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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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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
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 Maxwell:
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:01:50 | More by Maxwell
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

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

03-14-2014 04:30:38 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.1%

03-08-2014 22:54:02 | More by Lehighace06
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dspinler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-07-2014 00:21:55 | More by topdown
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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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POTABLE83

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-26-2013 16:56:38 | More by POTABLE83
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

12-22-2013 17:30:26 | More by orangesol
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Kreko7

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

12-20-2013 02:12:26 | More by Kreko7
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Rado

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-30-2013 02:46:27 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

11-29-2013 23:47:03 | More by dfhhead25
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-23-2013 19:58:51 | More by IrishColonial
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-23-2013 19:45:24 | More by billab914
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siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-23-2013 19:44:26 | More by siege06nd
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2013 12:13:25 | More by Reagan1984
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CMack71968

California

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-08-2013 17:37:44 | More by CMack71968
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Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-25-2013 17:57:32 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:28:16 | More by wordemupg
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-12-2013 02:28:50 | More by IanSpindler
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:30:06 | More by maximum12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-07-2013 17:56:49 | More by InspectorBob
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Imperial Eclipse Stout - American Mellow Corn Whiskey from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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