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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 45 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle.

A: Pours black with a medium sized, dense and foamy light brown head. Head fades quite slowly with great retention. Spotty little chunks of lacing, not a whole lot.

S: Pretty mellow whiskey aroma. Very sweet, lots of caramel and burnt sugars. Even get distinct and strong marshmallow. A little chocolate and some booziness float through as well. I swear I even get a little graham cracker, giving it a very s'mores-like aroma. Very interesting and delicious.

T: Burnt sugar, caramel and marshmallow again up front. Lots of marshmallow mixes with a bunch of sweet milk chocolate in the middle. Chocolate fudge in the finish with a hint of alcohol and honey. Lingering marshmallow and oak between sips. Very sweet throughout.

M: Heavy, viscous, thick. Nice.

O: Wow, this is really nice. Whiskey isn't as sharp, and doesn't stand out as much as some of the other eclipse variants. Thus, quite a mellow beer in comparison. However, quite sweet. Perhaps overly so to some people but I found it delicious. It's like drinking alcoholic brownie batter or liquid s'mores. VERY much a dessert beer but a good one at that. Drinkability suffers as a result; drinking Hershey's Syrup sounds like a good idea at first until you've gotta drink 22 ounces of it. That said, I didn't mind at all, I sipped on it for a while and it was wonderful. Just trying to accurate describe what to expect. Great beer, try the other variants if you want a sharper, stronger barrel presence.

Dope, May 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kevwcamp, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Beerontwowheels, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, some lace. Honeyish, smooth. More coconut from the wood dominating the taste. Nicer than the bottles in the series I have had before. Mild roasty and whiskey aromas.Perhaps not as complex as any other excellent imperial stouts. Good drinkability.Bottle from Premier, split with Liam.

Sammy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jmccraney, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Bourbon, sugars, chocolate, vanilla. Eclipse aroma blah blah.

Taste - I think this is the 12th and final variant of the day. It either tastes just like the blends or I can no longer distinguish the flavors. Hefty bourbon, but indistinct. Sharpness from the whiskey isn't quite like the other single barrel variants. Chocolate and vanilla. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Slick and creamier than the base beer. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.

Overall - My palate is so fatigued by these beers. Tough to tell if doing all 12 bottles at once was a great idea or a terrible idea.

Alieniloquium, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of bootlegger1929
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into snifter.

Looks black and pours thick. Not much head but still decent carbonation throughout the drink.

Smells fantastic. Best part about this brew. Not much alcohol on the nose which is great and there's notes of chocolate and toffee along with whiskey and vanilla. Again. Great. As balanced as a barrel aged stout can be.

Taste follows the nose. Alcohol comes out more as it warms. Also has a very warming feel in the belly. Lots of chocolate/toffee/Caramel notes in the taste. Awesome.

Drank really well when a little colder. Thick and coating. Thinned out as it warmed. Not a lot of carbonation but worked well for the style.

Overall great. What I would expect from this series after those that I had last year. Have 5 more variants right now that I can't wait to break out over the next few months.

bootlegger1929, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Bung
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra from Siggy125, a pricey one at that.
Very dark brown/black pour, just a ring of tan head.

Aroma, vanilla, caramel oaky tanin, roast malt and dark chocolate.

Taste, a lot more chocolate here. Some molasses and brown sugar. Barrel is pretty prominent. Vanilla and peat. Cocoa dry finish.

Not the thickest as others have said. But it coats well enough with lower carbonation. It's a little warming, just shy of showing a little too much.
I am fairly certain none of the Eclipses are worth the price tag, but they are tasty.

Bung, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

VeganUndead, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of burnt malt notes with some vanilla and black chocolate notes. Taste is a nice mxi between some deep roasted malt notes with some black chocolates notes, some vanilla and barrel-aging notes which kind of takes the rough edges of the base beer. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no deeply apparent alcohol notes. Very complex but retains some very good drinkability. Probably one of my favorite fifty-fifty stouts.

Phyl21ca, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Black wiht a thin layer of mocha coloured head.

S - Sweet bourbon, chocolate, charred oak, molasses and roast.

T - A huge charred oak presence hits the tongue first, followed by sweet whiskey, vanilla and a touch of roast. Chocolate fudge in the finish that lingers considerably in the aftertaste. There is a big warming alcohol presence throughout, which is a contrast to the other variants that I have tried.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. BR-3, Vintage 2012.

Very little head is produced on the pour, what does manage to form is a thin pencil head that dissolves quickly to a 1-2mm pencil thin collar. Head was a light tan mocha. Body color is a very dark walnut brown to black, quite hard to see through, otherwise looks alright, but not a giant wow looking brew.

Nose hits with caramel and salted peanuts up front. In the back some of the honey sweetness comes out, hinting even at floral sensations. A little bit of silky chocolate, with downplayed roast quality. Really nice smelling brew.

Palate brings a real unique experience. Real nice hit of honey sweetness upfront, matching a nice smooth and silky texture. Caramel whiskey sense hits in the mid palate, with malts and roasty character, with the finish concluding with a real nice whiskey sting. The most noticeable thing after the finish is a big black licorice component, that just lingers forever and nicely with a chewy property. The licorice slowly takes over and dominates, removing some of the caramel whiskey and chocolate first impressions, but the malt character starts to open up while sipping on the brew. There might even be some hop like bitterness in the finish, which matches well with the licorice.

Overall I am real impressed with this one, it's also quite unique. Wonderful stuff.

smakawhat, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, clear brown around the edges, one finger off white head.

S-Good deal of bourbon, coffee, vanilla and candied sugar.

T-Maybe a tad too sweet, but otherwise nice bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt and slight coffee.

M-Heavy to medium bodied, tad creamy and nicely carbonated.

O-As it warmed it didn't seem to be too sweet and the balance started coming together. A good beer that is worth the price to try it once.

rlee1390, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Donsmitty, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mendvicdog, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cdmillard, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ASUBeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ASUBeer, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

ShanePB, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

oline73, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. "Beige" wax that can look white (like EC20) in certain lighting. Big thanks to anotherjoe for this. My bottle has the word "Reserve" written above the bottle no. box, whatever that means. 2012 vintage, BR/1.

4.0 A: Black color. Super aggressive pour yielded only one finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is decent given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Robust wheat whiskey nose. Leathery with strong wheat, coconut, melon, and a touch of spiciness. Roasted barley and lots of chocolate from the base beer. Notes of vanilla and oak. Booze is held well in check. This has a great nose. Easily one of the best from 2012.

4.0 T: Taste is nearly as potent as the nose, despite the base beer not having legs to stand on (at least not after being barrel aged). Leather, wheat, coconut, more wheat, light fruits, spice, and earthiness from the barrel along with vanilla and oak. Chocolate and a light roast from the base. Quite delectable.

3.5 M: While it still isn't thick enough for my liking, this one is a bit thicker than the other ones, though still just a heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and super smooth with a light tannic finish.

4.0 D: I'm not quite ready to start using the new 0.25 score increments, so this gets a 4.0. One of the better Eclipses, especially if you like the taste of wheat.

DavoleBomb, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

wolf_switzer, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

spinrsx, Feb 03, 2014
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.