Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Black with a mocha ring of head.
S: Lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, oak, brown sugar coffee in the nose.
T: Sweet milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee.
M: Full bodied and pretty smooth.
O: A bit too sweet but really tasty, a nice blend of eclipses.
01-17-2014 00:11:58 | More by BierJager89
4.44/5 rDev +3.7%
this blend is amazing. so thankful to have been able to kick off the new years celebration with a brew like this. dark and thick like the others, but this one has some really different characteristics. the nose is a little sweeter, probably due to the mellow corn addition, which i remember being very sweet. secondly, the finish is strongly whisky flavored, and although ive never had the evan williams addition, i can taste that specific spirit here, particularly on the back end. the honey is also more pronounced than i remember, i think i liked the 9.5% abv base beer better than this years 11.9% base beer, something about it seems smoother and silkier and more delicate. no alcohol heat to this at all, and all the usual chocolate, coffee, and char notes come through in varying proportions. i love the feel of this beer, thick and palate coating but it drinks much lighter than it is. i am not sure if they have blended others or not, but this was really well done, a special bottle for sure.
01-01-2014 19:16:39 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
Bomber into a matching eclipse snifter. The brew appears black in color with a tan film. Some lighter brown is seen around the edges. Pretty solid retention that holds with a webbing across the top and patchy lacing on the glass
The smell includes notes of tang and earth. Citrus and alcohol abound with chocolate-like malt character. Seemingly no smooth barrel presence but the more I smell this, the more alcohol comes forward with a neutral feel to it. This might sound dumb but this almost smells like shine, not your typical spirit let alone barrel aged.
The flavor includes solvent alcohol with a minor earthen feel and a bit of base roasty aspect that has hints of citrus. Some raisony or almost plum-like fruity aspects and lots of burn from a neutral sort of spirit. I get little to no barrel presence from this but almost a vinous touch towards the back.
This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Quite boozy and enjoyable but certainly a different monster from all the other eclipse brews but im not totally sold on this being a total success. It is almost like all the boozy barrels got tossed into this blend. Maybe with some extended age this could benefit but here and now its a harsh beast.
10-21-2013 13:36:33 | More by stakem
4.39/5 rDev +2.6%
This came in the mail today and I wasted no time tossing it in the fridge. I've been waiting to try it since I heard about it. Thanks!
While the beer is a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, it is comfortably black in my snifter. There's a thin, light brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The nose is great. The aged EC Eclipse character is clear, with a blend of mellow coconut and vanilla pairing well with the chocolate, caramel and toffee notes. While maintaining the unique subtlety that only comes with a lengthy stint in a barrel, this does have a fresh and vibrant base beer without some of the staleness that long-aged beers have. Fudge and booze round out the nose.
One of my criticisms of the Eclipse series is how un-stout-like they are. The base beer seems sweeter and lacking in roast ( I am yet to try Totality), making the beers blur the lines between an American Strong Ale and a true RIS. This particular blend highlights the strengths that that approach can bring, that of sheer decadence. Coconut vanilla fudge, bringing to mind macaroons, along with caramel and a little toffee, this is arguably simple but exceedingly well done. Sweet, even for the series, this has a massive amount of barrel flavor without the tannins or the booze. Medium-light in body and moderately carbonated, this beer finishes sweet with vanilla, anise and coconut. Exceedingly drinkable, especially since alcohol is so well-hidden. Highly recommended.
05-12-2013 06:20:57 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev -6.5%
650 mL bottle poured into an Eclipse snifter. 2012 bottle.
Appearance - Murky black with transparent edges. Not much of a head. Wispy surface.
Smell - Sharp bourbon aroma. Nothing subtle about it. Hefty liquor flavor. Strong corn aroma. Chocolatey.
Taste - Sharp bourbon flavor. Dies down to a dark chocolate flavor. Bourbon comes back in the back end and gives it a bitter bourbon finish. Corn flavor persists all the way. Sharp flavor.
Mouthfeel - Loses its creaminess with this treatment. Medium carbonation. Sweet and barrel booze finish.
Overall - Reminds me of the Old Fitzgerald treatment. Strong corn presence.
04-06-2013 21:56:07 | More by Alieniloquium
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
Bottle generously shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Half Acre taster glass.
A - Lightly tanfoam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and splotches of lace. Very dark brown body with some reddish-brown transparency at the edges of the glass.
S - Lots of oak and whiskey at first blush. A tiny bit fusel and spicy actually - perhaps from the Evan Williams addition? The fudge and honey notes of the Totality base are in the periphery, along with more char and roast than you'd expect from Eclipse. Sweetens a bit as it warms up, and I enjoyed it quite a bit more at room temperature than cold.
T - The taste is a bit sweeter, with more dark chocolate and fudge and less bourbon and oak. Also less boozy, with some anise and vanilla mid-palate before yielding to espresso bitterness in the finish. More what I was expecting.
M - A bit thinner than the typical Eclipse. Lightly sticky residuals, but surprisingly clean actually. More carbonation as well, with fairly minimal alcohol heat. Actually drinks like a >10% stout, unlike some of the other variants.
D - An enjoyable beer, but squarely in the middle of the Eclipse pack. I'd certainly drink it again, as I refilled my glass a number of times, but it's more of a nifty treat for Eclipse fans than an essential item.
04-01-2013 05:07:06 | More by MasterSki
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
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