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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend - FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 10 | FT: 4
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.

We started with a 350+ day old Elijah Craig 12 year barrel, and then we blended in a sweeter, less oaky barrel of Mellow Corn Whiskey Eclipse. We topped the blend off with a younger barrel of Evan Williams Eclipse that brought a more robust, boozy bourbon character to the mix.

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

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This one was one of the standouts for me. The smell wasn't overly sweet but it did have a nice dark fruit component. I also got some roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. The taste was a bit hot, but still very good. Dark fruit and bourbon that still managed to be smooth enough. There was a chocolate note along with the roast. I really enjoyed this one.

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3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is average and a few whisps of lacing are left.

3.5 S: Smells good, but it's tame by Eclipse standards. Leathery, sweet bourbon with notes of coffee, roast, oak, and vanilla. Chocolate from the base, but not much else (as is always a complaint from me). Lightly boozy with a light solventy note, but smooth overall.

3.0 T: Like the nose, it's not bad, it's just tame. Chocolate from the base, but otherwise it doesn't do it for me. The bourbon is more mellow than almost all other variants I've had. Still, it has a nice complexity - leather, sweet raisin, roast, oak, vanilla, apple, and melon.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but too damn light (my other persistant complaint).

3.0 D: Not my favorite, but still worth a try if you are a fan of the brand.

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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.

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Looks like all the Eclipse beers do: near black to black with dark chocolate highlights beneath a thin dark brown head that fades to a lasting collar leaving spotty lace. Right away I can detect the buttery smoothness of the EC barrel on the nose, and when I sip I get more of the same. Chocolate, marshmallow, leather and dark fruit come through alongside the buttery and spicy oak. Caramel brings up the rear and I get a lot of tobacco in the finish. Warming mouth, medium-full body with fairly bubbly carbonation (more so than other beers from the night). Overall I thought this was a really great and unique blend of the variants. EC12 is one of the best and I’m glad it dominates. Good job guys.

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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.

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Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.