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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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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 254
Gots: 290 | 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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mlaroche for this bottle a long time ago.

2010 vintage, black wax
Bottle 2547

Pours a wicked dark brown color, essentially black, not much head though, some large are formed on the top around the glass that seem like a product of a vigorous pour of a very viscous material.

Smell has a huge chocolate-y aroma, big roasted malt backing, lots of dark fruit aromas bouncing around in my nostrils, no hop presence but certainly not expected to have one.

Taste starts out with a burnt bitter roasted malt front, bit of a coffee char character, dark chocolate aftertaste, raisin-y dark fruit has a slight presences in the finish, very mild barrel aging with the wood and burn character usually associated with it very low, on the bright side the strength is very well hidden, very thick and chewy body, unfortunate that the carbonation is so very low, not quite Lost Abbey flat but enough that the body isn't as full as it should be.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, black wax ensconced bottle, batch #2 for 2013. Deadly looking, and a rather dear shelf tag, for a single beer, this one has.

This beer pours a solid black, with the barest of basal dark cola, erm, 'highlights', and two fingers of dense, weakly puffy, and mostly challenging in its bubbly essence, light brown mocha head, which leaves some random cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt, mildly acrid wood grain, prune, raisin and dried cherry fruit, vanilla pudding, a hint of cocoa, middle-shelf Bourbon whiskey, one with a surprisingly subtle booze astringency. The taste is big on the chocolate liqueur up front, the woody Bourbon alcohol essence closely following, with some baking vanilla, black licorice, well-sugared coffee grounds, cream, weak earthy hops, and further booze notes fleshing things out.

The bubbles are rather light, and mostly just happy to provide a simple frothiness, the body a solid full weight, for any sort of style, and generally smooth, nothing other than the burgeoning alcohol capable of fucking this one up at the current juncture. It finishes still quite sweet, the caramel, toffee, woody booze, coffee and cocoa, and weak as shit earthy and leafy hops not really providing any real sort of balance here.

Another agreeable enough boozy, American whiskey-enhanced version of the base RIS, one which, once again, it would seem, doesn't really need the extra oomph provided here, whatever the added barrel notes may otherwise indicate. Pleasantly rendered, though, an attribute that carries on beyond the end of this affair, which make me wonder whether I might have chosen this one first for the evening, inadvisable drain pours and all that.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short creamy tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along with notes of vanilla.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has stronger notes of vanilla and oak. Some alcohol is perceptible, but this is all from the bourbon. As the beer begins up, you can start to pick some hints of the underlying stout.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The bourbon lends some warming to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer has a lot of bourbon in the smell and taste, so much that it almost obscures the rest of the beer. It seems to mellow out a bit once the beer warms up, but this beer could use a fuller body to support all of the bourbon.

Note: Bottle Run No. 1/2013

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.