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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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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 250
Gots: 287 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 544 | Reviews: 176
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.