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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 256
Gots: 277 | FT: 23
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bottle to tasting glass at my 30th Beerthday Bash on 9/23/11
*From notes

Vintage 2010

A: Dark and rich brownish black. A good pour yields a one finger head and minor lacing, with little retention.

S: Some coconut, chocolate and malt, kinda like a fresh Mounds bar.

T: A bit of astringency, yet it's not overly tannic. This far in, I would have thought I'd find more balance, yet what I get is a lot of bourbon hitting hard on the fore to mid. The finish washes some of this away, allowing a bit of cocoa and char to pick up the pieces.

M: Not overly viscous. It's most certainly rich, yet there's an oiliness to it that, with a bit more body, would end up coming across like satin sheets.

O: FiftyFifty's Evan Williams Eclipse was the second best of the three we had (Four Roses being #1 and Rittenhouse Rye being #3). This is a really damn fine beer, yet it's lacking something, that extra "wow" factor to push it over the top.

All in all though, don't hesitate to check this out. Damn fine drinking, here.

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Pours black with a finger of head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles.

Aroma is rich toffee sweetness, toasted malt, marshmallow, oak, booze, and some floral character. Huge aroma.

The flavor is roasted malt and burnt toast up front, with a dry oaky finish. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. The oakiness and booze are a bit astringent.

The body is fuller than medium but not quite what I would call creamy. Low carbonation which I prefer in a stout.

Overall this beer was pretty nice, but the flavor didn't live up to the fine aroma. Just a bit too harsh to get to that "next level." Still, I definitely recommend it to lovers of barrel aged stouts.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.