Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
07-17-2014 02:20:43 | More by SaisonRichBiere
3.99/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
03-14-2014 04:30:38 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-26-2013 18:12:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.79/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
10-22-2013 13:13:11 | More by stakem
Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.