Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Jeffo:
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Lucky to be able to sample both the 2013 and 2012 versions of this together. Cheers to ScottO for the 2013 edition and to cpferris for the 2012 party bottle.
From a bomber into a snifter
Review is for the 2013 with comparative notes for the 2012
APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, tan head with good retention. Clear black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and coats the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some good lacing down the glass. The 2012 looks essentially the same here. Like all the eclipses, the body is too light in color and transparent, but the head and lacing look really, really good on these two.
SMELL: Roasted coffee, burnt grains, some sweet cream and dark chocolate on the nose. A bit of roasted, burnt marsh mellow and vanilla notes here as well. Very aromatic. The 2012 has much less roasted coffee, if any really, but lots of sweet cream and vanilla with a more pronounced barrel and coconut component. Both smell great.
TASTE: Roasted grain and coffee beans up front with sweet cream and caramel as well. Big finish of coffee bitterness, some dark, bitter chocolate, vanilla and sweet cream notes with a touch of bourbon and alcohol underneath. Quite flavorful, with plenty of roasted coffee bitterness, sweet caramel and some cream flavors as balance. More oak and bourbon come out as the beer opens up and as it lingers on the palate. Enjoyable, complex and quite interesting. The 2012 is much different, as the coffee isn't nearly as much of a player, but the sweet cream, vanilla and caramel are quite decadent, and the oak and coconut from the bourbon barrels play a much more prevalent roll in the flavor profile. Both are very different, but very good as well.
PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, creamy, goes down okay with a bit of a burn and finishes slightly dry. Some heat lingers, but not much. The 2012 is much the same but a touch lighter on the palate. Still very creamy though.
OVERALL: Surprisingly good, as I'm not usually a very big fan of the Eclipse series. Both vintages are solid, but for very different reasons. The 2013 is definitely a coffee imperial stout first, as the coffee plays a much bigger roll in the nose and taste than in the 2012. That said, however, the 2012 is quite decadent, with really nice sweet cream and vanilla flavors, as well as a more forthcoming barrel presence in the taste profile. I might say the 2012 is more enjoyable at this point perhaps and I probably would score it a 4.5 for taste, but that is a matter of preference, as the grainy, burnt coffee flavors in the 2013 might not be for everyone. Regardless, both of these are great on their own and I'm glad to have had the chance to try them both together. Thanks again for the bottle guys!
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 14:14:15 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
4.71/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Just getting into this series, and I've yet to be disappointed. Went into the Java (2012) with unreasonably high expectations:
A - Monolithic black, with a surprisingly full tan head.
S - Vanilla, hazelhut, espresso and massive baker's chocolate, with notes of black cherry, pipe tobacco and toasted coconut. Each swirl conjures fresh pipesmoke and molasses.
T - All of the above, but accented with some fruit - fig and blackberry preserves - and something like peanut butter. The taste is more like dark chocolate mousse than coffee (though admittedly the coffee might have faded with time).
M - Heavy, sticky and hot on the tongue.
This is what I'm talking about. I wouldn't mind taking up permanent residence in this bottle. Not to speak ill of everyone's favorite coffee stout, but I'd take Eclipse Java over BCBCS any day of the week.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 17:06:32 | More by TheCuriograph
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Run #2... 2013 version
A - Pours black with a one finger dark khaki head. Doesn't seem like a thick stout on the pour. Lacing is okay and retention of the head is a ring around the glass.
S - To me, the coffee isn't at the forefront on the smell. Bitter dark chocolate mixed in with coffee and roasted malts on the nose. A rather subdued nose here and I'm not picking up much barrel.
T - Very complex taste! Coffee hits you from the get go, developing into bitter dark chocolate that gives way to oak, brown sugar and smooth bourbon notes.
M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The carbonation bubbles feel small and toy with the smooth body on the beer.
O - Impressive... If only it was more coffee forward on the nose and the body was a bit bigger. Still, a great stout that I'm sure not a lot of people will turn down.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 00:51:37 | More by cvm4
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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