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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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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 82
Gots: 65 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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).

(Beer added by: DarthKostrizer on 12-07-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

fehrminator, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

BarrytheBear, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

kevrice88, Aug 19, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber; the dude at the beer store I was at was recommending all of these Eclipse Stouts; I went ahead and dropped the coin for this one.
Pours opaque near-black. What you'd expect from a big ol' stout.
Smells wonderful, but the bourbon smell dominates the coffee smell; this is NOT like smelling a coffee porter or Breakfast Stout.
Tastes like bourbon more than anything else. This is, I guess, what happens when you take a nice beer and put it in bourbon barrels for a while. There are enough hints of coffee and chocolate, but barely. The dominant thing here is bourbon.
Mouthfeel is thick, just a big beer all the way around.
Overall, if you like barrel-aged stouts and the bourbon-forward character that results from that process, then you would be hard-pressed to do better than this. My own rating here is subjective, and beers like this remind me of why I prefer non-barrel-aged stouts.

ChestSplitter, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

acurtis, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Kegatron, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Duff27, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

funkel81, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jeonseh, Feb 16, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shilt for the share.

Dark black pour with a small tan head that retained as a ringlet; some oily streaks left on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts, cocoa, coffee overshadowing the bourbon. I actually think the coffee detracted from the taste in this beer, in that it clashed a bit with the bourbon. Fairly roasty taste, between the dark malts and the coffee, with a bit of astringency coming from the latter, bourbon and oak, notes of cocoa and vanilla bean. Body was on the heavier side of medium, carbonation was low, mouthfeel could've been smoother. My verdict remains in place...coffee didn't help this beer. It didn't kill it, it was still good, but probably my least favorite of the varieties.

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #38, 2012 vintage, signed by Todd, and sent my way as an extra. Thanks, Chris,

The standard Eclipse pour, this beer is a very dark brown/black with a thin, brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The nose really brings to mind Vietnamese coffee, especially the way the coffee and the base beer sweetness (especially the caramel) blend. A moderate bourbon presence is felt, rather simple in character with rye whiskey(?), vanilla and a little coconut. Alcohol is well-hidden. What makes this beer stand out in the Eclipse pantheon is how the focus isn't wholly on the sweeter notes - the coffee really does add an interesting twist, moreso than I would have imagined.

The palate opens with a blend of coffee (starting to fade, I think) and base Eclipse. The coffee is mellow, a medium to mild roast, with some fruit and a moderate acidity. The acidity does clash with the sweetness, though, especially in combination with the bourbon. The blend of flavors does make me think of a tootsie roll, one with a touch of cola-like spice. The base Eclipse is enjoyable as always. Coconut, vanilla and a touch of booze (which further clashes with the more delicate coffee character). The bourbon is spicier than most Eclipses, making me wonder if the base here was a rye whiskey. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is boozy with a mild coffee character, along with a touch of fruit and vanilla. Quite yummy, recommended.

DefenCorps, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 13, 2014
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Java Coffee from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.