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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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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 255
Gots: 277 | FT: 23
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 DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

DefenCorps, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of lakersfan16
5/5  rDev +15.2%

lakersfan16, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JRod1969, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of dfernandez77
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dfernandez77, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jmadrigal2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jmadrigal2, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of nmbr0ne
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter from 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Black with little to no lacing, and no head.

Smell: Strong bourbon smell from the barrels. I smell vanilla, molasses, small hints of caramel, and a lot of oak. You can definitely smell the alcohol, but it is not an overwhelming boozy smell.

Taste: Caramel, oak, roasted malts, slightest hints of chocolate, and a bourbon. The bourbon doesn't overwhelm the stout flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin with barely any carbonation. Disappointing.

Overall: I feel the bourbon barrels were a great choice because it gave the stout awesome bourbon flavors, but the beer in general was a bit lacking. I want more stout characteristics as well. More roasted malts, more chocolate.

nmbr0ne, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

acurtis, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Pencible
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #2148, reviewed November 2011

A: This poured an opaque black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like dark chocolate and coffee and bourbon, with some molasses and cola and vanilla.
T: It tasted like chocolate and coffee and bourbon, with some coconut and vanilla and oak and toasted almonds. It had a clean and sweet coconut aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This beer = Almond Joy, with huge coconut and almond and dark chocolate character. It had a very nice scent and taste, with great body and fairly well hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink, but worth sipping. It would probably age well, but it was nice (relatively) fresh. Definitely recommended, if you can find it.

Pencible, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of pzymali
3/5  rDev -30.9%

pzymali, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of LancashireSam
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

LancashireSam, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours near black with a thinnish bubbly dark brown head. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: Buttery notes of caramel, marshmallow, vanilla and brown sugar. This beer smells smooth with no harshness.
T: Very smooth, integrated flavors of caramel, brown sugar, butter, bourbon barrel spices and chocolate. At this point this beer is incredibly smooth. The aftertaste is sweet and lingering.
M: Thick body, smooth, chewy mouthfeel with warming bourbon that is far from hot.
O: Definitely one of the best Eclipse variations out there. This beer is drinking really well right now, open one up.

scottfrie, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jsilva, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last beer we opened up during our epic tasting last weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours almost black with just a little light coming through the very edge of the pour. There is a layer of tan head.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt up front with a strong presence from the bourbon barrel. The bourbon dominates the smell of this beer.

Taste: This one is quite hot from the bourbon. Dark roast and some sweet dark fruit notes. The finish is bitter. Not a ton of sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with some heat from the bourbon. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have liked the bourbon to be a bit less hot. A bit more malt sweetness coming out would have been alright with me.

oline73, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

djrn2, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Florida9
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.

Florida9, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +15.2%

ZX6Chris, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ChrisPro, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

leschkie, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

CelticAleMan, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of stevefinny
5/5  rDev +15.2%

stevefinny, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Bobbydigi, Dec 12, 2011
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.