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
District of Columbia
4.44/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to Chance for sharing.
The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. Typical Eclipse appearance. The aroma offers a hint of coffee, big oak presence, light roast and a touch of coffee. Delicious flavor. A standout in the Eclipse series. Beautiful balance, wonderfully smooth on the palate. Very tasty.
03-09-2013 02:25:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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
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
4.38/5 rDev +2.3%
Another bottle we opened up at the Eclipse tasting. Served from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
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.
03-10-2013 05:47:18 | More by oline73
Imperial Eclipse Stout - Gourmet Haus Staudt Blend from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.