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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
96
world-class

510 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml black waxed bomber 2013 bottle, bottle run #2, poured into tulip 21/12/13

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam slowly falls leaving three rings followed continuous lace deep down the glass after it fell to a thin film, sexy looking stuff

S wood, bruised plum, sweet bourbon, caramel, almost a cream brulee thing going on, some booze on a deep whiff but I'm not buying the nearly 12% I see on the bottle, I might be crazy but I get a little cinnamon, lots of chocolate fudge and a little licorice

T not quite everything the nose had going for it but still solid stuff, a little espresso and the woods a little burnt, caramel and cream brulee's not quite there, not as fruity but fudge and licorice still play a part, booze is still very well hidden

M doesn't feel too heavy at first but it ends up quite creamy and feels full, shes well carbonated for a big monster much to my surprise, slick on the palate and lots of dark roast on the finish, the booze is so mellow I don't feel it in my throat but it hits my head a little

O this ones working well for me, great nose, feels wonderful, tastes solid and the booze is nearly invisible

I'm hoping the rest of my 50-50 mixed case is this good, I'm not sure if I believe this is clocking in just shy of 12%, if it is perhaps I could jack up the score even further. If this is a true and fresh 12%er I can't wait to see what age dose to my second bottle

wordemupg, Dec 22, 2013
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

no head on first pour, but then, my first pour is always soft. I have this paranoia that a vigorous pour at first releases too much flavor into the atmosphere. second pour, if the first isn't too volatile, can be a bit more rambunctious...
ultra cool black wax, bitchin' bottle! maybe my 6th or 7th Eclipse since finding them last November.
very black pour, nice and sweet stout/bourbon aroma. dang I love these brews' aromas...!!!! saving the Rittenhouse Rye for last!! sweet and boozy smell, for sure!
taste is thick, but viscosity is thinner. much thinner than the base Totality. I like that this is thinner- it really enhances the flavor. each one is a little different, attributable to the barrel in which it matured, and this one is a little different than the others. nothing is really dominating, but getting tastes of oak, chocolate, (tiny) coffee, vanilla, bourbon (for sure!). and licorice! definitely some licorice! at the end. maybe some anise?
one of THE all time favorites for me, I absolutely LOVE this stuff. why is it so superior to all the others on any given day, any given time? Totality is not this good. nor is the rest of their brews which I have tried (admittedly, not many). but each one has been slightly different, yet always superior to all the others. I just tried my first Abyss yesterday-doesn't even come close!
but alas, like another BA reviewer before me, I wish these were not so pricey. this one was $32 and as much as i'd agree it were worth that (if I made a better wage!) I would love to see this a little less expensive. someone else mentioned they saw it on the shelf for $25 in San Francisco? DEAL!!! i'll take 'em ALL DAY LONG at $25...
resume review: sweet and smooth. almost perfect. a little syrup-y. but all around beautiful. grab one if you have the opportunity, but leave some for me!

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