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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

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 23:28:12 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and whiskey. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is strong but quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 05:28:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-08-2013 01:37:48 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-16-2013 12:35:37 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-03-2013 02:44:32 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 19:52:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

06-08-2013 02:22:22 | More by acurtis
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

2012 vintage (in case future vintages are made). You'd better believe I made some Macbeth/Birnam Wood jokes whilst drinking this... Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a half-finger or so of tan foam. The nose is mostly filled with whiskey and oak, though some mild roasted-malt and dark-chocolate notes come through as well. The taste brings in more of the same, with the whiskey yet again dominating the proceedings. At least it seems like good whiskey... The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively watery feel. Overall, a pretty good barrel-aged stout, but one that, like its brothers, suffers from a lack of strength-of-base-beer and thinness.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:45:47 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

06-02-2013 15:17:52 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-14-2013 07:53:54 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

01-15-2013 05:41:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: not sure where I got the bottle from.

Man, this bottle was filled to the brim. I've never seen a bottle with no headspace like this. Poured into an Eclipse snifter (second version, upraised barrel logo) at cellar temperature. Pitch black with a controlled cap of tan head that sank to a wispy layer / thick ringlet, leaving webs of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, sweet chocolate, vanilla and whiskey, nice note of coconut in there too. Taste was very nice up front, lots of whiskey, but quite smooth and mellowed out in terms of heat, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut; mid-palate brought in more of an oaky profile, roasty bitterness, and some leafiness, which remained into the finish. Body was medium-full, mouthfeel was again smooth up front, but thinned out a little in the finish. Moderate carbonation, low heat for a big beer. Enjoyable overall, with the aroma being the best aspect.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:10:31 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-10-2013 05:50:38 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Chicago 2 weeks ago around the corner from Hopleaf. 22 oz. bottle with marking that say BR 1, into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some light lacing on the glass. Looks great, like most of the other Eclipse variations, and a great stout.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, coconut, sweet dark fruits, and some caramel malts. Lot of chocolate and whiskey, and nice and sweet. Liking the nose a lot, and something that gets better as it warms up.

t - Tastes of whiskey, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, fudge, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, coconut, cream, and some alcohol. Taste is very nice and has more fruit and bourbon than the nose. Not quite as good as the nose, but still really good.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is a bit lighter and thinner than most of the Eclipses and then I would have liked. Worst part of the beer; just too thin for a big stout.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good variation; I think this one has more chocolate than most and is on the sweeter side, but I thought it worked really well, especially in the nose. The only downside is the body, which is a bit too thin. A really nice stout, and would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:58:34 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-27-2013 15:52:06 | More by mendvicdog
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-19-2012 03:12:13 | More by MarkyMOD
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-08-2013 16:12:58 | More by oriolesfan4
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

02-08-2013 14:46:03 | More by duceswild
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Eclipse appearance - dark cola brown body with a small beige head. Aromas of alcohol, vanilla, roast, light chocolate. Similar flavor. Slightly sweet with warming heat in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A solid beer, but nothing terribly exciting going on here.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:51:17 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:21:56 | More by smakawhat
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-23-2013 20:03:48 | More by billab914
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

02-15-2013 22:20:43 | More by drummermattie02
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, 650ml into a tulip. Tasted alongside 4 other variants.

Black, with a tan head. Nose is spirity, light fruity notes, oak and vanilla. Taste has wheat whiskey over some nice roast notes, caramel and oak. Lighter vanilla character and mild alcohol in the finish. Moderate dryness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 22:35:35 | More by liamt07
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage shared with some friends.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, caramel, spices and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, lots of ethanol and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty alcohol lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This one while tasty seemed to be the least integrated flavor wise and had quite a harsh alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 01:13:26 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.4.13
BR 1 2012

A - Pours a dark brown with a foamy dark tan head that fades slowly.

S - Typical bourbon, chocolate, barrel, but more sweet.

T - Subtle sweet wheat, bourbon, chocolate finish.

D - Silky soft, sweet. Lower carbonation with a thinner body.

O - Sweeter and softer then other versions. Still very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 05:33:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Bernheim Wheat Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.