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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
97
world-class

531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 256
Gots: 280 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 12-02-2010)
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Photo of jethrodium
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer Store. 2010 Evan Williams. Pours a black that is brownish at the edges when held up to the light. A small tan-chocolaty color head sticks around for a while and leaves a ring around the edge and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is cocoa, vanilla, some roasted notes, as well as some light bourbon. The taste very much follows the nose. Initial taste is cocoa, going into the vanilla and bourbon as well as some roastiness. The finish is some darker chocolate with a medium bitterness. There is quite a bit of char on the finish that isn't very pleasant. Light bodied for an imperial stout with relatively low carbonation. I found this to be the worst out of the 2010 Eclipses. I know there is supposed to be some variation so maybe I got lucky with the other bottles I opened.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to CoastieSimon for the share, and to hopsbreath for sending it to him in the first place. This beer is the stunner of a pretty damn good tasting. It pours an inky, oily black hue and is capped with a wispy mocha head. The nose instantly betrays this as a world-class brew. The aroma offers exceptionally decadent notes of fudge, toasted coconut, toffee, caramel, vanilla, buttery oak, cafe mocha and 1000% pure deliciousness. The taste adds an additional layer of decadence, with boozy notes of maple and burnt sugar richly evident. The feel is absolutely silky-smooth, and is completely enhancing. This is just about as good as a beer gets.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle #1181 was poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. From notes

A - Black with brown edging. It looks to be a bit thin, not that really slow outpour like some of the really heavy stouts (i.e. Rogue XS). Mocha brown head, minor lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, lactose, vanilla, oak and the bourbon, very nice.

T - Very well balanced between the bourbon and the base beer. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, a hint of charcoal. Delicious

M - This is probably one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. It was like drinking silk. Incredibly well balanced, not hot and the bourbon was delicious.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, thought it was great. I am looking forward to trying the other variations and see how the different barrel treatments affect the end taste. Delicious beer!

Photo of jminsc76
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a tulip, pours a big thick chocolate brown head atop an impenetrable body. Exhibits a lighter viscosity in the body that, as I suspected, analogously translates to the mouthfeel.

Aromas of biscuit, graham cracker, bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough, and a feint hint of raspberries as well as oak. A pleasant-smelling bouquet, though mild in intensity. Certain *whiffs* yield some sharp heat as well.

Complex flavors ranging from molasses to sticky-icky honey, with a powerful bitter roast on the finish and the spirit of Evan Williams manifesting throughout, soaking the cookie dough known as my tongue.

Mouthfeel, not surprisingly, is thinner than I would like but understandable considering the nature of the bourbon it's aged in.

Overall, there are moments where I don't know if I am drinking a stout infused with bourbon flavor, or a bourbon infused with stout flavor (the latter impression comes on the heals of having sipped 75% of the bottle on my own, so take that for what it's worth).

All this said, what this is is delicious, and I am definitely impressed, considering honey as a flavor isn't among my top favorites. And it should have been shared, as one per sitting is about all I'd like to withstand.

Photo of ptykozoon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2010
Black, a soft brown lasting cap lasts. Very good lacing. Inviting.

Milk chocolate, dairy, vanilla, caramel in the background, so far so good.

Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla. The smooth mouthfeel works harmoniously with the desserty flavors. Great beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth as butter. Not a lot of bitterness/bourbon/heat coming through.

This beer reminded me of Goose Island. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Bravo.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 2018. Pours an almost midnight black with a faint espresso hue at the edges, with a thin mocha cap that quickly recedes and leaves very light lacing though the head is revived easily with aquick swirl of my duvel tulip. The nose hits you with bourbon soaked alcohol esters, booze soaked plums, dusty, earthy barrel, slight stale coffee. Taste brings rich caramel, fig, soaked dates, spicy full bodied bourbon barrel with a sprinkling of cinnamon and vanilla and a hint of molasses. The taste really saves this beer at least for me compared to the nose. Pleasant mouthfeel with the oaky tannins cleaning up after the booze and sweetness though it does finish a bit thin. Iwould love to rate this all 5's as im sitting on a lot of bottles but i cannot tell a lie. I honestly would take a kbs in quality and price over this any day - tough standards i know but for 25.99 per bottle it should have been mind blowing.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage
Poured in to Stone snifter

Color: Black at the core but if held to the light hints of a dark brown appear around the top ring of this beer. It forms a nice dark tan head, about 1 1/2 fingers worth. Light lacing left behind on the glass.

Nose: Warm bourbon flavors hit the nasal passages: vanilla, molasses, and hints of caramel. Also present are scents of honey, coffee, charred oak, and roasted malts.

Palate: Full bodied with decent carbonation. It drinks warm, so it can use a bit of aging. Here the bourbon coats the mouth and later its soothed by chocolate and honey. The beers hop profile makes a show here but not totally noticeable.

Finish: Warm, long, and complex. Much like bourbon, this beer can use some time in the cellar before it reaches it max potential

Photo of Kelton
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle.

Pours with little to no head. Vanilla, Oak & Roasty nose. A very good looking pitch black stout.

Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I expected, but taste overwhelms any negative aspect of a light body.

Wow, this is tasty. Nice slight barrel notes. Better than the EC version I had recently.

Dare I say it's worth the price point. No, but worth a shot if you split the bottle cost with a buddy!

Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ejyoung, this is the 2010 edition, bottle number 2390. Poured into a snifter.

Pitch black, like...an eclipse. Huh. A fluffy one-finger head of cocoa powder remains as thin, silky top layer.

Super sweet and fruity nose. Dark cherries, toasted coconut, molasses, maple, vanilla. Hot damn, this is delicious.

I don’t know how the brewers at FiftyFifty managed to pull such magnificent flavors out of such sub-par bourbon, but this is exquisite. Again with the dark cherries, but there’s also toasted coconut, toffee, vanilla and molasses. It’s super sweet, but smoothly integrated as well, and I pick up zero alcohol.

The velvety medium body is just so smooth, with super-light carbonation. Some alcohol comes through the nose and is noticeable in throat and mouth as well, but it’s not too off-putting.

This one really reminds of Firestone 14, with its dark cherry sweetness, and the fact that this is the result of aging in a single barrel and not a blended bunch is even more impressive. If this is what an Evan Wiliiams-aged Eclipse can produce, I can’t wait to try the other variations.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eclipse Evan Williams

Bottle 1682 shared by translucent.

Pours ½ finger of tan head. Good retention leaving thin lace rings. Color is black.

Aroma: Vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Chocolate with a light roast and some dark fruits (plums and grapes). Warming alcohol.

Taste: Much more whiskey flavors here, but enjoyable. Chocolate with a bit of char. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and some dark fruits. More roast than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, roasted, and warming. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of boozy but clean.

Overall, this was a really solid beer. Great whiskey flavors. Pretty easy drinking. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Batch 3 Rosso release as part of an Eclipse tasting; huge thanks to Thorpe429, ChrisPro, callmemickey, rlmartin, corey70, and starrdogg for making this possible!

A: Black with dark brown glints; thin, soft layer of fine brown head. Attractive, but not quite as good as a couple of the others in the series.

S: Evil Williams really brings the vanilla. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and almost citrusy sweetness. Very nice indeed.

T: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, booze, coffee, and more vanilla. Sweet, boozy and tasty.

M: Smooth medium-to-full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Yet another great bourbon barrel variant in the impeccably awesome Eclipse series, EW is by far the sweetest and booziest (the '10 HH Rye might have been a trifle hotter, though), but that doesn't mean it's any less tasty. I think I preferred it slightly to the 4R, but both Pappy and EC absolutely blow it away. In any other company this would be a top-notch BA stout, but in this crazy tasting it's clearly second-tier - and I feel damned lucky to be able to say that.

Cheers!

Photo of JAXSON
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, next to the Elijah Craig, Pappy Van Winkle, Brandy, Four Roses Eclipse bottles, and some other barrel aged imperial stouts. This was consumed toward the end of the tasting and my notes are horrible, but I trust my judgment at that time: Fairly small head. Slightly better than 4 Roses. Coconut Sugars." To try to expand on that, if possible, it was probably the best of the three 2010 Eclipse bottles (PVW not included as that was 2008), but was still quite a bit under the 2009 bottles. The 2010 bottles all seemed fairly sugary and under attenuated.

Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left patchy, sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Amazing aroma of oak, wood and vanilla notes. Some chocolate and burnt molasses aromas.

T - It tasted of vanilla, wood, oak and cola. There was some nice chocolate, toffee and molasses.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a fabulous brew. Outstanding aroma and flavor. Really great beer. Thanks for sharing, drfabulous!

Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged this in a trade a DLD.

A- Pours a black color with a pretty tiny brown head. Head becomes a ring of bubbles around the edge and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and a bit of wood.

T- Very roasted, with sweet chocolate, molasses, wood flavor, and bit of bourbon.

M- Pretty smooth feel to it. Full in body and low carbonation.

O- Very nice to drink. I'm try to get some of the others.

Photo of mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nicks6217 for providing this for me.
Bottle #417 Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a deep, dark cola color. Settled black. Very little head with this. A dark mocha colored head that at best was a 1/4 inch high and went quickly to film and strips of milk chocolate. On swirling got a half a finger of head and also died off quickly. One circle of lacing on the glass and not much else.

S-- Vanilla, dark plum, coconut, and soft bourbon. This smells very nice. Coconut gets more apparent as it gets more air and is more of a toasted coconut smell. No ABV smell to this at all.

T-- Bourbon forward. Get more dark fruits, vanilla blossom, honey and coconut.

M-- Smooth. Dairy milk chocolate smooth. Touches of hotness, booze and thinness here and there. Low carbonation and medium feel. Really not all that big. Honey is also apparent in the mouth. I think gives it that softer, smooth appeal.

O-- Really nice. Booze does hit you after a bit but really the 9.5 is really well hidden. not as thick as I thought it would be. There are a few thin gaps in this. Honey gets bigger as I have drank on in this. Not sure I am big on the honey. Would prefer to taste more of the oak barrel though. Would buy again though

Photo of DosBeerigos
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: Black
H: Dark Black
N: Chocolate, Bourbon, Vanilla

Three of these now tried and reviewed…..they all look similar, smell similar, and taste….well not so much. Starting to think I should have just stopped with the Purple Wax or Red Wax. Lighter body than the other two, and lets face it when the beer is that close, body is a lot. Good…..but my least favorite out of the group.

Photo of psiweaver
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Bruery tulip at our little tasting last night and picked up on my recent trip to San Diego.

A pours a dark thick black with a little bit of a dark brown head. very thick as it almost slides into the glass

S: lots of bourbon and roasty malt with some chocolate and vanilla flavors. just a slight bourbon bite on the nose.

T: tons of rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Huge rich flavor profile with a ton of depth of flavor. A fantastic big stout.

M: perfect amount of carbonation with a very smooth mouth feel. very very easy drinking for the ABV and style.

overall a very good stout and one of the better barrel aged stouts i've ever had. I can't wait for my futures this year.

Photo of mistakebythelake
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this Eclipse version at the bal stout tasting in the Nati.

Served in a snifter revealing a black with brownish tints when held to some light. Slight head that left a bit of lacing on my glass. Dark malts, bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits. Tasted very similar to the smells yet was not as boozy or "hot" as I or a couple of us thought it would be. I enjoyed the vanilla and bourbon flavors a lot. Very balanced with the bourbon and malts and a creamy mouthfeel that went down pretty smooth. Definitely enjoyed this version and will probably let this version sit in my cellar for another half year and share again. Surprised at how drinkable it was.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish brown. Clear with a nice touch of head. Smells incredibly chocolatey with some light bourbon characteristics. Tastes similar. Lote of chocolaty malt on the tongue. Overall a thick solid mouthfeel that was pretty solid. Definitely very drinkable for a fresh imperial stout aged in bourbon. Barrels

Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-nice black color with no head whatsoever
S-sweet burbon smell with a nice malty backbone
T-alot like it smells. More like a 4.25 and not a 4.0. Very mellow and smooth
M-medium body and smooth. Very nice
O-5.0 to make up for the taste to accuretly reflect my rating. Good brew

Photo of nkersten
3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into tulip, black with brown edges tiny bubbly collar. Pretty run of the mill in terms of looks. Smells like bourbon water, malty biscuits, alcohol, buttery toffee, kind of nutty vanilla. Taste is hot and boozey at first, vanilla bourbon, oak, spicy barrel char, slight roast in the end. Medium bodied with a light carbonation, very hot and a bit watery for the style. A decent tasting beer despite the alcohol presence. The mouthfeel kills this beer for me.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up as a Future during last year's release. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours black with a light tan head. The nose immediately brings forward a heavy bourbon presence with a bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. A bit of booze is in the background. The flavor is loaded with smooth bourbon alongside a chocolate and roast presence. Really nice, and my favorite treatment of 2010 other than the Brandy. The oak, bourbon, booze, chocolate, and roast are all there, melding together nicely. Medium body with a slightly-boozy finish. Overall, damn good. Can't wait to see how this ages out.

* I had one bottle of this that was overly hot, but after two additional bottles that were spot on, I think the first one was probably an aberration.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A LOT of hype around the Eclipse series. I told myself to take it easy with Eclipse, and what do you know, the opportunity presented itself at the Rose & Crown. Even more honoring was splitting the bottle with my collegue Ricardo, who helps run a Brazilian beer rating website (www.brejas.com.br). On to the beer:

Black, black, and black. Light isn't going to penetate through the body. A small tanned head forms, dropping away to a thin lace. The nose brings the barrel characterists. Here comes oak, vanilla, and molasses.

This is good, and the taste becomes even better as it warms. At times, I almost forgot that I was drinking a stout. Very heavy are the barrel characterstics. Flavors of honey, vanilla, oak, molasses, and evenutally a big kick of licorice and a gentle dose of dark chocolate. The body is smooth and seems medium heavy; it's not one to weigh you down or leaves tons of residue around your lips after you're done drinking it. The alcohol is inserted well, only coming up as a warming sensation in the throat.

I have good news, it's a very good beer. It still doesn't compell me to chase right after the rest of the Eclipse series, but if the opportunity is right, I'll be happy to experiment.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review...

After a long week at work, I finally got a chance to relax, play some golf with a few buddies, and pop this monstrosity of a beer while hanging out with the family. Life is good. Cheers to all my brothers and sisters in the BA community, and to life in general...

Poured from a waxed bomber into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head on a fairly aggressive pour. head retention is decent at best, and there is some slippery lacing to be had...

S - This one smells delectable. Chocolate, vanilla, some roasted barley, and of course, a good dose of Bourbon...

T - Sweet and delicious. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, and smooth Bourbon in the finish. Really impressed with how smooth this one is...

M - Mouthfeel is a little light in my opinion. Still on the light side of a full body, but not as viscous as I was anticipating. Moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Almost a little to easy to drink. Haha, is there such a thing? Wouldn't go as far to call this a session beer, but very smooth and easy to drink nontheless. Pricey, but well worth the price in my opionin. Really looking foward to trying this again with a little age on it...

Cheers...

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles shared by Lunch and Thorpe429. Thanks Paul and Mike!

The beer appears very dark brown, nearly black. The head is 1/4", and generates a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings bourbon and a general boozy quality, as well as roasted malt. Unsurprisingly, it smells like a barrel-aged stout.

I actually thought the beer tasted better than the aroma would have led me to believe. The beer is slightly sweet throughout, making this a good bottle for sharing a few ways, as one snifter was just right. Bourbon and roast are up front, with more subtle flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and coffee playing a secondary role.

The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol presence throughout, though not necessarily in a negative or distracting way.

Overall, a tasty brew, and one I would happily enjoy again.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.