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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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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A study in corn whiskey for those fans. Not so carbonated. Boozy. Some lace drops. The barreling yielded tastes of coconut, caramel, chocolate. Drinkable, owing much to the sweetness, but to me just a regular imperial stout. Bottle from Premier split with Liam.

Sammy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Bottle # 2135.

Pours an opaque black with a very small 1/4 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily cap. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is very complex with bourbon, wood, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and cocoa powder. Taste is very rich and boozy with bourbon, vanilla, wood up front with roasted malt and cocoa flavors on the finish. A huge hit of bourbon alcohol lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout with a strong bourbon presence in the flavor. I really enjoyed this beer and I consider myself lucky to find a bottle of this on a shelf in San Francisco. They had a few other bottles and I now wish I had purchased those too, even at the $25 per bottle price tag.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

djrn2, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

acurtis, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up as a Future during last year's release. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours black with a light tan head. The nose immediately brings forward a heavy bourbon presence with a bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. A bit of booze is in the background. The flavor is loaded with smooth bourbon alongside a chocolate and roast presence. Really nice, and my favorite treatment of 2010 other than the Brandy. The oak, bourbon, booze, chocolate, and roast are all there, melding together nicely. Medium body with a slightly-boozy finish. Overall, damn good. Can't wait to see how this ages out.

* I had one bottle of this that was overly hot, but after two additional bottles that were spot on, I think the first one was probably an aberration.

Thorpe429, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -7.8%

nmann08, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
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

metter98, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

GRG1313, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 1432 of 2010

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with just a hint of bubbly froth; a few spots of lacing

Smell: Vanilla, chocolate and marshmallow underpinned by oaky Bourbon tones

Taste: A hint of roast and we are off into a marshmallow and vanilla world of sweet flavor; boozy harshness picks up, in the mid-palate, with oaky Bourbon tones adding a slightly harsh character; the marshmallow and vanilla sweetness returns to linger in the finish though the Bourbon lingers, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A fine beer but this one didn't meet the expectations I had for it; a bit too sweet and a bit too thin

brentk56, May 05, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon are quite strong with some coffee notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some coffee notes with black chocolate and some nice vanilla notes with smooth bourbon notes on top of it. Body is full with good creamy texture and medium carbonation with no alcohol notes perceptible. Very nice beer and definitely makes me want to discover more beers from this brewery.

Phyl21ca, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -7.8%

jaydoc, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing this, and several others. In the past two days I think I've had this four times.

A: The pour is black with a nice viscosity to it and a fairly sizable tan head.

S: Starts off with a big vanilla aroma along with tons of milk chocolate. The bourbon is very apparent, but doesn't bother me. Quite a bit of caramel, molasses, and a decent level of roasted malt character.

T: The bourbon is quite apparent here and provides some warming alcohol. Again, the chocolate and vanilla are the stars of the show, almost like chocolate milk at times. Decent caramel notes, too. Not really all that roasty, but still enough to keep it from being overbearingly sweet.

M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. Really silky on the tongue.

D: This one was a bit different bottle to bottle. Some had a bit more alcohol flavor, but most were absolutely fantastic. I'd drink this again any time.

womencantsail, Dec 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SocalKicks, Dec 31, 2013
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.

largadeer, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Bottle #2466, and I'm not sure if it really matters here, but this is from 2010. It pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dark-ish tan foam. The nose comprises bourbon, light oak, light vanilla, cocoa, light molasses, and roasted malts. The taste happily brings in more of the same, along with more chocolate, more roast, and more molasses. Nice. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout, with a barrel treatment that seems to really help things. Yeah, it's a bit on the thin-ish side, but it really doesn't hurt things too much in this case.

TMoney2591, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

biboergosum, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of zeff80
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!

zeff80, May 10, 2011
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.