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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn WhiskeyImperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey

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BA SCORE
90
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The wax color for this bottle is "metallic gold".
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 31
Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with 1 finger of tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Medium body with a nice velvety texture. Flavor is a slightly sweeter version of the base beer with predominantly roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee with subtle whiskey and oak.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass

Appearance- Dark, oily, and viscous. As expected. Not much lacing.

Smell- Strong boozy mocha, burnt coffee, and a very present corn alcohol sweetness. Hints of barrel aromas are clearly muted by the corn alcohol notes.

Taste- Strong dark chocolate espresso, that moves quickly into corn sweetness. There's a bit of astringency that pops up, but it is very subtle and aged out, and gets dragged back down by big creamy chocolate notes. Think slightly boozy cocoa puffs. The mellowed-out corn booze flavor actually suits this pretty well. The spent barrel aging loses some caramel and oak, but the flavor is still strong and tasty.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous, and palate-coating, but not overly chewy.

Overall- It's definitely unique among BA stouts, in that it lacks the character of a wet-bourbon barrel aging. The loss of the caramel and spicy oak notes that would normally be present in a bourbon barrel, are quite pleasantly replaced with corn sweetness. I'm a bit surprised that it worked so well. Perhaps some age in the bottle took the hard boozy edge off, but either way, it came out rather balanced and unoffensive. I would love to try the others in the series, but I was pretty happy with this one.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage. Wanted to try it due to the Corn Whiskey Barrel aging.

Pours out black, with dark brown highlights near the edges. Not much head, only a hint of lacing.

Chocolate, honey, oak and a slight hint of booze start off the smell. Slight vanilla and earthy hops near the middle. Smooth chocolate finish on the smell.

Taste is pretty close to the smell. There is a slight grain/corn taste that makes it just a tiny bit harsher than the others I've tried, but not offensive.

An interesting variation of the Eclipse Imperial Stout series. Fun if you can still find it!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.2.13

BR 1 2012

A - Pours a very dark brown with a very small, mellow dark tan head that fades to the edges quickly.

S - Unique sweet dark fruit, alcohol heat.

T - Sweet bourbon, oaky, caramel.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Sweet and easy drinking, a touch of heat, very tasty.

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a matching Eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin tan head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Some lighter brown coloration is noted around the edges when held to the light.

The smell is tangy with earth and roast. Some solvent alcohol and almost a mineral and sulfur inclusion. There is quite a bit of fruitiness present that extends beyond the normal raisony character of most eclipse brews. It almost hints towards apple but not quite gone that far into fruity but it is close.

The taste is tangy with fruity alcohol almost like the previously mentioned apple or coder but not really. Some earth and oak elements are present blending into raisony solvent alcohol. The amount of perceived residual sugar is interesting as it really drives home the fruity ascents of this iteration in a much different way than the other treatments. The aftertaste is a bit musty withngrain to apple or pear skins.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Still quite boozy for being a "younger" eclipse offering. I enjoyed the touch of extra fruity charcter and sweetness but some of the other elements going on in it are not that favorable. This is a unique one for sure.

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber gold wax poured into tulip 11/810/13 cheers Kmat10 for sharing

A not quite black, you can see half way to the other side of the glass under a thin mocha foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S spicy rye barrels strong, not sure if that's "mellow corn whiskey" or not but I smell rye, a little booze, lots of fudge, some dark fruit, faint licorice, cinnamon catches me off guard, smells a little hot but solid otherwise

T more chocolate with a faint spicy kick, char, a hint of molasses, and everything I smells still there

M medium full, some tannins, a fair amount of heat, slightly numbing on the gums, long finish of charred barrel and chocolate lingers

O booze popping up here and there is my only complaint, lots of barrel and fairly well rounded

I've had a couple from this series and I think I preferred the others over this one but that still leaves some great beer in my glass

Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to meliot2811 for (a) shipping me this lovely addition to the FiftyFifty collecting in my liver & (b) pointing out all the mistakes on my home page. Jerk! But I forgive you for sending me such excellent beer. Actually, I love you now. Ahem. Anyways. 22 oz. bottle with yellowish wax split with my wife.

Pour is strangely lighter than most of the series, almost a darker muddied brown, with typical low carbonation. Have to wet the tip of my nose to get much: whiskey, light roast & chocolate. Not much going on here.

Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey let's loose a hard roundhouse. Alcohol shin to the throat, heat settling into my tongue, much more barrel-forward than most of the series. There's a nice roast holding it up, along with chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, maybe a sliver of coconut. Ridiculously drinkable; I could have taken this solo (& wish I had!). Silky smooth like most of the Eclipse, which is weird considering the supernova of alcohol.

Haven't been quite as wild about the 2012 offerings as some of the previous series, but this is a Mauer line drive in my book. The heavy hand of whiskey melds gorgeously with the base beer & comes out better than the sum of its parts. Excellent, wonderful beer.

Photo of Budinetz
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. 2012 vintage, bottle no: BR/1 2012 is written on the bottom left of the bottle.

Pours a dark, viscous, opaque color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing is present on the glass throughout. Looks to be about 55 degrees SRM.

Smells of whiskey, roasted malt, vanilla notes, caramel. There's an awesome nose on this brew. A lot of whiskey character along with the sweetness of the black malts.

Tastes of sweet whiskey, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, coffee, and fig. Awesome flavor! You get the whiskey notes up front with a dry finish. Definitely a well rounded brew that benefits from aging. Can't wait to try another in 2-3 years.

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous on the tongue with a sweet sensation up front followed by a dry feeling on the finish. Low carbonation on this one, but that is characteristic of the style.

Overall a great whiskey barrel aged stout. Definitely one to pick up if you haven't!

Cheers!

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-lack in the glass, one finger tan head.

S-Bourbon, roasted and burnt malt are the main flavors.

T-Bourbon, roasted and burnt malt. Slight coffee as well.

M-Medium bodied, slightly watery and not much carbonation.

O-Had side by side with the Bernheim Wheat, this was clearly the inferior one. Still a good beer but not worth the price tag.

Photo of Maxwell
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like thin oil or thick coffee. It sits in the glass a chocolaty black with a nice little scrim of bubbles that initially made a head above the beer. The head/scrim is a creamy yellow color with khaki hints and is made of nano bubbles that make a smooth and creamy appearance as they pack together. Lacing from the beer is slick, and the legs are light but definitely apparent on the glass. On the nose, this beer is all about the whiskey. Big, bristling and sweet alcohol rush the nose bringing hints of corn alcohol, and sticky corn syrup. This is a phenomenal whiskey-scented beer; it is fresh and snappy on the nose. Beneath the whiskey sits gentle caramel roast alongside tropical coconut, and some slight dark raisin notes. My girlfriend picks up hints of salted caramel as well. On the tongue, the beer tastes hot in alcohol with sticky sweetness coming from the malt and the whiskey mingling. The finish of the beer is dry however, leaving a light bite of acid in the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as spicy alcohol with hints of coconut. The coconut eventually folds out on the tongue into sweet corn whiskey with touches of tannic oak that works to dry the cloying sweet whiskey flavor. Malt plays second fiddle in this beer, lacing a light caramel undertone to the beer and appearing as a mellow candied caramel in the aftertaste. The finish runs hot with cloying whiskey and a touch of coconut and tannic oak. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body with a very soft carbonation. The beer feels smooth and velvety, showing a little of the honey as it caresses the tongue. It bites a little on the tip of the tongue as the beer finishes, which cuts back on the softness of this beer, but it still is quite a soft beer. Overall, this is a hugely whiskey-heavy beer, but it tastes great because of it. My bottle was several months old but the whiskey was still hot as ever on the tongue, and provided a nicely complex flavor for me to ponder. It was a little too hot in alcohol for what I normally like in a barrel-aged stout, but it was still very good to sip on and very tasty. The beer was also gigantically pricey, but my girlfriend is amazing and bought it for me and I thank her greatly. A beer worthy of a try, though I don’t think I will get it again; this is a great beer to split among friends.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of fthomasl pours a very dark brown color...a few highlights around the edges. Moderate retention and nice lace.

Nose is sweet malt, dusky chocolate and light fruit. Lots of alcohol...wood is light. Pretty balanced between the various stout aromas you typically get. I just got back from Tennessee and tasted some corn whiskey (aka moonshine) and I definitely get a little bit of that in there.

The heat tastes more like an 11%'er...the moonshine really 'shines so to speak, pun intended. The base beer shows the same balance I found in the aroma....nice fruit, chocolate and molasses flavors. Good beer..but for the price, there are probably some better values out there.

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with garnet highlights around the edge. A long lasting brown head made of creamy bubbles.

S: Strong chocolate aroma with a moderately-strong caramel malt sweetness. A medium oak character bringing medium vanilla with a fairly strong whisky-like booziness.

T: A good deal of chocolat, roast, plums and prunes with a strong caramel sweetness. The balance is strongly towards the sweet side with a sweet finish. Medium-strong oak and vanilla flavors.

M: Full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Substantial warmth.

O: A rich flavor stout with a a fair amount of alcohol presence balanced by malt sweetness.

Photo of charlzm
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed December 16th, 2012 at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach, CA.

Beer is virtually black. Almost no head.

Aroma is dominated by corn whiskey (duh) and a sweet molasses note.

Flavor is sweet. Salty, light whiskey flavor up front which segues into a sweet, undifferentiated dark malts at the end which feature the usual suspects: chocolate and coffee. Alcohol heat on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick with little carbonation.

Very good stout, though not amazing. A bit overpriced for what it is, IMHO.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades normal.

S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, Whiskey, vanilla, oak, corn, black licorice, dark cocoa, coffee, booze.

T - Sweet chocolate and caramel malts, Whiskey, vanilla, oak, corn, molasses, coffee, black licorice, bitter dark cocoa, touch of dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming, sweet finsh.

D - Great barrel aged stout. The Whiskey is present but also fairly mellow.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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 - Chocolatey with a sustained bourbon character. Lots of sharp alcohol, maybe even that raw corn whiskey aroma, but I could be making that up because I know it's corn whiskey. Tough to discern.

Taste - Lots of harsh whiskey flavor. Harsh is a harsh term. It's still a nice barrel character. Sustains the corn whiskey character throughout, with just a bit of a sting in the back end. Chocolate, of course.

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

Overall - Interesting barrel character for sure, but not the most impressive.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big nose of corn whiskey. Lacey on black body. Smooth, drinker honeyish, syrupy.Chocolate (really cocoa), some burnt malt. Boozy a bit. Not bad and decent drinkability.Just an average imperial stout overall. Drying, a bit more so than the others I have had in the series.Bottle from Premier split with Liam.

Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing a bottle.

A: Black with crimson highlights under a finger of fine tan froth. Pretty good retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Hugely aromatic, but quite raw whiskey dominates. Booze, fresh oak, molasses, and marshmallow. Some chocolate and dark fruit. Enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt, candied vanilla, corn whiskey, dates, marshmallow, and warming alcohol on the finish. Quite good.

M: Creamy medium body. Lively and substantial. Wonderful.

O: Good, but not as great as several other Eclipse variants I've had. I passed on buying a bottle for myself based on my tepid feelings about Corn Whiskey, so I'm really glad I got to try it. It turns out that I wouldn't have been disappointed had I pulled the trigger, but it's certainly not good enough for me to contemplate seeking out for a second sample.

Cheers!

Photo of liamt07
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Black with a tan head. Nose of corny bourbon, vanilla, sweet and sugary and quite distinct from the other variants sampled that evening. Flavourful bourbon on the palate, vanilla, brown sugar, light coconut and sweet corny bourbon moreso towards the late palate.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by myself and one of my bestest friends in tout de monde, chez Paul. The beer looks like an Eclipse stout. If you're not sure what I'm ranting about, consult any one of my other completely useless reviews of Eclipse beers.

Mellow corn? Are you for serious right now? Don't be trifling B.

I'm not sure what Sasquatch or pilgrims have to do with this beer, but I gotta say I'm not exactly feeling like this beer resembles anything Midwesterners slather in margarine and feast upon as if they were ground rodents.

Smooth and runny feel, like a sexy silky brunette goddess in clear heels perched in a moonlit motel window as she realizes she has to take a huge, runny dump.

I can't wait to drink the next Eclipse beer, which will almost certainly be crazy similar to this one. Hellz yeah.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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. Mellow corn whiskey huh? We finished our tasting with this one. The corn whiskey has a huge presence in this beer, I would have preferred it a bit softer or mellowed.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like an imperial stout, dark brown and black, this one seemed of an infantile amount lighter than the others. Usual wood and roast aroma, this one didn't impart nearly as much chocolate as say, EC20 does. Booziness came out a little more. Probably my least favorite aroma of any Eclipse beer.

Taste was a litte boozier than the others, beer seemed a little thinner. Vanilla and caramel notes. Roast was there, a little bitter. A sweetness that surpasses even the Rittenhouse version, which up to this point, was the sweetest of Eclipse beers IMHO. I don't get as much smoke/charred character on this one as the other Eclipse beers. Mouthfeel remains warm, not as much absorbtion of the alcohol. The roast and the chocolate are still there, but they remain in the background as the corn barrel seems to be driving this one. Carbonation is mild, allows for a creamier, smoother experience, but you just can't get passed the bitterness and heat without as prominent of flavors underlying it. You start to get adjusted to it a few ounces in. Still a very good beer, but given its massive rarity and whatnot, I think there are several better options of Eclipse to look into instead.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

surprised this one doesn't have more allegiance on here. lovely stuff really, every bit as good as the elijah craig versions. the pour is inky black, motor oil in color but not that thick. looks the same as the others, with a patch tan head. the nose is sweeter from the honey like usual, but there is a different sweetness too, more pronounced, from the corn whiskey I can only assume, that isn't present in the others ive had. there is also that familiar toffee and licorice complex, nice. the flavor is awesome, vanilla and clover honey and a weird booze profile. woody and rich, tobacco notes in the finish and some bitter burnt barley to go with that sweetness from the honey. complex and gorgeous. alcohol seems stronger in this one, a little more burn, and maybe a little thinner too. carbonation is very relaxed, but the mouthfeel is still creamy and full bodied. this would make a fine dessert for any meal, and is absolutely a bottle to share at this price and this richness. possibly my favorite version of eclipse yet!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily 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, cookie dough, and a fairly harsh alcohol aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is a bit jarring in terms of the sharp alcohol scent you get after the pour.

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1757th Review on BA
Bottle to Bavarian Lodge Tulip
22oz

2012 Release

App- A very dark brown. Bordered on black but never reached it. An amber/garnet edge formed and then was gone when the small aggressive 1/2 finger brown head poured and was gone. Made way to a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- An aromatic beer with strong chocolate on a large whiff. The ensuing notes bring a bit of roasty malts with a touch of corn lightness. Its a bit sweet and smooth with a bit of oak. The booze is not very heavy but adds a depth to this one, this seems creamier and lusher than others to me. Maybe the corn does it? So why does an AAL smell like ish then?

Taste- As it warmed to over 55F, it became a bit more creamy and tastier. However, this one was a bit smoother than all others. Had a bit of corn and vanilla and chocolate on the back but doesnt give the boozy variant burn as others have. Nice variant but not the tastiest one. Its getting up there with the EC's to me though.

Mouth- A fairly medium body with a large creamy body to it and a low- medium carbonation. The after taste leaves residual booze and some oaky chocolate with a touch of a corn like sweetness that I attributed to a coconut/vanilla blend.

Drink- Its an eclipse stout for sure. Has that underlying flavor that each variant had. This just was just smoother than others but not in the class of the other variants I prefer. As mentioned above, this was getting closer than the others to the EC series.

Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap, snifter.

A: Pours near black with raisin highlights and a thin short lived light brown head. Spotty lace.
S: Smells creamy and smooth with the alcohol being very hidden on the nose. I get tons of vanilla and smooth chocolate.
T: A little more complex than the nose with flavors of woody barrel, oak, leather, chocolate and raisins. The finish is bitter with dark chocolate and dark fruits, and the aftertaste is full of vanilla. Tastes age already with very mild notes of whisky and butter.
M: Thick, creamy, smooth, mellow and slightly buttery. This is drinking great on tap.
O: I thought this rivals aged bottles of my favorite variations from last year. It maybe could have used a bit more barrel presence but I cannot wait to see how the bottles of this turned out.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.