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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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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 254
Gots: 273 | FT: 20
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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CoolEthan

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-27-2014 16:49:45 | More by CoolEthan
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Goobastic

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-25-2014 02:13:38 | More by Goobastic
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MastaShonuf

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-20-2014 02:23:52 | More by MastaShonuf
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-17-2014 01:02:40 | More by whatname
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1424IpA

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-14-2014 03:30:24 | More by 1424IpA
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-07-2014 05:36:28 | More by jaydoc
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paper_tiger

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%

03-06-2014 03:16:35 | More by paper_tiger
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dphillips

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-23-2014 02:20:29 | More by dphillips
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-21-2014 10:28:01 | More by ldhughes3
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TheBrewViking

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-20-2014 07:10:35 | More by TheBrewViking
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-17-2014 06:17:10 | More by schnarr84
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-16-2014 21:53:46 | More by jtladner
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-13-2014 22:46:50 | More by kmos27
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottle No.: BR/1 2012
Served in a snifter

Dark brown/black appearance. Oily and shimmery. Slightly lighter in color and thinner looking than I anticipated. The beer was topped by an inch tall, tight, frothy, mocha colored crown. Small drops of lacing coated the entire glass. The head slowly faded to a thick, lasting ring.

The aroma was really smooth and complex. Bourbon notes came through strong right off the bat and lent the beer some intense vanilla notes. Tons of brown sugar sweetness. Lots of dark malt flavor. Slightly roasty with a touch of espresso. Intense dark fruit notes came through as well. Raisins and plums were most noticeable. There was also a slight chalky yeast presence.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive as the nose. Although the bourbon was intense, the beer drank very smooth. Brown sugar and vanilla notes dominated initially. I would almost call this a "vanilla bomb." Loads of caramel and dark malts. Moderately roasty. Strong dark fruit notes. Plums and raisins were apparent. Some dark chocolate-like fudginess came through as well. The finish was roasty and somewhat boozy with a lingering roasty/sweet combo. Hints of earthy, bitter hops were also noticeable.

The mouthfeel was super creamy and frothy. Plush and smooth on the palate. Supple. Not super viscous but really enjoyable nonetheless. A sweet, sticky film coated my lips after every sip.

Evan Williams Bourbon Imperial Eclipse Stout from FiftyFifty Brewing was noticeably more complex and bourbon forward than the Elijah Craig version I had a few weeks back. Although the beers in this series are all quite pricey, this variant was definitely worth the splurge.

02-13-2014 20:30:14 | More by Damian
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BradleySig

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-13-2014 06:31:05 | More by BradleySig
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-13-2014 05:11:48 | More by JohnParadee
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-11-2014 23:28:44 | More by Moses_Malone
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%

I haven't tried that many Eclipse treatments yet (this is my second, after Java Coffee), so I can't compare this to the other variants, but this is quite simply one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. So smooth I could die. Purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester. Black wax.

It pours a deep, dark black, basically opaque. The head rises mightily, about 3 fingers of dark mocha foam. The lacing is nice, stays on the glass the whole way down.

Smells incredible. Smooth bourbon, oak, vanilla, a bit of chocolate. Left my nose in this one for a while.

The taste blows the smell away though. Tastes of cocoa powder, marshmallow, vanilla, smooth, sweet bourbon, and a mild oakiness make love to my taste buds. None of the mentioned flavors are intense or harsh, they subtly hit my tongue in smooth waves. Drinks much easier than the ABV suggests (9.5%)

The mouthfeel is appropriately full, creamy, and a bit chewy.

One of the best. These Evan Williams barrels worked wonders. Holy shit. Worth the money.

02-11-2014 23:14:03 | More by GreesyFizeek
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%

02-08-2014 02:14:13 | More by NYR_Rob
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topdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-07-2014 00:19:47 | More by topdown
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-06-2014 04:08:47 | More by mattsander
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%

2013 bomber, Bottle run 1 from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. Black wax. Pours black with a creamy khaki brown head into my Teku. Aroma has lots of whiskey barrel notes, subdued vanilla, dark fruits, roast molasses, honey, and a bit of chocolate. Very nice. Flavor is lots of molasses and bourbon with notes of dark raisins and chocolate, and hints of vanilla. There seems to be some wine-like notes with sharpness from the booze and barrel. It finishes with vanilla and leaves a dry oakiness on the palate. Feuit comes out more as it warms. The body is definitely on the thin side for a hefty stout, with low carbonation. While there could be more thickness to this, there is still plenty of flavor and I can see how having this on the thinner side could play well with tasting the different barrels. Overall a nice experience. Looking forward to my other 2 variants in the fridge.

02-06-2014 00:05:59 | More by BMMillsy
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a Bourbon County Stout snifter from a 22oz bottle.
BR # 1
2012

Pours a nice slightly viscous liquid with nice dark dark black notes and a nice sticky half inch light tan head. Absolutely no lights gets through. The head recedes down to a nice thin film with a ring.

Aroma starts off with nice vanilla sweetness then followed by some good milk chocolaty sweetness. The vanilla spice notes in the nose definitely come from the barrel with some nice caramel and molasses back bone holding it up. Slight roasted notes in the aroma can be perceived. Dark roasted malts with some slight espresso notes. There is some slight boozy heat coming form the nose with some mild honey notes that then turn back into some nice fudgy cocoa.

Now the taste is where this beer takes off. The flavor starts off with fluffy light yet sweet bakers chocolate. Notes of milk chocolate, fudge and some mild dark cocoa bitterness. Then some nice vanilla and bourbon barrel hints come through with some amazing fudge and molasses sweetness. Then some nice dark malt roast comes through. Just barely (maybe 'cuz of age). Nice balancing act between all the main players in this brew. GReat notes of chocolate, barrel, molasses and vanilla with some mild roast to boot. Body is thicker than expected based on the pour. Overall this is a gem. A delicious base beer with some good barrels.

02-05-2014 00:37:41 | More by JoEBoBpr
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

5/5  rDev +15.5%

02-02-2014 21:44:49 | More by appetiteforparis
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-02-2014 05:31:22 | More by Cubatobaco
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Evan Williams Bourbon from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.