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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java CoffeeImperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee

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BA SCORE
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274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 88
Gots: 98 | FT: 22
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: DarthKostrizer on 12-07-2012

Lavender Pearl wax.

The 2013 version had 4Roses, High West Rye, High West Bourbon, Elijah Craig12 Eclipse and blended with a bigger Imperial Stout known as Totality Squared(aka Masterpiece) Starting gravity for the Stout was 31.5* Plato vs Totality's 26.5* Plato. Different hops, fermented with a blended yeast(s).
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Photo of ConradKenney
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corburk
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shandycan
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneEye78
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rothobinide
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jhfinn
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IanSpindler
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Lavender Pearl wax bottle run No. 1 Vintage 2014.

Out of the bottle comes out with mahogany classic brown, but a little thin looking. Fills the glass with a classic dark walnut brown, nearly black with not much head creation. Nice simple tan thin bubbles, but barely a finger of head but dissolves to a nice collar and a leopard like lacing along the edges in spots. A bit of a filmy top. Not one of the better looking Fifty Fifty Eclipse brews I've had.

Jesus this aroma is truly perfection. Wonderful piping coffee and charing roasted malts. Excellent fruity tones coming off of this which really smells like blueberry. Dark bitter chocolate notes and a small bit of heat, the perfect warmth of boozy character that doesn't smell overly strong. Some hints of leafy tobacco notes also. Incredibly complex and perfectly balanced, one of the best smelling coffee stouts I've had to date.

Palate comes nicely, but is let down by a surprisingly weak body that doesn't even hit of barrel aging round character. A bit thin and wet mouthfeel, doesn't make the palate last or coat, but the flavors are at least there and big. Big charring roast on first sip, with piping warm coffee to match. Much of the fruit character really opens up in the mid palate, cherry, blueberry and some light tannic wood character, almost sawdust tasting. The finish though is a bit bitter forward and dominates, but easily tolerable, with a good amount of roast bitterness which is quite accentuating a tobacco menthol and seemingly hop character. It dominates and then lets all the other tones and flavors disappear.

Overall this seemed like it would be gangbusters but even being let down it's still a solid brew. That aroma is just gangbusters though.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- 22 oz. poured into Black Tuesday whiskey snifter on 2-Jan-15

Prominent vanilla notes balanced well with the roasted coffee. Tasted alongside BAVS and although it wasn't at the same level in terms of coffee (and the beer as a whole overall), the bourbon barrel was spot on. The girls preferred this one over the BAVS.

My current Eclipse rankings:
1. 20-yr Elijah Craig
2. Four Roses
3. Java Coffee
4. 12-yr Elijah Craig
5. Maker's Mark
6. Old Fitzgerald

Photo of mattreitz49
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Waxed bottle at cellar temp into a snifter.

Look: super dark brown, viscous with a tiny ring of tan head. Impermeable to light, very little carbonation evident.

Smell: tons of whisky, and a fair undercurrent of coffee stout (which never smells much like coffee to me). Maybe hints of chocolate, vanilla, oak, but might all just be the power of suggestion from the strong bourbon presence. A bit 1-dimensional.

Taste: pretty damned good. Chocolate, oak, booze, bitter char, spices (cinnamon/nutmeg/anise). Finishes incredibly clean, with just a lingering bitterness for the aftertaste. Muted influence of both barrel and coffee—they're both there, but neither is in the foreground. Sweet, but not at all cloying.

Feel: probably the weak spot for me. Medium bodied, but this would be better a bit thicker, with a little less fizzy carbonation. Also maybe a bit too dry.

Overall: despite the generally good marks, no part of this is really great, or even probably in the top 3 of what I've had. Not worth $30, though that won't stop me from buying another bottle (of a different style) this year. If you just want a really solid heavy-hitting coffee stout, go for Speedway or Péché Mortel.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncelauro
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of More_betterness
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Inky midnight black body with a one finger mocha head that recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: Big ground coffee and bourbon soaked dark fruit upfront, followed by hints of vanilla and a roasted dark malt backbone. Little beat of boozy heat. Pretty epic.

T: Bourbon soaked cherry, sweet cocoa, and honey first, with a long acrid coffee closer. Drying and tannic finish.

M: Medium/full bodied and lightly carbed. Long lingering finish.

O: Great beer. Bourbon barrels and coffee pairings never dissapoint!

Photo of CraigTravor
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of anteater
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.