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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: 510
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 254
Gots: 274 | FT: 21
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

AutumnBeerLove, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 29, 2011
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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.

TMoney2591, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

wdeck9, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

sideshowe, Nov 21, 2011
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Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had with AwYeh - thanks Luke.

Appears black and not really shiny or anything. Molasses look to it.

Smells of molasses, chewy tobacco, chocolate and bourbon. Evan Williams definitely featured but is not too forward on the nose which is good.

Incredibly smooth taste, silky transition from sweet to bitter. Chocolate and licorice rule the day with bourbon nicely weighted. More years would make this even better it seems, but I can't see it getting much better.

Feel is silk as mentioned earlier, pure bliss. Drinkability exceptional for the style, and abv is disguised quite well. Awesome beer.

madvermin, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 21, 2011
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Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany / espresso colored - dark brown around the edges and black through the center. No visible sediment or haze. Tan colored head rose around the fringes, but barely.

S: Bourbon, oak, cola, molasses, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Very sharp scents, especially weighted toward the bourbon.

T: Sharp American oak is dominant. Bourbon flavors of vanilla, toasted oak and coconut blend with rich chocolate and molasses malts. Black coffee is prevalent throughout. So many bold flavors that it actually borders on harsh. Definitely not a subtle beer.

M: Good density and viscosity. Not much carbonation. Slightly tannic, likely from the oak.

O: Good bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout, but (if it's actually possible?) too much oak.

jnn4v, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.