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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
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500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 254
Gots: 271 | FT: 19
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%

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 liamt07
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Shared by Sammy - Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 650ml into a tulip. Tasted alongside 4 other variants.

Black with a tan head. Nose has some fruitier bourbon notes, chocolate, oak, light vanilla and some brown sugar. Bourbon at the front on the palate, alcohol, and dark chocolate/roast well into the finish.

liamt07, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of 316nuts
5/5  rDev +15.2%

316nuts, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mendvicdog, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -7.8%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

2012 vintage shared with some friends.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roast lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This version was probably the smoothest that we sampled tonight.

johnnnniee, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of reverbking
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

reverbking, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BKArmstrong, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BBrewington, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of pmoney
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

pmoney, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

22oz, BR 1 2012
Beer Scene Philly snifter

A: Pours nearly pitch black. Deep brown color with some reddish hues on the edges. Didn't get hardly any head initially. Swirl got some to come up that was medium tan in color. Leaves some sticky lacing. Some alcohol feet are certainly there.

S: Big dark chocolate right away. Toasted coconut. Vanilla hints. Booze. Toffee. Maybe some marshmallow.

T: Deep dark chocolate bitterness on tip of tongue. Some of that blueberry-like note I usually pull from big RIS. Some caramel and toffee. Dark cocoa on back end. Finish has some lingering bitterness from that chocolate. You get a touch of booze in the throat, but I like it.

M: Full bodied. Some creaminess.

inlimbo77, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

popery, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

2010 vintage. Bottle # 2298. Thanks to kevanb for this one a while ago.

A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown edges. A little head forms on the pour and recedes to nothing. No lace.

S: Brownie bits with some bitter chocolate. The barrel is nice with smooth bourbon, caramel and oak.

T: The bourbon is smooth and sweet up front. There is a fine roasted malt profile with a backing of oak, unsweetened chocolate and a little toffee.

M: A tad thin for my liking. Medium light body with a medium carbonation level.

O: Very delicious. Not quite in the same echelon as the EC barrel versions, but it is right there.

Treebs, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle to HFS Sniffer

A: dark as night and completely opaque, but with that being said it is closer to extremely dark brown then black. There is a small mocha head that fades to a thick lacing around the outside of the glass, but essentially what a BA stout should be maybe slightly darker.

S:wow it hits hard upfront (though this seemed to fade) with bourbon and chocolate with lots of it. The wood from the barrel really comes out as well with some roasted smells but not really coffee or smoke hard to describe. Starts really well but fades fast.

T: It follows the nose with lots of bourbon chocolate flavor up front, the bourbon flavor is strong but not overwhelming. There is a little bit of malt in there and a tiny amount of roasted coffee flavor. Though the bitterness in the finish is closer to dark chocolate that is mixed with the bourbon flavor that lasts for awhile after even a small sip.

M: First thoughts are "wow this is pretty thin for BA stout" it definitely does have some chewiness to it but i like my BA stouts thick and heavy. However the flip side of this that it is slightly oily and very drinkable going down really easily, especially for a BA stout. The alcohol is also completely hidden, but i expected that at only 9.5%.

O: So i was officially impressed lived up to the hype and for the most part the hefty price tag. This can definitely complete with the big boys like KBS or BCBS, but I don't think it is quite on par maybe a step or two below. That being said it was a great beer that I highly recommend if you can get your hands on it. I'd love to try the other varieties, but unfortunately I can't fund that on my own.

Pinknuggets, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Noyt, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

RMoeNay, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

stevec32, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

browniewithnuts, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HALB, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of muttyd
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

2012 version

As expected, thick black creamy pour with a thin tan head. Head settles into a faint ring. Wish the head persisted throughout. Looks rather bland at first glance.

Nose hits all the right notes: whiskey burn, coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Some molasses in their as well. Flavor follows the nose with a very prevalent whiskey flavor in the finish. Sweet, but well rounded with enough roasty flavor to balance it out. Almost no hop flavor, as it is overpowered by the big barrel flavor. Thick and creamy, coats the mouth. Solid overall, but not as good as the Elijah Craig.

muttyd, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ChugginOil, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Weebay, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Pahn, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

MaseFace, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

vonnegut21, Feb 09, 2013
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.