Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.01/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Huge, dark brown head, with absolutely fantastic retention. Brew is black as night. Slick, thick lacing as the head slowly dies down. Beautiful beer.
Whiskey, oak, and vanilla notes are very prominent, but they don't quite drown out the chocolate malt and roast barley, accentuated by a hint of cream. Similar aroma proportions to BCBS, but a different overall feel. Whiskey notes are sharp but not overpowering.
Thin, sweet whiskey up front; chocolate malt and roast barley next; strong finish of whiskey; vanilla, oak, and berries are present throughout. Very, very tasty, but not genre-defining like BCBS has become.
Slightly thin for the style. I would definitely prefer it a lot thicker. Very full-flavored; lively, with a nice alcohol and carbonation sting. A little heat, but not too bad.
The contrasts to BCBS are worth mentioning, because this is where the beer falls just shy of true greatness. It's a very, very tasty beer, very drinkable, and the Evan Williams barrels definitely gives it a distinct and unique flavor. Maybe that's enough to make this your personal favorite; it's a little pricey to try on a whim, though.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 22:34:28 | More by Roguer
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter. 2012.
A - Deep black with no light and a small tan head.
S - Beautiful bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate notes.
T - Very flavorful but also very well balanced. Smooth with no rough edges. The bourbon aspect certainly leads but the IS base offers a great foundation. This beer is great from start to finish. And it's very warming.
M - Creamy and silky with a low carbonation.
O - An interesting beer but not sure it's worth the exorbitant price tag.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 18:12:28 | More by GJ40
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.