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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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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 250
Gots: 286 | FT: 27
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.

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Ratings: 545 | Reviews: 176
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Gushue3 for sharing this. 22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours one shade shy of black with no head. One arc-like swath of lacing coats the glass during the tasting. Nose is exquisite - bourbon, malt, brown sugar, booze and a trace of soy sauce. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavor profile comes off a bit thin. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body - somewhat thin for a barrel-aged beer. Carbonation is almost still. Overall, an easy drinking example of the style, but a bit too subdued in my opinion.

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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dyan for obtaining this beer for me.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and considerable lacing. Right off the bat, I have to say this beer has the look of a beer that has seen some pretty serious barrel aging. The nos is quite impressive and is about what I expected from this beer, as I get considerable bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and some light licorice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet stout, with the chocolate, vanilla and bourbon taking center stage. The beer is a bit boozy and sweet, but I expected that, and is not really something I mind too much in an RIS. Also, the touch of licorice in the finish helps to tame the sweetness somewhat, and enhances this beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and fairly full, in what comes across as a low carbonation beer. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring on the palate, despite the noticeable bourbon and alcohol. The finish is long and very, very smooth in this beer, and this is undeniably a very tasty beer.

Hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this, but nevertheless, this is pretty impressive.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz black waxed bottle into a snifter - 2010 vintage #1912

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a small brown head that fade to a ring leaving very little lacing.

S: The nose reveals huge barrel notes like vanilla, molasses, and a touch of charred oak along with the chocolate and earthy honey from the base beer.

T: The taste is a bit less impressive than the nose but still good. Nice flavors of vanilla, molasses, chocolate and a touch of honey. Not as complex or intense as the EC 12 from 2009.

M: Feel is a little thin for the style but relatively creamy.

O: One of the better Eclipse beers I've had but not the top by far. The taste falls a bit short of excellent though. Could be the age...

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2461 from 2010. Duck Rabbit snifter.

My god, this is straight 100% alcohol in the nose. Like, way way too much booze. Still, it's delightful booze so no harm done.

That said, the flavor here is spot on, started it from the cellar temp (a touch north of 60 at the moment). There is something missing from the mouthfeel, a cleanness or a crispness or full creamy body. One of these has to be there to round this out.

Malt, chocolate-cherry, molasses cookies, woood.

This is my fourth different 50/50 this month ('11 Rittenhouse, '11 EC 18/20 and '09 EC) and this holds it's own with all of them. The '09 EC is still my favorite, and the mouthfeel on the '11 EC was pitch perfect, but this is great. It won't look so good because of the smell score, but damn this is delicious.

Have to say, once the alcohol aftertaste is gone, there is a seemingly infinite amount of joy in the aftertaste. Lingers perfectly on the palate and really increases the drinkability of this one.


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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Black wax, gold ink bottle #1011. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a somewhat thin, solid black. A small tan head develops but doesn't last very long. A ring of foam settles around the edge of the glass and leaves a touch of wispy lacing.

Even with a good amount of age on it the beer still has a potent bourbon and oak aroma. There is considerably more going on even with the dominating bourbon and oak. Some roast, nice vanilla and light chocolate also come through and combine with the bourbon and oak to build a complex aroma.

The taste is every bit as complex as the nose. The bourbon and wood notes still dominate but, as in the nose, the don't overwhelm the other characteristics. A nice toasted malt note that wasn't in the nose is present here and is probably the biggest component aside from the oak and bourbon. The same roast, vanilla and chocolate that came across in the nose are here as well.

Despite the thin appearance the body isn't exactly that. It's not a huge bodied stout but it's fairly big. Low carbonation plays a role in that. There is also a nice warming at the back of the throat from the alcohol.

This is an excellent barrel aged stout. Initially it's looks thin because of the pour. Relatively the mouthfeel is probably a touch thin but it's big enough to hold up the huge aromas and flavors. This beer held up extremely well over the course of 14 months or so. Interesting to see how much longer it will.

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3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hophead101 and mikereaser. Thanks guys! Bottle #2197.

A- Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head. Some lines of lacing are left behind.

S- When served around 50 degrees, this beer has nearly no aroma. However, after warming up a bit, oak and bourbon are prominent upfront with a hint of roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, brown sugar and honey.

T- Earthy oak upfront, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of sweet honey. Not bad, but really not complex.

M- Medium to high carbonation a fairly thin body. The mouthfeel is too thin and could use a little more body. Finishes with some heat.

O- Underwhelming would be the best word to describe this beer. There didn't seem to be a strong base beer that incorporated the barrel aging treatment and this just tasted like a bourbon forward beer with a watery body. I'm glad I got a chance to try my first bottle of the Eclipse series, but I'm curious why this is a $30 bottle and am a little worried about the 12 yr EC having the same disappointing results.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My mate Doops and I were lucky enough to be able to try the entire 2010 - 2008 series. This was the first bottle we opened. A big thanks to everyone who made putting this set together possible. Shout goes out to Masterski and dboon for providing bottles of the 2010 Evan Williams. Thanks gents!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010
Bottle: 2032
Wax: Black

APPEARANCE: All the 2010 bottles basically look the same. Thin, transparent pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades relatively quickly to a faint wisp and ring. Black body, quite transparent, with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Just too light and transparent for the style, unfortunately.

SMELL: This one is quite barrel heavy. Very similar to the HH variant we opened. Lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla up front. Some hints of dark chocolate come through a little as it sits, but this is a heavy bourbon barrel nose. More barrel and bolder than the 4R version, but not quite as much base beer is detectable as in the HH ‘09.

TASTE: Bourbon barrel up front with plenty of bourbon, oak and vanilla on the palate. One of the more bourbon forward variants. A bit of the base beer comes through with some roasted malts and dark chocolate through the middle into the finish. A bold aftertaste of bourbon barrel and some bitter, dark chocolate lingers nicely on the palate. The bourbon barrel is quite flavorful as opposed to being boozy, and the base and barrel mesh well together. Good stuff and much like the HH variant.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A touch of heat lingers as well.

OVERALL: This is a solid beer that is worth checking out. Although the pour is rather thin and unimpressive, the rest of the beer is quite enjoyable. I would put this somewhere around the middle of the series, being behind the HH, 4R and definitely the EC. This is probably the best example of what the series is all about though, and while I don’t think I’d go hunting for it again, I wouldn’t turn it down either. Plenty of this was brewed and bottled, so if you’re curious about the series, this would be a good place to start exploring I suppose. Recommended.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this one.

A: pours black with maroon highlights, appears a bit thin for style/abv, some lacing, minimal head retention

S: starts off with heavy oak the is melded nicely with notes of vanilla, marshmallow, rich cocoa, and bitter earthy hops on the finish

T: robust chocolate starts things off and gives way to mellow vanilla and a touch of coconut, a little bit of bitterness on the end. Nice balance.

MF: somewhat thin for style...doesn't really detract from the overall experience, medium carbonation

O: this is a nice exhibition of well executed bourbon barrel aging, only wish is for a little more body

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Chris. Bottle #202X (can't quite read it), 2010 release.

Pouring black with dark brown highlights, there's a dense, light brown head that falls off to a thin disk leaving patchy lace. The nose is pretty excellent, even for Eclipse. A wonderful creamy, caramel base from the stout paired with an excellent barrel character, there's coconut, vanilla, bourbon with some milk chocolate, a little roast, a nice boozy heat and some molasses. At this point, it's wonderfully balanced. And as Arbitrator notes in his review, there is a citrusy character present, it makes me think of Grand Marnier.

This tastes like an alcoholic chocolate milk. Bourbon - vanilla, a little coconut,moderately toasted oak -, chocolate, moderate molasses. A little bit of dark fruit is present, especially on the mid-palate, with plums, a little raisins (and some of that citrus from the nose). The roast character is moderate, lending a mild bitterness on the finish. A blend of vanilla and a little alcohol is present on the finish (think vanilla creme brulee), along with a little oak. Medium in body with soft, creamy carbonation, this feels pretty excellent on the body. An excellent beer, highly recommended.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.