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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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541 Ratings
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 251
Gots: 287 | FT: 26
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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Photo of Rinkor16
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a local bottle shop. Opened on 12/15/12.

A: Pitch black with very little head. Just a light ring around the edge.

S: Smells great, tons of vanilla backed up by some bourbon.

T: Very smooth and well balanced. Very nice vanilla and chocolate flavor with a minor bourbon backbone.

M: Smooth and a very thin mouthfeel for a stout.

O: This is my first Eclipse from FiftyFifty and I'm very impressed. Definitely a great barrel aged stout. At $25 a bottle, it's definitely worth picking up one or two. I can't wait to enjoy this again in a year.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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

I somehow forgot to include this review in my mass copy/paste from EverNote after our big tasting in March. 2010 Evan Williams (black wax).

Pours just like the others. Bourbon, roasty malt, chocolate. Some mild figs hidden in there too. Smooth bourbon character imparts boozy warmth as I drink. Really doesn't seem much better or worse than -- or even that different from -- the others. A few friends said this was their favorite from recent tastings, but it definitely doesn't stand out to me amongst its peers.

Overall, this finished middle of the pack; '11 EC18 was our group's consensus favorite. And honestly, I was unimpressed across the board with most of these beers. Bourbon County Stout is far superior to all of them except EC18. Very glad I got to try them all, but EC18 is the only one I'd seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 bottle. I didn't write down the bottle number. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head and not quite black. Wisps of lace, but otherwise a rather lackluster-looking stout. Not impressive.

Smell - Oh man that is awesome barreling. Bourbon. Complex bourbon, if that makes sense. Vanilla and oak. My only issue is that I can barely smell the stout.

Taste - Really great barrel flavors again. Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Caramel and chocolate come through, but the stout still isn't shining. It's all about the barrel here.

Mouthfeel - Thin, but no booze. Low carbonation, as I would have expected given its appearance.

Overall - The barrel is perfect. The stout is mediocre. Tough to rate the beer, but it's still damn tasty.

Edit: Lowered the numbers on this after having it next to the other Eclipses. Definitely a cheaper booze.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to mini tulip
2010 Vintage, Evan Williams barrel, black wax
Bottle number is indistinguishable
Sampled 29JUN12

Many thanks to Grant for the trade quite some time ago.

[A] Less than a half finger of medium dark brown head, bubbly, with short retention. A paper-thin collar remains for now, but seems likely to disappear. Pitch black body with almost no transparency. Even at the thinnest points, only a thin layer of dark amber-brown can be seen. Beaded strands of lace line the glass after each tilt but quickly slide back down to the surface.

[S] Big bourbon strikes first – very clean. The honey component sets in next, along with a very dark, semi bitter chocolate and a rich rendered caramel. Earthy hops. Light soil. Mild roast.

[T] Purely an extension on the nose. Bourbon and barrel up front. Honey and dark sugars creep back in at the end and leave lingering sweet notes for the final impression – with a little bit of bourbon to bring about a pleasant warming sensation.

[M] Semi-thick front palate which gains a substantial amount of body from mid-palate on. Very creamy towards the end of the palate. Gently tingling carbonation throughout. The mouthfeel and nose are my favorite aspects of the brew. The flavor lingers long but is not cloying at all.

[O] This is one fantastic beer. Nearly a perfect ‘5’ in at least two areas…..but just shy. Two years ago, my score would have been significantly higher – and it’s pretty high as is.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.