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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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world-class

479 Ratings
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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 252
Gots: 268 | 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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Florida9

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, really almost black, but not quite, with a slight transparency. Forms a small, light tan head and leaves some light light lacing on the way down.

S: Smells strongly of bourbon and oak with roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol rounding out the aroma.

T: Much like the aroma. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and oak. A little vanilla as well.

M: Full bodied with lighter carbonation. Virtually no bitterness, with a slight alcoholic heat.

O: A very nice beer. Rather complex, yet still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:58:40 | More by Florida9
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ZX6Chris

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-16-2011 16:10:20 | More by ZX6Chris
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had many of the eclipse series together. This is the 10 vintage. Pour is jet black and thin tan head. Nose is woody, bourbon, and some light chocolate. Sweet malts, sugary, and some dark fruits in the flavor. Dark chocolate underneath with bourbon and wood coming through strong. Full bodied feel, dry finish and low carbonation. Overly sweet with loads of wood and heat. Less complexity than the 4 roses and just as unintegrated.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:21:27 | More by cpetrone84
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-15-2011 16:08:58 | More by ChrisPro
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-15-2011 14:13:03 | More by leschkie
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-14-2011 08:32:27 | More by CelticAleMan
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stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-14-2011 01:05:45 | More by stevefinny
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-12-2011 14:38:23 | More by Bobbydigi
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Jimdrinksbeer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-10-2011 03:54:52 | More by Jimdrinksbeer
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-08-2011 06:49:56 | More by Exiled
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BrewerB

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2276, picked up at Healthy Spirits when this beer was initially released.

Poured a dark black with a thin tan head that partially retains.

Very inviting nose. Caramel, coffee, dark chocolate. Bourbon character noticeable but not overwhelming.

Taste didn't live up to the expectations set forth by the nose. Harsher alcohol presence detracting from the enjoyment here. Some vanilla woody notes along with dark chocolate and caramel.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Slightly oily.

A solid offering from a brewery I'd expect nothing less of in this department. I have another bottle of this particular version and am going to sit on it for another year or two, expecting improvement with a little more age.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 06:43:38 | More by BrewerB
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shanghai55

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-06-2011 22:19:47 | More by shanghai55
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hopluva1

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-06-2011 01:01:52 | More by hopluva1
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Vdubb86

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-05-2011 16:27:00 | More by Vdubb86
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Desaparecido

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-04-2011 01:36:51 | More by Desaparecido
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SDDanC

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to badboyrsl for sharing this. Poured into rodenbach tulip. Pours very thick, small cocoa tan head, disappears quickly leaving a ring. Completely black. Large alcohol bubbles. Nose is intense bourbon, dark fruits, lots of alcohol burn. Taste is sweet, the honey adds a great edge, bourbon comes out up front then ends with a hot roasty, dark fruityness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, not too much carbonation makes it almost velvety. The full bodiedness lingers in your mouth. This definitely earns a world class rating, it is complete and extremely well crafted. I am glad to have tried it

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:50:11 | More by SDDanC
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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-02-2011 14:04:35 | More by jwelsh
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-02-2011 03:37:41 | More by VAbdoyan
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-01-2011 19:35:32 | More by Bmoyer0301
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-30-2011 02:56:40 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nerd for this one. Bottle #857. Poured from a waxed and capped bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black with no head. Lacing is spotty with poor cling but nice legs. Slightly below average.

Nose is chocolate, molasses, brownie, caramel, cocoa, and a mellow covering of booze. Decent but as this one warms, the alcohol smells takes over a bit too much. Still. Great complexity and integration of flavors here.

Opens chocolate, molasses, and brownie. Caramel and honey peak through towards the middle. Brownie and more molasses. Sharp booziness at the end with notes of cocoa and roasted malt. Finish is sweet molasses with a sweet boozy aftertaste. Really tasty.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and goes down mellow with a slight touch of heat even at room temperature. Finish is accented with a nice, warm aftertaste. Solid. Body is really perfect.

Another winner from the Eclipse series. This one probably lies somewhere in the middle, behind the pappy and Elijah Craig versions but ahead of all the others. I'd love to try another one of these in a couple of months.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:20:12 | More by SpeedwayJim
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:53:41 | More by TMoney2591
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wdeck9

Colorado

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-23-2011 05:15:02 | More by wdeck9
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-22-2011 03:33:24 | More by corby112
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-21-2011 20:44:50 | More by sideshowe
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.