Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 491 | Reviews: 174 | Display Reviews Only:
4.19/5 rDev -3.2%
From a 650 ml bottle (2012 batch) into a snifter.
A-The brew pours with almost a finger of light mocha-brown head. Retention is poor, but the head leaves some alcoholic legs and spotty lacing on the glass. The beer is black and opaque.
S-The smell is rich and boozy. I get significant bourbon, with lots of vanilla, oak, caramel, and some brown sugar. I also get a lot of roasted flavor, milky chocolate, and a hint of plum and other dark fruits. The bourbon is right up front.
T-The taste, like the smell, is heavy on the bourbon flavors with lots of vanilla, caramel, oak, and booze. Underneath the barrel, I get some dark fruit and raisin, cocoa, and heavily-roasted malts. The alcohol is almost too hot (even though this bottle has been sitting in the cellar a year) and amplifies the bourbon-y qualities. The whole package is pretty sweet (as in sugary sweet) even with the healthy dose of drying oak.
M-Surpisingly, this brew has a fair bit of carbonation (for the style). The carbonation leads to a lighter than average mouthfeel.
O-This is a good beer if you like a little beer with your bourbon; it is complex, shows the barrel well, and drinks nicely, if a bit boozily. Although this beer packs more heat than its 9.5% ABV would lead you to anticipate, the booze and bourbon aren't really a problem, except to the extent that they mostly drown out the base beer...just know what you're in for. While not my favorite Eclipse, this brew will do just fine.
10-28-2013 00:18:28 | More by spoony
4.11/5 rDev -5.1%
Bomber split 4 ways at tasting. Reviewed from notes.
Molasses-hued pour, near black in glass. Firm tan head drops stealthily over a couple of minutes to a film. Attractive lace trails on swirling.
Good amount of barrel in the nose with appreciable honey and coconut notes, but mostly emphasising the drier aspects of the barrel. Solid toasty, liqourice and rubber base beer elements underneath. Compact and contained.
Less roast, more coconut and dark brwon sugar sweetness. Big and growing chocolate fudge presence.
Quite viscous but medium bodied, with mild, dusty carbonation and emergent booze heat.
Like all the Eclipse beers, this is tight. Very easy-going with a near perfectly calibrated barrel influence.
10-25-2013 00:36:39 | More by spicelab
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
Jet black body with a dense cappuccino colored head. Good retention.
Aromas really pop. The bourbon brings heavy vanilla and oak. Fudge brownies, leathery earthy smells, espresso.
The fudge and coffee intertwine naturally with the vanilla. The oak lingers on the back of the tongue with a slight boozy heat
Heavy and smooth body with low carbonation. Very smooth.
I love these eclipse variants but wish the price tag was about $10 less. They're fantastic, but there's better for a more reasonable cost.
09-13-2013 01:53:32 | More by Vonerichs
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.