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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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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 19
Gots: 48 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 32
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was really impressed by this one and had low expectations based on the reviews. I think this one really did well with age. Very little, if any, alcohol smell or burn in the taste. I've only had elijah craig 12 year fresh, and this, and the bernheim blew it out of the water.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Dope
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up by my trustee and sent my way, had this one before, but looks like the tick is still in a notebook somewhere with the backlog. Enjoyed from a eclipse snifter had while imstillmhad a pour of the old fitz from the year.

a - much like every eclipse in the series, dark as night with a great barrel shine. A bit thin looking with minimal head and lacing (par for the course). Nessentiallynidentical tomthe old fitz thatni still have left.

s - dark rich chocolatey malt but a big breath of vanilla, much more prominent than the old fitz. A bit smoother too.

t/m - the bergeim wheat definitely carries a different nose than the old fitz from the same year. Again, vanilla is bigger and bolder and gives the brew an almost candy element. Mouth is just as impressive and the beer is just as easy to drink as the old fitz, but doesnt carry as much personality in the flavor as the old fitz does, but the flavor seems more universal to me and easier to take since not as boozy.

o - overall, what can you say about any of the beers in this series other than "go get them" - to me one of the few beers that is actually worth the sticker shock. Fairly close in my opinion about the old fitz, but that one probably edges out over this one due to the personality added from the barrel. This is nice, but a bit more light and fluffy. Both are winners in my book.

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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of busternuggz
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Opaque brownish black with a thin finely bubbled khaki head. Not great retention but that's to be expected. Comes back nicely with a swirl.

Aromas of sweet oak, whiskey, chocolate cake, roasted malt, dulce de leche. A little dark fruit, like sweet dates. Very rich.

Rich and decadent taste. Double chocolate chip cookies, sweet whiskey, dates, german chocolate, creamy caramel. A touch of vanilla. Long finish with a twinge of bittersweet coffee beans and roasted malt. Fairly sweet but well balanced.

Chewy, velvety texture. Lost some carbonation due to age but it works. Smooth. Very nice.

Very good, rich and layered. Made a great dessert. It's aged well and taken on some sweet richness that wasn't there when it was fresh. One of my favorite barrel versions of Eclipse.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second straight night of Eclipse.

Pours a black/dirty brown colored ale with a nice beige head. Minimal lacing if any.

The smell is a great whiskey/chocolate hybrid. Slight burning of the nostrils when breathed (sp?) in deep. Some dark fruits as well. Cocoa. Fudge. Alcohol.

The taste is great! Just the right amount of warm booze swirled into the stout. Chocolate fudge with a dose of whiskey. Reminds me of those booze filled chocolates. As it warms (as expected) the alcohol definitely comes out to play. It does overpower what's happening in this session, but not offensively.

The only drawback is the mouthfeel. Too thin for all that's going on here. If FiftyFifty could somehow make this a tad thicker, this would rule!

Overall I really liked this. It blew the Rebel Yell variant away. The quality of the whiskey may have made the difference. It is blended great...props to the brewmaster. I say drink this now as aging may only bring this beautiful brew down.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tiku glass presents this very dark, chocolate brown beer as almost black. A quarter-inch, dark chestnut, creamy head settles to a ring within a few minutes leaving spotty lace above viscous legs.

Light bourbon and rich chocolate mingle, while coffee lingers around the edges. Subtle roasted malt is accentuated by dusty notes. Light coconut and oak are released as it warms.

The flavors follow the nose. Chocolate flavors are nuanced towards liqueur, while the bourbon is quite sweet. Light roasted bitterness is throughout a lingering mild finish. These flavors are, at times, clearly developed, then they morph slowly to become more of a coffee/brandy profile.

This Imperial Stout has an almost dense body as its syrupy smooth texture and fine light carbonation help the alcohol bite back. A sticky sweet residue coats the lips.

Warmth is an exceptional art form here as it refines the flavor profile. This Stout pairs perfectly for reading or contemplation. It could easily stand up to a cigar and deep, philosophic ponderings. Desserts and digestives beg for pairings like this.

Bottle #BR/1 definitely showcases the brewer’s art, especially as it warms with tongue-tingling titillation.

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