, maybe due to its cellaring awhile. long finish on it, i taste it for miles after the swallow where a faint sweetness creeps in and the heavy roast just cancels it. the texture is amazing too, i love how full and consuming it is, dominating really, but not aggressive. i will remember this one for awhile!

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Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during an SF beer week FiftyFifty event, poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful pour by the bartender, dark brown bordering on black beer with a finger and a half of dark mocha colored frothy head. Some lighter browns on the edge of the glass when held up to the light so the beer isn't completely dark. Head dissipates to about half a finger and maintains it, leaving lots of nice brown lacing on the glass with some swirling. Carbonation is definitely visible at the edge of the glass, and seems fairly active.

Nose leaves my mouth watering, dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, boozy dried dark fruits like raisins and figs, vanilla, dark caramel, and feint hints of oak. Very complex and ample aroma.

Taste doesn't disappoint, following the complexity of the nose, but tempered by a distinct bourbon component which makes the beer drink a little hot. Delicious, but this almost drinks like a spirit.

Light medium bodied beer is a bit of a surprise for a barrel aged imperial stout. Well carbonated with small gentle bubbles that help a lot to bump up the mouthfeel toward creaminess. The Evan Williams bourbon barrels added a lot more of the bourbon character when compared to the 2010 Four Roses and Heaven's Hill version of the Eclipse, and it makes it of warming and boozy beer. However, this makes this a great candidate for cellaring.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of psiweaver
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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. 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.

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Photo of tjfinkle
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of brotherloco
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle. #2179 - 2010 Evan Williams Edition (Black Wax)

Pours a dark coffee brown and settles to a thin mocha head, fades to razor thin ring. Carbonation is low, but not unusual for the style.

Definite bourbon barrel presence on the nose here. Oak, vanilla, whiskey, ice cream sandwich. Quite sweet smelling. Maybe a touch of alcohol, but very well hidden.

Wonderful flavor. It's like melted vanilla and chocolate ice cream lightly blended with sweet bourbon. Roasty malt in the background. Very well balanced and consistent throughout. Pleasant lingering finish.

I really like the feel of the beer as well. The carbonation is on the lower side, but it doesn't get too cloying and the alcohol is buried nicely. Quite drinkable.

This is the first version of this beer that I've tried. Looking forward to getting more variations of Eclipse in the future.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.