Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Jeffo:
4.03/5 rDev -6.7%
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!
02-16-2014 14:14:15 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!
Black in body with a thin ring of dark brown foam atop. This already looks a touch thicker than other Eclipse variants. Slightly oily sheen. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with dots of stick.
The coffee aroma is very well integrated into the base, delicious aroma of Eclipse: chocolate, smooth, integrated bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and a wave of cold-pressed coffee. Very nice.
The flavor is similar to the aroma. This is not a coffee-bomb of a barrel-aged stout, like BCBCS, for example. The coffee is present, but only complementary, as opposed to boldly in-your-face. Nice layers of chocolate, some roast, bourbon and oak, and a bit of vanilla push up against the added coffee element. Very drinkable.
Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very nice, and definitely thicker than most of the other Eclipse variants I've tried.
A wonderful nightcap.
03-04-2013 23:09:27 | More by ehammond1
3.83/5 rDev -11.3%
Shared by leftyhyzer at NWI tasting
A - Dark coffee brown with lighter chocolate accents. Small mocha colored head
S - Dark chocolate, fudgy browny, light coffee, sweet cream, and a slight alcohol presence
T - Sweet vanilla, light cream, and coffee upfront. The finish is a slight bitter coffee presence. Coffee is really the main flavor throughout.
MF - Light body with an astringent finish from the coffee. A bit too thin for me
O - Solid coffee beer with good flavor throughout. There really isn't much barrel presence and it is a bit thin. This is a solid coffee stout but not worth the effort to track down one of these bottles.
02-16-2013 01:55:19 | More by jeonseh
4.15/5 rDev -3.9%
22oz bottle, lavender wax capped, from bottle run numero 2 of 2013.
This beer pours a pretty convincingly solid black, with the slightest of basal cola edges, and one fat finger of bubbly, frothy, and ultimately creamy mocha head, which leaves some nice approaching storm system lace around the glass as things sink away.
It smells of bitter espresso, semi-sweet baker's chocolate, dry hot cocoa mix, restrained roasted caramel malt, a subtle barrel character - more grainy wood than the usual caramel/vanilla/spice/booze scoreboard - and a bit of musty ashiness. The taste is a whole lot sweeter in its bearing - lightly toasted caramel malt, hard toffee, bittersweet cold coffee, a more aggressive Bourbon spicy grain and natural vanilla booziness, free radical chunky chocolate, and a dry ashy earthiness.
The carbonation is fairly involved in its edgy peppiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, the alcohol seeping in a tad, which doesn't seem to affect the airy creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the coffee persists in the form of one of those hideous java house diabetes concoctions, and the cocoa, caramel, and whiskey-tinged booze round things out.
While the coffee essence here is indeed prominent, it's hardly overbearing - I've had worse (or better, depending on your outlook) in recent coffee porter examples. It's the tame, well-rounded accompanying imperial stout that gets me - seemingly simple, but really a dense palette of sweet and bitter, charred and alcoholic, no one note taking over, rather, they're all laudable for their strength among and despite each other. One of the better versions of the Eclipse series that I've yet tried, and that from an avowed java heretic.
01-17-2014 02:39:59 | More by biboergosum
4.26/5 rDev -1.4%
22oz. waxed bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a dark, dense black brew with no head. Lacing is layered, thick and patchy with good stick. Thick, oily legs too. Good looking beer.
Nose is big mocha, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt. A touch of a lactose/cream undertone. Real rich, deep, and delicious. Pretty aromatic too. I like it.
Opens coffee, mocha and chocolate. Cocoa powder, fudge, leather and burnt malt in the middle. End is more coffee and cocoa. Aftertaste of molasses, leather, and mocha. Pretty straightforward but the coffee is big and bold here... something I don't always get out of coffee imperial stouts.
Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily, thick, and slick in the mouth and goes down smooth. Messy finish with a long, sticky, lingering finish. Great for the style.
I've been very impressed with the beers from the 50/50 Imperial Stout series and Coffee Eclipse is no exception. The flavors here are pretty straightforward but the coffee is big, bold and in your face. Feel is great as always and overall this one is just as advertised. Definitely worth seeking out.
04-14-2013 03:25:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.06/5 rDev -6%
650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.
Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.
Smell - Subtler bourbon flavor. The coffee is very raw. Not a strong coffee aroma. "Green"coffee aroma.
Taste - Coffee is sharp but green again. Sharper than the bourbon. The bourbon is smooth and flavorful, but subtle. Dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon lingers and sweetness isn't overpowering.
Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish. Bitterness from the coffee.
Overall - The coffee doesn't really add any more than it detracts from the barrel flavor. I didn't have to trade through the roof for this one, thankfully.
04-06-2013 20:43:48 | More by Alieniloquium
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a near black color with a dense beige head that left a nice wall of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is of ground coffee. Nice woody bark like coffee scent. There is some light chocolate notes. Perhaps some hints of caramel and vanilla.
The taste is big on coffee and roasted barley. Slightly bitter from the roast but fairly smooth considering. Again light chocolate and cocoa notes. Some torched caramel sweetness.
The feel is well bodied. Sweet notes hit off to start but is quickly balanced by the roast and coffee bitterness. A touch sticky in the finish.
Very good coffee stout. Oatmeal would be a good addition to smooth out the flavor.
01-04-2014 20:42:05 | More by Gmann
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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