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

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

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%


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.

The wax color for this bottle is "metallic gold".

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-07-2012)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with a medium-sized dense chocolate milk colored head. Fades somewhat slowly but then hangs around forever. Never fully goes away. 1/4" of foam remains perpetually. Almost perfectly solid wall of lacing too.

S: Hmph, pretty much smells like grain alcohol. Never had corn whiskey but this practically smells like vodka barrels. I get some oaky vanilla character, a bunch of coconut and then just a touch of chocolate. Very strong alcohol, obviously.

T: Hmph (again). Very interesting. Don't really get any real whiskey/bourbon character up front. It's boozy and has some obvious coconut mixing with chocolate and some char. Kinda sweet with a bunch of vanilla that kicks in after the initial taste. Long lingering drying char in the aftertaste with some sweet corn mixed in. Boozy overall with a grain alcohol character throughout, but especially in the finish, contributing to the dryness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. A little drying from the oak and alcohol in the finish.

O: Very hard beer to score. Never had corn whiskey so I feel like I'm kinda guessing at the taste and smell aspects. I did my best. Very hot right now as this is extremely fresh. Feels a little over the top, even for me - and I am well accustomed to strong, boozy beers. Having said that, it is quite unique (never even heard of a corn whiskey barreled beer before) and quite complex. Despite the harshness it is surprisingly smooth underneath and goes down well. Still, not as flavorful or complex as the other variants I've had so I can't give it that great of a review. It is also noticeably hotter than any other variant I've had. Not sure if that's purely an age thing or a result of extended barrel aging or just the nature of corn whiskey (again, never had it). Worth trying but definitely only once - especially for $30.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:43:14 | More by Dope
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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OBeerMeGreatOne

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3.99/5  rDev -1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 18:12:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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stakem

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3.79/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 13:13:11 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

10-13-2013 19:55:30 | More by Kegatron
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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10-13-2013 19:28:16 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-12-2013 02:09:41 | More by Kmat10
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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10-10-2013 02:30:06 | More by maximum12
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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